Day 336: A formula for success.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

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1/ Nearly 2 million children will lose health coverage if Congress doesn't fund the Children's Health Insurance Program by Friday. CHIP covers 9 million children across the country, but Congress failed to authorize new funding in September. (NBC News)

2/ Current government funding expires at the end of the day Friday. House Republicans are working toward passage of a stripped-down, temporary funding measure to keep the government funded through January 19th. The current plan includes $2.85 billion for the Children's Health Insurance Program, which lapsed in October. (New York Times)

3/ Two measures intended to stabilize the Affordable Care Act markets were kicked to next year after conservatives in the House said they wouldn't support the legislation. The inclusion of the ACA fixes as part of the year-end spending deal was a promise Mitch McConnell made to Susan Collins in order to get her vote on tax reform. (Bloomberg / Politico)

4/ Trump won't sign his "big, beautiful" tax cut before Christmas due to a technical snafu. He will sign the bill on January 3rd so that automatic spending cuts to Medicare and other programs don't take effect. (Bloomberg)

5/ Trump's personal tax cut could save him as much as $15 million a year. Jared Kushner could see his tax burden cut by $12 million, while five other members of Trump's inner circle will see benefits worth as much as $4.5m from changes to the estate tax. (The Guardian)

6/ Democrats tapped a constitutional law expert as their leader on the House Judiciary Committee. Jerry Nadler takes over as the ranking Democrat on the panel following the resignation of John Conyers. The Judiciary Committee would be responsible for initiating impeachment proceedings against Trump if Democrats win back the House in 2018. (Politico / Washington Post)

7/ The White House counsel knew Michael Flynn had probably violated two federal laws in January. Don McGahn learned on December 29, 2016, that Flynn had counseled Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, not to retaliate against economic sanctions imposed by the Obama administration. McGahn then researched federal laws dealing with lying to federal investigators and negotiating with foreign governments. He also warned Trump about Flynn's possible violations. (Foreign Policy)

  1. January 24th: Flynn lied to the FBI in an interview.

  2. January 27th: Sally Yates told McGahn that Flynn was in a "compromise situation"

  3. January 27th: Trump asked James Comey to pledge his loyalty. He declined.

  4. February 13th: Flynn was fired.

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