Barf BagWelcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.
- Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA), the anti-abortion lawmaker who allegedly pressured his mistress into having an abortion, announced that he will resign—effective today. Late on Wednesday, Murphy had said that he would retire at the end of his term. “It was Dr. Murphy’s decision to move on to the next chapter of his life, and I support it,” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said in a statement. Thank god I still had that picture of Murphy saved on my laptop from yesterday. [Politico]
- According to reports, Donald Trump is likely to announce on October 12 that he will “decertify” the nuclear deal with Iran. The decision could result in the United States reimposed sanctions on Iran which would end the agreement made in 2015 to limit Iran’s nuclear production. Unnamed officials said that Trump would “hold off on recommending that Congress reimpose sanctions on Iran that would abrogate the agreement.” [Washington Post]
- The National Rifle Association said today that it would support restrictions on bump stocks. The devices alter semiautomatic weapons, allowing them to fire hundreds of rounds in a short period of time, and were used by the Las Vegas shooter on Sunday. “The N.R.A. believes that devices designed to allow semiautomatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations,” the group said in a statement. [New York Times]
- Some words from Ivana Trump: “I was just offered to be the American ambassador to Czech Republic — and Donald told me, he said: ‘Ivana, if you want it, I give it to you.” She turned down the job because, “I like my freedom. I like to do what I want to do, go wherever I want to go with whomever I want to go. And I can afford my lifestyle. OK, why would I go and say bye-bye to Miami in the winter, bye-bye to Saint-Tropez in the summer, and bye-bye to spring and fall in New York? I have a perfect life.” [Politico]
- The House has begun the long process of passing the 2018 budget. [Washington Post]
- Here’s a good piece on the budget and how the deficit is deeply misunderstood. [New York Times]
- The Mercers donated a large sum to Evan Jenkins, a Senate candidate in West Virginia backed by Steve Bannon. [The Hill]
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