Today is July 23, and here are the stories I am watching.
1-CBP exposed for ‘failure’ to collect DNA from migrant detainees.
Fox News is reporting that a top government watchdog has joined whistleblowers in rebuking U.S. Customs and Border Protection for allegedly failing to collect DNA from detained migrants so the samples could be checked against an FBI database for violent crimes. The whistleblowers specifically alleged that the DNA pilot program was put on hold during the Obama administration, and efforts to implement it under the Trump administration were derailed.
DML: This squarely lands on the Trump administration. It’s time to either play like a champion or get off the field. I will discus this today at 10am on TeamDML.com
2-Trump & Dems reach budget deal to blow through mounds of cash.
The Trump administration and congressional leaders, including Democrats, have reached a critical debt and budget agreement that all but eliminates the risk of another government shutdown this fall — but that has already drawn fierce blowback from fiscal conservatives worried about overspending, as well as progressives unhappy with where the money could go. The deal announced Monday evening, which requires congressional approval, would increase spending caps by $320 billion relative to the limits prescribed in the 2011 Budget Control Act, whose spending-control provisions have been repeatedly waived since 2014. It also would suspend the debt ceiling and permit more government borrowing until July 31, 2021 — after the next presidential election.
DML: Things were supposed to change, spending was supposed to be cut. Instead we are spending like mad. I’m pissed!
3-Trump’s First Step Act results in more than a hundred violent criminals released from prison
More than a hundred violent criminals have been released under the First Step Act, President Trump’s signature bipartisan criminal justice reform package, according to data from an administration official provided to Fox News on Monday. The data, first obtained exclusively by “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” seemingly contradicted lawmakers’ promises that the legislation would largely affect only prisoners sentenced for minor drug-related offenses. Of 2,243 inmates released under the First Step Act, only 960 were incarcerated for drug-related offenses. On the other hand, 496 were in prison for weapons/explosives-related crimes, 239 for sex offenses, 178 for fraud/bribery/extortion, 118 for burglary/larceny and 106 for robbery, according to the data. Another 59 were imprisoned over homicide/aggravated assault, 46 for immigration-related offenses, nine for counterfeiting/embezzlement and two for national security reasons.
DML: Make America Great Again? Maybe a little less time spent with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West and a little more time on stuff we voter for…. just sayin’.
4-Nancy’s plan for Mueller.
House Democrats plan to continue the Mueller fight into the fall, reviving tactics Congress implemented post-Watergate. That includes more aggressive oversight, plus passage of reforms to combat money in politics, and promote government ethics and transparency. The plan is outlined in a six-page memo House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in coordination with the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, will send House Dems later today, framing tomorrow’s testimony by Robert Mueller.
DML: Does it not feel like the House of Cards has come to be real life. I mean, how stupid can this plot get?
5-The Trump administration slash food stamps.
Today the Trump White House will propose a food-stamp rule that would cut about 3.1 million people from the program. Currently, 43 states allow residents to automatically become eligible for food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) if they receive benefits from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The USDA wants to require people who receive TANF to pass a review of income and assets to determine whether they are eligible for SNAP. If enacted, the rule would save the federal government about $2.5 billion a year by removing people from SNAP, according to USDA.
DML: Well, if this is anything like the DNA not being collected from migrants, or the violent criminals getting released into the public from the First Step Act, or the sellout of our kids’ future with the spending bill with Dems, odds are we’ll read a future report that reveals veterans lost their food stamp assistance. This entire government, on both sides, is totally inept. We need one of our own running the ship. DML2024 feels like a lifetime away.
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