9.12am EDT 09:12 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s advisers are skeptical to say the least about his potential presidential bid. De Blasio, who traveled to South Carolina this weekend, has said he won’t rule out jumping into the already crowded 2020 Democratic primary field. But Politico spoke to nearly three dozen former and
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s advisers are skeptical to say the least about his potential presidential bid.
De Blasio, who traveled to South Carolina this weekend, has said he won’t rule out jumping into the already crowded 2020 Democratic primary field.
But Politico spoke to nearly three dozen former and current aides, consultants and allies who panned the idea or doubted de Blasio would go through with it.
One former aide called the idea “fucking insane.” Another said it was “idiotic.” “The empirical measurements of the city are good, but he can’t get off the ground because nobody likes the guy,” one former aide told Politico. “He is stubborn about doing things that he feels entitled to do, but don’t do him any favors politically and don’t make a lot of sense.”
Donald Trump will be unveiling his proposal for the federal budget today.
The president’s budget doesn’t carry the weight that it once did, Reuters reports. Congress is expected to largely ignore it. The proposed budget for 2020 comes a month after its deadline, which the White House has blamed on the government shutdown.
Some of what we know so far: The budget will do little to cut a ballooning federal deficit, the Associated Press reports:
Trump’s plan for the 2020 budget year will propose cuts to many domestic programs favored by lawmakers in both parties but leave alone politically popular retirement programs such as Medicare and Social Security.
Washington probably will devote months to wrestling over erasing the last remnants of a failed 2011 budget deal that would otherwise cut core Pentagon operations by $71 billion and domestic agencies and foreign aid by $55 billion. Top lawmakers are pushing for a reprise of three prior deals to use spending cuts or new revenues and prop up additional spending rather than defray deficits that are again approaching $1 trillion.
It’s put deficit hawks in a gloomy mood.
“The president doesn’t care. The leadership of the Democratic Party doesn’t care,” said former Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H. “And social media is in stampede mode.”
Trump’s budget arrives as the latest Treasury Department figures show a 77 percent spike in the deficit over the first four months of the budget year, driven by falling revenues and steady growth in spending.
Trump’s 2017 tax cut bears much of the blame, along with sharp increases in spending for both the Pentagon and domestic agencies and the growing federal retirement costs of the baby boom generation. Promises that the tax cut would stir so much economic growth that it would mostly pay for itself have been proved woefully wrong.
Trump’s upcoming budget, however, won’t address any of the main factors behind the growing, intractable deficits that have driven the U.S. debt above $22 trillion.
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Sunday on Fox News that there’s “no reason to obsess” about the deficit as long as it’s smaller than 5% of the total economy.
The White House is proposing $2.7 trillion in spending cuts to domestic programs, according to new details released Sunday evening, CNN reports. Trump has requested a 5% cut across federal agencies, excluding defense spending.
Trump’s budget will also request $8.6 billion to pay for the wall he wants to build on the US-Mexico border.
A female staffer to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand resigned in protest over the way Gillibrand’s office handled her complaint of sexual harassment by another staffer, Politico reports this morning.
Gillibrand, a New York Democrat who is running for president, has been a public champion of the #MeToo movement and efforts to combat sexual harassment in the military and the workplace.
But Politico reports that Gillibrand’s office kept staffer Abbas Malik on the job after a female colleague complained that he had harassed her, and told Gillibrand she was resigning because she was unhappy with how the complaint was handled. After Politico presented its own findings about allegations against Malik to Gillibrand’s office, he was fired.
The female staffer charged that Malik, who is married, made unwanted advances on her and often made crude, misogynistic remarks about his female colleagues.
Less than three weeks later, she quit her job, according to Politico. “I have offered my resignation because of how poorly the investigation and post-investigation was handled,” she wrote in an email to Gillibrand. “Your office chose to go against your public belief that women shouldn’t accept sexual harassment in any form and portrayed my experience as a misinterpretation instead of what it actually was: harassment and ultimately, intimidation.”
Gillibrand defended her handling of the case, saying her office did a full investigation and concluded the conduct described did not meet the standard of sexual harassment. She said the letter from the staffer contained inaccuracies.
“As I have long said, when allegations are made in the workplace, we must believe women so that serious investigations can actually take place, we can learn the facts, and there can be appropriate accountability,” she told Politico. “That’s exactly what happened at every step of this case last year.”
Fox News condemns Jeanine Pirro’s remarks on Ilhan Omar’s hijab
Fox News has condemned its host Jeanine Pirro for suggesting that Ilhan Omar’s wearing of a hijab places her in conflict with the US constitution.
“We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Ilhan Omar,” Fox News said in a statement, according to CNN. “They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.”
On her show Saturday night, Pirro went after Omar, the Minnesota Democrat who is Somali American and Muslim.
Pirro said: “Think about it. Omar wears a hijab, which, according to the Qur’an 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested. Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States constitution?”