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  • Feds Collect Record Income Taxes Through December; Still Run $225 Billion Deficit

    01/14/2018 3:55:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 12, 2018 | 2:45 PM EST | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The federal government collected record individual-income-tax revenues through the first quarter of fiscal 2018 (October through December), according to the new Monthly Treasury Statement. This was the last quarter before the new tax-cut law signed by President Donald Trump on Dec. 22 took effect. Despite taking in record individual-income-tax revenues, the federal government ran a deficit of approximately $225 billion during the quarter. The Treasury collected a record $390,847,000,000 in individual income taxes in October through December, according to the Treasury statement. That was $30,568,380,000 more than the $360,278,620,000 that the Treasury collected (in constant December 2017 dollars) in individual...
  • ANALYSIS: Republican strategists say Democrats virtually certain to win House in 2018

    01/14/2018 8:39:14 AM PST · by Hadean · 103 replies
    ABC ^ | Jan. 14, 2018 | Jonathan Karl
    Republican strategists have turned decidedly pessimistic about their prospects for the 2018 midterm elections. Prominent Republicans are now saying privately that Democrats are virtually certain to win control of the House of Representatives. As one senior Republican on Capitol Hill told ABC News, “If the election were held today, the House would be gone. Fortunately, the election is not today.” Another prominent Republican strategist working on the midterm elections went further, telling ABC News point-blank that Republicans will lose the House and that this prospect unlikely to change. “The only question is whether Democrats win narrowly by picking up 25...
  • The GOP Can't Get Burnt on DACA Deal

    01/13/2018 9:04:59 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 64 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Jan 13, 2018 | Michael Reagan
    Everyone knows something has to be done for America's DACA kids. Everyone with a good heart or a working brain knows it's not their fault their parents sneaked them into the country when they were kids under 16. It's true that by law they are illegal immigrants. But most DACA kids have grown up to become good, law-abiding Americans. They've gone to school here. They've worked and paid taxes here. They've even served in our military. Everyone except a few people on the far fringe knows it'd be wrong to deport these 800,000 so-called "Dreamers" -- now or in the...
  • If the GOP controls the government, why does Planned Parenthood still get federal funding?

    01/08/2018 12:24:50 PM PST · by markomalley · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/8/18 | Nicole Russell
    As Planned Parenthood smugly announced, via their 2016-17 annual report, they performed 321,384 abortions last year and received $543.7 million in taxpayer subsidies, primarily funneled through Medicaid.It raises the question: When will the GOP get some grit and finally defund Planned Parenthood? There is a myriad of reasons why Planned Parenthood should be defunded, and only one reason why they haven’t been. Following the Center for Medical Progress’ explosive undercover videos, Planned Parenthood has been under investigation by numerous committees, including the House Oversight Committee—which found Planned Parenthood needed no federal funds to operate and could function just as well...
  • The media is missing the Republican takeover in New England

    10/04/2017 10:01:14 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 45 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 30, 2017 | Salena Zito
    On Sept. 19, Politico congressional reporter Burgess Everett tweeted that he suddenly “[Remembers Vermont has a Republican governor].” His tweet prompted Seung Min Kim, a fellow Politico reporter who covers the US Senate, to reply that she “[Learns Vermont has a Republican governor].” That, in turn, instigated a response by Wall Street Journal congressional reporter Byron Tau: “[Googles the name of Vermont’s Republican governor].” To which Phil Scott, Vermont’s Republican governor, responded that he “[Is Vermont’s Republican governor].” The moment was comical but also insightful, underscoring just how little Washington’s political class knows about who holds the executive power in...
  • Sen. Marco Rubio thinks the GOP tax plan helps corporations too much

    12/30/2017 6:12:11 AM PST · by upbeat5 · 68 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | December 29, 2017 | Jacob Pramuk
    Sen. Marco Rubio says the GOP "probably went too far" in slashing the tax burden on corporations. The Florida Republican told the News-Press of Fort Myers that corporations will largely use their major tax cut to buy back shares or increase dividends to shareholders — which "isn't going to create dramatic economic growth." "If I were king for a day, this tax bill would have looked different. I thought we probably went too far on (helping) corporations," Rubio told the newspaper in the interview published Friday. "By and large, you're going to see a lot of these multinationals buy back...
  • Roy Moore Sues to Block Certification of Alabama Senate Election Results

    12/28/2017 6:15:18 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 73 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | DEC. 28, 2017 | Alan Blinder
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Roy S. Moore, the first Republican to lose a United States Senate race in Alabama in 25 years, moved late Wednesday to block state officials from certifying the victory of his Democratic rival on Thursday afternoon because of “systematic voter fraud.” In a complaint filed in the circuit court here in Alabama’s capital, Mr. Moore’s campaign argued that such fraud had tainted the Dec. 12 special election, which Mr. Moore lost to Doug Jones by fewer than 22,000 votes, and that the Alabama authorities had inadequately investigated claims of misconduct. If the election is prematurely certified, Mr....
  • Sen. McConnell mocks Steve Bannon's 'political genius'

    12/22/2017 6:13:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 22, 2017 12:35 PM EST | Alan Fram
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used a holiday season press conference Friday to deliver a lump of coal to Steve Bannon, mocking the former White House adviser’s “political genius” for costing Republicans an Alabama Senate seat. McConnell, R-Ky., made the remark 10 days after the Bannon-backed Roy Moore lost a special election to Doug Jones, giving Democrats their first victory in an Alabama Senate race in a quarter century. Moore faced multiple allegations of improper conduct with teenagers decades ago and touted extremist views that repelled many women and minorities. “The political genius on display, throwing away a seat in...
  • After Alabama, abortion may be backseat issue in 2018 races

    12/17/2017 10:17:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 16, 2017 11:57 AM EST | Bill Barrow
    Alabama, one of the most conservative states in the country, with one of the most evangelical electorates, is sending an abortion-rights supporter to the U.S. Senate, despite GOP efforts to paint Democrat Doug Jones as an unacceptable extremist on the issue. Certainly, any analysis of what Jones’ upset over Roy Moore means for other races involves a caveat: The Republican nominee was twice ousted from the state Supreme Court and stood accused of sexual misconduct with minors, baggage that gave Jones an opening in a state that hadn’t elected a Democratic senator since 1992. Yet Jones could not have won...
  • Paul Ryan Sees His Wild Washington Journey Coming to An End

    12/14/2017 10:23:07 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 50 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/14/2017 | TIM ALBERTA and RACHAEL BADE
    Spirits were high inside the House chamber on Thursday, November 16, when, in the early afternoon, the gavel fell and a measure to rewrite the American tax code passed on a partisan tally of 227 to 205. As the deciding votes were cast—recorded in green on the black digital scoreboard suspended above the floor—the speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, threw his head back and slammed his hands together. Soon he was engulfed in a sea of dark suits, every Republican lawmaker wanting to slap him on the shoulder and be a part of his moment. Ryan was the man...
  • Why I think the Uniparty stole the 2017 Alabama Senate special election.

    12/13/2017 9:20:03 PM PST · by Nateman · 45 replies
    https://www.freerepublic.com ^ | Dec 13, 2017 | Nateman
    Why I think the Uniparty stole the 2017 Alabama Senate special election. Digital voting records were not saved. The Alabama Supreme Court overruled a lower court which would have forced digital records to be saved. The reason given was that many machine were not set up to do the recording and there was not time to set them up to do so. Since it’s the law requires that, how come they were not set up to record in the first place? The Uniparty was desperate to keep Moore out of the District of Corruption. Mitch’s boys spent 30 million alone...
  • GOP hopes Alabama loss is wakeup call for Trump White House

    12/13/2017 5:23:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 92 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 13, 2017 8:01 PM EST | Zeke Miller
    President Donald Trump managed to endorse two different losing candidates in the same Senate race, a setback that is highlighting an experience deficit within the White House political team. […] Republicans in Washington and around the country say a bungled approach to the race — in which the president wagered his party’s moral authority with nothing to show for it — should serve as a wakeup call for the administration going into what is sure to be a challenging midterm election year. “This White House is not working on all cylinders,” said Ari Fleischer, who served as press secretary to...
  • GOP's Shelby played key role in Alabama Democrat's victory

    12/13/2017 3:48:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 13, 2017 6:00 PM EST | Matthew Daly
    Credit six-term Republican Sen. Richard Shelby for Democrat Doug Jones’ shocking win in Alabama, senators from both parties said Wednesday. Shelby, Alabama’s senior senator and the state’s most influential official, publicly opposed GOP nominee Roy Moore and declared before the election that ”the state of Alabama deserves better” than a former judge accused of sexual contact with teenage girls decades ago. A former Democrat, Shelby, 83, announced weeks before the election that he had already cast an absentee ballot for another, unspecified Republican, even as President Donald Trump and other prominent state Republicans stood up for Moore. “I give the...
  • Tammy Bruce: Republican Establishment Wants To Lose Senate Majority So Trump's Agenda Fails

    12/13/2017 3:25:05 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 96 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 12, 2017 | Ian Schwatz
    Conservative commentator Tammy Bruce, in a discussion about Alabama Republican candidate for Senate Roy Moore, said the Republican establishment want the party to lose the majority in the Senate so the Trump agenda fails. Bruce cited Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), who announced he did not vote for Moore, and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who donated to the Democratic candidate Doug Jones, as examples. "This is a test for the president," Bruce said Tuesday on FOX News' Hannity. "I think what you've seen with Shelby going against it. Jeff Flake, giving money to this guy. I think the Republicans in the...
  • Your Host Addresses a Crabby Nation

    12/13/2017 11:51:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 13, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Man, oh, man, a lot of crabby people out there. And I’m hearing from I don’t know how many, but it’s more than I can count. And I’ll share with you some of the crabbiness today. And there’s other stuff out there besides the crabbiness of the election. Here’s the phone number if you want to be on the program. 800-282-2882. Email address, ElRushbo@eibnet.us. The first crabby email. “Dear Rush: You know everybody’s blaming McConnell and everybody’s blaming Bannon, but I blame you. I don’t recall you ever endorsing Roy Moore. I don’t recall you ever urging people to...
  • Republicans fear deep losses in 2018 elections

    12/13/2017 6:13:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 203 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 13, 2017 | Reid Wilson
    After years of strong gains in states across the country, Republicans now fear they stand to lose hundreds of state legislative seats in next year’s midterm elections if there is a significant voter backlash against President Trump. Any losses would come at the worst time: Just ahead of the redistricting process that begins with the 2020 census.
  • GOP governor sides with Indonesians facing deportation [NH; Sununu]

    12/09/2017 8:22:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    AP via US News & World Report ^ | Dec 9, 2017 11:56 AM EST | Michael Casey
    Since he became governor, Chris Sununu has rarely clashed with President Donald Trump, supporting the travel ban on citizens from several mostly Muslim nations and quick to play up visits he has made the White House. But when Trump’s immigration crackdown reached the state’s tiny Indonesian community this year, Sununu wrote a letter to his fellow Republican in October in which he said he was “respectfully requesting your administration reconsider its decision to deport these individuals” and urging it consider a “resolution that would allow them to remain in the United States.” Sununu insisted the case of the Indonesians was...
  • Schumer walks tightrope on shutdown, immigration fights

    12/07/2017 6:55:08 AM PST · by Cheerio · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/07/17 | Alexander Bolton
    TITLE SHOULD BE: DEMS READY TO SHUT DOWN US GOVT UNLESS DREAMERS ARE LEGALIZED. The threat of a government shutdown has put Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) in a tricky political situation. Schumer has kept his caucus unified against President Trump’s major legislative drives on ObamaCare and tax reform, but he faces a more divided group of Democrats when it comes to protecting young immigrants who could face deportation next year. The internal debate has more to do with legislative strategy than the underlining issue. Democrats generally back a legislative fix that would allow so-called Dreamers brought to the...
  • Scarborough: Trump allies told me he has dementia

    11/30/2017 4:38:17 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 126 replies
    http://thehill.com ^ | 11/30/17 08:32 AM EST | By Rebecca Savransky
    MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said on Thursday that people close to President Trump told him during the campaign that Trump has "early stages of dementia." During MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Scarborough said Trump is "completely detached from reality." "You have somebody inside the White House that the New York Daily News says is mentally unfit," Scarborough said.
  • Sen. Thune: 'There Shouldn't Be Any Discussion About Shutting Down the Government'

    11/27/2017 11:33:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 27, 2017 | 6:55 AM EST | Susan Jones
    A short-term spending bill passed by Congress earlier this year runs out on Dec. 8, and keeping the money tap open is one of the main concerns as lawmakers return to town this week. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said Congress needs to pass a long-term spending bill, but “sometimes you need to do a short-term extension.” And Thune discouraged talk about a government shutdown: “There shouldn’t be any discussion about shutting down the government,” he told “Fox News Sunday.” “We can make this thing work,” Thune said. “We just need to get people at the table, negotiate it. I think...