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New York Magazine: “As of September, the fiscal cost of the Mueller investigation was roughly $0.00. By that point, the probe had spent roughly $26 million. But, by striking a plea agreement with Paul Manafort for his myriad white-collar crimes — an agreement that required Trump’s former campaign manager to forfeit five multi-million-dollar properties, a life-insurance policy, and the contents of multiple bank accounts — Mueller’s investigation had acquired somewhere between $26 million and $42 million worth of revenue for the federal treasury.”
“President Trump’s company planned to give a $50 million penthouse at Trump Tower Moscow to Russian President Vladimir Putin as the company negotiated the luxury real estate development during the 2016 campaign,” BuzzFeed News reports.
“We believe other witnesses were untruthful before our committee. We want to share those transcripts with Mr. Mueller.”
— Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), quoted by ABC News, calling for the release of transcripts of sworn testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in their investigation of Trump campaign collusion with Russia.
“For the first time in nearly a decade, the number of uninsured children in America has grown,” CNN reports. “The reversal is unprecedented, particularly given a strong economy in which more people are landing jobs and gaining access to employer health coverage. It also comes at a time when the nation’s overall uninsured rate remained flat. … Roughly 276,000 more children were uninsured in 2017 than the year before, bringing the total to more than 3.9 million.”
“He may not be the sharpest knife in our drawer, but he can see his future and knows that if he acted in an extralegal way, he would go down in history for the wrong reasons. I’m sure he doesn’t want that.”
— Former FBI Director James Comey, in a WGBH interview, on acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.
“The National Rifle Association of America reported $98 million in contributions in 2017, down from nearly $125 million in 2016,” according to new tax records obtained by the Daily Beast. “Nearly a fifth of its contributions last year came from a single anonymous donor, who chipped in nearly $19 million to the group. … More noteworthy than its drop in contributions, though, was its decline in membership dues. The NRA took in more than $128 million in dues last year—a significant sum, but down considerably from the $163 million it took in the year prior.”
A new Monmouth poll finds just 20% of the public feels that Americans are united and in agreement on our most important values while 77% say we are not. Big majorities of Democrats (82%), Republicans (78%), and independents (72%) feel that the country is fundamentally divided. Also interesting: “More than 6-in-10 Americans (62%) feel that the country has become more divided since Trump took office. Just 11% say the country has become more united and 25% say there has not really been a change in our sense of unity.”
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is $18 million in debt from this year’s midterms, NBC News reports. “It’s common for campaigns and party committees to finish election cycles in the hole as they throw everything they have — and then some — at an election, but the $18 million will have to be made up through fundraising before the new chairman can start building a warchest for the next election cycle.”
“The number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. fell to its lowest level in more than a decade,” according to new Pew Research Center estimates based on 2016 government data. “There were 10.7 million unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. in 2016, down from a peak of 12.2 million in 2007… The decline is due almost entirely to a sharp decrease in the number of Mexicans entering the country without authorization.”
A new Gallup poll finds that President Trump’s approval rate suddenly plunged last week to 38% to 60%.