Kansas abandons massive tax cuts that provided model for Trump's plan. Kansas has rejected the years-long tax-cutting experiment that brought its governor, Sam Brownback, to international attention and provided a model for the Trump administration’s troubled tax plans.
In a warning shot to the Trump administration, even Brownback’s fellow Republicans voted to override his veto of a bill to reverse many of the tax cuts he championed as a way to spur entrepreneurs and the economy, but which have left the state with a $1bn hole in its budget. Starting in 2012, Brownback’s plan has been to “march to zero” – cutting taxes wherever possible in the belief that the money Kansans saved would flow into the wider economy and drive growth. The governor was advised by Arthur Laffer, the economist who inspired Ronald Reagan’s “trickle-down” economic theory.
So radical was his plan that critics called Kansas “Brownbackistan”. In an interview with the Guardian last month, Laffer defended his theories and said the problem was Brownback had not gone far enough. Sanders's report on Trump's infrastructure package. Comey and Trump's interactions: what we know so far - Washington Post. Enabling a Dangerous President: The Jared Kushner Timeline. Enabling a Dangerous President: The [...]
Jared Kushner, senior adviser to President Donald Trump, listens during a meeting with small business leaders in the Roosevelt room at the White House in Washington, DC on Jan. 30, 2017. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Jared Kushner (JD/MBA, NYU, ’07) has a law degree from one of the finest universities in the country. He understands the threat that Trump’s words and deeds pose to democracy and the rule of law, but he has been in close proximity to Trump scandals that threaten both.
He is a man of few public words, but his policy portfolio for Trump is enormous. Donald Trump wrong on Paris accord, China and coal plants. Even as President Donald Trump defiantly withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement, he described it in contradictory terms.
"As of today, the United States will cease all implementation of the nonbinding Paris Accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country," he said June 1. An agreement cannot be both nonbinding and draconian at the same time. It’s one or the other. Trump continued to blur the difference when he compared the obligations of China and the United States under the deal. "China will be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants," Trump said. We asked the White House to tell us what part of the Paris agreement gave China permission to build coal-fired plants and what part banned them for America. The Bullshitter-in-Chief.
Opinion: With his London tweets, Trump embarrasses himself - and America - once again. Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post Published 9:14 am, Sunday, June 4, 2017 Begin Slideshow 20 Photo: SUZANNE CORDEIRO, AFP/Getty Images.
Jared Kushner’s life as a predatory capitalist. Dominique A.
Pineiro/DoD via Getty Images It’s a common observation that poverty is expensive. That living on the margins—or close to them—means higher costs for basic necessities like housing, food, and transportation. Trump Wants Families On Food Stamps To Get Jobs. The Majority Already Work. Some 55 percent of families with kids that receive food stamp benefits are earning wages.
The problem is, those wages aren't enough to actually live on. Whitney Hayward/Press Herald/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Whitney Hayward/Press Herald/Getty Images Some 55 percent of families with kids that receive food stamp benefits are earning wages.
Trump Budget Deals 'Devastating Blow' To Low-Income Americans, Advocates Say. Bill Ricker, 74, of Hartford, Maine relies on food stamps and food donations from a local food pantry.
Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption toggle caption. Psychiatrists Noticed Something Extremely Disturbing About Trump's Behavior This Past Week - liberalspeak.com. Share Tweet Email A concerned psychiatrist is speaking out about Donald Trump’s mental state and it is NOT good.
Most psychiatrists take caution when speaking out about the mental state of public figures, but this psychiatrist thought it was worth the risk to inform worried Americans about their dangerous president. “Donald Trump has a particular kind of character that’s very well known, especially by psychoanalytically orientated mental health people,” said Dr John Zinner, a George Washington University psychiatry professor. Trump Lied About His Trip. President Trump’s presidency has so far relied largely on highly publicized photo-ops, misleading press releases, and outright lies to simulate the appearance of productivity in lieu of any substantial legislation or anything that resembles fulfilling the grand promises he made as a presidential candidate.
As long as there’s B-roll footage of him signing something for FOX News to play over and over again, he’s happy, knowing his supporters will eat it up without question. His disrespectful contempt for his astoundingly gullible supporters was put on full display with his latest tweet from Europe, in which he congratulated himself for saving “billions of dollars” and “millions of jobs.”
Trump Decimated By Award-Winning Journalist. Leonard Pitts, Jr. penned an open letter to Trump and “other members of the Fourth Reich” asking the question that has been on the mind of many Americans these days: “Just who the hell do you think you are?”
A nationally syndicated columnist and winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, Pitts rose to national prominence after writing a widely circulated column on September 12, 2001, entitled “Sept. 12, 2001: We’ll go forward from this moment,” discussing the indestructible nature of the American spirit in the face of the September 11 attacks. He is also the author of author of Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood, and Before I Forget. Pitts began his letter to Trump with a snipe at his pitiful showing in the popular vote and referencing the controversy surrounding his connection to Russia: You were elected as chief executive of the United States.
Russia’s Oval Office Victory Dance. When President Donald Trump hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office on Wednesday just hours after firing the FBI director who was overseeing an investigation into whether Trump’s team colluded with the Russians, he was breaking with recent precedent at the specific request of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The chummy White House visit—photos of the president yukking it up with Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak were released by the Russian Foreign Ministry since no U.S. press was allowed to cover the visit—had been one of Putin’s asks in his recent phone call with Trump, and indeed the White House acknowledged this to me later Wednesday.
LISTEN NOW: Why Trump's Tax Returns Won't Tell You Everything About His Empire. Trump's rage powers his ruthlessness and his ineptitude. Donald Trump is upset. He’s not happy about America’s preoccupation with the “Russia narrative.” He’s angry that we’re bothered by the possible damning ties between his campaign and a hostile foreign power. He’s seething over the Senate Judiciary Committee’s insolent insistence on scrutinizing his people. “He would sometimes scream at television clips about the probe,” Politico reports, in a piece that characterizes the president as “enraged” and “fuming.” He has sent furious tweets. That rage resulted in the most famous Trumpian act: a firing. Don’t Know Much About History - Trump. A Civil War re-enactment at Neshaminy Park, Pennsylvania in 2011. In a recent interview, President Trump said of the Civil War, "Why could that one not have been worked out? " (Photo by dfbphotos/ flickr CC 2.0) Gene Tunney, the champion prizefighter of the 1920s, wanted to promote an image of himself as a great intellectual.
Trying to prove it, he always carried in his pocket a copy of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Many members of the press weren’t buying it. Top Journalists Just Leaked The Childish Notes Trump Has Been Sending Them. Share this story 0 Shares The notoriously thin-skinned President Trump began trolling journalists long before he ran for President — even before he had a Twitter account to abuse. Among the media, The Donald’s habit of sending petty handwritten notes used to be an inside joke about a fragile egomaniac with too much time on his hands. Now that Trump inhabits Oval Office, however, these notes provide disturbing insight into the fragile psyche of a man who cannot tolerate even the slightest criticism. Today, Politico published the below notes, written by Trump on printed articles and mailed to the journalists or editors who published them: In response to a 2011 Yahoo article in which Chris Moody reported that Newsmax had cancelled a Trump-moderated debate because no candidate agreed to attend, Trump sent the writer the above note, which read: Chris—
Seven whoppers from Trump’s first 100 days. President Donald J. Trump was the recipient of PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year in 2015. Back then, we couldn’t choose one particular claim over another, so we combined them all together and awarded his campaign statements the Lie of the Year. 76 percent of the statements we rated from him at that time were either Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire, out of 77 statements. Fast forward to November 8, 2016, when Trump was elected President of the United States. As we do for all politicians, regardless of party affiliation, we prepared to fact-check statements from him and his administration. Trump's first 100 days can be summed up in 32 words. Donald Trump is a terrible negotiator.
The Persistence of Trump Derangement Syndrome. Suddenly, Trump Derangement Syndrome is a thing, or is trying to become one. We’re told by many wise and well-meaning people that it is a huge and even fatal mistake for liberals (and for constitutional conservatives) to respond negatively to every Trump initiative, every Trump policy, and every Trump idea.
There are bound to be—in an Administration staffed not by orcs and ogres but for the most part by the usual run of military people and professional politicians—acceptable actions, even admirable initiatives, and we would do ourselves and our country a huge disservice by simply responding to them all with the same reflexive hatred. This may be especially true if that reflexive hatred, however unconsciously, mirrors and mimics the reflexive hatreds of the Trump White House itself. This is a perfectly reasonable assertion, and one that would count for a lot in pretty much any semi-normal circumstance. Former Trump adviser Carter Page held 'strong pro-Kremlin views', says ex-boss. A former adviser to Donald Trump who is at the centre of an FBI investigation was exhibiting “strongly pro-Kremlin” ideology almost two decades ago, his former employer has told the Guardian.
Carter Page, who was reportedly being monitored by the FBI last summer because of suspicions about his ties to Russia, was hired in 1998 by the Eurasia Group, a major US consulting firm that advises banks and multinational corporations, but left the firm shortly thereafter. 12 Sure Signs Your President Is About To Start A Nuclear War. The Trump Resistance Plan – Conclusion - BillMoyers.com. 220 Cities Losing All Passenger Train Service per Trump Elimination of all Federal Funding for Amtrak’s National Network Trains. The National Association of Rail Passengers denounced the budget outline released by the Trump Administration, which slashes investment in transportation infrastructure. These cuts to Amtrak, transit, and commuter rail programs, and even air service to rural towns, would not only cost construction and manufacturing jobs, but place a disproportionate amount of pain on rural and working class communities.
This all-male photo op isn’t a gaffe. It’s a strategy. During the great Republican health-care debacle, United States President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence met with the far-right congressional Freedom Caucus to discuss, among other things, stripping out requirements for insurance companies to cover maternity, newborn and pregnancy care. After the meeting, Pence tweeted a photo of two dozen men sitting around a table. Does the 'Cyrus prophecy' help explain evangelical support for Donald Trump? Presidential Travel Costs: Obama vs. Trump [OC] : dataisbeautiful. Trump overstates credit for $700 million in savings for F-35s. President Donald Trump told military commanders in Tampa that he will deliver new airplanes at a massive savings to taxpayers. "We're going to be loading it up with beautiful new planes and beautiful new equipment," he said at U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base Feb. 6. "You have been lacking a little equipment.
PolitiFact - As of March 13, 2017, we've fact-checked more... The Trump Resistance Plan: A Timeline – Russia and President Trump. More inappropriate contacts - 2 clicks. President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington.
Associated Press/Andrew Harnik. Say It With Me Again: James Comey Elected Donald Trump President. AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes credit where it's not deserved - - March 07, 2017. Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War. The complete list of all 33 false things Donald Trump has said as president so far. First-Ever Tracker Of Hate Crimes Against Asian-Americans Launched : Code Switch. What does Donald Trump’s handshake say about him? With Conflict And Drama, Trump Hooks You Like A Reality TV Show. 'The world's doors were closed': Jared Kushner's grandma on refugee life. This guy runs US economic policy now. Librarians know ... Protesters pack the Mall for women's march on D.C. Robert Reich on Trump "business success" reality. How Colin Woodard's 'American Nations' explains the 2016 presidential election - The Portland Press Herald. Donald Trump has lost popular vote by greater margin than any US President.
101 Trump Lies: Non- President's Pathological Dishonesty 2 clicks. Trump lied non stop -US prison population falling as crime rates stay low. The swamp is deep, and here are five bipartisan ways to drain it. Trump LIED About College Degree (DETAILS) What Are Trump's Potential Conflicts Of Interest? Here's A List. Dunning–Kruger effect - Wikipedia. Ivanka Trump Will Not Fix "Women's Issues." She Will Distract From Them.