Let’s Get Political: Tariffs, tax cuts, and porn stars

National:

It was a wild week in the White House. Here are a few highlights.

Trump’s tarrifs

Trump proposed steel and aluminum tariffs this week. The tariffs go into effect in the next few weeks, despite strong opposition from Republicans, which suggests it would hurt the economy and create divisions with other countries. Trump believes the tariffs would boost aluminum and steel production here in the U.S., but it will also likely raise prices of things like cans and cars.

Nunberg’s interview spree

(Source: VOX).

(Source: VOX).

A former Trump aide, Sam Nunberg, threatened to ignore a subpoena by Robert Mueller on a TV interview with the Washington Post on Monday. He then went on a TV interview spree, sitting for a variety of cable news shows until a CNN host accused him of drinking, saying his breath smelled of alcohol.

 

Conway violates Hatch Act

(Source: CNN).

(Source: CNN).

Kellyanne Conway, one President Trump’s White House aides, violated the Hatch Act, which restricts White House staff from endorsing political candidates in their official capacity. The incident both took place during last year’s Alabama special election. In one interview with Fox News she said, “Folks, don’t be fooled. He’ll be a vote against tax cuts. He’s weak on crime, weak on borders. He’s strong on raising your taxes. He’s terrible for property owners,” in reference to Democratic candidate Doug Jones.

 

Stormy Daniels sues the president

(Source: CNN).

(Source: CNN).

Stormy Daniels, a porn star who had an alleged affair with Trump back in 2006, is now suing the president for never signing the non-disclosure agreement his lawyer set up with her.

 

Economic advisor resigns

(Source: Business Insider).

(Source: Business Insider).

Gary Cohn, Trump’s top economic advisor, resigned on Tuesday after disagreements over Trump’s tariff plan. Cohn exit brings the number of White House senior officials who have left their position during Trump’s first year to 35, a 43 percent turnover rate.

 

Congress:

Bank regulations roll back

Source: Business Insider).

Source: Business Insider).

This week in congress, legislators on both sides of the aisle have decided to rewrite some aspects of the Dodd- Frank Act. First passed in 2010 as a response to the 2008 Wall Street crash, it put regulations on banks for lending, loans and mortgages. The new laws will lift some of the restrictions on smaller banks.

 

Local:

Higher education funding

(Source: Missouri Times).

(Source: Missouri Times).

In response to Gov. Greitens’ proposed tax cuts to higher education, the Missouri House Budget Committee proposed a new budget plan on Wednesday that would instead provide an additional $37.6 million in core funds to universities across the state.

 

Transgender rights

(Source: Rewire).

(Source: Rewire).

Former Gov. Sam Brownback’s son-in-law defended a resolution approved by the Kansas Republican Party to deny members of the transgender community the ability to self-identify. The proposal, which was originally approved last month has been criticized among many Kansans, even some in the Republican Party.  Although this resolution does not affect any laws, it is a declaration of how Republicans will treat their transgender constituents going forward.

 

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