Prime Badge
Trump Swamp
weekly primer
Aug 30, 2018

This Week: Trump Cancels Federal Employees’ Raises

President Donald Trump, who signed a $1.5 trillion tax cut into law and further stuffed America’s already-obese military budget, has decided federal employees don’t deserve a raise next year. Congress could act to raise salaries on its own, if the House and Senate agree on a number. The New Yorker revealed a war-like memo circulated in the White House detailing an imaginary plot by Obama White House staffers to undermine the Trump administration’s foreign policy goals. The memo sounded a lot like others written by the Israeli intelligence firm Black Cube. Republicans on Capitol Hill are apparently so worried that Democrats could take back control of a chamber of Congress — and therefore, have subpoena power — that they’ve compiled a list of Democrats’ outstanding document requests. Democrats on the House Oversight Committee told TPM that, yes, Republicans should expect subpoenas if they win back control of the committee. The U.S. International Trade Commission unanimously overturned a Trump tariff on imported…

Weekly Primers are TPM member-only content.

Already a member? SIGN IN

This story is only available for TPM Members. Interested in reading exclusive analysis and reporting from TPM’s award-winning staff?

Sign up now and the first month is just ONE DOLLAR

Join Now For $1

Are you a student or experiencing financial hardship?
We offer FREE membership to those in need


Recent Editions
More Weekly Primers
Masthead Masthead
Editor & Publisher:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Senior Editor:
Special Projects Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Senior Newswriters:
Editor at Large:
General Manager & General Counsel:
Executive Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Publishing Associate:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer: