May 1, 2017

Mulvaney: spending bill is "really good deal" for Trump

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OMB Director Mick Mulvaney briefed reporters Monday on the spending bill to fund the government through September, saying, "it's great that the Democrats like the bill" and it's also "a really good deal" for the administration.

Wins: "We got more money for defense, more money for border security, more money for school choice."

On why border wall funding isn't in it: It's "almost impossible to get the bricks and mortar on the ground" in five months. When asked how that will change when the next spending bill comes around, he said, "a lot can happen in five months."

On why defunding Planned Parenthood isn't in it: Mulvaney said since it isn't in this spending bill, pro-lifers on and off the Hill are refocusing their efforts to defund Planned Parenthood in the health care bill, which could get a vote this week.

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As recently as Saturday night, senior administration officials told me that the designation of a violent cohort of far-left activists, antifa, as a terrorist organization was not being seriously discussed at the White House. But that was Saturday.

Behind the scenes: The situation changed dramatically a few hours later, after prominent conservative allies of the president, such as his friend media commentator Dan Bongino, publicly urged a tough response against people associated with antifa (short for "anti-fascist").

U.S. enters 6th day of nationwide protests over George Floyd's killing

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Protests continued across the country for the sixth day in a row on Sunday, as demonstrators called for justice in response to the deaths of George Floyd, EMT Breonna Taylor, jogger Ahmaud Arbery and countless other black Americans who have suffered at the hands of racism and police brutality.

What's happening: Protestors in D.C. broke one police barricade outside the White House on Sunday evening after reportedly demonstrating for several hours. The atmosphere was still largely peaceful as of 6pm ET.

Trump privately scolded, warned by allies

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Over the past couple of days, numerous advisers both inside and outside the White House have urged the president to tone down his violent rhetoric, which many worry could escalate racial tensions and hurt him politically.

Behind the scenes: The biggest source of internal concern was Trump's escalatory tweet, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Some advisers said it could damage him severely with independent voters and suburban women.