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Summers on Mulvaney

<b>SUMMERS ON MULVANEY</b> — Larry Summers, former Treasury Secretary and senior economic adviser to President Barack Obama, did not take kindly to OMB Director Mick Mulvaney criticizing economic assumptions used in Obama’s budgets.<p><b>Here was Mulvaney on Wednesday</b>: “I went back and looked at some of the …

Steven Mnuchin

Three Montana newspapers rescind Gianforte endorsements after alleged body-slamming incident

Three of Montana’s largest newspapers have rescinded their endorsements of Republican Congressional candidate Greg Gianforte after he allegedly body slammed a reporter at what was to be his final campaign event before Thursday’s special election.<p>The sheriff of Gallatin County, Montana, released a …

Elections

Obama in Berlin: 'We can’t hide behind a wall'

Barack Obama brought his post-presidency campaign for continued globalism and openness to Berlin on Thursday, urging youth leaders and others not to give up and turn in on themselves.<p>"In this new world we live in, we can’t isolate ourselves. We can’t hide behind a wall," Obama said, sitting on …

Germany

MT GOP candidate charged after he ‘body slams’ reporter -- TRUMP in Brussels -- MERKEL’s presidential day -- Kellyanne and Heather Podesta lunch -- B’DAY: Anna Palmer

Driving the Day<p><i>Listen to the Playbook Audio Briefing</i> http://bit.ly/2rTk9Lj ... <i>Subscribe on iTunes</i> http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... <i>Visit the online home of Playbook</i> http://politi.co/2f51Jnf<p><b>Good Thursday morning. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP</b> is in Brussels meeting with European leaders, including European …

Donald Trump

How Trump makes us feel

Statements reflect the percent of all respondents.<br>SOURCE: POLITICO / Morning Consult poll<p>Donald Trump’s presidency is taking a physical and psychological toll on his opponents.<p>According to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, the controversies surrounding the president are making a majority of …

Elections

Michael Flynn Is Taking the Fifth. So What?

Asserting your constitutional rights doesn’t imply guilt. But Congress has been making it seem that way for years.<p>So Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, is asserting his Fifth Amendment rights. He is refusing to comply with the Senate Intelligence Committee’s subpoena …

Government

Manafort advised Trump team on Russia scandal

Former campaign chief remained in contact with the president and his aides after the FBI launched its Russia probe.<p>Months after the FBI began examining Paul Manafort as part of a probe into ties between President Donald Trump’s team and Russia, Manafort called Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus …

Donald Trump

Russia looms over Trump's meetings with European leaders

Trump’s talk of befriending Putin doesn’t just rattle the 28-member NATO military alliance. It also unnerves senior European Union officials.<p>When German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited President Donald Trump at the White House in March, she brought a visual aid to help Trump understand the menace …

Russia

GOP leaders play it safe as Trump scandals grow

Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell are eager to avoid intraparty fights as they try to muscle through the GOP agenda.<p>The controversy over Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia is mushrooming into an all-consuming Washington melodrama and full-fledged criminal investigation. But don’t look to GOP …

U.S. Congress

White House tries to avoid ‘paralysis’ amid investigation

With the president still overseas, senior aides are putting together a plan for how to keep going under the cloud of a special investigation.<p>When a group of nearly a dozen state GOP chairs walked into the Oval Office last week, they expected to be inside for only a few minutes to say a brief hello …

The White House

Montana special election: 5 things to watch

The GOP could face panic in the ranks if it loses in a red state Donald Trump won easily.<p>MISSOULA, Mont. — The closer-than-expected Montana special election is destined to be picked apart for clues about how voters feel about Donald Trump’s nascent presidency.<p>Like the record-breaking Georgia …

Elections

Lawyers demand $220,000 bond from Trump U. settlement objector

Class-action lawyers backing a $25 million settlement of suits over alleged fraud in the Trump University real estate seminar program are asking a Florida woman be ordered to post a $220,000 bond in order to pursue an appeal over her right to drop out of the deal.<p>Attorneys who won approval of the …

Donald Trump

The Health Care Debate Is About Money

Republicans are in a jam because there’s no way around this basic fact.<p>Washington snickered when President Trump marveled that “nobody knew health care could be so complicated,” because everyone in Washington knew that. Wednesday’s long-awaited Congressional Budget Office review of the Republican …

Health Care

Reporter: Montana House GOP candidate 'body-slammed' me

Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte allegedly “body-slammed” a reporter on Wednesday at a campaign event.<p>Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian tweeted that Gianforte “body-slammed me and broke my glasses” at a campaign event in Bozeman, Montana. Other reporters on the scene …

Elections

Peril for Republicans if they push forward with Obamacare repeal

Within minutes of the release showing 23 million fewer Americans would be insured over a decade, two Senate Republicans blasted the estimate.<p>Obamacare repeal is in trouble in the Senate, and a nonpartisan analysis of the House’s repeal legislation issued Wednesday only reinforced that …

Health Care

Sessions' background check form omitted meetings with Russian

Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not include two meetings with the Russian ambassador on a security clearance form submitted late last year, but his aides say the information was left out because the FBI indicated it shouldn't be listed.<p>Sessions spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said the form was …

Jeff Sessions

10 key points from the CBO report on Obamacare repeal

Here are some key facts and figures from the new CBO report on the American Health Care Act, the House-passed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. CBO stressed the uncertainty of its estimates, given that it's hard to know which states would take up the chance to opt out of certain key parts of …

ObamaCare

Senate Dems seize on CBO to slam GOP

Senate Democrats on Wednesday seized on a new projection that 23 million more Americans would be uninsured under the House GOP’s Obamacare repeal to hammer the Republican senators now crafting their own plan.<p>Led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Democrats staged a fiery press conference less …

U.S. Congress

Health care or Russia? Democrats divided on 2018 focus

Party strategists are split over what issue should be their top attack against Republicans.<p>The Democratic Party is embroiled in a debate over where they should focus their efforts to win back political power: health care or Russia.<p>The party’s campaign committees and many of Democrats’ leading super …

Health Care

Politicians react to the CBO report on Obamacare

Suit over billionaire's underage sex abuse settles

A woman who alleged she was held as a teenage sex slave by a well-connected billionaire financier has settled a lawsuit accusing another woman of facilitating the abuse.<p>Virginia Giuffre alleged she was pulled into years of abuse by investor Jeffrey Epstein while working as a 15-year-old towel girl …

Corruption

Brown: Trump will come around on climate change

SAN FRANCISCO — California Gov. Jerry Brown, one of the Democratic Party’s most outspoken critics of Republican climate change policy, said Wednesday he now believes that President Donald Trump is a political “realist” who will likely listen to what Pope Francis, China and other world leaders are …

Climate

Fox didn’t pressure Hannity on Rich story

Despite its own retraction, the network did not ask Hannity to stop spreading theories about DNC staffer’s murder.<p>Despite retracting its own article linking last summer’s murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich to the DNC's hacked emails and WikiLeaks, Fox News did not pressure …

Sean Hannity

House Republicans to drop debit rule repeal

House Republican leaders are planning to drop language from a bank deregulation bill that would have eliminated a cap on debit card swipe fees, handing a major victory to retail lobbyists who spent months trying to kill the provision.<p>House GOP leaders decided to remove the proposal from the nearly …

Debit Cards

The Issue Democrats Wish Would Go Away

Can the Democratic Party retake Congress by giving up on gun control? Should it?<p>The progressive hope in Thursday’s special election to represent Montana’s at-large House district can be seen in an ad caressing a gun he lovingly calls “this old rifle.” In another spot, Democratic nominee Rob Quist …

Gun Control

Does Trump Care About Human Rights?

The president says his foreign policy is based on “principled realism.” Where’s the principle?<p>Will there be a Trump human rights policy, or a blunt realpolitik approach that places human rights and democracy at—or outside—the margins of American foreign policy?<p>President Trump’s warm conversation in …

Foreign Policy

Democratic leaders to join Sanders on $15 minimum wage pitch

Congressional Democratic leaders will unveil a proposal to hike the minimum wage to $15 an hour on Thursday alongside Sen. Bernie Sanders, who made the issue a centerpiece of his 2016 presidential campaign.<p>Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), …

Bernie Sanders

23 million more uninsured under House Obamacare repeal, CBO says

Roughly 23 million more people would be uninsured over a decade if the House-passed Obamacare repeal bill becomes law, according to a highly anticipated CBO analysis that could complicate Senate Republicans' hopes of getting their own bill through the upper chamber.<p>The nonpartisan scorekeeping …

ObamaCare

Carter Page backtracks on House hearing date

Carter Page appears to have jumped the gun when he told ABC News he would appear June 6 before the House panel investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.<p>President Donald Trump’s former campaign foreign policy adviser backtracked in response to questions from POLITICO, saying …

U.S. Congress

Cruz: Franken is ‘obnoxious’ for joking about me in new book

Ted Cruz called Al Franken "obnoxious and insulting" for devoting an entire chapter to the Texas GOP senator in Franken's new book titled "Giant of the Senate."<p>Franken, who told USA Today that he hates Cruz in an interview promoting the book, has deemed Cruz "singularly dishonest and smarmy." Cruz, …

Ted Cruz