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May 23, 2017
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Trump budget depends on fast growth, benefit cuts
Trump's $4.1B budget depends on fast growth, cuts to benefits programs
Mulvaney (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump sent a $4.1 trillion budget for fiscal year 2018 to Congress today with a plan to balance the budget and get people off public assistance and into the workforce. "This is the first time that an administration has written a budget through the perspective of the people paying the taxes," White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said.
The Associated Press (5/23),  Fox News (5/22),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (5/23) 
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Can Trump make a deal in the Middle East?
You can still participate in this week's poll: "Can Trump make a deal in the Middle East?" View the poll and cast your vote here. You can also track the voting so far here. We will have the results for you on Friday.
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Agenda Items
Senators mull options in Flynn investigation
Senators mull options in Flynn investigation
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Senate Intelligence Committee members said they are looking at the legality of holding former national security adviser Michael Flynn in contempt of Congress after he invoked the Fifth Amendment instead of complying with a subpoena for records of his meetings with Russian officials. Former FBI director James Comey will testify before the intelligence panel after Memorial Day but may be limited in what he can say by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Reuters (5/22),  CNN (5/22) 
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Data Points
Number of uninsured Americans has dropped since 2010
Number of uninsured Americans has dropped since 2010
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The number of Americans without health insurance fell from 48 million in 2010 to 28.6 million in 2016, according to new data from the National Center for Health Statistics. Rates of the uninsured dropped in all age groups but varied based on income and race.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (5/22) 
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Daily Diversion
The long decline of the business suit
The long decline of the business suit
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American workers dress more casually and have been for decades now. The reasons include an increase in remote work and a general cultural shift away from formality in fashion, writes Deirdre Clemente.
The Atlantic online (5/22) 
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"These cuts that are being proposed are draconian. They're not mere shavings, they're deep, deep cuts."
Harold Rogers, R-Ky., US representative, quoted by The Associated Press
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