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Trump will put $100 billion into a slush fund so he doesn’t have to deal with budget cuts: report

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Republicans have spent a generation complaining about deficits, government spending and attacking a so-called “big government.” Yet, within just a few years the entire party has turned 180 degrees.

In a recent Axios scoop, a closed-door meeting at the White House this week revealed President Donald Trump is angry about the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration. But instead of working with the GOP-led Senate to come up with a solution, he plans to utilize a slush fund instead.

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“The president does not want a caps deal” to keep sequestration from kicking in, legislative affairs official Paul Teller told staff and conservative groups on Capitol Hill.

Instead of making a deal, the White House thinks it can offset the cuts to the Pentagon by putting $100 billion “in a controversial slush fund that sequestration can’t touch.”

Trump wants to spend a lot when it comes to the military and has declared a national emergency so that he can use $6 billion in Pentagon funds for his border wall.

According to one source familiar with the remarks, Trump “really wants to stick to his numbers and doesn’t want a caps deal because that means more domestic spending,”

Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney is known as a budget hawk and criticized the “slush fund” while he was in Congress. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, however, the White House is taking advantage.

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Trump has already backtracked on his budget proposal, restoring funding to the Special Olympics, though it’s unclear if it will be restored to special education. During a Michigan rally Thursday, he announced he would fund the $270 million that goes to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

It’s unclear if Trump is making the cuts so that he can then announce he’s restoring the funds and score positive headlines.

“I guarantee you can find all sorts of cuts that he’ll turn around and say I’m not cutting this sh*t,” a source involved in the budget told Axios.

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Read the full report at Axios.


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Buffalo has a long history of protecting cops from criminal charges: report

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On Saturday, The Daily Beast documented the recent history of use of force in the Buffalo Police Department, which is reeling from controversy as two officers face assault charges for shoving a 75-year-old protester to the ground.

"As shocking as this all may be to outsiders, the shoving of demonstrator Martin Gugino and the defiant response of officers to an effort to discipline two of their own is indicative of the state of police affairs in Buffalo," wrote Jim Heaney. "Has been for a long time, not that you have to go back too far to find other episodes of brutality that have been captured on video."

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Internet disgusted after Buffalo first responders cheer cops charged with assaulting 75-year-old protester

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Commenters on Twitter expressed both contempt and disgust for Buffalo firefighters and police officers who turned out in front of Buffalo City Court to support two suspended police officers with applause and cheering.

Moments after officers Aaron Torglaski and Robert McCabe were charged with second-degree assault and then released without having to post bail, they were greeted as heroes outside the courthouse.

After a video was posted showing the celebration, commenters on Twitter vented at cops and firefighters for defending the two officers who assaulted the 75-year-old man who had to be rushed to a hospital after they shoved him to the ground where he sustained a head injury.

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Donald Trump’s lurch toward fascism is backfiring spectacularly

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

During the 2016 campaign, as Donald Trump railed against "Mexican rapists" and other "criminal aliens," pollsters found that the share of Americans who said that immigrants worked hard and made a positive contribution to our society increased significantly, and noticed a similar decline in the share who said they take citizens' jobs and burden our social safety net. After Trump was elected and began pursuing his Muslim ban, the share of respondents who held a positive view of Islam also increased pretty dramatically. I'm not aware of any polling of the general public about transgender troops serving in the military before Trump decided to discharge them, but Gallup found that 71 percent of respondents opposed his position after he did.

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