Trump to unveil $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan

By Jonathan Lemire and Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday will unveil his long-awaited infrastructure plan, a $1.5 trillion proposal that fulfills a number of campaign goals, but relies heavily on state and local governments to produce much of the funding. The administration’s plan is centered on using $200 billion in federal money to leverage local and state tax dollars to fix America’s infrastructure, such as roads, highways, ports and airports. “Every federal dollar should be leveraged by partnering with state and local governments and — where appropriate — tapping into private sector investment to permanently fix the infrastructure deficit,” Trump said at last… Read More

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Trump to unveil $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and MARTIN CRUTSINGER WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday will unveil his long-awaited infrastructure plan, a $1.5 trillion proposal that fulfills a number of campaign goals, but relies heavily on state and local governments to produce much of the funding. The administration’s plan is centered on using $200 billion in federal money to leverage local and state tax dollars to fix America’s infrastructure, such as roads, highways, ports and airports. “Every federal dollar should be leveraged by partnering with state and local governments and — where appropriate — tapping into private sector investment to permanently fix the infrastructure deficit,” Trump said at last month’s State of… Read More

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Mulvaney says Trump budget will have money for wall

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s budget director says the budget that the administration sends to Congress on Monday will seek to move some of the billions of dollars in extra spending that Congress approved last week to areas that will reflect the president’s priorities. Related Articles Schumer has rescinded offer to Trump on border wall funding Border wall tests find heights should keep out crossers Trump says his border wall views have “never changed,” contradicting Kelly John Kelly: Some of Trump’s campaign pledges on immigration, border wall “uninformed” Budget Director Mick Mulvaney says the administration’s budget plan will include $3 billion for the wall along the southern border that Trump… Read More

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Letter: How Trump can make better use of U.S. money and time

Interesting that President Trump now wants to spend an estimated $10 million for a grand parade to celebrate our military. Remember, this is the same man who used five deferments to avoid military service. Related Articles Letter: Don’t prioritize golf course over a community center Letter: Oversight needed on White House staffer clearances Letter: Caltrain’s new mobile app will improve efficiency Letter: Climate change amplifying natural disasters and the resulting loss of human life Letter: Why voters should close the Prop. 13 loophole He might better celebrate our military by spending time at veterans hospitals and military cemeteries, honoring those who served in his stead. Marialis SeehornSunnyvale …read more Source::… Read More

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Letter: Oversight needed on White House staffer clearances 

In light of the news that more than a dozen White House staffers lack full security clearances and yet seem to have access to classified or top secret information and documents, I urge Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein to demand oversight. Related Articles Letter: Why voters should close the Prop. 13 loophole Letter: Recent warm weather part of a trend we need to curb Letter: President’s comment raises another question Letter: Don’t trust Legislature to manage medical care Letter: Memo shows extent of Democrats’ misdeeds This is a massive breach of national security and puts all of us at risk. It is astounding that the White House seems to… Read More

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Navarrette: Media makes political fog even thicker

SAN DIEGO — It’s hard to remember a time when a simple four-page memo caused so much trouble. Depending on how you feel about President Trump, the memo in question — which was compiled by staffers in the office of Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee — is either a smoking gun showing misbehavior by agencies during the Obama administration, or a giant “nothing burger.” The truth is probably somewhere in between. For me, the memo — and the frenzied reaction to it by all sides — provides a chance to reflect on how broken our public discourse has become and how the media helped break it.… Read More

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