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Republican Senators Scribbled Personal Perks Into Tax Bill

Representative Paul Tonko (D-New York) is furious about a secret addition to the Senate approved tax bill, and he is not alone. Tonko tweeted a photo of the addendum, scribbled into the margin of the document literally at the last moment, which turned out to be an inclusion of personal perks for Republican senators.

The 470-page Senate tax reform bill, which barely passed 51-49 just before 2 a.m ET Saturday morning, also provides tax breaks for private jet owners. Because that is important for the good of the American people.

Last minute handwritten edits, scribbles, and cross-outs.

Late into Friday night, congressional negotiators continued to make changes to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, with handwritten edits in the margins and entire pages completely crossed out, in a mad dash into the eleventh hour before the final vote.

Democrats criticized Republicans for not giving all Senate members enough time to read the sweeping tax legislation (in which so much more than taxes are affected) that would overhaul the United States tax system at a time when such changes are not even needed.

But President Trump, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, and Republican congressional leaders all insist that reform and "tax cuts" are necessary - even though the Senate bill will actually increase taxes for millions of middle-class Americans, raise the number of uninsured by 13 million, and explode our deficit by more than a $1 trillion, just in the first decade.

People are furious.

This is just the beginning. Many believe that increased voter suppression in blue states by Republican leaders is next, ultimately setting up fixed votes for every forthcoming election.

Just when you have worked hard for years and finally have a living wage, only for the rug to be swept out from underneath you.

Some feel hopeless and ineffectual.

"Paul, respectfully, what hope does my opinion matter?"

While others plead.

Now that both a Republican-controlled House of Representatives and a Republican-controlled Senate have approved separate tax reform bills, Congress will now go to a conference committee to reconcile the bill before both houses vote again.

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How do you commemorate one of the most beloved and resilient members of the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg? If you have the sense of humor of Saturday Night Live, you do it with a rap of course.


On a recent episode of SNL, the cast paid tribute to the informally named "Notorious RBG" with a pre-recorded segment. The music video was a rap performed by Pete Davidson and Chris Redd. The song parodied Sheck Wes' breakout hit "Live Sheck Wes", changing the song to be about the Brooklyn-born Supreme Court Justice.

The Notorious RBG is here!

The song describes many genuine accomplishments of the famous associate justice, including graduating at the top of her class, two movies about her life in 2018, and her famous focus on exercise following a cancer diagnosis in 1999.

As Redd and Davidson rap about Ginsburg, McKinnon reprises her impression of RBG. Probably the best part of the video, McKinnon portrays the justice as the pop culture icon Ginsberg has become. From using a slab of meat as a punching bag, to pulling pranks on other justices, McKinnon seems to be having a blast.

People really needed this tribute.

The video comes after news of Ginsburg falling and breaking three ribs, leading to an outpouring of support. The Supreme Court Justice was hospitalized temporarily, and quickly released so she could return to work.

H/T: The Cut, YouTube

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Sometimes people don't understand rhetorical nuance.

Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-CA15) has already been talking about a potential 2020 presidential bid. Swalwell will be 40 on inauguration day 2020. Should he win the democratic nomination and eventually the Presidency, he would become the youngest person ever to be elected to the office. The current record holder is JFK who took the oath at the age of 43. Theodore Roosevelt became President at the age of 42, but he was not elected at that point. He assumed office after President McKinley was assassinated.

In preparation for a potential White House bid, Swalwell has been outlining his policy positions. Most recently, he published an op-ed in USA Today outlining his views on gun control.

The lede reads...

"Ban assault weapons and buy them back. It might cost $15 billion, but we can afford it. Consider it an investment in our most important right, the right to live."

Of course, the article immediately made the rounds in conservative circles, and InfoWars blogger Joe Biggs had this to say in response...

And Swalwell responded...

To which Biggs said...

But Swalwell quickly pointed out that he was referring to the erroneous anti-gun control position that says they're needed to fight back if the government becomes tyrannical.

Swalwell's point is that open and unrestricted gun sales won't help anyone fight the government if it becomes tyrannical because the government's military resources far outpace guns. In effect, that argument in favor of lax gun restrictions should be thrown right out the window.

But still, former Republican congressman Joe Walsh couldn't resist jumping in the fray.

To which Swalwell was quick to respond...

Walsh pulled back slightly on the forcefulness, however still blasted Swalwell's proposed policy.

And despite the fact that Walsh acknowledged that Swalwell was being sarcastic, he still went on the air on his radio show and talked about the second amendment being the most important one. He went on to say that this is especially true after a 'sitting congressman sarcastically threatened to nuke fellow Americans over it.'

We think we can take a guess at one of the questions Rep. Swalwell will be asked in the Democratic primary debates.

H/T: Independent, Twitter

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