Damian Paletta

Damian Paletta

@damianpaletta

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White House economic policy reporter for The Washington Post damian.paletta@washpost.com

Washington DC
Joined on February 19, 2010

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Quoted @meridithmcgraw

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:

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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

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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:

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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.

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“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?

CSPAN
2 days ago
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…"

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…"

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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.

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Quoted @LizAnnSonders

The #GDPNow forecast for 4Q18 from @AtlantaFed has plunged to 1.5%, way below the Blue Chip consensus range

The #GDPNow forecast for 4Q18 from @AtlantaFed has plunged to 1.5%, way below the Blue Chip consensus range

Yow. Zers.

Quoted @DanielAlpert

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.

Worrisome.

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

FxMacro
2 days ago

U.S. JAN. INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION FALLS 0.6%; EST. 0.1% RISE... gdp estimates will keep coming down

UPDATED: House Dems are gearing up to challenge Trump’s emergency declaration. The issue will divide Republicans — & cause a headache for the president. Me & @seungminkim⁩ ⁦@mikedebonis⁩ ⁦@pkcapitol

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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.

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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:

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