Welcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.
I’m just going to listen to this for the next decade.
Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:
- Earlier today, Fox News reported that Donald Trump is expected to announce the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that protects undocumented children who werebrought to the United States. Though the program protects some 800,000 young people, rumors that Trump would end the program have been persistent since his candidacy. Trump hasn’t helped, he’s both denied and confirmed that he would end DACA. Though DACA isn’t dead yet, the White House evaded a question on Fox’s report during today’s press conference. “No offense to your colleague from Fox News,” Sarah Sanders said, “but I think I’m a little bit better informed than they are in terms of when the White House has made a decision [...] it has not been finalized and when it is, we will certainly let you know.” “[DACA] is under review, there are a lot of components that need to be looked at, and once a decision is made, we will certainly let you guys know,” she later added. The attorney generals of ten states (all Republicans) have told the administration that they will sue if the president does not end DACA. [Talking Points Memo]
- Here’s a good profile of ten Dreamers and what they will do if DACA is ended. [Univision]
- Sanders also said that Donald Trump will donate $1 million to post-Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. [Politico]
- Just when you think that the administration can’t get any pettier, Steve Mnuchin signaled that he was reconsidering putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. [USA Today]
- Jared Kushner’s finances are very complicated and (unsurprisingly) very sketchy. [Washington Post]
- Paul Manafort took notes on “donations” during his 2016 meeting with Russian sources. [NBC]
- Meanwhile, the Trump administration has ordered the Russian consulate in San Francisco, as well as two annexes in Washington and New York, to close. According to a State Department spokeswoman, the decision was made “in the spirit of parity” in response to the Russian government’s recent decision to reduce the U.S.’s diplomatic presence in Russia. [The Hill]
- EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said that he thinks it’s “opportunistic [for the] media to talk about climate change in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. “I think at this point to look at things like this and to talk about a cause and effect really isn’t helping the people of Texas right now,” Pruitt told Breitbart in a Monday interview. [Talking Points Memo]
- Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke resigned his position today. According to the rumor mill, Clarke might be taking a position in Homeland Security but has yet to confirm the move. [Associated Press]
- A group of eight bipartisan governors unveiled a plan to fix Obamacare. The group called on the Trump administration to encourage more people to sign up for the program. [Business Insider]
- But instead of encouraging people to sign up, Trump cut funding for the programs that promote Obamacare. [Associated Press]
Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:
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