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GOP tax bill author admits it doesn’t pay for itself — contradicting key Republican talking point

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At the Fiscal Summit on Tuesday, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) admitted that the GOP tax cut bill does not pay for itself — and that we won’t even know how much the bill cost for up to a decade.

“We will know in year 8, 9 or 10 what revenues it brought in,” said Brady. He continued to fiercely defend the bill, saying, “I don’t think anything could have been worse for the deficit than to stick with the old economy and stick with the tax code that was so outdated,” even after admitting he didn’t really have any basis for claiming it was self-funding.

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Brady, the former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, was a key architect of the bill, dubbed the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” which was hastily written and passed at the end of 2017 without a single Democratic vote.

During the debate, Republicans like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) insisted the bill would pay for itself by creating enough growth to broaden the tax base.

Subsequent studies have found that the growth generated by the bill was way too small to pay for itself — and the top 1 percent of income earners got some 83 percent of the direct gain, while workers saw nearly no pay increase at all.

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Republicans initially hoped the tax cuts would allow them to run on the offensive against Democrats in 2018. Instead they quickly retreated from the bill as polling showed much of the public hated the cuts.


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Woman allegedly involved in Central Park scandal placed on leave from job: ‘We do not condone racism’

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Video circulated on social media on Memorial Day of a woman in Central Park claiming she was calling 911 to falsely claim an "African-American man" was threatening her life.

It reportedly started after he filmed her walking her dog without a leash.

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Internet sleuths worked to identify the woman. During the day on Monday, rumors of her identity spread online.

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Scientists fight online coronavirus misinformation war

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With cat photos and sometimes scathing irony, Mathieu Rebeaud, a Swiss-based researcher in biochemistry, has nearly tripled his Twitter following since the coronavirus pandemic began.

With 14,000 followers, he posts almost daily, giving explanations on the latest scientific research and, in particular, aims to fight misinformation that spreads as fast as the virus itself.

He is among a growing number of doctors, academics and institutions who in recent weeks have adapted and amplified their scientific messaging in hopes of countering what has been termed an infodemic -- a deluge of information, including widespread false claims, which experts say can pose a serious threat to public health.

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Ted Cruz doesn’t want people shamed with body bags for going to beach: ‘Please stop the hate’

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In early May, Florida attorney Daniel Uhlfelder made news by dressing up as the Grim Reaper in an attempt to scare people from crowding beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Days later, he escalated by laying out body bags on the steps of the Florida capitol building in Tallahassee.

He escalated further on Saturday by announcing he would be handing out body bags to Florida beachgoers and started a fundraiser with the funds going to two progressive Political Action Committees.

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The effort caught the eye of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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