On the very week that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe started producing evidence of problematic Russian contacts by the Trump campaign, three House Republicans suddenly want to kneecap Mueller. Who could have guessed it? The Washington Post writes:
Three conservative House Republicans are expected to file a resolution Friday calling on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to recuse himself from his probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, accusing him of conflicts of interest.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who wrote the resolution, accuses Mueller of having a conflict of interest because he was serving as FBI chief when the Obama administration approved a deal allowing a Russian company to purchase a Canada-based mining group with uranium operations in the United States, according to a draft obtained by The Washington Post.
Now keep this in mind: While there is zero evidence that Hillary Clinton was involved
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There are a few places where we can already see the gap between what Republicans are claiming their tax plan will do for you and what it will really do that should tell us all we need to know: if they need to lie and misdirect that much to sell the plan, voters definitely shouldn’t be buying. Take the claim that the plan would “lower the tax rate ‘for low– and middle-income Americans’ from 39.6 percent to 35 percent so ‘people can keep more of the money they earn’” … where the “low- and middle-income Americans” in question are earning $450,000 a year. Or take the $1,182 per year tax cut for a family making the median income of $59,000 a year. The reality behind that one gets complicated fast:
Under the current law, parents may claim personal exemptions on their tax forms for themselves, their spouses and their children. The
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It’s not just Trump supporters who believe what they want to believe and everything else is “fake news,” it’s Republican lawmakers too. Three polls in the last couple months have come out showing most Americans and even many Republican aren’t all that jazzed about cutting the corporate tax rate—a central pillar of the GOP’s tax plan. Here’s the news from two separate September and October Politico/Morning Consult polls:
The GOP response? Vox writes:
“Who cares?” Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) said before I had a chance to say what the polls showed.
Others said they didn’t believe the numbers.
“I don’t believe that poll,” Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) said. “I don’t believe it. It’s in all of our best interest to have these tax
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Somebody’s hair really needs to be on fire on Capitol Hill. Preferably, everybody’s. House Speaker Paul Ryan and team introduced what should be called the “Tax Cuts for Donald Trump and Cronies” bill with big fanfare and a press conference today. No one in the traditional media bothered to remind them of the fact that they aren’t even competent enough to fund a program that has massive bipartisan support and is providing health care to 9 million children.
It is a fundamental failure in governing and morality on the part of the Republican Congress. While they don’t seem to give a damn, the people who are charged with taking care of children are on full alert.
The children most at risk of losing CHIP coverage soon are likely those who reside in states running out of funds quickly with separate CHIP programs. At least six states—Arizona, California, the District of Columbia,
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Sure, GOP Sens. Jeff Flake and Bob Corker made some good points Tuesday about how Donald Trump is “debasing” our political discourse and the entire country in the process, but they’re retiring from the Senate. Ask any Republican who plans on indefinitely clinging to his or her Senate seat, and they’ll tell you Flake and Corker are totally off track because giving tax cuts to America’s wealthiest is just too important to get sidetracked by the legal, ethical, moral, and existential questions surrounding Trump’s presidency. Take Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, for one.
”I’m focused on getting stuff done,” Portman said in response to a question about the Flake/Corker rally cry. “This week it’s about opioids, tomorrow it’s opioids. Today it’s tax reform. That’s my job.”
How about protecting the American people from a maniac—is that in your job description?
Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, fighting for his political future
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Republicans are planning a big package of tax cuts, they keep telling us. But what’s going to be in it? Possibly changes to your 401(k) retirement plan, despite Donald Trump’s promise to leave those untouched. And, uh, well, beyond that, it’s kind of a mystery. Here’s the Washington Post on what House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady is saying—or what he isn’t saying:
For example, he said he hasn’t decided what income levels would merit certain tax rates.
He said he hasn’t decided how many tax deductions to eliminate to partially offset the lower rates.
He said he hasn’t decided whether to impose a top tax rate for the wealthiest Americans.
He said he hasn’t decided whether the tax cuts would be retroactive to income earned in 2017.
He wouldn’t say how the tax bill would impact the type of taxes paid by hedge fund managers, even though
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Oh, hey. A healthcare bill has gotten a good report from the Congressional Budget Office—quite a novelty here in 2017. And look, it’s the bipartisan effort to stabilize the Obamacare markets!
A bipartisan deal to shore up ObamaCare’s insurance markets would reduce the deficit by nearly $4 billion by 2027, according to a score released Wednesday by Congress’s nonpartisan scorekeeper.
The bill, sponsored by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), would fund key ObamaCare insurer subsidies and give states more flexibility to change their ObamaCare programs.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said in its report Wednesday that the bill would not substantially impact the number of people with health insurance.
Saving nearly $4 billion over 10 years is not a huge amount by government standards, but it sounds pretty damn good when you consider that Donald Trump’s alternative, not funding
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