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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

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In other news, the EPA's inspector general will investigate administrator Scott Pruitt's mysterious soundproof safety booth that he built inside his office to, you know, keep out the alien probes.

Meanwhile, advocacy groups Public Knowledge, Common Cause and Free Press say they're preparing to sue the government if the FCC votes to repeal Net Neutrality. Google and Facebook may also join or file their own lawsuit.

Finally, the Associated Press reports that Republicans in conference on the tax cut bill may restore state and local income tax deductions and eliminate the corporate alternative minimum tax, which makes no sense at all because that would push the bill way past the $1.5 trillion deficit threshold.

Negotiators were still working Tuesday on how to pay for the expanded tax breaks, though Republican lawmakers were optimistic that a deal was eminent. The total amount of tax breaks cannot exceed $1.5 trillion over the next decade, under budget rules adopted by both the House and Senate.

No shit?

I'll update this post when we learn if Alabama is going to send a child molester to the Senate.

UPDATE 10:25 pm.... the Associated Press has called the race for Doug Jones

  • swift_4

    I’m pretty sure how things with the tax bill will go down is like this:

    “This bill pushes the deficit by $2.5 Trillion.”
    “No it doesn’t.”
    “Well, no. It does. We’ve got all this evidence and supporting documents to show that it does.”
    “No it doesn’t”
    “You can’t just say it doesn’t, because it does.”
    “No it doesn’t”

    Bill passes.

    • Christopher Foxx

      With all the news outlets carrying only the headline “GOP says Tax Bill Doesn’t Increase Deficit”.

      (Because their job as reporters is only to report what’s said, not evaluate it. Right, Chucky Todd?)

  • Badgerite

    Good people are everywhere. And they vote. When you give them a reason…..they vote.

    • mnpollio

      And he will be voted out of office in two years because he is a Democrat in the deep red state of Alabama and the Republicans will presumably run someone who is not an accused pedophile.

      It was a miracle he won at all, but it was only because his opponent was an alleged pedophile exposed by the Washington Post. Having said that, the vote was close. Too close. This should not have been a close vote at all. When your choice is: Do I vote for the solid Democrat or a pedophile? There should not be even a moment of hesitation. The fact that so many Alabamans were willing to overlook the inexcusable and put Roy Moore within a hairs breadth of office says too much about the mindset of the modern red state voter and I am uncertain that I do want to “bridge” that gap with people of that thinking. I mean where does one draw the line?

      I do hope that I am wrong though in two years. Maybe Jones will prove to be such a raging success that Alabamans will be converted. I WANT to be wrong…very badly. But we have all been poked in the eye a bit too much by placing faith in people who should know better, but then willfully won’t.

      • Badgerite

        To me, it says more about the mindset of the Evangelical voter than the red state voter as such. You know this man was lying his ass off and smearing women who clearly were not lying. Somehow they’re fine with that? They were fine with a man who thought the 13th and 14th Amendments were somehow beyond the pale? Since when was Christ in the camp of the oppressor? Since when? But I digress.
        To me, the idea that this “shouldn’t have been a close vote” is rather the attitude that got us the kind of people in power now that are in power in DC. The one’s who won’t fund CHIP. The one’s who won’t pass the Dreamers Act. America has a myth about itself that it does not have the same kind of humans that exist elsewhere in the world. We have slavery in our past, for God sake, as a legal institution. Democracy is not to be taken for granted. Decency is a precious thing. Civility is a human accomplishment. The rule of law is more important than people seem to realize to both of these values. Doug Jones is a fine man. He has proved this in his life and in his career. And it has been a dream of his to represent his state in the US Senate. Let’s see what he can do.
        What was encouraging about this election was that according to reporting the younger demographic soundly rejected Moore. I know it is trite to say the “young are the future”, but they are.
        Timshel. Hebrew. “Thou mayest triumph over evil.” Let’s help the younger generation finds a better path for their state and, you know, our country.

  • Aynwrong

    The EPA is under the control of a man who seems to have personality tics similar to that of of Howard Hughes. Wonderful.

    The debt will not be seriously dealt with until this country can raise taxes and leave them raised for a significant period of time.

    I’m predicting the child molester will win. Let’s face it, it’s the state that produced Jeff Sessions. What we should expect? Decency?!?

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