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‘They are the stupid party’: Rich donors seethe as GOP’s tax cuts become even more unpopular

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President Donald Trump has barely bothered campaigning on his party’s massive tax cut, which has been its sole major legislative achievement for the past two years — and some top GOP donors and operatives are seething.

Politico reports that the GOP has all but given up touting its tax cuts on the campaign trail, and is instead trying to rally its voters around culture war issues such as immigration and the treatment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.

David McIntosh, the head of the pro-tax cut Club for Growth, tells Politico that he can’t believe Republicans are letting their signature legislation die on the vine while conceding messaging on the issue to Democrats.

“It’s Republicans once again proving the old adage that they are the stupid party,” he complained. “They’ve got a really good issue that they’re not using.”

David Winston, a longtime GOP pollster, said the party has itself to blame for the unpopularity of the tax bill because many workers don’t realize that they’ve even gotten their taxes cut at all.

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“I have people in focus groups saying, ‘How come I never heard of this before?’” he told Politico. “What didn’t happen here was people didn’t go out and, on a sustained basis, lay out what was in the bill.”

Another anonymous Republican official said that the GOP made a big mistake in not sending workers a check to demonstrate the size of the tax cut — and instead relied on workers checking to see a relatively small weekly increase in their earnings.

“Had they done what the Bush guys did by making it advance-able and giving everybody a ‘Trump check,’ then maybe people would have had something a little more tangible,” they explained. “Otherwise, it’s like, ‘Take a look at the third line down on your paycheck every other week.’”

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Florida cop runs down joy-riding black teen on bicycle — then officers shock him with a Taser

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Florida police chased down a joy-riding black teenager, struck the bicycle he was riding and then violently arrested him after he fled in terror.

Jaydon Stubbs and four friends were riding July 17 on their way to Hollywood Beach when an officer spotted the teens in an area where there had been a string of recent burglaries, reported WPLG-TV.

The officer saw the boys popping wheelies and ignoring traffic laws, so she tried to stop them for questioning -- but they split up and rode away from her.

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Here’s how Boris Johnson is already shaping up to be Britain’s Trump

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On Tuesday, Boris Johnson, former British Foreign Secretary and leader of the Conservative Party, secured the votes in Parliament to become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

It is an outcome that was long considered likely — and it creates parallels with the 2016 election of President Donald Trump in the United States, as there are a great many similarities between the politics and styles of these two men, notes NPR.

First, and most obviously, both men are brusque right-wing populists who have made controlling immigration their core issue on the political stage — in Trump's case it is building the wall, while in Johnson's case it is implementing Brexit.

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Substitute teacher found guilty of accidentally shooting first-grader when his knife fired his gun

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A former substitute teacher was convicted on misdemeanor charges after a knife in his pocket accidentally fired a gun inside a first-grade classroom in Alabama.

Henry Rex Weaver was convicted Monday of possession of a firearm in a prohibited place, reckless endangerment, and third-degree assault, reported AL.com.

One student was struck by a fragment from the bullet in the March 22 incident at Blountsville Elementary School.

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