For a mid-term election, 2018 showed a very high turnout of at least at 116 million voters, which is about half of the voting-eligible population. By comparison, only 83 million people voted in 2014 and some 135 million in the 2016 presidential election.
Some Republicans including Trump tend to demonize rich guy George Soros, but in 2004, Soros lent Donald Trump a cool $160 million to help with the construction of Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago. Steven Mnuchin also worked for the George Soros-backed SFM Capital Management and for Soros Fund Management LLC.
In 2009, the Trump Foundation gave $100,000 to the William J. Clinton Foundation. The following year Trump’s foundation gave another $10,000 to the same foundation.
The U.S. National Security Agency collected 534 million records of phone calls and text messages of Americans last year, more than triple the amount gathered in 2016.
The White House Office of Management and Budget released an updated annual budget request that includes a projected 2019 deficit of $1.085 trillion, up from $984 billion in their original budget last February. That's more than twice the $526 billion it asked for in its 2018 budget request.
And here's my opinion on one specific matter:
Trump's handling of Saudi Arabia's torture and murder of a journalist is the worst act by a US president since the invasion of Iraq...and it could have almost as many bad consequences for America over time...
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