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  1. congress
    Congress Learns Pentagon Wasted $1 Trillion, Promptly Gives It Bigger BudgetHours after learning that the Pentagon lied to taxpayers while wasting their money in Afghanistan, Congress awards the DoD a $22 billion budget hike.
  2. After Blowing Up the Deficit, House Passes Mostly Phony Spending CutsThis “spending clawback” bill involves the budgetary equivalent of sofa-cushion money.
  3. 5 Liberal Priorities That Were Funded in Last Week’s Budget BillFor a minority party, Democrats ended up doing pretty well.
  4. GOP Congressional Leaders Ready to Wrap Up 2018 Very SoonCongress will soon find reasons not to act on much of what was supposed to represent its 2018 agenda — other than campaigning for reelection.
  5. the national interest
    Republicans Look to Blame Someone for the Deficit Mess. Guess Who They Found.Somehow, tax cuts plus more defense spending led to more red ink. It’s so weird.
  6. 4 Reasons to Ignore Trump’s BudgetTrump just signed a congressional budget deal on Friday. His own budget was out-of-date even as it was being printed.
  7. the national interest
    Republicans Stopped Sabotaging the Economy Because They Have the White House NowFiscal contraction for Democratic presidents, fiscal stimulus for Republican ones.
  8. Senate Reaches a Budget Deal That Lets Everyone WinExcept for Dreamers and deficit hawks.
  9. Cruz Wants to Launch One More Harpoon at the Great White Whale of ObamacareWithout the budget reconciliation process, the GOP can’t pass party-line legislation. McConnell would prefer to stand pat.
  10. The GOP Is No Longer Trying to Hide Its Inhuman PrioritiesThe GOP just voted to add $1.5 trillion to the debt for corporate tax cuts, but won’t commit to more than $1 billion for the opioid “emergency.”
  11. GOP Tax ‘Simplification’ Initiative So, So ComplicatedYou’d think a nice, modest, balanced tax cut would be easy for a GOP Congress and White House to execute. But the GOP keeps complicating it all.
  12. Why Trump Supporters Might Not Care That He’s Not Getting Anything DoneIt’s widely assumed conservatives will punish the GOP in 2018 for a poor record in Congress. Don’t count on it.
  13. 7 Big Questions About What Congress Will Do in SeptemberThe big storm in Texas and Louisiana has improved the visibility in Washington — but there’s still a lot to do and little time to do it.
  14. Trump’s Tax Speech Empty of Tax Specifics, Budget ContextIt’s bad enough that the president’s “tax speech” had not a single specific proposal. He also didn’t mention how it would fit into the federal budget.
  15. Paul Ryan Dismisses Trump’s Shutdown ThreatThe speaker says it isn’t in anyone’s interest to shut down the government, even if Democrats refuse to vote for border wall funding.
  16. The Trump-McConnell Feud Becoming a ‘Cold War’At the worst possible time, relations between the president and the leader of his party in the Senate have become frosty, distant, and even combative.
  17. GOP Struggles to Secure a ‘Clean’ Debt-Limit IncreaseIn theory everybody in Congress favors a straightforward debt-limit increase. But side deals and other complications loom large.
  18. The GOP Health-Care Bill Was a Mess. The GOP’s Tax and Budget Plans Are Messier.The GOP’s plans to use the budget process for health-care and tax legislation are already half-ruined. The worst could be yet to come.
  19. McConnell Scrubs Half the Senate’s August Recess As GOP Scrambles to Save AgendaWill the extra time enable Republicans to come up with a health-care bill 50 senators support? Or deals on taxes and the budget?
  20. GOP Senator Explains Party’s Disarray: Nobody Expected Trump to WinPat Toomey spills a secret: Republicans didn’t have a policy plan because they didn’t think they’d have the power to enact it.
  21. CBO: Medicaid Cuts Will Snowball Down the Road Under Senate Health-Care BillThe design of the Senate health-care bill is to slowly introduce Medicaid cuts that will grow much larger as time goes by.
  22. the national interest
    Trump Budget Director: We Didn’t Make a Childish Math Error! (They Did.)Mick Mulvaney: I can explain that mysterious $2 trillion mistake!
  23. Here’s How to Tell That Trump’s Budget Doesn’t Care at All About Poor PeopleForget what Trump does to programs liberals think help poor people. Look at what he does to programs Trump thinks help poor people.
  24. Trump Budget Based on $2 Trillion Math Error [Updated]Literally the largest and stupidest arithmetic mistake in the history of the federal budget.
  25. Forget About the House Trumpcare Debate — the Senate’s a Whole Different WorldWhile House passage of Trumpcare was essential for GOP plans, Senate concerns and procedures will make the next stage of the debate very different.
  26. the national interest
    Trump Budget Director Admits Their Goal Is High Inequality, Not Low DeficitsMick Mulvaney says the quiet part loud.
  27. 9 Big Questions About GOP Tax ReformIt’s as complicated as health-care policy, and almost as politically perilous.
  28. Trump Signs Bill Directing NASA to Send Humans to Mars (Eventually)The White House finally has a policy response to climate change.
  29. 4 Reasons Why the Trump Budget Cuts Won’t HappenMeals on Wheels, Big Bird, and AmeriCorps are likely to survive.
  30. Trump Budget a Blast From the Conservative PastTrump’s budget outline is a very conventionally conservative document wrapped in bristling “America First” packaging, but not a very serious proposal.
  31. early and often
    Trump’s Budget Funds Military and Border Wall, Eliminates Dozens of ProgramsBut Republican lawmakers have already called the drastic blueprint “dead on arrival.”
  32. Health-Care Mess Could Screw Up Everything GOP Is Trying to Do This YearIf Republicans are unable to resolve their problem over repealing and replacing Obamacare, their timetable for the rest of the year is in big trouble.
  33. Trump Budget Expected to Seek Massive Cuts in Federal WorkforceOne expert says employment will drop 1.8 percent in D.C. if the president gets his way.
  34. Trump Aims to Pass $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Right After Tax CutsOnce he’s done with Obamacare and tax reform, Trump hopes to fund highway renovation, high-speed rail, and, possibly, Elon Musk’s Hyperloop.
  35. Republicans Were Hoping for More Information From Trump. He Gave Them None.The president’s address to Congress was upbeat, mainly because he did not address any of the tough choices his party faces.
  36. President Trump’s Gold-Plated Budget PlanThe billionaire president’s fiscal agenda grows more lavish by the day.
  37. Trump Trillion-Dollar Infrastructure Package Likely to Be Delayed Until MañanaNice as Trump’s infrastructure talk has been, there’s no plan, no money, and no momentum for it at present. So looks like it’s on the back burner.
  38. Trump to Tackle Deficit With Imaginary Growth, Elimination of Popular ProgramsThe president is poised to pay for his tax cuts by baselessly assuming 3 percent economic growth and eliminating public broadcasting.
  39. Mick Mulvaney’s Job Will Be a NightmareWith no time to spare and no margin for error, the new OMB director must somehow give Congress guidance after resolving his differences with Trump.
  40. Conservatives Revolt Against Keeping the Parts of Obamacare Americans LikeThe is GOP increasingly caught between “base” demands to destroy Obamacare and popular pressure to preserve key provisions.
  41. Red-State Democrats Not Rushing to Help Republicans Just YetThe GOP assumed that Dems from pro-Trump states might be of help in the Senate. It’s not looking that way.
  42. Trump Leaves Republicans in the Dark About His — and Their –- PlansRepublicans meeting in Philadelphia were confused about their agenda and in dire need of presidential guidance. Instead they got a campaign speech.
  43. Report: Trump Team Preparing $10.5 Trillion in Budget CutsFunding for renewable energy, preventing domestic violence, the arts and humanities, and civil-rights enforcement would all be slashed or eliminated.
  44. GOP Took Another Small Step on Repealing Obamacare. It Gets Harder From Here.Now begin the really challenging questions.
  45. Why Cory Booker’s Midnight Vote on Drug Importation Is Getting So Much AttentionTo the alarm of progressives, he is apparently bending to the interests of wealthy donors even as he is rising to Democratic stardom.
  46. Senate Gets Ready for an All-Night ‘Vote-a-rama’ on ObamacareIn a quirk of the budget process, Democrats will get a chance to offer many, many amendments to the repeal blueprint.
  47. Ryan Confirms the ‘Obamacare Repeal’ Bill Will Also Defund Planned ParenthoodWith congressional GOPers now broadening the scope of the budget bill that repeals Obamacare, Democrats can begin efforts to protect popular programs.
  48. The Democratic Plan to Fight Obamacare RepealThere’s no doubt the GOP will gut the health-care law. But Democrats can complicate the process and inflict some political damage.
  49. Four Potential Stumbling Blocks for the New Republican CongressIncluding Trump’s perverse unpredictability and the limits of objective reality.
  50. checks and balances
    House Passes $600 Billion in Tax Cuts in First Round of Budget DealThe tax bill skewed heavily toward GOP priorities but offered Democrats tax breaks for working families and green energy.
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