Mulvaney helped shut down the government in 2013. Now he’s trying to keep it running without funding.

The following article by Damian Paletta and Mike DeBonis was posted on the Washington Post website January 21, 2018:

Some party leaders and President Trump have changed their tune on government shutdowns since the last one in 2013. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)

With President Trump largely hidden from public view during the government shutdown, the face of the White House’s response belongs to Mick Mulvaney, who has plenty of experience with such events.

He helped cause one in 2013.

Mulvaney, the White House Office of Management and Budget director, said Trump tasked him with minimizing the impact of the shutdown, which could send 800,000 federal employees home without pay and limit operations at the Pentagon. Read More

‘Language as a weapon’: In Trump era, immigration debate grows more heated over what words to use

The following article by David Nakamura was posted on the Washington Post website January 21, 2018:

Supporters of “dreamers,” the protected undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children, demonstrate outside the Capitol on Jan. 19. (Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)

Lars Larson, a conservative radio host in Portland, Ore., who supports President Trump, uses the phrase “illegal aliens” on his nationally syndicated talk show to describe immigrants living in the country unlawfully.

“I think it’s a way to define a problem,” Larson said. “We’re a nation of laws.”

Cecilia Muñoz, a longtime immigrant rights advocate who served as President Barack Obama’s domestic policy adviser, calls those words “pejorative” and prefers alternatives such as “undocumented immigrants.”

“Aliens, in the public mind, are not a good thing,” Muñoz said.

Their disagreement over how to describe an estimated population of 11 million people might seem like minor semantics in the tempestuous, decades-long debate over how to overhaul the nation’s immigration system. But people on both sides say the yawning gap in language has come to symbolize — and directly contribute to — the inability of Congress and the general public to forge consensus. An impasse on immigration was at the center of the budget fight that led to a shutdown of the federal government Saturday. Read More

Trump’s 24-year-old drug policy appointee was let go at law firm after he ‘just didn’t show’

The following article by Robert O’Harrow Jr. was posted on the Washington Post website January 20, 2018:

Recent college grad and campaign volunteer Taylor Weyeneth is now an administrative leader in Trump’s drug policy office. (Dalton Bennett/The Washington Post)

A former Trump campaign worker appointed at age 23 to a top position in the White House’s drug policy office had been let go from a job at a law firm because he repeatedly missed work, a partner at the firm said.

While in college, late in 2014 or early in 2015, Taylor Weyeneth began working as a legal assistant at the New York firm O’Dwyer & Bernstien. He was “discharged” in August 2015, partner Brian O’Dwyer said in an interview. Read More

Schumer offered Trump something Democrats hate for something Republicans broadly like

The following article by Philip Bump was posted on the Washington Post website January 20, 2018:

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) faulted President Trump and Senate Republicans for the government shutdown. (U.S. Senate)

When the New York Times first reported it, it seemed unlikely. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) offered President Trump funding for his wall in exchange for protecting immigrants who entered the country illegally as children? The most powerful Democrat in the Senate was willing to support one of his party’s most-hated proposals, just like that? The Times wrote simply that Schumer “discussed the possibility of fully funding the president’s wall on the southern border with Mexico” — which leaves some wiggle room.

On the floor of the Senate on Saturday, though, Schumer explained that it was almost exactly that: A deal on those covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that would also potentially fund the wall. Read More

After Vowing to Fix Washington, Trump Is Mired in a Familiar Crisis

The following article by Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Maggie Haberman was posted n the New York Times website January 20, 2018:

President Trump opted not to accept a deal that he and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the top Senate Democrat, had hashed at the White House on Friday. Credit Al Drago for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — One year to the day after taking office with vows to bring the dysfunction of Washington to heel, President Trump on Saturday found himself thrust into the most perennial of political crises, bitterly casting blame on Democrats for a government shutdown he said they had orchestrated to mar the anniversary.

Mr. Trump had planned to spend the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., celebrating his first year in office at a soiree with friends and supporters. Instead, he remained out of sight in the White House, where he stewed about an impasse he had been unable to prevent, according to people close to him, and held a feverish round of conversations with Republican leaders in search of a resolution. Read More

In the crowd at Trump’s inauguration, members of Russia’s elite anticipated a thaw between Moscow and Washington

The following article by Craig Timberg, Rosalind S. Helderman, Andrew Roth and Carol D. Leonnig was posted on the Washington Post website January 20, 2018:

Some prominent Russians came to Washington to witness Donald Trump’s inauguration last year. Above is a section where some had ticketed seats in front of the U.S. Capitol. (CNN/Photo illustration by The Washington Post)

In the days before Donald Trump’s inauguration, a wealthy Russian pharmaceutical executive named Alexey Repik arrived in Washington, expressing excitement about the new administration.

He posted a photo on Facebook of a clutch of inauguration credentials arranged next to a white “Make America Great Again” hat, writing in Russian: “I believe that President Donald Trump will open a new page in American history.” Read More

President Trump made 2,140 false or misleading claims in his first year

The following article by Glenn Kessler and Meg Kelly was posted on the Washington Post website January 20, 2018:

After a year in office, President Trump has made 2,140 false or misleading claims and flip-flops. He now averages 5.9 per day. (Meg Kelly/The Washington Post)

One year after taking the oath of office, President Trump has made 2,140 false or misleading claims, according to The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president. That’s an average of nearly 5.9 claims a day.

We started this project as part of our coverage of the president’s first 100 days, largely because we could not possibly keep up with the pace and volume of the president’s misstatements. Readers demanded we keep it going for another year. The database has proved so useful — and even sparked the interest of academicians — that we now plan to keep it going for the rest of Trump’s presidency. Read More

We asked experts to grade Trump’s first year as a president. Here’s what they said.

The following article by Justin Vaughn and Brandon Rottinghaus was posted on the Washington Post website January 19, 2018:

From high-profile firings to contentious remarks, the ups and downs of President Trump’s first year on the job garnered him historically low approval ratings. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)

Just one year in, President Trump already has had a remarkable effect on the presidency — on the U.S. government’s tone and policies. So what would experts put on his report card? We’ve surveyed presidential experts in the past. Here’s what they said for year one of the Trump presidency.

How we did the research

We surveyed current and past members of the American Political Science Association’s Presidents and Executive Politics section on a variety of topics, asking for their assessments of Trump’s first year in office, both overall and on a few key dimensions of contemporary presidential leadership. The survey was conducted via Qualtrics and was live from Dec. 22, 2017, to Jan. 16, 2018. Of the 320 experts in presidential politics we invited to participate, we received grades back from 155. We then averaged the responses for a systematic assessment of the 45th president’s freshman year. Read More

Trump to Mark One-Year Anniversary With Gala at Mar-a-Lago

The following article by Jennifer Jacobs and Bill Allison was posted on the Bloomberg News website January 18, 2018:

  • Tickets for dinner event start at $100,000 per couple

  • Unclear whether government shutdown would affect travel plans

President Donald Trump will mark the first anniversary of his inauguration on Saturday with a celebration at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, with tickets starting at $100,000 a pair. Read More

FBI investigating whether Russian money went to NRA to help Trump

The following article by Peter Stone and Greg Gordon was posted on the McClatchyDC website January 18 2018:

President Trump addressed the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention on April 28, 2017. He’s the first president to do so in more than 30 years. “The eight-year assault on your second amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end,” Trump said. The White House

The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency, two sources familiar with the matter have told McClatchy.

FBI counterintelligence investigators have focused on the activities of Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank who is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA, the sources said. Read More