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RNC Paid $160k to Law Firm Representing Lewandowski

$160,000

The RNC paid over $160,000 to a law firm that is defending former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, CNBC reports. The payment was made a month before his testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee.

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Pruitt Aides Made $45k Trip to Australia on Government’s Dime

$45,000

“Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, under fire from lawmakers for travel and security expenses, spent about $45,000 in government money to fly five people to Australia to prepare for a planned trip that was later canceled,” Reuters reports. “Two of his aides and three security agents flew to Australia last August on business-class tickets costing roughly $9,000 each to set up meetings for the EPA administrator.”

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Republican Austerity Ploys Depressed Growth by 1.2 Percent in First Quarter

You want evidence that the cuts-only austerity programs pushed by Republicans are actually designed to cause the economy to fail?

Here you go:

All things being equal, lower spending translates into slower economic growth, since it means cuts in payments to contractors, layoffs of government employees, and smaller entitlement checks. Already in 2011, softer government spending has sapped growth.

Cuts by federal, state, and local governments lowered gross domestic product — a broad measure of the total output of the economy — by 1.2 percentage points in the first quarter of 2011, according to the Commerce Department. Goldman Sachs economists estimate that the first quarter showed the biggest negative effect of government spending on GDP growth since the mid-1980s. The Commerce Department will release its estimate of second-quarter GDP today.

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