* Mike DeBonis, Elise Viebeck and Damian Paletta report that as usual, President Trump is approaching upcoming legislative efforts with subtlety and finesse:
President Trump’s threat to shut down the federal government if Congress doesn’t budget money for a border wall could upend delicate negotiations on Capitol Hill to keep the government fully operating past September as Democrats harden their resolve to oppose the funding.
During a campaign rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night, Trump leveled his latest threat about blocking new government funding if it doesn’t include money to start building a new barrier along the Mexico border.
“Build that wall,” he said. “Now, the obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it. But believe me, if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall.”
Congressional Democrats are holding their ground in opposing Trump’s proposal. On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) repeated their objections to funding a wall and argued that Trump would be responsible if the government shuts down over the impasse.
This won’t be a problem, because Mexico is going to pay for the wall. Wait, they aren’t?
The deregulation winds blowing through Washington could add $27 billion of gross profit at the six largest U.S. banks, lifting their annual pretax income by about 20 percent.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley would benefit most from changes to post-crisis banking rules proposed by Donald Trump’s administration, with pretax profit jumping 22 percent, according to estimates by Bloomberg based on discussions with analysts and the banks’ own disclosures. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. would have the smallest percentage increase, about 16 percent.
Finally, an administration looking out for the forgotten common people!
* A new Quinnipiac poll finds that Trump’s approval is at 35-59; that 60 percent disapprove of Trump’s response to Charlottesville; and that 62 percent say Trump is doing more to divide the country rather than unite it.
* A new poll from PPP shows that Trump voters think white people are more discriminated against than any other racial group in America, and Christians are discriminated against more than any other religious group.
* Richard Valelly suggests that we start putting up statues of the heroes of Reconstruction.
* Virginia Democratic governor candidate Ralph Northam is not backing down in his opposition to Confederate monuments, which shows you how quickly the state is changing.