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The Atlantic Daily: The Budget and the Ban

Trump's proposed cuts, his new legal challenges, a populist loss in Europe, and more.
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What We’re Following

Deep Cuts: The budget proposal the White House released to Congress today is an aggressive demonstration of Trump’s campaign promises. To fund an increase in military spending, it makes deep cuts to education programs and funding for science, including the bipartisan-supported National Institutes of Health. It would eliminate funding for 19 independent agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts. (Here’s a visual breakdown of the spending changes.) All these cuts could hurt low-income Americans, including some of Trump’s own supporters, not to mention slowing scientific and tech research that might otherwise help revive U.S. manufacturing. But don’t panic yet: Thanks to the complicated fiscal procedure known as sequestration, the budget needs bipartisan support, so it may not make it through Congress.

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