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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was set to give an on-camera briefing to reporters on Thursday. Sanders’ session with journalists comes hours are Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC that the Trump administration has a “very detailed” tax reform plan ready.

“The House and the Senate are now socializing the plan with their members,” Mnuchin said in a live interview with CNBC about the yet-to-be-unveiled tax proposal. “We’re going to release a blueprint, it’s going to go to committee and we’re going to turn this into a bill that the president will sign,” he said.

Earlier Thursday, a Reuters story detailed how Trump’s defense secretary, Jim Mattis, became just the latest top official to contradict or seem to criticize the president in recent days. Mattis on Wednesday had told journalists, referring to the question of how to deal with North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs, “We are never out of diplomatic solutions.”

  • another_steve

    A pox on their tax plan.

  • safari

    “The House and the Senate are now socializing the plan with their members”
    I do not think that word means what you think it does.

    • another_steve

      Tonight at Mr. and Mrs. Deplorable’s dinner table:

      “Harry, what did that kike mean when he said “socializing”?”

      “Shut up, Ethel. These hush puppies are under-cooked.”

      • Gustav2

        “Socializing” is that what the kids are calling it these days?

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Mnuchin means it in the sense of “passing around as a party favor”.

      • another_steve

        Once, when I was still a twink, my circle of friends did that to me.

        I loved it.

      • Treant

        Milo’s gonna be in the Republican caucus?

    • Natty Enquirer

      I predict the plan will remain antisocial.

      • Tawreos

        Only for 99% of the taxpayers

    • Tulle Christensen

      it means they are gonna stand around eating doughnuts and drinking coffee and talk about how they are gonna screw over the 99%

      • Todd20036

        Mmmmm. Donuts……

  • Tawreos

    Are they socializing it the same way they did their “healthcare” bill, or will Democrats get a peek as well?

  • safari
    • Todd20036

      Oh Grimace. I haven’t seen you in ages!

      • Tawreos

        Better get used to him, I hear he is running for president in 2024

  • AtticusP
    • Tawreos

      Dammit put up a Spoiler Alert first!

      • Barbaralbeets

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  • Gustav2
    • The_Wretched

      TBTFH, isn’t that everyday?

  • Jonathan Smith
  • JWC

    AAAANNND HEEEEEERRRSS SARAAAAAHHH

  • PickyPecker
    • safari
      • ColdCountry

        I did not know chickens could swim – not that I ever thought about it. Learn something new every day here at JMG!

        • safari

          I didn’t think they could either.

        • another_steve

          When McDonald’s is after your ass, you swim.

          • Jonathan Smith
          • The_Wretched

            Murder or date night? I can’t tell if that’s tail feathers or streamers from her tail.

          • Bluto
          • ColdCountry

            McDonald’s uses real chicken??

          • another_steve

            If you’re a McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets fan, read this at your peril…

            http://www.livestrong.com/article/1006054-whats-really-inside-those-mcdonalds-chicken-mcnuggets/

          • ColdCountry

            I don’t eat at McDonald’s, anyway, but… ick. I will take one exception to something in that article, and that is his comment on the anti-foaming agent. Saying that “this same chemical is found in silly putty, contact lenses, medical
            devices, shampoos, lubricating oils, heat-resistant tiles and breast
            implants,” is misleading. That alone doesn’t make it bad for you as water is also most likely contained in those things, and water is, generally, not bad for you. That also brings to mind the ridiculous, but effective, campaign that was waged against the McLean burger years ago. It contained carraggeenan, a derivative of seaweed. While carraggeenan is no more “seaweed” than the salt derived from seaweed is “seaweed,” people who are ignorant raised holy hell about “seaweed” in their burgers, and the burger failed. (The carraggeenan was there to retain moisture and “mouth feel” – a disgusting phrase, imo – in the absence of some of the fat.) Had these people bothered to ever read an ingredient label they would have seen that there is carraggeenan in – and this is a short list – flavored milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, salad dressing, ice cream, turkey (both fresh and sliced deli meats), and other deli meats. It is also in toothpaste, paint, airplane de-icer, and embalming fluid. Not all brands of these things, obviously, but quite a few. Gummy bears? Lots of carraggeenan. The point being that just because it is in embalming fluid doesn’t mean it’s unsafe, in and of itself, to consume.

            So, while I don’t eat McNuggets, it wouldn’t be because of the anti-foam.

            And if you haven’t dozed off with boredom yet, a side story about anti-foam. I worked for years in a (surprise!) carraggeenan processing plant. It sat right on the harbor and we used sea water to draw vacuum on our evaporator tanks. Pumped it up to about 40′ then let it fall through fiberglass tubes to pull the vacuum. It landed in a “hotwell” that overflowed back into the harbor. The liquid carraggeenan in the evaps was circulating at about 2000 gpm, so there was a varying degree of minute particles in the air of the evaps which was consequently drawn into the barometric system. If there was too much, it would foam in the hotwell, and send out gobs of foam into the harbor. While unsightly, it was totally harmless, but “the public” called it pollution. As this harbor contained a number of recreational and commercial craft, and we did try not to piss off the locals, we added anti-foam to the hotwell to prevent the foam. This pleased everyone, but amused us as the foam was natural occurring and bio-degradable, and the anti-foam was not. [/long boring story]

          • another_steve

            Interesting stuff, CC. Thanks.

            The secret to successful everything, including eating, is moderation. “Moderation in all things.” The Buddhists got that right.

            Fast food is high in fat and salt content. That’s precisely why we crave it. In moderation, though, it won’t kill us.

          • ColdCountry

            Don’t forget sugar! Even McD’s fries are dipped in sugar (dextrose) before shipping.

        • The_Wretched

          I think it’s floating + running instead of swimming.

          • ColdCountry

            It appears to work. Kinda like the doggy-paddle.

    • another_steve

      PP – Have you noticed how defamation of chickens is rampant in the comment threads today?

    • bambinoitaliano
      • PickyPecker

        I did not have relations with Mitch McConnell.

        • vorpal ๐Ÿ˜ผ

          Ha! Thanks for yet another laugh in my day :-).

        • another_steve

          Bill Clinton said the same thing in relation to Monica Lewinsky, and we all know how that turned out.

          • The_Wretched

            Human humidors.

  • james1200
    • Tawreos

      Do you miss him or Melissa McCarthy?

      • james1200

        Excellent question. Maybe it is McCarthy that I miss. Poor thing has no career now, except being a movie star! Sad!!

    • safari

      Sean did finally get to meet with the Pope.

      • james1200

        Hope he asked for forgiveness for all that lying he did for our white supremacist president.

    • The_Wretched

      I miss him too, it’s sort of like a cult classic film vs Kirk Cameron’s xmas movie.

  • Treant
  • david fairfield

    Very detailed. Lol.

  • another_steve

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders turned me gay.

    • Treant

      Uh, honey, I think you mean Florence Nightingale.

    • safari

      I thought Ann Coulter turned you gay.

      • another_steve

        Ann Coulter turned me rabid.

        • RidingTheLine

          Ann Coulter is just another trained Trumpanzee. She does her master’s bidding, tin cup and all.

    • boobert

      The neighbor boy down the street turned me gay when he said ” eat me”! I answered”bare it”, the rest is history lol.

      • another_steve

        I grew up in a neighborhood in NYC with all these gorgeous dark-haired Italian boys.

        Dark-haired Italian boys turned me gay.

        • safari

          Is your Brute a dark-haired italian boy?

          • another_steve

            I wish.

    • SammySeattle

      My mother made me a homosexual.

      • another_steve

        Was she Jewish or Italian Catholic?

        They do that.

        • SammySeattle

          If you buy the yarn, she’ll make you one too.

    • RidingTheLine

      Cool. If only she could turn guys gay, and we picked out the guys she had that effect on.

  • Newp. I got better thing to do, like drink lye.

    • Treant

      Don’t knock it. Lye is used to make both bagels and pretzels, so you really do consume a lot. It’s a great, if high-sodium, way of balancing pH or stiffening an outer surface (due to how clingy sodium is).

      • safari

        It’s also required to transform corn into a food with a proper set of amino acids as well as necessary for olive production.

        • Treant

          Sidenote: In “Interstellar,” the diet was show to be completely corn-based. That’s a real quick way of dying of several nasty deficiencies. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • paulrees100

    I hate that use of “socializing”. It’s just wrong.

    • Tawreos

      I am surprised they use it since it is so close to socialism which they have taught their base to hate.

  • billbear1961

    BeccaM posted this tweet on another thread:

    https://twitter.com/KenDilanianNBC/status/903315175880749059

    • Thanks sweetie.

      • billbear1961

        I only steal tweets and other stuff from OTHER sites!

        ๐Ÿ™‚

      • billbear1961

        Well, actually, I might post these tweets on Political Wire without saying where I got them!

  • ColdCountry

    “socializing the plan with their members” Is that anything like socializing your new puppy with family members?

  • billbear1961
  • KCMC

    OT, Ecstatic Super Fan moment: Trae and boys in KC last weekend! https://twitter.com/kcmc61/status/901873936899637248
    Trae actually had hand on my shoulder!!!

  • billbear1961
    • Gustav2

      Nope, not going to do it.

      • billbear1961

        Not going to repeat your joke?

        • Gustav2

          Nope.

      • Treant

        You know you want to. And you know I’m sitting here, out under my desk, just waiting for it.

      • billbear1961

        That’s what we’re wondering!

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I know I said I was not gonna be around for a while because I need a break, but just wanted to drop by and provide something funny for you all to enjoy. Take care!

    https://twitter.com/nycjim/status/903313647518306304

  • Lazycrockett

    “I’ll have to get back to you on that?”

    • DreadPikathulhu

      “The President and I haven’t discussed that.”

  • billbear1961
    • The_Wretched

      What are they learning that has them leaving so fast?

  • worstcultever
  • How cute. Rick’s pretending like we still have a functioning executive branch.
    https://twitter.com/TPM/status/903323707048906752

    • Gustav2

      Stupid question: How does releasing the oil reserve help with refineries being shut down?

      • AmeriCanadian

        Oh you…and your thinking.

    • boobert

      Too late, the gas in NJ jumped 30 cents so far.

      • KCMC

        50 cent here.

    • The_Wretched

      NO no no. That’s stupid. The international raw OIL prices are dropping. Making more available is just selling off a national asset below its value. The problem is the refinery capacity is down an so there’s less refined gasoline on the supply side of the market.

  • Natty Enquirer
  • bambinoitaliano

    For those who needs translation for the daily press briefing, here is the summation.
    https://youtu.be/QEefZiQNs1U

    • boobert

      I’d love Opal to be press secretary ! I’d never miss one .

      • coram nobis

        “Next up: the White House explains who put the bop in the bop-she-bop-she-bop; world markets rise in reaction.”

      • Dagoril

        She dresses better than Sanders does, at least ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • vorpal ๐Ÿ˜ผ

    Here’s my contribution to a much-needed cuteness break: all three of our boy kitties in a heap on the bed from just a few minutes ago. (Please excuse the hideous bedspread. Our cleaning lady brought it over as a gift to us and put it on the bed a couple days ago.)
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/22dbf562611be54696d4dcebcd34ccab2e15566adefe4db7abf6900c1b6a5004.jpg

    • Treant

      They’re adorable! But let me guess, the ginger is the dom in the relationship.

      The comforter isn’t that bad, reall….BWAHAHAHAHA! Maybe you can have a santorum accident on it, it looks like something K-Mart spit up in 1984.

      (I snark, but you might actually see something like that in my mother’s place; she likes that style, I prefer flats).

      • vorpal ๐Ÿ˜ผ

        I would tell them you said so, but their egos are already so big that I suspect they might burst if they get any larger. The ginger, Max (who grew into his name) thinks he’s the dom, but he’s really the subbest of them all when it comes down to it.

        I know! I took one look at that bedspread and thought, “This is something my grandma would have had.”

        I’m going to have to put my imagination to the test to make it meet with an unfortunate accident that leaves it unusable :-).

        • ChrisMorley

          Can it be dragged off the washing line in the yard by cats / available local critters, and clawed to shreds?

    • safari

      Which one likes to hump stuffed animals?

      • vorpal ๐Ÿ˜ผ

        That would be Duncan, the one on the right. He’s the lover of the house.

        Felix (aka Fifi) is the one on the left, and he’s the ninja. He lurks in the shadows and when you’re least expecting it, he gallops out and playfully attacks.

        Max… well… is Max.

    • Gustav2

      Yeah, I always blame my hideous decorating mistakes on the Help.

      • vorpal ๐Ÿ˜ผ

        LOL trust me: I make more hideous decorating mistakes than “the help” (she’s awesome and we love her) could ever hope to make.

        In this case, though, I can’t claim credit.

      • mpatreyu

        That made me laugh out loud. Thank you!

    • coram nobis

      Look at the upside. If they shed, you won’t notice.

      • Jonathan Smith

        or upchuck, or hairball or…..

    • Natty Enquirer

      Every day is Halloween.

      • vorpal ๐Ÿ˜ผ

        LOL! True that! And the one cat not shown here is our girl Rapunzel (who would never deign to cuddle with the boys), and she’s a tortie, so she’s a muddled combination of orange and black.

        • Zeldacat

          My tortie is an expert at shedding her light and dark hairs depending on which would show up best in the background. She’s very talented. Of course.

          • vorpal ๐Ÿ˜ผ

            Tortitude: being as inconvenient as possible is the tortie way!

          • Zeldacat

            It certainly seems to be her mission in life, that’s for sure. But I adore her for it.

          • vorpal ๐Ÿ˜ผ

            How could you not? Torties are so utterly adorable, even when they’re wreaking havoc.

            Ours only loves me and waits for me to get home from work atop the piano in the living room door right near the entrance of the house.

            As soon as I open the door, she starts purring and “dancing” (alternating raising her front paws), and when I pet her, she explodes into a sopping mess of drool and snot. The funny thing is that it’s somehow contagious, and the next thing I know, my nose is running uncontrollably too!

    • Cackalaquiano

      Yikes! And you have to keep the bedspread for a little while so she sees it, right? What’s the appropriate timeframe you’ve settled on?

      • vorpal ๐Ÿ˜ผ

        Absolutely, and I’m not sure if there’s a right answer!

    • Danieruw

      But it’s good for collecting the cat hair. My folks had a black cat that liked to sleep on the guest room bed. They would have a guest stay overnight abut once a year, which is how often the bedspread would get washed. It would be covered in black fur! Enough to knit another cat!

  • coram nobis

    “socializing the plan with their members”?

    Ignoring the smutty implications of “members”, which you want to think of in context of Acts of Congress, I’ve never heard “socializing” in this context. It’s as if Karl Marx, Groucho Marx and H.L. Mencken were sitting down to write a satirical play about economics and Congress.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Socialize cannot be used as a transitive verb on an inanimate object.

      • safari

        It was used in the article above so, of course it can.

        • Natty Enquirer

          My comment was prescriptive.

          • coram nobis

            My comment was unscripted.

      • Dagoril

        Maybe English *should* be made our official language, since Republicans have never learned to speak it hehe.

      • shellback

        I love it when you speak grammar. [kisses up and down Natty’s arm]

        • Natty Enquirer

          Stage directions ought to be in italics, but carry on.

          • shellback

            Bitch!

          • Natty Enquirer

            Now we’re getting somewhere.

  • safari

    The feed is live now, but Sarah hasn’t emerged.

    • Gustav2

      The zipper on her pod is stuck.

      • RJ Bone

        The human mask was washed instead of dry-cleaned, so…

    • DreadPikathulhu

      She still brushing the crumbs from her lunch off of her tunic top.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Frock-ta-bee betting pool is now open.

    • safari

      I am thinking purple today. Maybe a mauve.

      • Natty Enquirer

        Very close!

    • Gustav2

      Red with bigly white buttons

      • safari

        Definitely the pearl necklace.

        • shellback

          Hmmm, I don’t know. Do they go with multiple chins?

          • KCMC

            Depends on size of load/shooter.

    • DreadPikathulhu

      turquiose with the pearls

    • Bluto

      navy blue, lane bryant frock. perhaps a change from the damn pearls, something chunky & plastic.

    • PickyPecker

      90’s style yellow coat with white piping over a white blouse. Pearls, of course.

    • stevenj

      Floral moo moo.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Well if she’s any later she’ll be wearing a plastic bag.

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

    Press Secretary ? She’d be more believable as a female Elvis impersonator ..

  • Bluto

    Is she ever on time for anything?

    • Jonathan Smith

      dinner?

    • KCMC

      “Always late for everything, except for every meal…”

  • Bryan

    Mmm, plummy.

    • Bluto

      Leave her plums out of this.

  • DreadPikathulhu

    Lurch is back.

  • Lazycrockett
    • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

      Shameful. More red meat thrown to the ‘family values’ christian conservatives who feed on hate like hungry wolves.

  • Lazycrockett

    3362 spells Fema

  • Lazycrockett

    “We looked at a map yesterday, so we have first hand experience with this disaster.”

  • DreadPikathulhu

    He seems…. human.

    • AmeriCanadian

      No, not really.

    • stevenj

      He isโ€ฆThe Borg.

    • KCMC

      Purdy man hoomin

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

    He’s got that Michelle Bachmann stare.

  • melllt

    Try to avoid strain and stress. Ok

  • Gustav2
  • Gustav2

    “We will empower state and local governments by not giving them money.”

    • Natty Enquirer

      Tough love.

      • Gustav2

        Texas Republicans believe in pulling themselves up by their bootstraps, so let them do it!

  • melllt

    Dude, two foot of water isn’t that much different than eight foot. Both houses need to be v stripped to the studs, and furnishings replaced

    • Gustav2

      I laughed when he said that, brother-in-law just had to do that in SC. One contractor only wanted to take the bottom half the wallboard down on the first floor.

      • melllt

        Whats that trio. Cheap, fast, and good. Pick two for your construction job.

  • Gustav2

    Immigrants will be deported after we dry them off.

    • melllt

      And then local construction companies, and probably lots of not so local companies, will hire them to rebuild Houston

  • ByronK

    I was in a meeting. Who’s this douchebag again?

    • KCMC

      Purdy McMouth.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Tom Bossert, Homeland Security Advisor to the President.

      • ByronK

        Merci!

  • KCMC

    “Get his hand around it and fix it”
    Ha.

  • ByronK

    I wonder. Does his tie match the tip of his penis?

    • Bryan

      Yes, but just the tip.

      • AmeriCanadian

        What are you implying? That he’s a jelquer and his shaft is black?

    • KCMC

      And his shimmer makeup highlights.

  • melllt

    Really. Just when i thought i really hated these press conferences, this guy pushes it up a notch

  • Lazycrockett

    This guy is an idiot.

  • DreadPikathulhu

    Don’t worry kids, we’re only going to forcibly deport you to a country you’ve barely lived in, have limited understanding of the culture of, and the language of which could probably be considered your second language. Good luck! #MAGA

  • melllt

    Fuck these stupid Skype questions

    • Natty Enquirer

      Especially lame this time. Is he the intern?

    • Bluto

      really. is this the best fucking technology we can muster?

      • Natty Enquirer

        Your Federal tax dollars at work.

    • melllt

      Did they just ask houston for the two stupidest reporters?

    • Friday

      I remember when they opened up questions for the Republican primary candidates some years ago, I was like, “This question is for any candidate: If elected, how will you drown out the screams of anguish, despair, and anger from most of the American population?”

  • stevenj

    Eyerackee.

  • Bluto

    cheeto is waiting for a ratings moment to announce.

    • DreadPikathulhu

      Saturday in TX or LA, they’ll claim is as a cost-saving measure as there will be fewer people to provide hurricane aid for.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Irma is on the way.

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

    What a hateful woman she is. All of Trump’s enablers are worse than him. He would be powerless without them.

  • DreadPikathulhu

    The butterfat she conditions her hair with gives it a nice sheen. That’s sure to attract the fellers at the barn dance.

  • Natty Enquirer

    $1 million pledge โ€ฆ better follow up on that promise and see if it materializes. And not just to repair his properties.

    • Lazycrockett

      That was eye roll material.

  • Bluto

    cheeto pledged 1 mil of HIS money? BUHUWAHAhahaaaaa! right.

    • ByronK

      Pending the sale of twenty-five thousand hats.

  • ByronK

    Suggestions from all those horrible press people? Like he’s actually going to cut a check!

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

    Trump will pledge a million. Like he pretended to give money to the vets. But it never turned up.

    • Friday

      Good point, when he ‘pledges’ it has nothing to do with anything actually forthcoming. But he might make a big show of giving fifty grand to an agency he cut a billion from.

  • melllt

    Ooh a million. And he’s made how much from the secret service and military this year?

    • Bluto

      he’s made that much on golf cart fees to the SS alone.

  • Gustav2

    We will label it as a middle class tax cut when it isn’t!

  • Bluto

    lying whore.

  • Gustav2

    You know who would be against a tax cut, people who want the government to work and pay its bills.

  • ByronK

    She really over-blushed today.

  • Gustav2

    We lay out just the core principles because it is to complicated for the White House to do!

  • Natty Enquirer

    “As I’ve said” “As we’ve said” “As the President has said”
    It becomes quite a shaming drone.

    • Friday

      “We’ve been both saying and denying these things all along, why do you lying press people keep asking policy questions?”

  • Gustav2

    The Trump endorsement is not worth a dime in Alabama, why is that?

  • melllt

    The tax cuts hes talked about arent for the middle class

  • Gustav2

    I won’t comment on pending issues like DACA because we just don’t know.

    • melllt

      Because we dont want to admit it. I heard irma might hit us soon. Look for announcements as shes about to make landfall

    • Friday

      Followup, “Is the administration focusing on being useless and disinforming or on being malicious and flipping the narrative on this?”

  • Gustav2

    What is this Hillary shit? RUSSIA, RUSSIA RUSSIA!

  • DreadPikathulhu

    Because we need more coverage of Hillary’s e-mails.

    • Bluto

      mother of all squirrels.

  • The_Wretched

    She blinks much less when listening to questions or reciting an answer. I guess she’s fully focused and forgetting to do autonomic functions?

  • Gustav2

    “I’m not prepared.”

  • Gustav2
  • DreadPikathulhu

    “Everybody in the country”?!?

    • melllt

      Lol

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

    She is a disaster. She just doesn’t want to be there.

  • melllt

    Aaaaaack. I think I’ve reached my limit of lies and must leave, and apparently she has reached hers as well

  • nsh

    God I hate this bitch.

  • charemor

    “socializing the plan” Just what the heck does that mean?

  • Friday

    “Socializing the plan?” No, that’s not what Republicans do. Apparently you ought to go back to HucksterbeeBaptist Homeskkkool for more ‘grammer’ lessons, Miss Secretary.

  • Barbaralbeets

    Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family!!!
    On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you donโ€™t check it >>>http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash124TopGreen/GetPay$97/Hour……