McCONNELL: VOTES AREN’T THERE TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is preparing for budget negotiations early this month and doesn’t expect a vote to defund planned parenthood would be successful. McConnell sat down with WYMT in eastern Kentucky on Monday for a wide-ranging interview that lasted nearly 30 minutes, including answering questions from viewers.

On Planned Parenthood:

We just don’t have the votes to get the outcome that we’d like. I would remind all of your viewers, the way you make a law in this country, the Congress has to pass it, and the president has to sign it. The president has made it very clear he is not going to sign any bill that includes defunding of Planned Parenthood, so that’s another issue that awaits a new president, hopefully with a different point of view about Planned Parenthood.

On budget negotiations:

The Senate Democrats have a big enough number to prevent us from doing things. They prevented us from doing any of the bills that appropriate money for the government, thereby forcing a negotiation when we go back in after Labor Day, which I’ll be engaged in with the administration and others to try to sort out how much we’re going to spend and where we’re going to spend it.

TRUMP’S TALK OF TAX HIKES UPSETS GOP. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been ruffling his party’s establishment wing since he entered the race, and now his talk of raising taxes and imposing tariffs on companies that shift jobs overseas is prompting the conservative Club for Growth to take him on. The New York Times has a look at the way the GOP is combating Trump’s populist tax talk.

Alarmed that those ideas might catch on with some of Mr. Trump’s Republican rivals — as his immigration policies have — the Club for Growth, an anti-tax think tank, is pulling together a team of economists to scrutinize his proposals and calculate the economic impact if he is elected.

SANDERS: OBAMA’S BIGGEST MISTAKE WAS TRYING TO NEGOTIATE WITH GOP. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told CNN’s Jake Tapper that President Obama’s biggest political mistake was trying to negotiate with Republicans, which stood in the way of many policies.

I will tell you how. I have a lot of — a lot of respect for Barack Obama. He is a friend of mine. The biggest mistake I believe that he made — and I disagree with him on a number of policy issues, but his biggest political mistake is, after his brilliant 2008 political campaign, when he rallied millions of people to stand up and fight back, basically, what he said after he was elected: Well, I will take it from here. I will negotiate with Boehner and Mitch McConnell and Republicans.
First of all, these guys never had any intention of seriously negotiating. I think the president has caught onto that. But, second of all, the powers that be in Washington, Wall Street, the huge campaign donors, the Koch brothers, are so powerful, that the only way we bring about real change in this country — which represents the needs of the middle class and working families — is when millions of people stand up and say, enough is enough, they are organized.
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