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The Morning Briefing: Trump's Got a Budget and Much, Much More

(Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

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.


Good. Omar’s comments threaten to divide district’s Somali, Jewish residents: reports

Omar Tweets Out Audio Confirming She Criticized Obama

Cheney says House anti-Semitism resolution was effort to protect Omar

Ilhan Omar deletes tweet claiming Politico distorted Obama criticism

The dignity of work — not AOC’s Green New Deal — will save the next generation

Your daily WTF:

Hospital ‘robot’ gives man end of life news

Florida Cop Allegedly Used Police Database to Try and Get Dates With Over 100 Women

Historical picture of the day:

A South Vietnamese soldier holds his personal belongings in a plastic bag between his teeth as his unit crosses a muddy Mekong Delta stream in Vietnam near the Cambodian border on March 11, 1972. His unit is not part of a new large operation into Cambodia but charged with stemming Communist infiltration from Cambodia into South Vietnam in the heavily populated Mekong Delta area. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Other morsels:

Horrifying. Ethiopian Airlines crash is second disaster involving Boeing 737 MAX 8 in months

Important. Dark Money Org Gave $2 Million To Group Working With Fusion GPS, Steele

Bret Baier calls out ‘Fox derangement syndrome’ after DNC blocks Fox News from hosting debate

Tucker Carlson says he won’t apologize for comments in resurfaced radio interview

9-year-old girl found dead in duffel bag identified

Plastic surgery is on the rise. Here’s what people are getting done

Firing squad. Florida teen who allegedly set cat on fire gets community service: report

Schiff: Erik Prince did not disclose 2016 Trump Tower meeting to Intelligence Committee

Top House Dem says Cohen likely to face DOJ perjury probe; admits blocking Fox News from primary debates ‘doesn’t help’

Mumps, other outbreaks force U.S. detention centers to quarantine over 2,000 migrants

Castro hits Sanders over reparations stance

Native American tribe donates $184,000 to cover funeral costs for Alabama tornado victims

Clarence Thomas Clerks Dominate Trump’s Judicial Appointments

‘The Straw Police’: Nunes Associates California’s Straw Ban With Socialism

Trump slams ‘grandstanding’ California governor on asylum shelters

Adam Schiff: Trump should have to testify under oath

The ACLU’s surprising new political strategy, modeled in part after the NRA

Reports: Out-of-service bus explodes in Stockholm

AI could help identify Civil War veterans in your family

Showtime cancels ‘SMILF’ following allegations of Frankie Shaw’s on-set misconduct

Transgender woman arrested in chemical spray attack eyed as hate crime in New York

Idiot. Woman attacked by a jaguar while taking a photo apologizes to the Arizona zoo

Unvaccinated 6-year-old boy spent 57 days in hospital after tetanus diagnosis: CDC

Bill to route internet through Russian servers spurs protest

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!