Welcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.
Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:
- Here’s a study that confirms what we already knew: the Trump administration is overwhelmingly white and male. According to paper, a “new analysis...found that 80 percent of nominations for top jobs in the Trump administration have gone to men.” Men outnumber women four-to-one in the Trump administration, a number significantly lower than the previous three administrations. It’s unlikely that gender balance or representation would do much to shift the perspective of this administration but the sheer disparity in numbers is a fine reminder of the long-term impact Trump’s perspective will likely have. [The Guardian]
- Donald Trump granted the Treasury Department authority to enforce economic sanctions on North Korea as well as companies that do business with the country. According to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin the decision “significantly expands Treasury’s authority to target those who enable this regime...wherever they are located.” [Washington Post]
- Unlike Tom Price, Betsy DeVos uses her own private jet for government travel. “Secretary DeVos accepted her position to serve the public and is fully committed to being a faithful steward of taxpayer dollars,” her press secretary said in a statement. It’s very nice of her to use her private jet to wreak havoc on public education. [The Hill]
- Trump will supposedly take a more “holistic” approach to Iran. Never has the word “holistic” sounded so terrifying. [Talking Points Memo]
- Sean Spicer says he never “knowingly” lied to the American people. Okay. [Politico]
- Definitely, don’t ask Spicer any questions via text or email or he will “contact the appropriate legal authorities to address your harassment.” [Axios]
- Here’s a helpful rundown of the immense pressures that the Graham-Cassidy bills will put on states and their healthcare systems. [New York Times]
- A reminder that, despite Trump’s insistence that Graham-Cassidy includes coverage for pre-existing conditions, it does not. [CNN]
Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:
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