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Will He, or Won’t He?

Trump says he want so to loosen regulations on community bankers. USA Today:

“President Trump told a group of community bankers Monday that he is trying to cut the number of government regulations they have long protested, even as he floated the idea of breaking up bigger banks… the start of a long-term effort to ‘roll back burdensome regulations’ – many of them imposed during President Obama’s administration.”

Trump suggests he may break up big banks. NYT:

“It would be one thing for him to ‘do a big number’ on Dodd-Frank, the 2010 law that imposed stricter regulations on banks… it would be a much more seismic shift to bring back Glass-Steagall… the biggest names in banking would presumably face the choice of having to shed either their commercial banking arm or their investment banking division.”

GOP Votes Not There To Pass ACA Repeal

Republicans still short of a healthcare win, as GOP moderates lean towards no. HuffPost:

“With around 20 hard no votes, Republicans would need almost every undecided and leaning no Republican to side with them. And with Trump seeming to trash the legislation as it currently stands, there aren’t many compelling reasons for wavering Republicans to get on board.”

Democrats Claim a Win

Pelosi and Schumer see spending maneuvers as key to blocking Trump agenda. WaPo:

“…it will be very difficult — if not impossible — for the GOP to exert its will in future budget negotiations, including when it comes to Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint. That’s because Republicans are hopelessly divided over how much to spend on government programs, with a small but vocal minority unwilling to support such measures at all.”

House conservatives may revolt against bipartisan spending compromise. Bloomberg:

“The plan drew howls of protest from conservatives… ‘I don’t think I’ll be voting for it,’ House Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan of Ohio said… Representative Jeff Duncan of South Carolina accused moderate Republicans of failing to ‘stand firm’ against Democratic priorities… GOP leaders eager to focus on health-care and tax overhauls bowed to Democratic demands to eliminate hundreds of policy restrictions aimed at curbing regulations, leaving the Trump administration with few victories.”

Thousands of May Day Protestors Hit U.S. Cities

New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Denver among sites of major protests. HuffPost:

“Backers of the May 1 protests saw the day as an ideal opportunity to challenge the Trump administration over its immigration crackdown… The May Day holiday has radical roots in the American fight for an eight-hour workday, and it serves as an annual working-class celebration of labor in many foreign countries, including Mexico.”

Trump Rolls Back Nutrition Guidelines

Agricultural Secretary visits elementary school to announce salt and fat will “make school meals great again.” NYT:

“Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that school meals would no longer have to meet some requirements connected with Mrs. Obama’s initiative to combat childhood obesity… schools can request an exemption from the whole grain requirements and delay the sodium mandate.”

FDA mandate that requires food sellers to post calorie counts has been postponed. Chicago Tribune:

“The rule, which originally was proposed as part of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, was set to go into effect Friday… The labeling requirement has been heralded by public health advocates who say consumers who see calorie counts before buying food tend to order less calorie-laden options.”

White Nationalists Steer White House Immigration Policy

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach counsels the White House as well as FAIR, recognized by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. Truthout:

“If Kobach had his way, Muslim bans would just be the beginning: Along with FAIR, he opposes the 14th Amendment, which grants “birthright citizenship” to most of those born within the borders of the U.S.”

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Congress Saves Budget Fights For Another Day. Mark Trahant:

“Congress has a spending plan that rejects many of President Trump’s priorities. It also includes more money for federal Indian programs. But remember: it’s only enough money to fund government operations through the end of September.”

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