Sacramento Bee: Trump makes deal with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling and pass $15.3 billion Hurricane Harvey aid package
This is the Donald Trump many Republicans feared.
The president delivered a resounding victory to congressional Democrats Wednesday – and embarrassed stunned Republican leaders – when he agreed on a plan to raise the debt ceiling, provide aid to storm-ravaged Texas and keep the federal government running through Dec. 15. And he may have made it easier for Democrats to overturn his plan to kick Dreamers out of the country in six months.
Just hours before Trump and top congressional Democrats agreed on the deal at a White House meeting that included Republican leaders, House Speaker Paul Ryan had called the idea of tying storm aid to the debt limit as “ridiculous and disgraceful.” Senate GOP leaders had made it clear they wanted a longer debt limit extension.
Those hopes evaporated quickly, and after the late morning White House meeting, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., reluctantly went along with the deal. But he carefully labeled it a solution “the president and the Senate and House Democratic leadership agreed to.”
CalChamber: Many Harmful Bills Stopped, But Many Remain in Closing Days of State Legislative Session
Strong opposition from business groups around the state have helped to stop numerous harmful bills from continuing past the appropriations committees on Friday to reach the Senate or Assembly Floors for a final vote by lawmakers.
Of the 25 identified job killer bills, just four are still actively moving.
The list of bills in this linked article were on the suspense files and considered by the Senate or Assembly Appropriations Committee on Friday, September 1.
Legislators have until Friday, September 15th to pass and send legislation to the Governor’s desk for consideration.
Time Magazine: Q&A on American politics with Governor Jerry Brown
With Republicans dominant in Washington, the most powerful Democrat in America might be a man who lives about 2,700 miles from the capital: California Gov. Jerry Brown.
As Brown nears the end of an unprecedented fourth term as governor, many are looking to California to push back against a Republican agenda. And it is. Cities, counties and the state itself have filed lawsuits over everything from sanctuary city funding to energy-efficiency standards. After President Donald Trump decided to leave the Paris climate agreement, Brown happily jumped into the task of serving as America's global climate change crusader — a position that would not have been so available had Hillary Clinton won the election.
Brown has a to-do list a mile long and limited time to take advantage of his "Trump bump." As he nears the twilight of a career that spans nearly half a century, TIME spoke to Brown in his Sacramento office about his passion on climate change, Trump's election and why Brown doesn't want people asking about his legacy.
CNN's The State: The California GOP's Last Gasp
It’s easy to forget today that California was once a Republican state that sent Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan to the White House. Their legacy remains in parts of Orange County, the Inland Empire and even pockets of suburban Los Angeles County that still send Republicans to Congress.
But that hold is fading fast. Republicans within California’s congressional delegation, which includes House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, hold the last vestige of GOP power in the state.
The party’s share of California’s electorate has declined precipitously since the mid-1990s, when the GOP backed the anti-immigration measure known as Proposition 187, which denied basic public services to immigrants. Prop 187 was ultimately blocked by the courts, but it altered the image of the GOP – making it harder for them to appeal not only to minorities, but to wealthy, white voters in places like the Bay area.
Washington Post: The top 15 possible 2020 Democratic nominees, ranked
We are a little more than a year away from the start of the 2020 presidential race.
In many ways it's already begun, of course, with President Trump running ads and doing campaign rallies. One Democratic congressman has even launched a campaign. But November 2018, right after the midterm election, is when a slew of Democrats are going to be really tempted to throw their hats in the ring. Given the field is likely to be as big as any we've ever seen, there will be a premium on getting started early, raising money and building a base.
It will also be tempting because there's no 800-pound gorilla in the field. There's no Hillary Clinton or even a Barack Obama — a high-profile rising star who seems destined for big things if he wanted to run — that we can see right now. Yes, there are front-runners, but both of them — Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden — would be the oldest president ever elected by more than half a decade. The Democratic Party is in a huge state of flux, and it's not clear who's leading it. It's basically Lord of the Flies.
Forbes: Joel Kotkin: U.S. Cities Have a Glut of High-Rises but Lack Affordable Housing
Perhaps nothing thrills mayors and urban boosters like the notion of endless towers rising above their city centers. And to be sure, new high-rise residential construction has been among the hottest areas for real estate investors, particularly those from abroad, with high-end products accounting for 8o% of all new construction.
Yet this is not an entirely high-end country, and these products, particularly the luxury high-rises in cities, largely depend on a small segment of the population that can afford such digs.
No surprise, then, that we see reports of declining prices in areas as attractive as New York, Miami and San Francisco, where a weakening tech market is beginning to erode prices, much as occurred in the 2000 tech bust, John Burns Real Estate Consulting notes. There have been big jumps in the number of expired and withdrawn condo listings, particularly at the high end; last year, San Francisco saw a 128% spike in the number of withdrawn or expired listings for condos over $1.5 million.
Several factors suggest the high-rise residential boom is over, including a growing recognition that these structures do little to relieve the housing affordability crisis facing middle-class residents, the inevitable aging of millennials and their shift to suburbs and less expensive cities, and the impending withdrawal of some major foreign investors who have come to dominate the market in many cities.
The Federalist Podcast featuring Henry Olsen: How do Reagan, FDR, and modern conservatives view 'The Forgotten Man'?
Henry Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and the author of the new book, “The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism.”
Olsen’s book makes a surprising claim that Reagan was not in opposition to the Neal Deal, but actually shared many of FDR’s philsophical positions.
“As I looked at contemporary politics, I thought that the conservative movement and the Republican party needed to find what had been missing, that during Reagan era had given them not only control over politics but over the intellectual discussion,” Olsen said.
Domenech and Olsen discuss what Reagan believed about the role of government, entitlements, and taxes. “Part of what is going on in the conservative movement is that it speaks a language that cannot be applied to actual policy prescriptions that they support.”