Donald Trump says he “would certainly implement” a database system tracking Muslims in the U.S. if he is elected president.
“I would certainly implement that. Absolutely,” Trump, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, told NBC News on Thursday night in Newton, Iowa. Trump’s remarks came in the wake of terror attacks last week in Paris by ISIS. Asked if Muslims would be legally obligated to sign into such a database, Trump replied, “They have to be — they have to be.”
The billionaire businessman said Muslims would be signed up at “different places,” adding “It’s all about management. Our country has no management.” A spokesman for the Council on American Islamic Relations told NBC he was “at a loss for words” over Trump’s statement and asked if the next step would be internment camps.
Fellow Republican White House hopeful Jeb Bush said Trump’s idea was “just wrong” during an interview Friday morning on CNBC.
We must be resolute in this fight, but that doesn’t mean abandoning American values. https://t.co/bj45JskHXg
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) November 20, 2015
Congress’ long view on inversions: There’s plenty of criticism in Congress for so-called inversions, or tax deals allowing a U.S. company to buy a foreign one and relocate to avoid taxes. The Treasury Department on Thursday announced new steps aimed at curbing inversions, but some lawmakers say it’s going to take a major overhaul to fix the problem, Fortune writes. “The only way you’re going to get that problem solved is to bring down corporate tax rates and make them competitive with the rest of the world,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said. “We know how to do it, we just need a different president in order to do it.”
Why a government shutdown is still possible: A budget deal reached last month was supposed to put an end to the fiscal fights that have dominated President Barack Obama’s relationship with Republicans in Congress. But as the Washington Post writes, there’s still the threat of a government shutdown next month. The deal increased overall spending levels but didn’t specify how the money would be spent. The government is funded through Dec. 11, and Republicans are looking to use a new spending bill to scale back environmental regulations and rules for banks, despite warnings from Democrats they could serve as “poison pills” that would imperil the legislation. Those and other fights could blow up into a shutdown showdown, the Post says.
Bush says he isn’t political insider: Political insider? Not me, says Jeb Bush. “Thirty-two years in the private sector — eight years as governor,” Bush told USA Today in an interview. “Never worked in Washington, D.C. — never lived in Washington, D.C.” Numerous voters on the presidential campaign trail have described the White House hopeful, a former governor of Florida, as the embodiment of the GOP establishment — an insider who is the son and brother of previous presidents. Bush said it doesn’t matter if the criticism is fair. “I have to overcome it by saying what my life story is about, and my record of accomplishment,” he said.
Hoyer says retaking House possible: It’s “very possible” Democrats could take back the House of Representatives in the 2016 elections, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer says. Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, said Thursday: “I’m not predicting at this point in time we’ll take the 30 seats we need, but I do not believe that it is impossible either.” RealClearPolitics notes Republicans currently hold their biggest majority in the House of Representatives since the New Deal, and retaking the House would be a tall order.