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  1. Senate Passes Massive Tax Cuts For The Rich In Middle Of The Night Wasn’t this supposed to be for the middle class?
  2. Paul Krugman: The Entire Republican Party Is Rotten To The Core The latest Republican tax bill is not just an unprecedented transfer of wealth from the bottom to the very top, but a fundamental restructuring of American society, from public education and health care to the separation of church and state. According to Quinnipiac, just 25 percent of the public approves of the legislation, yet it's expected to pass as early as Friday. Paul Krugman believes only a party as rotten to its core as the GOP would draft such a bill, much less sign it into law. The Nobel Prize-winning economist has been railing against the proposal for weeks, and uses his latest column to remind readers just how disgraceful its rollout has been. When Republicans attempted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) bleated about returning "regular order" to Congress. Apparently he's had a chance of heart, because the Senate is set to vote without holding a single public hearing. The Joint Committee on Taxation finds the GOP tax bill would do little to stimulate the economy and would add $1 trillion to the deficit over the next decade, but that hasn't stopped Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin from insisting its cuts will pay for themself. What's worse, he has repeatedly cited a Treasury report that simply doesn't exist; the department hasn't even been asked to study the legislation's long-term ramifications. "But aren't politicians always cynical? Not to this degree," Krugman writes. "This whole process involves a level of bad faith we haven't seen in U.S. politics since the days when defenders of slavery physically assaulted their political foes on the Senate floor." If you think the GOP would have behaved any differently with Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz in the White House, think again. The Trump family may profit handsomely from the tax cuts being proposed, but the president's entire party has proven itself desperate to appease the donor class. For Krugman, "the rot is wide as well as deep." "It was remarkable, for example, to see a group of Republican-leaning economists with serious professional credentials put out an open letter clearly intended to lend aid and comfort to Mnuchinesque promises of miraculous growth," he continues. "True, they didn't explicitly claim that tax cuts would pay for themselves. But they didn't clearly state that they wouldn't, either, leaving Mnuchin free to claim - as they have to have known he would - that the letter vindicated his position." Krugman argues there's only one solution: sweep the entire party out of office. "Until or unless that happens," he concludes, "there's no telling how low the G.O.P. will sink." https://crooksandliars.com/2017/12/paul-krugman-entire-republican-party
  3. Michael Flynn's guilty plea opens more doors than it closes With that, President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser becomes a convicted felon for misleading the FBI about contacts he had with the ambassador from Russia – a country that was accused by the nation’s intelligence agencies of meddling in the presidential election before those contacts. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/analysis-michael-flynns-guilty-plea-opens-doors-closes/story?id=51515178
  4. GOP Rep. says he should’ve used ‘better judgement’ before sending that dick pic http://deadstate.org/gop-rep-says-he-shouldve-used-better-judgement-before-sending-that-dick-pic/
  5. Senate Proceeding Erupts as Orrin Hatch and Sherrod Brown Throw Down Over Tax Bill
  6. Sen Claire McCaskill UNLEASHES on Republican lies regarding new tax plan.
  7. Donald Trump, Jr. and Jared Kushner President Trump’s eldest son and son-in-law have also been reported to be of interest to Mueller. The pair met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in June 2016, with Trump’s then-campaign chairman Manafort also present. Manafort said the meeting concerned U.S.-Russia child adoption agreements, but Trump Jr. would later release emails which revealed he attended the meeting after being promised damaging information about Clinton’s relationship with Russia. “I love it,” Trump Jr. wrote in one email in response to the offer. https://globalnews.ca/news/3831253/robert-mueller-trump-russia-indictments/
  8. Commerce Secretary Has Business Ties to Putin Son-in-Law Newly leaked documents show that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, the Trump administration's point man on trade and manufacturing policy, has a stake in a company that does business with a gas producer partly owned by the son-in-law of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the AP reports. According to records obtained by the International Consortium of Journalists, Ross is an investor in Navigator Holdings, a shipping giant that counts Russian gas and petrochemical producer Sibur among its major customers. Putin's son-in-law Kirill Shamalov once owned more than 20% of the company, but now holds a much smaller stake. Commerce Department spokesman James Rockas said Ross "never met" Shamalov and has generally supported the Trump administration's sanctions against Russia, according to the ICIJ report. Rockas added that Ross has withdrawn from matters related to transoceanic shipping vessels and has met the "highest ethical standards." The details are likely to add to the questions about ties between Russia and the Trump administration, connections that for months have shadowed the White House and are a focus of an investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. Yet it wasn't immediately clear how many partners Ross might have or what the profit-sharing agreement might be. ICIJ disclosed the Ross holding as part of reporting on 13.4 million records of offshore entities in tax havens leaked to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. The newspaper then shared the records with ICIJ and a network of more than 380 journalists in 67 countries. The New York Times is its US partner in this inquiry. It wasn't immediately clear exactly how much of Navigator, which is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange, Ross personally owns. ICIJ reported that Ross and other investors own four Cayman Island entities that in turn own 31.5% of Navigator, a stake worth $176 million at Friday's closing stock price. Ross' stake in Navigator is likely a small fraction of that. http://www.newser.com/story/251145/commerce-secretary-has-business-ties-to-putin-son-in-law.html https://www.google.com/search?q=Currency+Secretary+found+to+have+Russian+Business+ties+with+Putin's+Son+In+Law&spell=1&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi0h8Ke2KjXAhVB1GMKHRdfC0sQvwUIJSgA&biw=1320&bih=764
  9. Mueller Has Enough Evidence to Bring Charges in Flynn Investigation WASHINGTON — Federal investigators have gathered enough evidence to bring charges in their investigation of President Donald Trump's former national security adviser and his son as part of the probe into Russia's intervention in the 2016 election, according to multiple sources familiar with the investigation. Michael T. Flynn, who was fired after just 24 days on the job, was one of the first Trump associates to come under scrutiny in the federal probe now led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/mueller-has-enough-evidence-bring-charges-flynn-investigation-n817666
  10. Russia probe: Donald Trump ex-aide Paul Manafort pleads not guilty to 12 charges Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and two others have been charged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to charges including "conspiracy against the US" and has been arrested. Paul Manafort, former campaign manager for Donald Trump's successful presidential bid, and his business associate, Rick Gates, pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of criminal action in a federal district court in the US capital on Monday, while a third campaign aide was revealed to have pleaded guilty. "There is no evidence that Mr. Manafort colluded with the Russian government," his lawyer told reporters, adding the charges were "ridiculous." Both men, who had earlier surrendered themselves to federal authorities, were placed under house arrest and surrendered their passports. Manafort's bond was reportedly set at $10 million (€8.6 million) and Gates' at $5 million. The charges against both men include: conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements, false statements and seven country of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts. FARA refers to the Foreign Agents Registration Act. http://www.dw.com/en/russia-probe-donald-trump-ex-aide-paul-manafort-pleads-not-guilty-to-12-charges/a-41164386
  11. Paul Manafort, Once of Trump Campaign, Indicted as an Adviser Admits to Lying About Ties to Russia October 30, 2017 WASHINGTON — President Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was indicted Monday on charges that he funneled millions of dollars through overseas shell companies and used the money to buy luxury cars, real estate, antiques and expensive suits. The charges against Mr. Manafort and his longtime associate Rick Gates represent a significant escalation in a special counsel investigation that has cast a shadow over Mr. Trump’s first year in office. Separately, one of the early foreign policy advisers to Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. about a contact with a professor with ties to Kremlin officials, prosecutors said on Monday. The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, was assigned in May to investigate whether anyone close to Mr. Trump participated in a Russian government effort to influence last year’s presidential election. Monday’s indictments indicate that Mr. Mueller has taken an expansive view of his mandate. https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/10/30/us/politics/paul-manafort-indicted.html?referer=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2F