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Trump’s economic team is loaded with the same Tea Party cranks who destroyed Kansas’s economy

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By now, we all know that Governor Sam Brownback’s Tea Party “experiment” in Kansas has been an abject failure.

Actually, scratch that: There is someone who still thinks Brownback’s Kansas disaster has been a smashing success, and he happens to be a Heritage Foundation economist who is one of Donald Trump’s top economic advisers.

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As the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities documents, top Trump economics adviser Stephen Moore has been instrumental in pushing Brownback to implement budget-busting tax cuts that have perpetually crippled his state’s finances.

Even more damning, Moore has been completely oblivious to this reality and has continued to insist that the Brownback tax cuts are working exactly as advertised.

First, the CBPP outlines the case that Brownback’s tax cuts have been a fiscal calamity for the state that also haven’t spurred a promised economic growth explosion.

Among other things, “total employment in Kansas has risen only 2.4 percent, compared to 6.5 percent nationally” since the tax cuts went into effect. Additionally, “the state’s economy has grown less than half as fast as the national economy; Kansas’ gross domestic product (GDP) grew 4.3 percent from the end of 2012 through the end of 2015, while national GDP rose 11.5 percent.”

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Despite this, however, Moore has advised that Brownback go “full speed on the tax cuts” and even said that “if Kansas can continue to get the rate close to zero, we would expect to see some strong growth effects.”

This past spring, Trump asked Moore and fellow Brownback booster Larry Kudlow for help in re-writing his tax reform proposals, which he will presumably unveil on Monday afternoon. Similarly, legendary supply-side crank Arthur Laffer talked with Trump about tax policies earlier this year and said that the candidate struck him as “presidential.”

So when you watch Trump’s big speech on economics on Monday and you hear a lot about the magical effects that supply-side tax cuts have on the economy, just take a look at what’s happened in Kansas and imagine it playing out on a national level.

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New testimony adds 2 stunning — and previously unknown — details about the Ukraine extortion

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New testimony released Monday from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Ukraine scandal included at least two new stunning details about the quid pro quo scheme at the heart of the matter.

Overall, the transcripts for depositions of Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, who were advisers to U.S. envoy Kurt Volker, built on the story of that we already know: that President Donald Trump pushed a shadow foreign policy to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political opponents, a scheme that involved using his office and military aid as leverage over the country in opposition to the official policy.

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Trump blasted for his ‘Endorsement of Doom’ after Sean Spicer loses on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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Team Trump had gone all in urging supporters to vote for former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the game show "Dancing with the Stars."

Votes had been urged by RNC officials and Trump himself had urged his 66 million Twitter followers to vote for Spicer.

Despite the full heft of the Trump campaign, Spicer lost on Monday's show.

Trump deleted his failed tweet urging votes for Spicer -- and instead said it was a "great try" by his former advisor.

Looks like this endorsement was as successful as your last one!

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‘He’s misunderstood’: Nikki Haley tells Fox News how Trump is actually a really good listener

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Former Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley defended President Donald Trump during a Monday appearance with Fox News personality Sean Hannity.

Hannity asked the former South Carolina governor if Trump was "misunderstood."

"I do think he’s misunderstood," Haley replied.

"I can tell you, from the first day to the last day that I worked for the president, he always listened, he was always conscious of hearing other voices, allowing people to debate out the issues, and then he made his decision," Haley claimed.

She argued that, "I saw a president that was very thoughtful, looked at all of the issues, made decisions, and it was a pleasure and honor to work with him."

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