Good morning, and happy tax rollout day!
Diving right into things...
Here's a rundown of the tax bill that was just released: https://www.wsj.com/articles/republicans-stick-with-big-corporate-tax-cuts-in-house-bill-1509629510
As I said yesterday, the biggest problem in this whole thing is how these cuts will be paid for AND follow budget reconciliation rules AND appease all moderate/hyperconservative members. It's going to be a big job to get all of that sorted out, and THEN have to agree with the Senate.
No sooner did the Twitter, Facebook, and Google lawyers leave the Hill yesterday, did the House open up a treasure trove of Russian-backed ads that were used in the 2016 campaign. Look them up, and if you recognize them, spread the word to your networks that they were fakes.
Another thing that came out after the hearings was this article from BuzzFeed came out: https://www.buzzfeed.com/alexkantrowitz/twitter-offered-rt-15-of-its-total-share-of-us-elections?utm_term=.eugOGbxzY#.lqyQNrgy1
Much of the questions during the hearings this week surrounded exactly how much profit these companies earned from Russian ads, and exactly who was behind them. None of the lawyers were particularly interested in talking about that, and that really annoyed the Senators.
This morning, the WSJ is reporting that prosecutors may have identified 6 (!) Russian government officials who may have been behind the meddling: https://www.wsj.com/articles/prosecutors-consider-bringing-charges-in-dnc-hacking-case-1509618203
If they can make the connection between those officials and US/Trump campaign officials, this thing could blow up big time.
BREAKING: Clovis has withdrawn. Thank holy goodness for that
Late last night, the president removed his Twitter filter and suggested in all caps that the perpetrator of this week's attack should get the death penalty. Because he has no idea how the justice system works, he wouldn't know that that statement alone could derail the whole case if it goes to a jury. The judge will have a very difficult time finding jurors who were not affected by that tweet.
The good news is that most experts think that there's enough evidence (including a confession and an apparent total lack of remorse), that this case likely won't have to go to trial.
Democrats should all be concerned about possible rigging in the 2016 primary. The article is by Donna Brazile, and the headline is "Inside Hillary Clinton's Secret Takeover of the DNC".
Here's the article: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/11/02/clinton-brazile-hacks-2016-215774
Of course I wish Hillary had won. Please don't mistake my anger at this article for that. It's just infuriating that on both sides of the 2016 election nothing was free or fair.