Good post-daylight savings day Monday morning.
Here is what's on President Trump's agenda today:
- President Trump has lunch with the vice president
- The president receives his intelligence briefing
Trump to release 2020 budget
President Trump will release his new budget requests for the next fiscal year.
President Trump will soon formally seek a total of $8.6 billion in new border wall funding from Congress as part of the White House's upcoming budget proposal for the next fiscal year, three sources close to the budget process tell Fox News, although the aggressive request faces all-but-certain rejection in Congress amid a growing crisis at the southern border.
The budget is also expected to seek money to establish the Space Force as a new branch of the military, and to sharply curb spending on domestic safety-net programs. The outline includes a total of $2.7 trillion in nondefense spending cuts and the administration says its proposals would put the federal government on track to balance the budget by 2034.
“In the last two years, President Trump and this Administration have prioritized reining in reckless Washington spending. The Budget that we have presented to Congress and the American people ... embodies fiscal responsibility, and takes aim at Washington’s waste, fraud, and abuse,” said Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russ Vought in a statement Sunday night. "Our national debt nearly doubled under the previous Administration and now stands at more than $22 trillion. This Budget shows that we can return to fiscal sanity without halting our economic resurgence while continuing to invest in critical priorities.”
Democrat leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are not pleased with the budget.
“President Trump hurt millions of Americans and caused widespread chaos when he recklessly shut down the government to try to get his expensive and ineffective wall, which he promised would be paid for by Mexico,” Schumer and Pelosi said. "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."
“At a time when our country faces challenges about jobs for the future, this money would better be spent on rebuilding America, and on education and workforce development for jobs for the 21st century,” they concluded.
Larry Kudlow, WH economic advisor, told Fox News that the president also wants a 5 percent cut on all domestic spending.
Covington teen to sue CNN for $250m
When did it become socially acceptable for an adult to aggressively intimidate a kid? When that kid is wearing a Make America Great Again hat. I hope that boy owns CNN when this is over.
Nicholas Sandmann, the poor teen dragged by media giants and celebrities because they wanted their dream anti-Trump narrative to be true, and his lawyer, L. Lin Wood, told Fox News this weekend the lawsuit was coming this week. Sandmann is also suing the Washington Post. None of these powerful outlets could be bothered to exercise restraint and verify their aspirational reporting before setting off a major media storm and smearing the Covington boys and their families.
Sandmann “did absolutely nothing wrong,” his lawyer said.
The teen was visiting Washington, D.C., with his classmates to attend the March for Life. He was approached near the Lincoln Memorial by a Native America social justice activist who, according to video, beat a loud drum and shouted in his face. The activist then told the media the teen and his schoolmates were attacking another minority group that was assembling nearby. His story was later proven false when other videos of the altercation were examined.
AOC hits Reagan on Twitter
Over the weekend, Speaker of House Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) swiped at President Ronald Reagan.
“A perfect example of how special interests and the powerful have pitted white working class Americans against brown and black working-class Americans is Reaganism in the ’80s when he started talking about welfare queens,” Ocasio-Cortez told The Intercept’s Briahna Gray.
“So you think about this image of welfare queens and what he was really trying to talk about was … this like really resentful vision of essentially black women who were doing nothing, that were ‘sucks’ on our country. That’s not explicit racism but still rooted in a racist caricature.”
Reagan was re-elected, winning 49 out of 50 states. If AOC's remarks aren't an indictment of our educational system, I don't know what is.
Your daily WTF:
Historical picture of the day:
And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!
Listen to Salena and keep an eye in PA for St. Patrick's Day.
Is that so?
It's not worth it? Like in a fundraising $en$e? Or in the "you will lose the House in 2020" sense? If Trump was as bad as the Democrats say he is and has committed all kinds of unspeakable, treasonous crimes, wouldn't it be worth it for America to get rid of him? Unless that isn't the case at all....
If they don't die on the battlefield, they should face interrogation followed immediately by summary execution.
It's the only sane -- only moral -- way to deal with terrorists.
And, yes, it's totally legal under Geneva.
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Cannibalism coming to Venezuela? Tucker Carlson's old shock radio appearance? Banned for learning to code?
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I saw Captain Marvel last night, and I have to say it was rather disappointing. I love Marvel movies and have no problem with a female superhero lead. Wonder Woman was fantastic.
That said, Captain Marvel is a Mary Sue character. She's fun to watch, but ultimately she has very little of a real or compelling personality. She's way overpowered, and she knows it. Her slow discovery of her past made the movie enjoyable, and the action was great, as always. But her character left a great deal to be desired.
Marvel movies usually strike the perfect mix between action, humor, and character development. Sadly, the main character in this movie was flat, overpowered, and the "strong woman" stereotype.
Another major weakness — and warning SPOILERS — the Kree twist is not well worked out and seems abrupt and unjustified. One moment, the Kree are noble warrior heroes. The next, they're evil. That's not how good storytelling works.
I'd love to have seen two or three scenes slowly establishing why the Kree are evil, and that would have met the emotional threshold necessary for such a huge plot twist. As it stands, the movie abruptly moves from supporting one side to supporting the other, and the explanation is very much lacking.
Captain Marvel is a fun movie, but it is far too on-the-nose and it falls far short of the Marvel secret sauce and the excellent character development in Wonder Woman. I deeply wish a character as deeply intertwined in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and as pivotal to Avengers: Endgame (as Captain Marvel is) would be a deeper, more compelling figure. It cheapens the entire universe to have a Mary Sue at the center of it.
Make Congress Congress again.
Both Republicans and Democrats support the REINS Act, a measure that would require massive regulations to pass Congress just like a law. (As it stands, regulatory agencies effectively make law; it's quite perverse and arguably violates Article 1 of the Constitution.)
From David Schoenbroad over at The Hill:
A recent Rasmussen poll shows that a whopping 82 percent of voters believe that “Congress should review and approve regulations rather than allowing agencies to [impose them] on their own.” Yet, Congress shuns such responsibility because of a conflict of interest between its members and their constituents rather than a difference of opinion between Democratic and Republican voters.
Indeed, by margins of more than four-to-one, voters of both parties want their representatives to decide on regulations. In contrast, Democrats in Congress oppose the idea, while Republicans in Congress pretend to favor it, but in fact block it.
The administrative state gives Congress plausible deniability, so as America has more and more regulations that weaken freedom, Congress can pass the buck to the administration. What if Congress actually passed regulations? Then the people would have a say.
Yet, if these legislators had to take responsibility for the regulations, they would restructure regulatory statutes to give us more protection — and — fewer burdens. Instead, they leave them structured to give themselves more credit and less blame. That’s selfish.
The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, one of my favorite pieces of legislation, would require economically important regulations to be passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the president, just like any law.
If Democrats really want to empower the people and weaken the government, they would support this law. Sadly, Republicans do not strongly support it, either. This should be an issue in every election.
Holy hypocrisy Batman!
This from the lady who worried about the dual loyalty of Jewish Americans. How rich.
Did you hear the one about the diver who was eaten by a whale and lived to tell the tale?
"This was a very special event and a special moment," the diver says in the video below. During that "special moment," he says he was "an inside man" looking outside of the whale.
"It gives me a connection to the whale which I don't think anyone else had before," he added. With the exception of Jonah, he's probably right.