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‘Feels like a scam’: Taxpayers furious at Trump after refunds dwindle following GOP overhaul

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The average tax refund is down about 8 percent compared to last year, and voters are angry at President Donald Trump and Republicans.

GOP lawmakers passed a tax reform bill in December 2017, and the early results of that overhauled system shows the average refund check has dropped by $170, and nearly a quarter fewer taxpayers received a refund so far, reported the Washington Post.

“It totally feels like a scam,” said John Prugh, a Barnes & Noble manager from New Jersey. “I did still get a small refund, but compared to what I was expecting from previous years, it was shock.”

The 39-year-old Prugh, who did not vote for Trump, found his refund would be $3,000 less than last year, even though he and his wife have lived in the same house for years and saw no significant changes in their income.

The vast majority of Americans did receive a tax cut in 2018, but average refunds are lower because the GOP tax bill changed some tax deductions and the IRS has changed withholding in paychecks.

“I am really frustrated with my refund this year,” said Sal Ramirez, a packaging designer from California. “I was expecting good chunk of change. I was going to put it toward buying a car.”

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The 20-year-old Ramirez was refunded only $900 this year, after receiving $1,200 last year, almost certainly due to changes to withholding tables.

Prugh, whose overall tax bill was higher and his withholding apparently lower, was hit by changes in state and local tax deductions, and the elimination of deductions for mileage — and he can’t wait to punish Republicans in next year’s election.

“I did not vote for Trump,” Prugh said. “As active as I got in the last election cycle and as active as I plan to be in 2020, this put more urgency behind it than almost any other thing that has happened.”

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How the Iraq war and the Great Recession of 2008 paved the way for the Trump catastrophe

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In my dream, it’s 2021. Donald Trump has lost by the biggest popular vote margin in history. (The Electoral College? Unanimous!) Criminal charges rain down on him. As squad cars ring Trump Tower, a nasal voice shouts, “Come and get me, dirty coppers!” From a bullhorn, the reply issues: “Come out with your tiny hands in the air!”

Nancy Pelosi must have dreams just like it. “Sources” say she seeks to quell impeachment by declaring she’d rather see Trump in jail. Who wouldn’t? But would the next batch of Barrs, Muellers and Rosensteins be any more likely than the last to get the job done? It’s a sweet dream, but a risky bet.

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Trump thinks he can create his own healthcare law that will take the issue off the table for Democrats

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One of the significant issues Republicans lost on in 2018 was their nearly decade-long crusade to unmake the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

This week Trump will announce that he's running for president again, and he promises a surprise announcement while there. While it's unclear what he intends for the surprise, one thing he is talking about is a better healthcare law than the Democratic one.

According to The New York Times, Trump is "vowing to issue the plan within a month or two, reviving a campaign promise with broad consequences for next year’s contest."

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Donald Trump whines: ‘My life has always been a fight’

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The full interview with President Donald Trump finally aired on ABC Sunday, revealing the shocking way that he views his life.

Trump lamented that he's had such a hard life, as the son of multi-millionaires who paid to get him out of trouble multiple times.

"You're a fighter. You, you, it feels like you're in a constant kind of churn--" host George Stephanopoulos began.

"Yeah, uh, my life has always been a fight," Trump said. "And I enjoy that I guess, I don't know if I enjoy it or not, I guess -- sometimes I have false fights like the Russian witch hunt. That's a false fight. That's a made-up, uh, hoax. And I had to fight that."

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