Trump's budget

President Donald Trump's $4.8 trillion budget proposal contains steep cuts in social safety net programs and foreign aid while increasing military spending. The fiscal blueprint raises military spending by 0.3% and cuts nondefense spending by 5%. It also fails to eliminate the budget deficit [Wall Street Journal].

Trump's budget seeks deep and unrealistic cuts to most federal budgets. For example, the proposal contains a 13 percent cut to the Interior Department and a 37% cut to the Commerce Department [Politico].


President Trump began exacting revenge against those who testified against him during the recently completed impeachment. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was escorted from the White House on Friday after he was ousted from the National Security Council [Washington Post].

Trump also fired Gordon Sondland as U.S. ambassador to the European Union [Politico].

Republican senators reached out to the White House to warn President Trump against firing Sonland, but Trump went ahead anyway [New York Times].

Wrapping up Iowa

The Iowa Democratic Party says Mayor Pete Buttigieg won the most delegates last week with Sen. Bernie Sanders coming in second [CNN].

Here's how the Iowa Caucuses turned into a disaster for Democrats [New York Times].

Expected big turnout in Iowa failed to materialize, which has Democrats worried ahead of November's election [New York Times].

The chaos from Iowa is giving Trump his "dream scenario" ahead of November according to people inside his re-election campaign [Politico].

New Hampshire

The New Hampshire primary is Tuesday. A new poll shows Sanders is poised to win the most delegates, followed by Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren [CNN].


The Wuhan virus is showing no signs of slowing down. Chinese officials say they confirmed more than 3,000 new cases and 97 additional deaths. As of Sunday night, more than 40,000 people had been infected and 908 people died [CNBC].