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Trump budget director apologizes for attacks on congressional staff — then repeats attacks

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President Donald Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvaney was quick to pass the buck when he trashed the “score” the Congressional Budget Office released for Trumpcare.

“At some point, you’ve got to ask yourself, has the day of the CBO come and gone?” Mulvaney said. “How much power do we give to the CBO under the 1974 Budget Act?”

Mulvaney attacked the head of the CBO’s health analysis division Holly Harvey, saying that she served in the Clinton administration. The implication was that somehow her numbers were political and not math.

His comments prompted outrage and criticism from fellow Republican leaders as well as former CBO directors and staff.

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, CBO director from 2003 to 2005, was among the first to demand an apology. He said that Mulvaney’s words were a “disgrace” that showed “budget ignorance.”

Friday, Mulvaney apologized but then reiterated his implication that the numbers being generated are through a partisan lens.

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“I’d like to apologize,” he said. “Within any organization, the buck should stop at the top. At CBO, that means the Director, not individual civil servants. It is the Director who bears the ultimate responsibility for reports delivered by the non-partisan organization. That said, the larger point is this: it should be and is far to challenge the results that were assumed by the concealed model the CBO used to “score” the most recent version of the House AHCA bill.”

He went on to blame the CBO for incorrect numbers given for the Affordable Care Act. As a fact check, the CBO scores were not “way off,” as once claimed. However, their numbers were not exact because they did not factor in the GOP obstruction of the legislation’s implication, the lawsuits and the states opting out.

“The Congressional Budget Office has been given tremendous authority memorialized in statue — that few other bureaucracies have,” Mulvaney continued. “With that comes tremendous responsibilities. One of those is established, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that the results produced by the nonpartisan CBO are, in fact, non-partisan and not colored by the personal biases of those producing the results.”

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Viewers revolt after Meghan McCain slurs Joy Behar: ‘Go back to Fox News’

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Meghan McCain dropped the B-word on air during an argument with Joy Behar, and social media users were just as shocked as the "The View" studio audience.

She and co-host Joy Behar were arguing over Trump supporters when McCain blew up.

“Being the sacrificial Republican every day,” she said. “I’m just trying to — don’t feel bad for me, bitch. I’m paid to do this, okay? Don’t feel bad for me.”

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Florida Republicans concoct a new scheme to make it harder for students to vote

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Florida Republicans do not want to make voting easy for college students — a demographic that leans heavily Democratic.

Former GOP Secretary of State Ken Detzner, an appointee of Gov. Rick Scott, took that to the extreme in 2014, with an order banning county election officials from setting up any early voting sites on college campuses. Last year, following a lawsuit by the League of Women Voters, federal District Judge Mark Walker struck down that order as an unconstitutional burden on students' voting rights. As a result, some 60,000 people were able to vote early on 11 college campuses in Florida in 2018.

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Trump flips out over ‘RIGGED’ hearings as Democrats grill Hope Hicks

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President Donald Trump ranted on Twitter while his former communications director testified before the House Judiciary Committee.

Hope Hicks complied with a congressional subpoena and testified behind closed doors to the Democrat-led panel, and the president raged online as word leaked out that a White House lawyer was objecting to many of the questions about her government service.

"The Dems are very unhappy with the Mueller Report, so after almost 3 years, they want a Redo, or Do Over. This is extreme Presidential Harassment," Trump tweeted. "They gave Crooked Hillary’s people complete Immunity, yet now they bring back Hope Hicks."

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