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Meet the Republicans who want ‘Tax Reform 2.0’ as Russia controversy rages on

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On Tuesday, as the controversy continued to rage over President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, some Republicans are going back to business as usual: pushing forth tax reforms most likely to benefit corporate interests and the wealthy.

According to the White House pool report, President Trump is slated to meet with Republican members of Congress today to discuss “tax reform 2.0.”

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The President plans to meet with the following congresspeople, many of whom, like Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), have previously issued soft critiques of the President on issues like trade policy but nevertheless signal their support for most of Donald Trump’s agenda:

Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX)
Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI)
Rep. Diane Black (R-TN)
Rep. George Holding (R-NC)
Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH)
Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL)
Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN)

President Donald Trump’s previous tax reform package was criticized by Democrats for benefiting the wealthiest Americans while adding to the national debt.


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Mitch McConnell may let Republicans write Senate impeachment rules without Democratic votes

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is plotting to shut out Democrats on impeachment if a bipartisan compromise on rules for the trial can't be reached.

The Kentucky Republican said this week that he hopes to reach an agreement on rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, but he's also readying a "backup plan" in case he can't reach an agreement with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, reported Vanity Fair.

“The first thing Sen. Schumer and I will do is see if there’s a possibility of agreement on a procedure,” McConnell said. “That failing, I would probably come back to my own members and say, ‘Okay, can 51 of us agree how we’re going to handle this?’”

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Fresno Bee burns Nunes to the ground in scathing editorial

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The editorial board of the Fresno Bee has written a scathing takedown of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) for his extraordinary fealty to President Donald Trump, which the editors say is harming the country.

Specifically, the editorial accuses Nunes of forsaking his oath of office as a congressman to serve as Trump's most loyal toady on the House Intelligence Committee.

"As has been true for nearly all of Trump’s first term, Nunes has relinquished his proper role as an independent representative of Congress and has instead acted like a member of the Trump 2020 re-election team," the editorial states.

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Republicans blundered badly as their own impeachment expert witness wrecked their defenses of Trump: columnist

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Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee pinned their hopes on George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, their sole expert witness on the panel at the hearing on Wednesday, to discredit the impeachment probe into President Donald Trump.

But as anti-Trump conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin wrote for the Washington Post, even Turley's testimony ended up damaging the GOP more than Democrats, because he undercut one of the GOP's most solid narratives in defense of the president: that trying to extort Ukraine with military aid would not be impeachable even if it was proven.

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