It’s time for the White House to come clean on this. “Six Democratic senators on Wednesday wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray asking for a full list of White House staffers working without a full security clearance. Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) noted recent reports that indicated dozens of White House officials and appointees have been working in the Trump administration with interim security clearances.”
Time has run out for people who cannot be permanently granted a clearance. “A senior official on the National Economic Council says he resigned on Tuesday after being informed that he would not receive a permanent security clearance, as the White House faces increasing scrutiny over the number of high-ranking officials allowed to work on interim clearances.”
Once upon a time Mick Mulvaney would have gone nuts about wasting money like this. “Trump’s military parade would cost between $10 million and $30 million, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on Wednesday.”
Now, is actually the time to increase the number of skilled immigrants. “Sen. Orrin Hatch introduced several immigration amendments this morning focusing on high-skilled worker visas that would, among other things, make it easier for H-1B visa holders to change jobs. The bill does not raise the number of H-1B workers permitted in the U.S., making the legislation more palatable for hardline Republicans worried about protecting American jobs. High-skilled worker visas have been largely left out of the immigration conversation so far, and the President’s four pillars have caused enough headache in the Senate.”
Time for an actual Iran policy. “Iran is paying a very high price in Syria, it can’t leave, but it is not likely to be able to snuff out the fighting and so reduce its costs soon. That creates a situation where the United States could instead raise Iran’s costs by supporting its enemies.”
This will be a tough time for the stock market. “A closely watched gauge of U.S. consumer prices offered fresh evidence that a long run of very low inflation is ending, raising the possibility the Federal Reserve could pick up its pace of short-term interest rate increases.” And that unnecessary tax cut for the rich and corporations may be part of the problem.