5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • John McCain takes swipe at Trump's Vietnam-draft-deferring 'bone spurs'

  • Widow of slain soldier says Trump's call made her 'cry even worse'

  • Trump calls on House Republicans to pass budget, tax cuts

  • McConnell prepared to schedule vote on bipartisan health bill

  • Sexual harassment reports hit director, restaurateur, 2 Wall Street executives

Two days after implicitly criticizing President Trump's "half-baked spurious nationalism" in a speech, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took another thinly veiled shot at Trump in a Vietnam War documentary for C-SPAN that aired Sunday night. McCain first discussed the strategic failings of Vietnam and the social upheaval it unleashed in the U.S., then pointedly criticized economic disparities in the draft, saying it was wrong "that we drafted the lowest-income level of America, and the highest-income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur." Trump says a doctor's diagnosis of temporary bone spurs gave him a fifth draft deferment after four academic deferments were used up. McCain was a POW in Vietnam.

Source: The Washington Post, The New York Times

The widow of Sgt. La David Johnson said in an interview Monday that President Trump made her "cry even worse" on his condolence call. La David Johnson, 25, was killed in Niger earlier this month. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), who is a close family friend of the Johnsons, was heavily criticized by the White House last week for her account of the phone call. Johnson's widow, Myeshia Johnson, said Monday that "what [Trump] said was, 'he knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyway.' It made me cry because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it. He couldn't remember my husband's name." Trump responded on Twitter, saying the phone call was "very respectful" and adding that he spoke La David's name "from beginning, without hesitation!"

Source: Good Morning America, Donald J. Trump

President Trump on Sunday urged House Republicans to pass the Senate budget proposal and start working to pass tax reform, saying that haggling with the Senate would delay a much-needed legislative accomplishment and could hurt the GOP in next year's midterm elections. "We are on the verge of doing something very, very historic," Trump said, according to a person who was on the call. Trump's participation in the call to the House Republican Conference ramped up pressure on House Republicans to get behind the Senate's spending plan even though it adds $1.5 trillion to the federal deficit over a decade due to tax cuts.

Source: Politico

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on CNN Sunday he is prepared to call a vote on the bipartisan health-care proposal negotiated by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) if President Trump is prepared to sign it. The proposal would appropriate funds for two years of the insurance subsidies Trump recently ended while loosening some ObamaCare rules. The Alexander-Murray bill has the support of all 48 Senate Democrats plus 12 Republicans, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on NBC Sunday. Trump has sent mixed signals about the plan, calling it both "a good start" and "a short-term fix."

Source: Politico, NBC News

Fidelity Investments dismissed two high-level executives — portfolio manager C. Robert Chow, who resigned, and tech fund manager Gavin Baker — in the past few weeks amid sexual harassment complaints, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post reported Sunday. The Los Angeles Times and The Times-Picayune also published reports of serial sexual harassment against a Hollywood writer/director, James Toback, and New Orleans celebrity restaurateur John Besh and his associates. The investigations of sexual misconduct in some cases predated the revelations of alleged sexual assault by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, but they were published after a Weinstein-prompted #MeToo campaign in which women shared their harassment stories over social media.

Source: The Washington Post, The New York Times
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