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Gop Tax Bill

  1. After Blowing Up the Deficit, House Passes Mostly Phony Spending CutsThis “spending clawback” bill involves the budgetary equivalent of sofa-cushion money.
  2. Ben Carson Wants to Triple Poor People’s RentThe best you can say about the administration’s new public-housing initiative is that no one really expects it to be enacted.
  3. Looks Like Trump Genuinely Enacted (a Tiny Bit of) Tax ‘Reform’The GOP tax bill will slash the number of filers who use the regressive mortgage-interest deduction by more than half, according to the JCT.
  4. Cynical Balanced Budget Amendment Defeated, Just As GOP PlannedAfter slashing revenues with a tax cut bill, and then increasing spending through an omnibus bill, Republicans claim to favor a balanced budget.
  5. Denying Merrick Garland a Hearing Biggest Accomplishment of McConnell’s CareerMcConnell knows conservatives will forgive him — and Trump — almost anything in exchange for Supreme Court appointments.
  6. Alexander and Murray’s Bipartisan Obamacare Alliance DisintegratesWhen Obamacare stabilization measures reached their moment of truth, bipartisanship ceased and the GOP agenda took over.
  7. Hopes Fade That Congress Will Stabilize ObamacareThe threat to the stability of Obamacare markets is greater than ever. Too bad Congress probably won’t do anything about it.
  8. House GOP Could Derail Spending Bill With Bid to Defund Planned ParenthoodThe failure of Republicans to get the anti-abortion lobby’s chief priority done last year could now generate gridlock and even a government shutdown.
  9. The 3 Claims Republicans Are Making About Their Tax Bill’s EffectsSome of the good things tax cuts produce are ephemeral; others could backfire.
  10. ‘Ego-Driven, Tired Old Man’ Corker Considers Un-retirement From SenateIt’s probably too late for Corker to win another term, but if he decides to run after all, it could fatally divide the Tennessee GOP.
  11. In Defense of the ‘Dumbest Shutdown’The spending deal that Rand Paul held up for a few hours was pretty dumb, too.
  12. The Coming Democratic Wave May Be Smaller Than ExpectedThere are good signs for Republicans that show a Democratic “wave” is no longer certain, but in the end turnout patterns could matter most.
  13. Uh-oh: Here Comes the Debt Limit AgainIt’s now likely debt-limit negotiations will get tangled up in the spending talks that have dragged on for months, making a debt default possible.
  14. Trump’s W.H. Stops Feigning Bipartisanship Because It Has No Legislative AgendaFor Trump and Pence, “bipartisanship” now means attacking centrist Democrats for not supporting them in 2017.
  15. A New Poll Looks Mighty Grim for DemocratsIt’s just one poll, but GOP tax reform seems to be getting a lot more popular.
  16. The GOP House Exodus Continues: New Jersey’s Frelinghuysen RetiringFacing the toughest challenge of his career, the scion of one of America’s longest political dynasties is headed for the exit.
  17. Cruz Wants to Launch One More Harpoon at the Great White Whale of ObamacareWithout the budget reconciliation process, the GOP can’t pass party-line legislation. McConnell would prefer to stand pat.
  18. Government Shutdown Bad News for IRS As It Implements New Tax BillIt’s a terrible time to force furloughs and funding interruptions on an already overwhelmed agency.
  19. High-Tax States Designing Workarounds to Blunt GOP Tax Bill ImpactIn C.A., N.Y., and N.J., Democratic pols are designing “charitable contribution” schemes to maintain federal tax breaks eliminated by Trump bill.
  20. The GOP Tax Bill Has Affluent Homeowners Enraged and ConfusedMany suburbanites rushed to prepay their 2018 property taxes — only to learn that this wouldn’t actually spare them from the harms of the tax bill.
  21. Thanks to GOP Tax Bill, Homeowners Rushing to Prepay Property Taxes Before 2018New restrictions on the deductibility of local property taxes are driving many homeowners to pay early and get the deduction one more time.
  22. 6 Reasons for Progressives to Stop Worrying and Love the GOP Tax ScamRepublicans just increased the Democrats’ chances of regaining power — and made it easier for them to expand the welfare state when they do.
  23. House Passes Final Draft of GOP Tax BillThe legislation is expected to pass the Senate tonight and become law by Christmas.
  24. The GOP Tax Bill Was Manifestly Corrupt Long Before the ‘Corker Kickback’Corker is concerned about how a giveaway to wealthy investors like him made it into a tax bill full of giveaways to wealthy investors like him.
  25. Infamous ‘Grad Student Tax’ Left Out of Final GOP BillRepublicans have decided against taxing tuition waivers or eliminating the student-loan-interest deduction, according to reports.
  26. Trump’s Obsession With the Number 20 Imperils the GOP Tax BillRepublicans could solve all of their tax package’s problems easily — if the president weren’t arbitrarily fixated on a 20 percent corporate tax rate.
  27. Republicans Have Written the Least Popular Tax Bill in Modern HistoryIt’s the first unpopular tax cut in at least four decades — and is even more hated than the bill that raised taxes under Clinton.
  28. This Republican Senator Just Called His Party’s Bluff on Tax CutsRepublicans say that their tax bill will pay for itself. James Lankford wants his party to put its money where its mouth is.
  29. Here’s How Republicans Plan to Get Their Tax Bill Out of the SenateSeven Senate Republicans have expressed concerns about the legislation. Mitch McConnell hopes to win them over with these last-minute changes.
  30. Trump’s Tax Bill Is an Attack on the Most Vulnerable Republicans in CongressThese two charts show why.
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