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Thursday, November 30, 2017

President Trump over the summer repeatedly urged senior Senate Republicans, including the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to end the panel's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, according to a half dozen lawmakers and aides. Mr. Trump's requests were a highly unusual intervention from a president into a legislative inquiry involving his family and close aides.

Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, the intelligence committee chairman, said in an interview this week that Mr. Trump told him that he was eager to see an investigation that has overshadowed much of the first year of his presidency come to an end.

In addition, according to lawmakers and aides, Mr. Trump told Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, and Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri and a member of the intelligence committee, to end the investigation swiftly.

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The tax plan has been marketed by President Trump and Republican leaders as a straightforward if enormous rebate for the masses, a $1.5 trillion package of cuts to spur hiring and economic growth. But as the bill has been rushed through Congress with scant debate, its far broader ramifications have come into focus, revealing a catchall legislative creation that could reshape major areas of American life, from education to health care.

Some of this re-engineering is straight out of the traditional Republican playbook. Corporate taxes, along with those on wealthy Americans, would be slashed on the presumption that when people in penthouses get relief, the benefits flow down to basement tenements.

Some measures are barely connected to the realm of taxation, such as the lifting of a 1954 ban on political activism by churches and the conferring of a new legal right for fetuses in the House bill -- both on the wish list of the evangelical right.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Tax reform is only one piece of the overall puzzle needed to revitalize the American economy, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told a group of Washington, D.C., lobbyists and policy analysts this morning at a Politico Playbook Interview sponsored by the Financial Services Institute. The other part? Reduce the deficit and offset the cost of the reform, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates at $1.3 trillion.

"I analyze this very differently than most," Rubio told the crowd. "Many argue that you can't cut taxes because it will drive up the deficit. But we have to do two things. We have to generate economic growth which generates revenue, while reducing spending. That will mean instituting structural changes to Social Security and Medicare for the future," the senator said. read more

Alabama Republican Senate Candidate Roy Moore co-authored a study course, published in 2011 and recently obtained by ThinkProgress, that instructs students that women should not be permitted to run for elected office. If women do run for office, the course argues, people have a moral obligation not to vote for them. The course is also critical of the women's suffrage movement, which in 1920 secured some American women the right to vote.

The course, called "Law and Government: An Introductory Study Course," includes 28 hours of audio and visual lectures given by Moore and others, as well as a study guide. The course is available for purchase on Amazon, where "Chief Justice Roy Moore" is listed as a co-author alongside Doug Phillips, Dr. Joseph C. Morecraft, and Dr. Paul Jehle. read more

As the co-host of NBC's "Today," Matt Lauer once gave a colleague a sex toy as a present. It included an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her, which left her mortified.

On another day, he summoned a different female employee to his office, and then dropped his pants, showing her his -----. After the employee declined to do anything, visibly shaken, he reprimanded her for not engaging in a sexual act.

He would sometimes quiz female producers about who they'd slept with, offering to trade names. And he loved to engage in a crass quiz game with men and women in the office: "f -- , marry, or kill," in which he would identify the female co-hosts that he'd most like to sleep with. read more


Ryan Goodman‏ @rgoodman

1. In important breaking story ("Operative Offered Trump Campaign ‘Kremlin Connection' Using N.R.A. Ties") NYT once again fails to report evidence that Don Jr did end up meeting with Torshin

My earlier piece:

What You Could Not Learn from NYT and WSJ on Kushner's "Russian Backdoor" Email


4 Other news reported evidence of Torshin meeting with Don Jr:

NBC (@KenDilanianNBC @carolelee): "Torshin was seated with the candidate's son, Donald Trump Jr., during a private dinner on the sidelines of a May 2016 NRA event ...according to an account Torshin gave to Bloomberg"

5. EVEN Don Jr.'s lawyer has admitted Don Jr. met the Russian emissary Torshin at the NRA dinner and through a mutual contact (but says they sat separately).

NBC (and others) reported that too.
NYT today doesn't.

9. With great respect for the editors and journalists at NYT (@npfandos @mattapuzzo @adamgoldmanNYT @AllMattNYT), the Times reporting is missing a key piece of the Torshin overture that readers should be told about.


From Warren's letter:

Secretary Mnuchin has claimed that over 100 people are "working around the clock on running scenarios for us" to show that these corporate tax cuts will pay for themselves. Secretary Mnuchin "has promised that Treasury will release its analysis[.]" Yet as Senate Republicans prepare to vote within the next day on the tax plan, the Department of Treasury has failed to produce any economic analysis supporting Secretary Mnuchin's claims that the cuts will pay for themselves - in fact, they haven't released any formal analysis of the bill's economic impact at all.

According to one treasury economist, Secretary Mnuchin hadn't released an analysis showing that the corporate tax cuts will pay for themselves "because one did not exist. " In fact, many experts in the Treasury's Office of Tax Policy "are not working on the type of detailed analysis" that Secretary Mnuchin has touted. Reports also indicate that the "career employees have been largely shut out of the process," and that political appointees have been working to conduct such analyses.

Either the Treasury Department has used extensive taxpayer funds to conduct economic analyses that it refuses to release because those analyses would contradict the Treasury Secretary's claims, or Secretary Mnuchin has grossly misled the public about the extent of the Treasury Department's analysis. I am deeply concerned about either possibility.


Lies, lies and more lies, but what does it matter if no one holds them accountable?

Hey Elizabeth, Bernie, Progressives, Democrats and Independents: You say you want a revolution? Well, now is the time. We should be taking to the streets en masse in protest.

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