A new report published by the Washington Examiner this week shows six out of America’s ten richest counties surround the nation’s capital; highlighting the political and economic influence of the DC suburbs in Maryland and Virginia.
According to the Examiner, “Of the top 20 wealthiest counties in the country, half are Washington suburbs” and six are in the top ten.
The data shows the five richest counties in the United States are Loudon County, VA; Fairfax County, VA; Howard County, MD; Falls Church City, VA; and Arlington County, VA.
Fairfax City, VA made the list at number ten.
“As the White House has threatened a partial government shutdown over the lack of border wall funding, the local media has been filled with sad stories that local federal workers won’t be able to pay their bills or buy Christmas presents,” writes the Examiner. “In every past shutdown, legislation has been passed to provide back pay to furloughed workers.”
Read the full story at the Washington Examiner.
SWAMP STRIKES BACK: Conservative Immigration Bill FAILS, 41 Republicans Vote AGAINST
The House of Representatives successfully killed a conservative immigration bill Thursday afternoon, setting the stage for a potential vote on Speaker Paul Ryan’s “compromise” package that could provide a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s ‘Dreamers.’
The House shot-down the measure authored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte and Michael McCaul by a vote of 193-231, with 41 GOP legislators voting against the measure.
Ryan’s second bill was scheduled for a vote on the House floor Thursday, but is now being delayed to Friday or beyond as the GOP leader struggles to secure enough votes to pass the much-needed legislation.
Had it passed, Goodlatte’s bill would have provided legal status to 700,000 DACA recipients, ended the Visa lottery, and required employers to use the E-Verify system to ensure workers were in the country legally.
SWAMP STRIKES BACK: DOJ, FBI ‘Plan Redactions’ for Trump’s Declassified Doc Request
The FBI and Department of Justice are reportedly redacting key sections of sensitive material President Trump flagged for release this week; raising the stakes in an already tense relationship between the White House and the DOJ.
According to the Daily Caller, the FBI and Justice Department are scouring through the requested material; removing sections and redacting segments officials believe are unsuitable for release to the general public.
“Trump ordered sensitive materials related to the FBI’s Russia investigation be declassified and submitted for review Monday, including sections of the application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court concerning former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page,” writes the DC.
“Sources close to DOJ, the FBI, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said the agencies will likely propose redactions,” adds the article.
Read the full story at the Daily Caller.