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Thursday, December 21, 2017

In a short period of time, five staffers have departed The Wall Street Journal editorial page. The general cause of their departures, willing and otherwise, is known: the Journal editorial line has increasingly conformed with the pro-Trump dictates of the rest of the Murdoch media empire. (Most recently, Journal editorials, which once presented Ken Starr as the last hope to preserve the rule of law, have fomented various right-wing conspiracy theories about Robert Mueller and called for his firing.) Sam Tanenhaus, deep into his excellent story on the dwindling band of anti-Trump conservative intellectuals, reports more specifically on the circumstances surrounding their departure. As Trump's chances of winning the nomination grew, the paper buried an editorial highlighting his underworld connections: read more


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Independent analysts agree the Republican bill would deliver a tax cut for the majority of Americans. In 2018, middle-income households -- those earning $49,000 to $86,000 -- will see an average tax cut of $930 on average, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. Those who make a bit more but might still plausibly be called middle class -- families earning $86,000 to $149,000 -- will get back even more, with an average tax cut of just over $1,800. No one in the middle class is going to turn up their nose at an extra thousand bucks. But critics have been pointing out that the tax bill could have done much more for middle earners. That $900 pales in comparison to the average $51,o00 tax cut that Americans in the top 1% of earners -- those taking home $733,000 and up -- will reap. Overall, the 1% will reap more than 20% of the total value of the tax cut, roughly the same amount as Americans in the bottom 60% of the income distribution, the Tax Policy Center found. read more


Monday, December 18, 2017

In the weeks after he became the Republican nominee on July 19, 2016, Donald Trump was warned that foreign adversaries, including Russia, would probably try to spy on and infiltrate his campaign, according to multiple government officials familiar with the matter. The warning came in the form of a high-level counterintelligence briefing by senior FBI officials, the officials said. A similar briefing was given to Hillary Clinton, they added. They said the briefings, which are commonly provided to presidential nominees, were designed to educate the candidates and their top aides about potential threats from foreign spies. The candidates were urged to alert the FBI about any suspicious overtures to their campaigns, the officials said. read more


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has obtained "many tens of thousands" of Trump transition emails, including emails of Jared Kushner, transition team sources tell Axios. Trump officials discovered Mueller had the emails when his prosecutors used them as the basis for questions to witnesses, the sources said. The emails include 12 accounts, one of which contains about 7,000 emails, the sources said. The accounts include the team's political leadership and the foreign-policy team, the sources said. Why it matters: The transition emails are said to include sensitive exchanges on matters that include potential appointments, gossip about the views of particular senators involved in the confirmation process, speculation about vulnerabilities of Trump nominees, strategizing about press statements, and policy planning on everything from war to taxes. "Mueller is using the emails to confirm things, and get new leads," a transition source told me. read more


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Andrea Ramsey, a Democratic candidate for Congress, will drop out of the race after the Kansas City Star asked her about accusations in a 2005 lawsuit that she sexually harassed and retaliated against a male subordinate who said he had rejected her advances. Multiple sources with knowledge of the case told The Star that the man reached a settlement with LabOne, the company where Ramsey was executive vice president of human resources. Court documents show that the man, Gary Funkhouser, and LabOne agreed to dismiss the case permanently after mediation in 2006. Ramsey, a 56-year-old retired business executive from Leawood, was one of the Democratic candidates vying to challenge Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder in 2018 in Kansas' 3rd District. read more


Comments

"Gal asked me about the pedo ring the other day in a different thread,"

Yes, I did. Online source predicted name of someone soon to be exposed would be on this list, and Goddard's is:

www.imdb.com

Same online source says that bigger Hollywood names, and well as members of Congress (both sides of the aisle), will also be exposed after the holidays. Not all will be exposed as pedophiles but some will.

For above: www.cnbc.com

They are feeling generous:

Fifth Third legal chief won't have to return bonus if she heads to FDIC

Fifth Third Bancorp has decided not to try to get its chief legal officer to return her $300,000 signing bonus if she departs to head the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. as planned.

www.bizjournals.com

Bernie Sanders‏ @SenSanders

At a time of massive inequality, the Republican tax bill will unbelievably provide 83% of the benefits to the top 1%, while increasing taxes on 92 million middle-class households by the end of the decade.

To see chart, go here: twitter.com

House Republicans just passed their disastrous tax bill. Congratulations to the Koch brothers, massive corporations and billionaire campaign contributors on looting the Treasury and working families.

To see Bernie video, go here: twitter.com

What this bill boils down to is corporate welfare:

Bernie Sanders‏ @SenSanders

Today is a victory for the largest and most profitable corporations in this country who, despite record-breaking profits, will now see hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks at the expense of working families.

Apple, which has received $726 million in corporate welfare and government handouts over the last 30 years, will get a $48 billion tax cut from Republicans.

Pfizer, which fired thousands of employees and gave executives huge raises after the last repatriation holiday, will get a $38.8 billion tax break.

Microsoft will receive $27.7 billion in tax cuts after donating $17.9 million to the Republican Party since 1990.

Between 2008 and 2015, General Electric received more in tax credits than it paid in actual taxes and is still in line for a $16 billion tax cut next year.

IBM fired 12,000 workers and gave executives a $7 million raise after bringing $9.5 billion back into the US in 2004, yet Republicans want to give the company a $13.9 billion tax cut.

Johnson & Johnson will get a $12.9 billion tax break to "create jobs." Last time it repatriated offshore profits, the company fired people and gave executives a $32.8 million raise.

Exxon Mobil is getting a great return on their investment in the Republican Party. It will receive a $10.5 billion tax break after donating $16.8 million to Republicans since 1990.

After crashing the world economy and costing millions of Americans their jobs, Citigroup & Goldman Sachs took $3.7 trillion in taxpayer bailouts. Now, the GOP is giving them a $15.2 billion tax break.
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