May 24, 2017

Trump's budget promises don't add up

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Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee Wednesday that the budget can't be balanced next year without reforming Social Security and Medicare.

"I don't believe it's possible, in fact I know it's not possible to balance the budget solely using the discretionary portion of the budget…[This year is] probably the last time we could [not touch Social Security retirement and Medicare]."

Go deeper: Trump has promised to "not touch Social Security, to leave it the way it is" and to "save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security without cuts" — and Mulvaney said the reason the current budget proposal doesn't touch those is because Trump told him, he "made a promise" he wouldn't.

What it means: If Trump's going to keep those promises to the American people, he's going to have to break another promise and leave the budget unbalanced.

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Coronavirus hospitalizations keep falling

Data: COVID Tracking Project, Harvard Global Health Institute; Note: Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, Tennessee and Puerto Rico have not reported hospitalizations consistently. Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 continues to decline, particularly in New York and other northeastern states that were among the hardest hit by the virus.

Yes, but: Some states are still recording stagnant or rising amounts of hospitalizations.

Updates: George Floyd protests continue past curfews

Protesters on Tuesday evening by the metal fence recently erected outside the White House. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Largely peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued Tuesday night across the U.S. for the eighth consecutive day.

The latest: Protesters were out en masse after curfews were in force in areas including Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles and Portland — one of the cities where there was a late-night flash-point between police and protesters.

Primary elections test impact of protests, coronavirus on voting

Election official at a polling place at McKinley Technology High School in Washington, D.C. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

In the midst of a global pandemic and national protests over the death of George Floyd, eight states and the District of Columbia held primary elections on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, needs to win 425 of the 479 delegates up for grabs in order to officially clinch the nomination. There are a number of key down-ballot races throughout the country as well, including a primary in Iowa that could determine the fate of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).