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Why earmarks, deplored by many Republicans, find a new fan in Trump
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
At one point during Tuesday’s remarkable 55-minute televised negotiation with members of Congress over immigration reform, President Trump suddenly switched gears and came out in favor of … earmarks, those spending deals inserted into legislation for individual lawmakers. Banned by Congress in 2011 for abuse and waste, earmarks could actually bring back bipartisanship and help get things done on the Hill, said the president, who famously prides himself on his dealmaking prowess. “[Earmarks] did have some problems,” Mr. Trump admitted, saying there would need to be better controls. read more


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