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Rep. Tom Price: ‘Balanced approach’ means no tax increases

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Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) says that Republicans are willing to compromise on a deal to reduce the deficit, but a “balanced approach” would include no increases in tax rates.

“A real solution includes both revenue increases and spending reductions,” Price told CNN’s Candy Crowley on Sunday, adding that higher taxes on the wealthiest Americans “don’t solve the problem.”

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“We need to look at increasing revenue through pro-growth policies,” the Georgia Republican explained.

“But not through tax hikes?” Crowley wondered.

“No,” Price insisted. “Tax revenue, which means broadening the base, closing the loopholes, limiting the deductions, limiting the credits and making sure we identify the appropriate spending reductions so that we have, indeed, a balanced approach.”

“But we’re still at the place where everything gets hung up: No increases in tax rates,” Crowley noted. “That is still the position of House Republicans, correct?”

“It doesn’t solve the problem,” Price replied. “We want a real solution, which means increasing tax revenue through pro-growth policies.”

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To learn how New Zealand has largely eliminated COVID-19, we continue our extended interview with Michael Baker, an epidemiologist who is a member of the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s Technical Advisory Group and advising the government on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He describes how the country’s response compares to the government actions in the United States and worldwide.

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AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González, as we bring you Part 2 of our discussion of New Zealand.

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Trump’s tweets have ‘deteriorated’ because he knows he faces ‘landslide defeat’: Financial Times columnist

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President Donald Trump's tweets have grown even more erratic than usual lately, as he has promoted baseless murder conspiracy theories about MSNBC host Joe Scarborough and even a video that proclaims "the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat."

Financial Times columnist Edward Luce believes he knows the reason that the president has become more unhinged: He knows that he's "courting a landslide defeat" in the 2020 election.

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe busts Trump for tweeting out ‘vile’ attacks to distract from 100,000 coronavirus deaths

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough hammered President Donald Trump for tweeting out "vile" slurs and attacks to distract from his coronavirus failures.

The U.S. crossed 100,000 dead from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the president is accusing the "Morning Joe" host of murder, threatening executive action against social media companies and retweeting videos calling for the executions of Democrats.

"He's known that the 100,000 mark death milestone was coming," Scarborough said. "He has done whatever he could do, including something I know about very well, hurt a family in Florida, just because he wants to distract. He wants to have fights with cable news hosts, fights with Twitter. He wants the public to follow that because he doesn't want us talking about the fact that, back on Jan. 22, he told CNBC while he was in Davos that he wasn't worried at all, that this was just one person coming in from China, it would be fine. A month later, he said it was 15 people but it would soon be down to zero."

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