Congress developed and the President signed a bloated bipartisan two-year spending deal, loaded with “pork” and lauded by Trump as containing money for jobs and more than the military asked for. The massive $600+ billion bill includes increases in both defense and non-defense spending, for both 2018 and 2019—conveniently moving the next possible spending confrontation past 2018 elections.
It’s hard to say how far ramifications from Friday’s release of the so-called FISA memo will extend. After all the hype, the memo itself seemed a bit underwhelming. However, Rep. Nunes and others note that it contains “clear evidence of Russian collusion” – paid for by the Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign … and the Mueller investigation wouldn’t have been authorized without it.