We looked inside some of the tweets by @damianpaletta and here's what we found interesting.
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Just in: Acting Sec of Defense Shanahan just told reporters he hasn’t determined if there is a military necessity for a border wall or how much money Defense will even spend. Shanahan said he hasn’t yet spoken to President Trump.
This seems like a BIG DEAL. $6.1 billion of the $8 billion Trump committed to the border wall yesterday was supposed to come from Pentagon accounts. And Trump never spoke to acting defense secretary about it?
Trump has discussed w/aides using Puerto Rico disaster funding for the wall. The $5 billion request was an arbitrary one after he felt jilted. How the wall is central to 2020, and the middling effort to build it, w/@ToluseO & @costareports:
Emergency declaration could relax bidding rules 4 Trump border wall. “The more he thinks of himself as the master builder & flexes his muscles, the less competition & the less wisdom in the choice of the contractor.” w/@markberman @abtran
One problem with President Trump's new plan for funding the border wall, which @damianpaletta points out: what contractor would want to work on a huge labor-intensive project that will probably get mired in court for years? https://www.washingtonpost.com/podcasts/post-reports/trump-braces-for-challenges-to-emergency-declaration/?utm_term=.5f98160ff5b5 … #postreports
Even as Amazon was conducting its highly visible site search for HQ2, Google was quietly going around the country negotiating big tax breaks using aliases to mask its identity. Great scoop by @lizzadwoskin here:
PHOTO ESSAY: It's been 100 days since a wildfire nearly burned the town of Paradise off the map and grief among survivors is still raw.
Google used secret names and NDAs to mask its identity and obtain tax breaks to fuel its expansion. Scoop by @lizzadwoskin https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/google-reaped-millions-of-tax-breaks-as-it-secretly-expanded-its-real-estate-footprint-across-the-us/2019/02/15/7912e10e-3136-11e9-813a-0ab2f17e305b_story.html …
“I’m confident that had the community known this project was under the direction of Google, people would have spoken out, but we were never given the chance to speak."
Has a copy of the national emergency declaration been released?
President Trump: "We will have a national emergency and we will then be sued, and they will sue us in the 9th Circuit, even though it shouldn't be there, and we will possibly get a bad ruling and then we'll get another bad ruling and then we'll end up in the Supreme Court…"
His summation of the court process was one of the craziest / funniest riffs in presidential history. Easily.
This could be one of the biggest moments of Trump's presidency, as he's declaring a national emergency. But he isn't using written remarks. He's bouncing from one topic to the next. Has said more about China than Mexico so far.
Prices and Production: The US not having a good morning. Import and export prices both tumbled mightily - down -0.5% and -0.6% respectively M/M, and not petroleum related. Industrial production down -0.6% and manufacturing crashed down -0.9% in January.
It’s a Washington lobbying enigma wrapped in a mystery: Who's the unnamed group opposing a big telecoms merger? https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-15/mystery-lobbyists-oppose-combination-of-t-mobile-with-sprint … via @business
U.S. JAN. INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION FALLS 0.6%; EST. 0.1% RISE... gdp estimates will keep coming down
This story. Wow.
As Washington exhales about avoiding a government shutdown, attention will soon turn to the debt ceiling. Congress's last debt ceiling deal expires in 15 days. Then Treasury has to use emergency powers to buy time. But how much can it buy?
Trump is expected to sign the funding bill and declare the national emergency Friday morning, per admin officials.
How Trump almost blew up the government spending bill today — leading to lots and lots of interventions — and the inside story of the whole episode. Latest w/the great @costareports, @rachaelmbade & @seungminkim: