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Republicans search for cash to pay for their tax bill after deficit hawks learn budget will add $1 trillion in debt

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Late Thursday afternoon, Democratic senators attempted to send the Republican tax bill back to committee for further consideration and adjustments. Republicans rushed to the floor to vote and three senators who haven’t decided whether or not to support the tax bill were brought to “the well” for a confrontation with the GOP leadership. But the real problem came when it was revealed the bill would skyrocket deficits at the cost of the president’s own voters.

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) who have been “perennial GOP tax negotiators” according to Bloomberg political reporter Sahil Kapur “are now engaging in a back-and-forth as [Senate Leader] McConnell (R-KY) and his deputies hover.”

“Corker is doing a lot of talking to colleagues on floor right now,” Kapur reported via Twitter. “Vote’s been open for a while. Something is up. McConnell/Thune chat in a sidebar.”

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Corker along with Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) are the three members who were holding out on voting, but ultimately agreed not to put the bill back in committee. If they had, the bill might have been killed entirely.

Afterward, Sen. John Cornyn explained that the “deficit trigger” prevents the bill from being passed due to the senate budget rules. Reports estimate the tax bill would add a minimum of $1 trillion to the budget.

“It doesn’t look like the trigger is going to work, according to the parliamentarian. So we have an alternative, frankly, tax increase we don’t want to do,” Cornyn said.

Johnson told Kapur that he will continue to be a hold out on the bill to ensure he can offer amendments. He’s not sure if the vote on the bill will occur Thursday or not.

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“We just saw a kink in the time plan right there so who knows what other cogs might be put in this wheel,” he said Thursday night.

The New York Times reported late Thursday that Republicans are desperately “scrambling” to find revenue to fund the tax cuts.

The senate is in session until December 15, when they’ll break for Christmas.

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Joe Biden’s ‘Jim Crow moment’ was dreadful — but he may be Democrats’ best shot at beating Trump

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The Democratic Party's presidential nomination and the White House are Joe Biden's to win — unless he sabotages himself.

Last Tuesday while speaking at a fundraising speech in New York, Biden reflected on his early career in the Senate, working alongside Sen. James Eastland of Mississippi and and Sen. Herman Talmadge of Georgia, a pair of old-line segregationists:

I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland. He never called me 'boy,' he always called me 'son.' Well guess what? At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn't agree on much of anything. We got things done. We got it finished. But today, you look at the other side and you're the enemy. Not the opposition, the enemy. We don't talk to each other anymore.

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Who are all these white men running for president — and why?

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The country’s last presidential election was wide open, with incumbent president Barack Obama termed out of office and his vice president, Joe Biden, opting not to run as his replacement. While the vacancy looked like an opportunity for the 16 Republican men (and one woman) who ran in 2016, Democrats essentially cleared the field for Hillary Clinton, the first woman to win the party’s presidential nomination. Her only two challengers were white men; one who eventually became a star at the center of his own political movement and the other who was shortly reduced to strumming his guitar shirtless for attention.

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race

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Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

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