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Occupation:
President of the United States, 2017 – Present
Political Affiliation:
Republican
Residence:
New York City, NY
Country of Citizenship:
United States
Education:
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, B.S.
Marital Status:
Married, Melania
Children:
Ivanka, Donald Jr., Eric, Tiffany, Barron
Age:
71
Overnight Finance: Treasury watchdog considering probe of Cohen bank records management | House committee rebukes Trump on ZTE | Trump raises doubts about possible trade deal with China
Overnight Finance: Treasury watchdog considering probe of Cohen bank records management | House committee rebukes Trump on ZTE | Trump raises doubts about possible trade deal with China
OVERNIGHT FINANCE Happy Thursday and welcome back to Overnight Finance, where we’re celebrating the return of untainted romaine lettuce. I’m Sylvan Lane, and here’s your nightly guide to everything affecting your bills, bank account and bottom line.See something I…
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CAMPAIGN The so-called “deportation bus” that a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Georgia is taking across the state broke down on Thursday, after water got into the fuel tank.Georgia state Sen. Michael Williams’s bus was sidelined on Interstate 75 in…
House lawmaker introduces bill to halt F-35 sale to Turkey
House lawmaker introduces bill to halt F-35 sale to Turkey
DEFENSE House Foreign Affairs Committee member David Cicilline (D-R.I.) is renewing last year’s efforts to block an F-35 fighter jet sale to Turkey over its military aggression toward U.S.-backed forces and concerns the NATO ally is becoming too cozy with…
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OVERNIGHT HEALTHCARE Welcome to Overnight Health Care, sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association.It’s Thursday in Washington where Republicans on Capitol Hill are trying to reach a deal to move ahead on immigration. Centrist Republicans want a vote on…
Dems give members green light to sign immigration petition
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HOUSE Twenty Republicans have endorsed the measure to force an immigration vote.
McConnell: Midterms will be ‘very challenging’ for GOP
McConnell: Midterms will be ‘very challenging’ for GOP
FLOOR ACTION Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Thursday that the midterm elections will be “very challenging” for Republicans, predicting that both chambers are in play. “I think the safest place to be is just to say that this is going to be…
George H.W. Bush praises Haspel after confirmation as CIA director
George H.W. Bush praises Haspel after confirmation as CIA director
BLOG BRIEFING ROOM Former President George H.W. Bush on Thursday praised newly confirmed CIA Director Gina Haspel. “Gina Haspel has selflessly and courageously devoted herself to the service of her country,” Bush tweeted. “I have great conficent she will continue…
Missouri governor Greitens cites Navy SEAL training while refusing to quit
Missouri governor Greitens cites Navy SEAL training while refusing to quit
STATE WATCH Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) cited his training as a Navy SEAL on Thursday in refusing to step down from office despite criminal allegations and possible impeachment proceedings against him.Greitens, who served in the elite special operations…
Overnight Energy: EPA takes steps to rollback chemical plant safety rule| NASA chief: humans contribute to climate change in ‘major way’| Pruitt gets outside lawyer
Overnight Energy: EPA takes steps to rollback chemical plant safety rule| NASA chief: humans contribute to climate change in ‘major way’| Pruitt gets outside lawyer
OVERNIGHT ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT EPA WANTS TO ROLL BACK CHEMICAL PLANT SAFETY RULE: The Trump administration wants to roll back some key parts of a the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) major rule meant to reduce the risks of chemical plant disasters.The proposal to tweak the…
Health insurance premium increases are not Trump’s fault
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HEALTHCARE The left is claiming the premium hikes are President Donald Trump’s fault. But under ObamaCare the individual health insurance market began to collapse long before Trump became a factor.
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Frustrated Trump wants action on border wall, immigration | TheHill


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Frustrated Trump wants action on border wall, immigration
Frustrated Trump wants action on border wall, immigration
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President Trump on Tuesday demanded that Congress make progress on building his signature wall along the Mexican border, underlining his frustration with the lack of legislative progress on immigration.

During a visit to Capitol Hill, Trump called on Congress to beef up border security, crack down on so-called sanctuary cities and end the practice of “catch and release” immigration laws — a slate of ideas that have run into a buzz saw of opposition from Democrats.

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“We are calling on Congress to secure our borders, support our border agents, stop sanctuary cities and shut down policies that release violent criminals back into our communities,” Trump said at an event outside the Capitol honoring fallen law enforcement officers. “We don’t want it any longer. We’ve had it. Enough is enough.”

Trump then brought his calls for a border wall directly to Senate Republicans during a private lunch at the Capitol, according to GOP lawmakers who attended the meeting.

“He wants the wall. He made that abundantly clear,” Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) told reporters. “He said, ‘I want the wall.’ I don’t think that’s news.”

“He said we have to secure the border. And the American people support us on that,” added Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).

While Trump did not threaten to shut down the government over the issue during Tuesday’s closed-door lunch, the president tweeted earlier this month that any funding measure — including a short-term continuing resolution that would be due at the end of September — needs to include money for the border wall.

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The demands could create headaches for congressional leaders as they try to hash out spending agreements that can pass both chambers and avoid another government shutdown just weeks before the midterm elections.

“That’s something we want to avoid, but I think both parties should do their utmost to avoid any government shutdown,” Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, told reporters on Tuesday. “I think the president would understand that.”

Trump, however, has grown increasingly frustrated that his administration and Congress have struggled to implement his immigration agenda. His travel ban has been bogged down by legal challenges, for example, while Congress has so far failed to fulfill his request for $25 billion to build a “big beautiful wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border.

In a sign of his growing frustration, the president reportedly dressed down Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at a recent Cabinet meeting for not being aggressive enough in going after people who cross illegally into the U.S.

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“He’s frustrated, and rightly so,” Nielsen said on Fox News. “Can you imagine, here is the president of the United States saying I want to secure this country… and Congress is saying we don’t have time, we are busy, we’ve got to go on recess.”

And, hours before the last government funding deadline in March, Trump threatened not to sign a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill because it didn’t fully fund his border wall, among other things. The president ended up signing the bill, but warned he wouldn’t do it again.

“There are a lot of things that I’m unhappy about in this bill,” Trump said at the time. “I say to Congress: I will never sign another bill like this again. I’m not going to do it.”

Both chambers are now racing to pass all 12 appropriations bills for fiscal 2019 ahead of the next government funding deadline on Sept. 30 — a tall order even in a nonelection year.

Over the weekend, Trump further ramped up pressure on appropriators by tweeting that the Senate should cancel their planned August recess if they don’t finish up their work on spending bills.

Shelby said Trump didn’t broach the idea of canceling the recess during Tuesday’s lunch. But Shelby acknowledged it will be difficult to get through all their funding measures before August and expressed support for staying in town.

It’s an idea that might be popular with Senate Republicans since it would keep Senate Democrats in Washington and off the campaign trail. Democrats in the upper chamber are defending more than two-dozen seats this fall, compared to eight for the GOP.

Senate Republicans need at least nine Democrats to pass any legislation given the filibuster, but Democrats are highly unlikely to support a spending bill that includes money for the wall, which would hand Trump a major victory right before the midterm elections.

Democrats may also be less willing to play along after Trump rejected their last offer to allow some border wall funding in exchange for protecting immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

“We already had that showdown, and it was very unfortunate,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). “We were willing to start funding the wall and other border security in exchange for a path to citizenship for Dreamers. And we got a gut punch, and they turned it down.”

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Senate Democrats, who were demanding protections for so-called Dreamers in any spending bill, took the brunt of the heat for the brief government shutdown in January. That could bolster beliefs that another shutdown over immigration would play positively for the GOP.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said he thinks Trump wants to draw attention to the border wall in order to energize his base heading into the fall.

“I think his goal is to keep the issue of the wall open so he can rally his base,” Murphy said.

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Today’s Holiday: Norway Constitution Day


Today’s Holiday:
Norway Constitution Day

May 17, 1814, marks both Norway’s declaration of independence from Sweden and the day on which its constitution was signed. This day remains the great spring festival in Norway, and today it is celebrated primarily by young people.The children’s procession in Oslo, the capital city, is the largest of many school parades throughout the country. Marching behind their school bands and banners, the children pass under the balcony of the Royal Palace in salute to the king. Everyone joins in the procession, waving Norwegian flags. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Caroline of Brunswick (1768)


Today’s Birthday:
Caroline of Brunswick (1768)

Caroline wed her cousin, George IV, the future king of England, in 1795. The marriage was an unhappy one, and soon after Caroline bore George a daughter, they separated. The two were almost certainly involved in adulterous relationships thereafter—George had even been secretly, and illegally, married to another woman when he wed Caroline—yet it was Caroline whose infidelities sparked an investigation. George became king in 1820. What happened when Caroline tried to claim her rights as queen? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: George Boleyn, Brother of Anne, Beheaded (1536)


This Day in History:
George Boleyn, Brother of Anne, Beheaded (1536)

Henry VIII had two of his six wives beheaded, but the unpleasant consequences of his marriages did not apply only to his spouses. After Henry’s first marriage was annulled, he took Anne Boleyn as his queen. Though she bore him the future Queen Elizabeth I, she produced no male heir, and he lost interest in her. In 1536, he had her imprisoned on questionable charges of adultery and incest—allegedly with her brother, George. Both were beheaded. What did George reportedly say before his execution? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Ralph Waldo Emerson


Quote of the Day:
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rings and other jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only gift is a portion of thyself. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: The Cairo Gang


Article of the Day:
The Cairo Gang

The Cairo Gang was a group of British intelligence agents who were sent to Dublin during the Irish War of Independence to target prominent members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). Numerous members of the Gang, along with several others, were assassinated by the IRA in a planned series of simultaneous early-morning strikes engineered by Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins. The assassinations, and the British reprisal, took place on November 21, 1920, known today as what day? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: have nine lives


Idiom of the Day:
have nine lives

To endure, continue, or survive despite a near encounter with death or disaster. From the common myth that cats have nine lives. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: glasshouse


Word of the Day:
glasshouse

Definition: (noun) A building with glass walls and roof; for the cultivation and exhibition of plants under controlled conditions.
Synonyms: greenhouse, nursery
Usage: This kind of plant is very delicate and needs to be grown in a glasshouse.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch