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Republican McCain wavers on Trump’s White House budget chief nominee

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Senator John McCain said on Wednesday he is leaning against voting to confirm U.S. President Donald Trump’s nominee to be White House budget director, Representative Mick Mulvaney.

A Senate vote on Mulvaney, a leading member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus who represents South Carolina, was expected on Thursday at 7 a.m.

Wavering support from McCain alone would not jeopardize Mulvaney’s confirmation, but the Arizona senator and former presidential candidate could sway other Republicans. A Senate panel only narrowly backed the nominee earlier this month in a party-line vote.

Republicans have 52 of the 100 Senate seats and are able to approve Trump’s nominees if they can hold together a majority.

McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee that oversees defense spending, a massive part of the U.S. budget, told CNN he is concerned about Mulvaney’s opposition to such spending.

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CNN, citing sources familiar with the matter, said fellow Republican Senator Thad Cochran also shares those concerns and is not sure he can support Trump’s nominee.

Democrats have criticized Mulvaney for taking a hard fiscal line on popular social programs and for not paying more than $15,000 in taxes in relation to a household employee until after he was nominated.

He has said he favors raising the Social Security retirement age to 70 and means-testing beneficiaries of the Medicare healthcare program. These positions have drawn the ire of Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats and sought the party’s presidential nomination in 2016.

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(Reporting by Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and David Gregorio)


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Trump is facing massive criticism for his attacks on young women of color in Congress

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US President Donald Trump came under fire from Democrats and even some members of his own Republican Party on Monday after launching an extraordinary xenophobic attack on four progressive Democratic congresswomen.

"All they do is complain," Trump told reporters at a White House event featuring products "Made in America."

"These are people that hate our country," he said of the four lawmakers. "If you're not happy here, you can leave."

Trump also accused the four first-term congresswomen -- who are of Hispanic, Arab, Somali and African American origin -- of having "love" for US "enemies like Al-Qaeda."

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Trump’s campaign is spending massively at his own businesses — and even more on lawyers

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President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign filed their latest campaign finance reports on Monday.

Anna Massoglia, a researcher at the money in politics watchdog group Open Secrets, dissected the numbers and made two startling discoveries.

In the three months covered, from April through June, Trump's campaign and affiliated joint fundraising committees spent $326,094.24 at Trump businesses, including six figures at both Mar-a-Lago and Trump Hotel DC.

Trump's campaign also spent over $1.3 million on legal bills. He spent approximately $7 million on legal bills in 2018, Massoglia noted.

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Trump is ‘one pointy white hat shy of a Klan rally’: GOP strategist Rick Wilson ripped Trump as a ‘flagrant racist’ on MSNBC

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Republican strategy ripped President Donald Trump for being a "flagrant racist" during a Monday night appearance on MSNBC.

Lawrence O'Donnell interviewed Wilson about Trump's latest nativist attacks on young women of color in Congress.

"Rick Wilson, is this a campaign strategy? Is this Donald Trump and his campaign advisers thinking, well, our only hope is going for the voters we already have and energizing them and getting them to come and squeak out that electoral formula once again?" O'Donnell asked.

"Absolutely, Lawrence. As everyone else stated on the show, it’s been obvious for a long time from the long arc of his dad to redling to the Central Park Five to birtherism to this stuff today, this guy, he's racist adjacent in of the best day of his life," Wilson is explained.

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