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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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Fox News reporter and right-wing conspiracy theorists planned to wiretap family of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich: report

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The Daily Beast on Monday evening broke a bombshell report on a secret 2017 meeting in Texas on a right-wing conspiracy theory where espionage was discussed.

"One of their topics was responding to online critics of wealthy Texas businessman Ed Butowsky, who had recently been outed as a driving force behind a retracted Fox News story about murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich," The Beast reported. "The group that gathered at Butowsky’s home included a conspiracy theorist, a Fox reporter fighting for her career, a former private intelligence contractor married to star journalist Lara Logan, and a Democratic PR operative who lost his business in the face of sexual assault allegations."

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Trump said he ‘loved’ the fact that America is more divided than ever: ex-GOP congressman

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Former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) told host Joy Reid that "Donald Trump has intentionally tried to create the anxiety" that Americans are explaining.

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