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The Trump administration will unveil the top-line figures from its 2020 budget on Monday.

The big picture: Trump's budget won't balance in 10 years, and it uses a controversial Pentagon "slush fund" to give Trump a $750 billion military budget without exceeding the spending caps imposed under a 2011 budget law.

Between the lines: Capitol Hill will promptly reject this budget, as it does every year with every president.

  • Soon after Reuters reported Trump's budget would ask Congress for an extra $8.6 billion to pay for the wall, Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi said in a joint statement: "Congress refused to fund his wall and he was forced to admit defeat and reopen the government. The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again. We hope he learned his lesson."

Though symbolic, Trump's budget will show his priorities: boosting military spending, cutting other domestic spending, and making substantial cuts but not addressing Social Security and Medicare reforms that would be needed to take a big chunk out of the national debt. It will also include an increase in child care funding — an Ivanka Trump priority.

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Scoop: Gina Haspel threatened to resign over plan to install Kash Patel as CIA deputy

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CIA Director Gina Haspel threatened to resign in early December after President Trump cooked up a hasty plan to install loyalist Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as her deputy, according to three senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Why it matters: The revelation stunned national security officials and almost blew up the leadership of the world's most powerful spy agency. Only a series of coincidences — and last minute interventions from Vice President Mike Pence and White House counsel Pat Cipollone — stopped it.

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  2. Politics: Biden says, "We will manage the hell out of" vaccine distribution — Biden taps ex-FDA chief to lead Operation Warp Speed amid rollout of COVID plan — Widow of GOP congressman-elect who died of COVID-19 will run to fill his seat.
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John Weaver, Lincoln Project co-founder, acknowledges “inappropriate” messages

John Weaver aboard John McCain's campaign plane in February 2000. Photo: Robert Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images)

John Weaver, a veteran Republican operative who co-founded the Lincoln Project, declared in a statement to Axios on Friday that he sent “inappropriate,” sexually charged messages to multiple men.

  • “To the men I made uncomfortable through my messages that I viewed as consensual mutual conversations at the time: I am truly sorry. They were inappropriate and it was because of my failings that this discomfort was brought on you,” Weaver said.
  • “The truth is that I'm gay,” he added. “And that I have a wife and two kids who I love. My inability to reconcile those two truths has led to this agonizing place.”