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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.

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“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.”

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.

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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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Stefanik voters turning on GOP lawmaker after she threw away her credibility to defend Trump

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Over the course of the impeachment hearings, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) has gone from a relative backbencher who sells herself as a moderate to voters in Upstate New York, to a theatrical partisan grandstanding for President Donald Trump and a top target of ire from Democrats.

But according to Politico, at least some of her voters appear turned off by her new stance.

"While Stefanik once able to strike a delicate balance between her Republican identity and her positions on issues like climate change, some think those earlier convictions are gone, like Phillip Paige, a former Stefanik backer and a member of SUNY Potsdam’s College Republicans," wrote Politico's Anna Gronewald. "A native of the 21st district’s Madrid, New York, Paige said he started to lose faith in Stefanik when she began supporting Trump as the party’s nominee in 2016. Paige supported John Kasich’s candidacy in that election. 'A lot of her boots-on-the-ground young Republican crowd has really become quite disillusioned,' he said. 'We saw her as what we thought the future of the Republican Party was and that really has been disproven. Unless, maybe the future of the Republican party is Donald Trump.'"

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GOP ridiculed for hyping Ohio anti-impeachment protest — and only a handful of Trump supporters showed

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The official Twitter of account of the Republican National Committee was buried in mockery after hyping up a video of anti-impeachment protesters in Youngstown, Ohio, where it appears only a handful of people showed up.

According to the tweet, "Ohioans are sick and tired of the Democrats’ impeachment charade. It’s time to STOP THE MADNESS!"

However, in the video from WKBN, which can be seen below, few people chose to show up for the cameras.

As one commenter noted with tongue-in-cheek, "Thought Ohio had a few more people than that."

That was the general consensus in the comments.

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Melania Trump scorched by columnist for standing by president’s Thunberg bullying: ‘Indefensible’

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In a piece for the Washington Post, columnist Karen Tumulty called out first lady Melania Trump for her statement defending her husband's bullying of 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg in a fit of jealousy after she was selected Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

Responding to a statement from the White House that stated, “BeBest is the First Lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children. It is no secret that the President and First Lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do. Their son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches. He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy,” Tumulty wasn't having it.

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