Category Archives: Enumerati

Trump Administration Suggests a Fee for Asylum Application

$50

“The Trump administration is considering charging immigrants a fee to apply for asylum protection in the United States,” BuzzFeed News reports. “The proposal, included in a not-yet-finalized draft regulation, would charge applicants, if they are already residing in the US, $50 to apply for asylum. Currently, there is no fee to enter an ‘affirmative asylum’ application. The fee would not apply to those who claim a fear of persecution at ports of entry or those who apply for the protections while in deportation proceedings. There would be no waiver of the fee for those who cannot afford to pay the $50.”

Biden Favored in 2020 Presidential Field

28%

A new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll finds Joe Biden is the most popular Democrat in a potential 2020 presidential primary, with 28% of Democratic and independent voters saying they’d most likely vote for him. Biden is followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at 21% and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) at 7%. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) as well as former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D) — who are all openly considering 2020 campaigns — all polled in the low single-digits.

Mueller Investigation Hasn’t Cost Taxpayers a Dime

$0.00

New York Magazine: “As of September, the fiscal cost of the Mueller investigation was roughly $0.00. By that point, the probe had spent roughly $26 million. But, by striking a plea agreement with Paul Manafort for his myriad white-collar crimes — an agreement that required Trump’s former campaign manager to forfeit five multi-million-dollar properties, a life-insurance policy, and the contents of multiple bank accounts — Mueller’s investigation had acquired somewhere between $26 million and $42 million worth of revenue for the federal treasury.”

Putin Was to Get $50 Million Penthouse at Moscow Trump Hotel

$50 million

“President Trump’s company planned to give a $50 million penthouse at Trump Tower Moscow to Russian President Vladimir Putin as the company negotiated the luxury real estate development during the 2016 campaign,” BuzzFeed News reports.

Despite Robust Economy, More Children Are Uninsured

3.9 million

“For the first time in nearly a decade, the number of uninsured children in America has grown,” CNN reports. “The reversal is unprecedented, particularly given a strong economy in which more people are landing jobs and gaining access to employer health coverage. It also comes at a time when the nation’s overall uninsured rate remained flat. … Roughly 276,000 more children were uninsured in 2017 than the year before, bringing the total to more than 3.9 million.”

NRA Sees Decline in Contributions, Membership Dues

$98 million

“The National Rifle Association of America reported $98 million in contributions in 2017, down from nearly $125 million in 2016,” according to new tax records obtained by the Daily Beast. “Nearly a fifth of its contributions last year came from a single anonymous donor, who chipped in nearly $19 million to the group. … More noteworthy than its drop in contributions, though, was its decline in membership dues. The NRA took in more than $128 million in dues last year—a significant sum, but down considerably from the $163 million it took in the year prior.”

Just One in Five Say Country Is United

20%

A new Monmouth poll finds just 20% of the public feels that Americans are united and in agreement on our most important values while 77% say we are not. Big majorities of Democrats (82%), Republicans (78%), and independents (72%) feel that the country is fundamentally divided. Also interesting: “More than 6-in-10 Americans (62%) feel that the country has become more divided since Trump took office. Just 11% say the country has become more united and 25% say there has not really been a change in our sense of unity.”

DCCC Came Out of Midterms $18 Million in Debt

$18 million

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is $18 million in debt from this year’s midterms, NBC News reports. “It’s common for campaigns and party committees to finish election cycles in the hole as they throw everything they have — and then some — at an election, but the $18 million will have to be made up through fundraising before the new chairman can start building a warchest for the next election cycle.”

U.S. Has Fewest Unauthorized Immigrants in a Decade

10.7 million

“The number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. fell to its lowest level in more than a decade,” according to new Pew Research Center estimates based on 2016 government data. “There were 10.7 million unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. in 2016, down from a peak of 12.2 million in 2007… The decline is due almost entirely to a sharp decrease in the number of Mexicans entering the country without authorization.”

Trump’s Approval Rating Plummets

38%

A new Gallup poll finds that President Trump’s approval rate suddenly plunged last week to 38% to 60%.