Jan 4, 2018

Bannon goes back to praising Trump

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon reiterated his support for Trump Thursday. Photo: Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post via Getty Images

Following the fallout from Steve Bannon's explosive quotes in Michael Wolff's forthcoming book "Fire and Fury" — including a scathing statement by President Trump — Bannon assured listeners on his morning radio show Thursday that he still supports the president:

"Nothing will ever come between us and President Trump and his agenda ... There's nobody we think higher of than President Trump, and the agenda, so let's not let the left wing media stir that up." — Steve Bannon on Breitbart radio

On Wednesday night, speaking on Breitbart News Tonight on Sirius XM radio, Bannon reiterated his praise: "The president of the United States is a great man. You know I support him day in and day out."

The backdrop: Trump is outraged with the Bannon remarks, and one of his lawyers said legal action against the president's former chief strategist is "imminent." He also sent Bannon a five-page cease-and-desist letter ordering him to retain any relevant texts and emails.

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UFC wants to host fight on tribal land to avoid coronavirus restrictions

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In an attempt to skirt federal and state guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic, the UFC plans to hold its April 18 pay-per-view event on tribal land in California, per multiple reports.

The state of play: Even as the rest of the sports world hits pause, UFC president Dana White has remained adamant that fights must go on, and appears to have settled for a shutdown casino in a state with the fourth-most confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Ivanka Trump plans focus on coronavirus recovery for small businesses

Ivanka Trump speaks at yesterday's White House videoconference with bank and credit card executives. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Ivanka Trump personally lobbied top bank executives to line up the $1.5 billion in commitments to small business that were announced yesterday at a videoconference among the bank executives and President Trump — stoking competitive juices among the execs to drive up their commitments.

The state of play: Ivanka, who has had workforce development in her portfolio going back to 2017, plans an increasing emphasis on small businesses in the weeks ahead as they navigate the rescue bill’s Payroll Protection Program, sources tell me.

Public transit's death spiral

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Public transit systems across the country are experiencing a painful trifecta: Ridership has collapsed, funding streams are squeezed, and mass transit won't bounce back from the pandemic nearly as fast as other modes of transportation.

Why it matters: Transit agencies could see an annual shortfall of as much as $38 billion due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to TransitCenter. At the same time, they're more important than ever, with more than 36% of essential workers relying on public transportation to get to work.

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