Trump team didn’t make a $2 trillion mistake on the budget—it engaged in massive accounting fraud

A couple trillion here, a couple trillion there. No matter how many times Trump’s budget team tries to reuse the same fake money, that doesn’t make it real.

President Donald Trump’s newly unveiled budget contains a massive accounting error that uses the same money twice for two different purposes. Based on its supersized projections of 3 percent GDP, the president’s budget forecasts about $2 trillion in extra federal revenue growth over the next 10 years, which it then uses to pay for Trump’s “biggest tax cut in history.”

Actually, since the whole idea that Trump’s currently unformulated tax cut is going to generate an extra $2 trillion is complete hokum, why not let Trump use it twice? Why not use it four times? Why not 10? Why … Donald Trump’s budget eliminates the national debt in six weeks, plus it will help you drop 20 pounds and eliminate crepey elbow skin!

The whole

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Senate Republicans catching a clue that saving themselves politically could mean saving Obamacare

The healthcare industry is in full-on panic mode over the Trump regime’s continuing sabotage of Obamacare, which means they’re in full-on pressure mode with Congress—specifically with the Senate, where they apparently believe their only hope for sanity lies.

Senate Republicans face increasing pressure to rescue health insurance markets and protect coverage for millions of Americans amid growing fears the Trump administration is going to let the markets collapse.
In recent days, leading hospitals, physician groups, health insurers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have pleaded with the Senate to step in, effectively going around the White House.

“Congress must take action now,” the groups warned in a letter to Republican and Democratic Senate leaders. “At this point, only congressional action can help consumers.” […]

In addition to the healthcare groups and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, state insurance regulators — Republicans and Democrats — also are pleading

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Teen comes home to find out undocumented dad with no criminal record has been deported

Despite vocal support from faith leaders and members of the Metuchen, New Jersey, community, Arino Massie was deported by ICE last week after living in the U.S. for 16 years. Massie, a Chinese Christian, fled Indonesia nearly two decades ago to escape religious persecution. Arino had been undocumented since overstaying his tourist visa (despite Trump’s claims, “research shows that the majority of people in the country without permission are those who overstayed their visas rather than walking across a border”), and missed the deadline to apply for asylum.

In the time since then Arino married, had a son, and as part of an agreement his church was able to strike with ICE, had instructions to check in annually with the agency. But despite the fact that Arino followed ICE’s instructions by checking in, he was taken into custody earlier this year. By last week, he was gone. A group of other

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Republicans say Montana special election is ‘closer than it should be’

Well, yeah:

Republican Greg Gianforte’s closing motivational speech to voters ahead of Thursday’s special House election in Montana is the same thing GOP strategists are whispering in private: “This race is closer than it should be.”

We should not be talking about this race at all, because Greg Gianforte should have put it away long ago. So even if Republicans are playing the expectations game—laying the groundwork to claim any Gianforte win bigger than a point as great news for Republicans—this race is already closer than it should be.

Sure, Montana occasionally elects statewide Democrats like Gov. Steve Bullock and Sen. Jon Tester, but it’s also a state that gave Donald Trump a 20-point margin. And it pits a polished multimillionaire against a musician who has not, to put it mildly, spent his life preparing to run for office. But this is the age of Trump, and here we

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Health care for children is on the chopping block in Donald Trump’s budget

Congressional Republicans have put the smooth functioning of the Children’s Health Insurance Program at risk by not renewing its funding in time for states to plan their budgets. But Donald Trump is taking the next step

President Donald Trump’s budget plans to cut the Children’s Health Insurance Program by at least 20% over the next two fiscal years and slash Medicaid, which covers millions more children.

Millions of poor and working families could lose their health coverage if his proposed budget, released Tuesday and called “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” gets through as-is. It would hit children’s health care hard and break Trump’s campaign promise to “save” Medicaid “without cuts.”

Hey, we have a record number of kids with health coverage. What can we do about that? Don’t worry, budget director Mick Mulvaney has lots of ideas! And it seems that Trump has conveniently forgotten

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Too much crazy: Donald Trump and Rodrigo Duterte debate the sanity of Kim Jong Un

Rodrigo Duterte has used his time as president of the Philippines to murder opponents, murder journalists,  and murder anyone who questions his murdering all in the name of a war on drugs. So naturally, Donald Trump thinks Duterte is a great guy. In April, Trump invited Duterte to visit him in the White House as the two shared what Trump described as a “friendly call.” 

What do you get when a power-mad, often incoherent, would-be autocrat calls up Rodrigo Duterte? You get this.

Trump: “I just wanted to congratulate you, because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem. Many countries have the problem, we have the problem, but what a great job you are doing, and I just wanted to call and tell you that.”

Short reminder: What Duterte is doing includes leading a bloody wave of vigilantism that’s cost

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Donald Trump’s laughably uncomfortable meeting and gift exchange with Pope Francis

Donald Trump, and his family made their way to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis, who seemed to be in no mood to be schmoozed by America’s top con man. The meeting seemed icy from the start. From the press pool report of the initial meeting:

“Thank you so much,” President Trump said to Pope Francis when they shook hands.
After shaking hands, the pope and POTUS  walked into the pope’s
private study, which is just off the room where they shook hands.
When pool entered the study, the pope and the president were seated
across from each other at the pope’s wooden desk.

POTUS told the pope it’s “a very great honor.”

The pope did not say anything. He did not smile. He looked at pool
several times. We were quickly ushered out at 8:33am.

You can see that moment in the photo below. Pope Francis seems

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