Missouri May Soon Have Just 1 Abortion Provider Left

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Barf BagWelcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.

Fall, the best season, is almost here.

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • A federal appeals court has ruled that Missouri can enforce anti-abortion laws requiring clinics to be affiliated with ambulatory surgical centers, which threatens to shut down one of the state’s two remaining abortion providers. [New York Times]
  • There’s another Omarosa tape. [Talking Points Memo]
  • Speaking of Omarosa, the White House has a new policy that no longer allows staffers to leave their phones outside the Situation Room. [CNN]
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is distancing himself from a gross political mailer sent by the New York State Democratic Committee that accused Democratic challenger Cynthia Nixon of being anti-Semitic. [CNN]
  • You will also never find Cuomo on the New York City subway. [Politico]
  • Donald Trump is going to write the “real book” that counters journalist Bob Woodward’s account of the Trump White House, okay?? [Politico]
  • Mike Pence is willing to take a lie detector test to prove he didn’t pen the anonymous op-ed in the New York Times. [HuffPost]
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions is planning to increase the number of immigration judges by 50 percent by the end of the year. [Politico]
  • He also wants the judges to show less sympathy for immigrants. [BuzzFeed]
  • The Trump administration seeks to deport Francis Anwana, a 48-year-old deaf and disabled man who has lived in the U.S. for 34 years. [Detroit Free Press]
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Prachi Gupta is a senior reporter at Jezebel.

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Here’s another leak from Woodward’s book, due out tomorrow.

During the meeting at Trump Tower in November 2016, Cohn touched on a series of economic issues, including the Federal Reserve. Cohn told Trump that the Fed would most likely increase interest rates during his term. Trump then offered an idea of how to deal with the rising rates.

“We should just go borrow a lot of money, hold it, and then sell it to make money,” Trump said, according to the book.

While Trump was correct that many private businesses issue debt at a time of low interest rates, Cohn was “astounded at Trump’s lack of basic understanding” about what the government borrowing would mean, Woodward wrote.

During the campaign, Trump ran on a promise to eliminate the federal debt during his presidency. Borrowing more would increase the deficit and add to that debt, Cohn explained. The president-elect offered a solution.

“Just run the presses — print money,” Trump said, according to Woodward.

Cohn suggested that would be detrimental to the fiscal and economic health of the US, since printing vast amounts of money is thought to lead to inflation. But Trump returned to the idea later in the conversation.

Cohn also pointed to the federal debt ceiling, a statutory limit to the amount of debt the federal government can have outstanding. Even approaching the debt ceiling can be harmful to the stock market and US economic growth.

But according to Woodward, Cohn’s message did not seem to connect.

“It was clear that Trump did not understand the way the US government debt cycle balance sheet worked,” Woodward wrote.

This is a level of understanding of the U.S. economy that would be unworthy of a 7th grader.