Politics

Trump Signs GOP Tax Scam Bill Into Law [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: President Donald Trump signed the $1.5 trillion rewrite of the tax code into law at the White House on Friday capping off a victory lap before leaving to spend the holidays in Mar-a-Lago. “This is the bill, right here, we’re very proud of it,” Trump said according to a pool report. The measure, known as the the ...

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Trump Hails Right Wing Group For Praising Him (The Same Group Yesterday Made News For Racist Texts)

Well, of course: President Trump on Friday tweeted his support for Charlie Kirk and conservative group Turning Point USA one day after a New Yorker investigation revealed racist text messages sent by a former top official in the organization. The show of support comes just a day after it was revealed that Turning Point’s former national field director, Crystal Clanton, ...

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Refugee Agencies Ordered To Downsize US Operations

Reuters reports: The U.S. State Department has told refugee agencies it will sharply pare back the number of offices across the country authorized to resettle people in 2018 as President Donald Trump cuts the number of refugees allowed into the United States. The announcement was made at a Dec. 1 meeting in Washington with State Department officials and representatives from ...

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2017 Obamacare Enrollments Robust Despite Trump

Talking Points Memo reports: The Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that despite the Trump administration’s many attempts to undermine and weaken the Affordable Care Act, enrollment in the federal health care marketplace nearly reached last year’s total of 9.2 million, clocking in at 8.8 million. Considering that the Trump administration cut the length of the open enrollment ...

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Nikki Haley Sends “Friendship” Invites To Nations That Didn’t Vote To Denounce US On Jerusalem Move

The Hill reports: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley issued thanks to the countries that did not vote for a U.N. resolution condemning the U.S.’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Haley on Thursday sent invitations to a January reception to the eight countries that voted no on the resolution, as well as the 35 ...

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Gay Man Set To Become New York City Council Speaker

The New York Daily News reports: Mayor de Blasio gave his blessing Thursday to a deal that is likely to make Councilman Corey Johnson the next City Council speaker. Johnson, a Manhattan Democrat, sewed up the backing Wednesday of the Queens and Bronx county Democratic leaders, who brought with them support from enough Council members to give him the win. ...

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Despite US Threats, United Nations Overwhelmingly Condemns Trump’s Jerusalem Move In 128-9 Vote

The New York Times reports: The overwhelming majority of the world’s nations delivered a stinging rebuke to the United States on Thursday, denouncing its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and ignoring President Trump’s bombastic threats of revenge. In what amounted to a collective act of defiance toward Washington, ambassadors of the 193-member General Assembly voted 128 to 9, ...

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Nikki Haley Threatens To End UN Funding If They Vote To Denounce Trump’s Jerusalem Move [VIDEO]

CNN reports: US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley issued a direct threat to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, saying that the US will think twice about funding the world body if it votes against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “The United States will remember this day in which it was ...

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Democrats +10 In Generic 2018 Midterms Poll

Politico reports: Democrats will enter 2018 with a substantial lead in next year’s congressional elections, with President Donald Trump and the GOP congressional leadership serving as anchors on Republicans’ poll numbers. The midterm election is more than 10 months away, but polls this month — including a new POLITICO/Morning Consult survey — show Democrats opening up a double-digit lead on ...

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Flake Flakes On White House Tax Celebration: I Can Only Take So Many Of These Stand And Clap Things

The Hill reports: Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said he skipped a gathering of congressional Republicans at the White House on Wednesday because he did not want to attend an event where lawmakers are expected to simply “stand around and clap.” The event, attended by House and Senate GOP leaders and a number of Republican lawmakers, was held to celebrate congressional ...

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Florida GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Resigns From State Senate Over Sex Allegations: “I’ve Had Enough”

The Associated Press reports: A powerful Florida state senator and Republican candidate for governor resigned Wednesday the day after an investigation found credible evidence of sexual misconduct. Republican Sen. Jack Latvala continued to deny any wrongdoing as he announced he’s stepping down Jan. 5, and took parting shots at Republican leaders who he said called for his resignation before he ...

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AT&T Announces $1000 Bonus For All Employees After GOP Tax Scam Bill Passes (But Hang On, Not So Fast)

CNBC reports: AT&T was quick to respond to news of U.S. tax reform, announcing it would give some employees bonuses once the legislation is signed into law. The telecom giant said in a press release Wednesday that it would give more than 200,000 U.S. union members a special bonus of $1,000. The company also increased its capital expenditures budget by ...

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Sen. Al Franken To Resign On January 2nd

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports: U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., plans to resign from Congress on Jan. 2, a spokesman said Wednesday. Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, who Gov. Mark Dayton appointed to replace Franken, will be sworn in the next day. Franken announced his resignation earlier in December after several women made allegations of unwanted sexual advances or touching and ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Celebrates GOP Tax Scam Passage

Starting in the next hour: President Trump planned to hold a victory celebration at the White House on Wednesday after a massive tax reform bill cleared the House. The vote was 224-201. No Democrats voted for it, and they were joined by 12 Republicans. Republican lawmakers were expected to attend the White House ceremony, although it is unclear when Trump ...

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US Sanctions Murderous Anti-LGBT Chechen President, Assets Frozen, Banned From US Entry, GLAAD Applauds

Reuter reports: The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday imposed new sanctions on five Russians and Chechens, including the head of the Russian republic of Chechnya, for alleged human rights abuses. The new sanctions blacklisted Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechen leader and a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Treasury Department said in a statement. U.S. authorities accused Kadyrov of ...

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LIVE VIDEO: House Votes Again On GOP Tax Scam

Yahoo News reports: The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday was expected to give final approval to a sweeping tax bill and send it to President Donald Trump to sign into law, sealing his first major legislative victory in office. In the largest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in 30 years, Republicans in mere weeks steamrolled over the ...

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Trump Whines: Media Meanies Hate My Tax Scam

He just can’t stop bitching: President Trump lashed out at the news media on Wednesday for what he said was demeaning coverage of Republicans’ tax code overhaul. Trump’s tweet came after the Senate approved a sweeping rewrite of the nation’s tax code in a party-line vote early Wednesday. The House, which passed the measure on Tuesday, is set to vote ...

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Rosie O’Donnell Offered “2 Million To Any GOP Senator Who Votes No” On Republican Tax Scam Bill

Right wing sites are flipping out over several tweets posted last night by Rosie O’Donnell. From the Daily Caller: Former talk show host and comedian Rosie O’Donnell proudly and openly attempted to bribe Republican Senators Tuesday night, which is of course a felony. As the bill on tax reform was being debated in the Senate, O’Donnell offered “2 million to ...

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Today Show Host Tears Into Paul Ryan Over GOP Tax Scam: Are You Living In A Fantasy World? [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Savannah Guthrie asked Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) during an interview on NBC’s “Today” show early Wednesday if he was “living in a fantasy world” to think that the GOP tax bill will help workers. Guthrie quoted former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), who said in an op-ed earlier this month that such an argument is ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Senate Votes On GOP Tax Scam Bill

The Associated Press reports: The Senate is expected to pass the legislation Tuesday night, but the plan to send it on to Trump for his signature had to be scrapped. Democrats noted that three provisions violated Senate rules and had to be removed. So the massive bill will be hauled back across the Capitol for the House to re-vote on ...

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