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Americans turn to credit cards on Tax Day after dramatic increases — thanks to Donald Trump: Congresswoman

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On Monday, Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) discussed the serious problems the GOP tax cut bill caused for her district on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” in response to a report from The New York Times discussing how many people do not realize that their taxes were cut.

“I represent Orange County, California, and the limit in the Trump tax law on state and local tax deductions is a huge issue for us,” said Porter. “I was working on my taxes today, and every time I would put in a deduction, it would pop up, you’ve already hit your $10,000 state and local deduction cap. Put something else, it would pop up, you’ve already hit your $10,000 state and local deduction cap.”

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“For folks here in Orange County, we’re hearing from a lot of them they owe $5,000, $7,000, even $14,000 in additional taxes,” Porter continued. “A lot of folks are having to turn to credit cards to find the money to pay the extra taxes. By singling out states that have expensive homes or have significant state and local taxes, Donald Trump is really making the effects of his tax plan felt — being felt unevenly around the country.”

Porter contrasted this struggle with the massive windfall the GOP bill gave to corporations — which they often have done nothing economically productive with.

“What we’ve seen primarily as a result of the tax plan is companies are taking their money and they’re engaging in stock buybacks,” said Porter. “If you read a lot of shareholder letters, what these CEOs are saying is we have excess capital and cash. We’re looking for ways to invest it. I think the obvious answer is to invest it back into your workers and the American people who have helped make your corporation profitable.”

“We can’t keep asking Americans, individual workers, single moms like me to shoulder the tax burden while large corporations get off literally Scott-free,” Porter added.

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New testimony adds 2 stunning — and previously unknown — details about the Ukraine extortion

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New testimony released Monday from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Ukraine scandal included at least two new stunning details about the quid pro quo scheme at the heart of the matter.

Overall, the transcripts for depositions of Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, who were advisers to U.S. envoy Kurt Volker, built on the story of that we already know: that President Donald Trump pushed a shadow foreign policy to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political opponents, a scheme that involved using his office and military aid as leverage over the country in opposition to the official policy.

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Trump blasted for his ‘Endorsement of Doom’ after Sean Spicer loses on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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Team Trump had gone all in urging supporters to vote for former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the game show "Dancing with the Stars."

Votes had been urged by RNC officials and Trump himself had urged his 66 million Twitter followers to vote for Spicer.

Despite the full heft of the Trump campaign, Spicer lost on Monday's show.

Trump deleted his failed tweet urging votes for Spicer -- and instead said it was a "great try" by his former advisor.

Looks like this endorsement was as successful as your last one!

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‘He’s misunderstood’: Nikki Haley tells Fox News how Trump is actually a really good listener

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Former Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley defended President Donald Trump during a Monday appearance with Fox News personality Sean Hannity.

Hannity asked the former South Carolina governor if Trump was "misunderstood."

"I do think he’s misunderstood," Haley replied.

"I can tell you, from the first day to the last day that I worked for the president, he always listened, he was always conscious of hearing other voices, allowing people to debate out the issues, and then he made his decision," Haley claimed.

She argued that, "I saw a president that was very thoughtful, looked at all of the issues, made decisions, and it was a pleasure and honor to work with him."

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