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Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney is briefing reporters on the latest details of the Trump Administration's FY18 budget. The title on the hard copy of budget reads, "New Foundation for American Greatness," but Mulvaney said it should really be called the "Taxpayer First Budget" because the administration looked at it "through the eyes of the people who were actually paying the bills." Live updates:

  • Balanced budget: "It balances for the first time in at least 10 years... The previous administration completely gave up on that," said Mulvaney. "If I take money from you and I have no intention of ever paying it back, that's not debt, that is theft."
  • "3% growth to some people is an unreasonable assumption. It used to be normal!... In a 3% growth economy, if you don't like your job you can quit... that is part and parcel the foundation of this budget."
  • Medicaid cuts: "The Medicaid cut isn't a cut, it's an improvement, because we'll give states more leeway to spend the money how they want," said Mulvaney. "What we are doing is growing Medicaid more slowly" over 10 years.
  • Climate spending: "Are many EPA reductions aimed at reducing the focus on climate science? Yes. Does it mean we are anti-science? Absolutely not."
  • Border wall funding: "No, we didn't dramatically reduce our request for border wall funds," said Mulvaney. "We are absolutely dead serious about the wall.... it's one of the president's top 3 priorities."
  • Social Security and Disability: "If people are really disabled" they should get SSDI. "We have plenty of money in this country to take care of the people who need help, we don't have enough money to take care of people who don't."

Read more on the details of the 2018 budget proposal.

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Death toll mounts as fighting between Israel and Hamas intensifies

Palestinian Muslims exchange wishes for Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, near a razed building in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia, on May 13. Photo: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

At least 109 Palestinians and seven people in Israel have been killed since recent fighting between Israel's military and Hamas began Monday.

The big picture: Israel began massing troops on its border with Gaza on Thursday, launching attacks from the air and ground as Hamas continued to fire rockets into Israel.

By the numbers: Where the earmarks are wanted

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Data: House Committee on Appropriations; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is being targeted for the largest collective earmark request in the country, according to a detailed breakdown of overall requests released by the House Appropriations Committee.

Why it matters: House appropriators are trying to balance bipartisan momentum for infrastructure investment with "pork-barrel" spending's checkered political history. The data dump is an effort to provide transparency for what are now termed "community project funding" requests.

Democrats open to user fees for infrastructure deal

President Biden sits Thursday with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) as they discuss his $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal. Photo: T.J. Kirkpatrick/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Some Senate Democrats are open to paying for a compromise infrastructure package by imposing user fees, including increasing the gas tax and raising money from electric car drivers through a vehicle-miles-traveled charge.

Why it matters: By inching toward the Republican position on pay-fors, some Democrats are bucking President Biden's push to offset his proposed $2.3 trillion plan by focusing only on raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy.

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