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Daily Briefing: The Budget Gets Unspun

Bush's "time bomb" budget dumps expenses on successor. Professor: "You've got a shadow budget coming in behind that's a whole lot more expensive." [WP]


Government picked by Iraqis is "last thing the administration expected from its costly Iraq policy -- $300 billion and counting," say analysts. [WP]

Frist urges Dean and Dems to be open to Republican policy. Dean: "I'll pretty much be living in red states in the South and West for quite a while. The way to get people not to be skeptical about you is to show up and say what you think." [USAT]

Budget slams red states; Republican senators respond angrily. Cochran (R-Miss.): "I don't think anyone in the administration really thought Congress would go along with this." [WP]

Laura wants to get the party started; shuffles social staff members in preparation for more entertaining. Fired chef: "We've been trying to find a way to satisfy the first lady's stylistic requirements, and it has been difficult." [NYT]

Democrats counter Bush's bully pulpit on Social Security with hundreds of town hall meetings. [WP]

Democrats try to imitate unity, message control of Republicans. [LAT]

Frist says he has the votes to change filibuster rules, but doesn't want to. [WT]

U.S. increases pressure on North Korea. [NYT]

Spellings relinquishes some control of NCLB to states, cities. [NYT]

Lieberman to replace Rumsfeld? [WP]

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Is there ANY good news for the bumblefucking Trump re-election campaign these days? Their polling numbers are in the shitter, therefore Trump is firing the pollsters. Trump's Hitler rally kickoff event in Florida last night was ... whatever it was. Oh, and did we mention that they ain't got no money? Like, of course, not counting whatever Russian money they're not telling us about.

Don Jr. recently called a prominent donor and warned that Trump's money haul is falling behind where Barack Obama was early in his reelection, while Jared Kushner has privately complained to RNC chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel that Trump's war chest is not as big as it should be at this point in the cycle.

Whiiiiiiiiiine. Guess they're gonna have to see if they can launder some rubles somewhere, ALLEGEDLY.

Gabe Sherman has some more bad news about Trump's shithole campaign, and it is that Robert and Rebekah Mercer, the father-daughter billionaire duo who bankrolled much of Trump's "victory" in 2016 -- including funding Breitbart, and also the part of the "victory" that comprised Cambridge Analytica, the data company they owned that may have done some real hinky stuff, possibly with Russia, in order to get Trump "elected" -- have zipped up their checkbooks and decided Trump can go eat dicks for all they care.

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