What We’re Following
Price Cut: Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price resigned over revelations that he’d mixed personal and professional travel, paying for private and military jets with more than $1 million in taxpayer money. The scandal contrasted poorly with President Trump’s campaign message of “draining the swamp,” and with Price’s own vocal support for spending cuts. Meanwhile, despite Trump’s promises that his new tax plan would benefit low-income families and reduce the deficit, a new report from the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center finds the exact opposite.
Safety and State: Trump has been praising his own administration’s disaster-response work in Puerto Rico, a reaction that many see as tone-deaf in light of the U.S. territory’s ongoing crisis following Hurricane Maria.