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Colbert goes after Jeanine Pirro on her FBI/DOJ attacks

Jeanine Pirro

The Colbert clip is from Monday, but we’re running it because it’s very important. A major cable “news” outlet is encouraging obstruction of justice. Jeanine Pirro is the lead offender. Her unwarranted attacks on the Mueller investigation and the FBI and DOJ in general encourage Fox News zombies to think Trump’s obstruction of justice is actually… Continue Reading →

The Republican party would have been depraved with or without Trump

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Jonathan Chait thinks Robert Mueller’s investigation is in “mortal danger” because congressional Republicans have lost their moral compass in the Trump era. Trump’s depravity, Chait believes, has rubbed off on other Republicans, and that’s why they won’t lift as finger in response to Mueller’s dismissal: As recently as a few weeks ago, Republicans were debating whether… Continue Reading →

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Senate GOP accidentally killed corporate tax deductions

Republicans are talking about having Jeff Sessions run against embattled GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore

Poor corporations. The moral is, let everyone see the drafts and hold hearings! See what happens when you rush?

This screwup — like most of the tax plan’s oddest features — was born of a math problem. Due to arcane Senate rules, the Trump tax cuts can only add $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the next decade. Last Thursday, the Senate tax bill already cost about that sum, and then McConnell started making expensive promises to his few holdouts. Susan Collins wanted a $10,000 property tax deduction for Americans in high-tax states; Ron Johnson wanted a 23 percent business-income deduction for the company that his family owns. This left the Senate Majority Leader searching under the tax code’s couch cushions for new sources of revenue.

Eventually, he came upon the corporate alternative minimum tax (AMT). At present, most corporations face a 35 percent (statutory) rate on their income. But by availing themselves of various tax credits and deductions, most companies can get their actual rates down far below that figure. To put a limit on just how far, the corporate AMT prevents companies from paying any less than 20 percent on their profits (or, more precisely, on the profits that they fail to hide overseas).

The GOP had originally intended to abolish the AMT. But on Friday, with the clock running out — and money running short — Senate Republicans put the AMT back into their bill. Unfortunately for McConnell, they forgot to lower the AMT after doing so.

This is a big problem. The Senate bill brings the normal corporate rate down to 20 percent — while leaving the alternative minimum rate at … 20 percent. The legislation would still allow corporations to claim a wide variety of tax credits and deductions — it just renders all them completely worthless. Companies can either take no deductions, and pay a 20 percent rate — or take lots of deductions … and pay a 20 percent rate.

With this blunder, Senate Republicans have achieved the unthinkable: They’ve written a giant corporate tax cut that many of their corporate donors do not like.

Sam Seder cut from MSNBC after alt-right attack

Let the public shaming begin. (And don’t forget, some leftists just tried to get Joy Reid fired for comments she made almost ten years ago!)

Sam made a clearly sarcastic tweet about Roman Polanski in 2009, disgusted at liberals who were sticking up for him.

“Don’t care re Polanski, but I hope if my daughter is ever raped it is by an older truly talented man w/a great sense of mise en scene,” wrote Seder in the now deleted tweet from 2009.

Now this happens.

The tweet was first brought to wide attention last month by the pro-Trump journalist and activist Mike Cernovich.

Multiple efforts to reach Seder were unsuccessful, but in a segment of his podcast, “The Majority Report with Sam Seder,” last week, he addressed the matter and accused Cernovich of a smear campaign to take him off the air.

“This smear involves the willful misinterpretation of a tweet that I posted in 2009,” said Seder, who said Cernovich and his allies were deliberately misrepresenting him to silence his criticism of Roy Moore and President Trump. “I will never be ashamed of criticizing those who would excuse the predation of women or girls. And I certainly won’t be quiet about Roy Moore or a conservative movement that which would defend his actions so they could get his vote in the Senate.”

Seder said the tweet was satirical and was intended to show his disgust with liberals at the time who were attempting to apologize for Polanksi’s past behavior.

Whoopee! We’re all gonna die

Paul Waldman at the Washington Post:

Because the Trump administration is such a finely tuned machine, today we learn that the national security and foreign policy team is set for an overhaul, a whole nine months into this presidency. The likely result is a more isolated position for the United States in the world and a more dangerous future.

Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker and Anne Gearan report:

The White House has readied a plan to oust embattled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who has become one of the most personally loyal and politically savvy members of President Trump’s national security team, two administration officials confirmed Thursday.

The plan, hatched by White House chief of staff John F. Kelly, is expected to be set in motion over the next few weeks, and has broad support within Trump’s inner circle, the officials said. But it was unclear whether Trump had signed off on the plan yet, and the president has been known to change his mind about personnel and other matters before finalizing decisions with public announcements.

Under the plan, Pompeo would likely be replaced at the CIA by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), one of Trump’s most steadfast defenders and a confidant to some leading members of the foreign policy team, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the White House has not publicly announced the moves.

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