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Will John McCain sink the GOP’s tax cuts?

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With McCain out, Republicans can only afford one 'No' vote on tax plan

Nine years ago, Senator John McCain was the Republican nominee for president. Today, he’s arguably the biggest roadblock to the Republican agenda. He sank Obamacare repeal and replacement plans. Now, there’s speculation he’ll be the one who sinks the GOP’s tax cut plan as well.

There are no indications from the Senator’s office about how he’ll vote on the important tax cut bill other than stating he’s waiting to read the final version. This is a stalling technique on Capitol Hill; lawmakers rarely make their minds up based upon the final version of the bill unless there’s a particular point they’re fighting to have added or removed. McCain has not expressed reservations about anything specific.

What we do know about McCain is that he cares about two things that tax cuts might affect: deficits and the military. Early analysis of the Senate plan indicates it could add around $1.5 trillion to the national debt through budget deficits that result from the tax cuts. This would have the secondary effect of forcing cuts and military spending would likely be on the table.

Still, the Senator may not even need to be the one who stops the bill. Senator Ron Johnson from Wisconsin has already declared that he won’t support the bill, which means the GOP can only afford one more no vote from their camp. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, two of the most liberal Republicans in the Senate, have indicated a willingness to consider the bill, moves that most likely indicate support. That leaves Bob Corker and Jeff Flake, two Senators who, like McCain, are on their way out of the Senate and have a grudge against President Trump. If both of them fail to support the bill, that will leave McCain to stay silent or even pretend to support the bill if he is indeed against it. The lame duck Senators could derail every major effort the GOP makes in a round-robin format if they choose, just to keep the President’s agenda failing.

For now, the focus is still on McCain. Will he be the saboteur? Will the GOP come together to get something done before the end of the year? Will President Trump finally get a bill to sign? We should find out in less than a month.

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Republican Victory May Rest Once Again With McCain, This Time on Taxes

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/28/us/politics/republican-victory-may-rest-once-again-with-mccain-this-time-on-taxes.htmlIn 2001, as Republicans forged ahead with a $1.35 trillion tax cut, Mr. McCain became one of two Republican senators to vote against the bill’s passage. He said he could not accept that changes to the bill lowered the top individual tax rate to 35 percent and delayed tax relief for married couples.

“We had an opportunity to provide much more tax relief to millions of hard-working Americans,” Mr. McCain said in a speech on the Senate floor. “But I cannot in good conscience support a tax cut in which so many of the benefits go to the most fortunate among us, at the expense of middle-class Americans who most need tax relief.”

Two years later, Mr. McCain voted against another round of tax cuts. In his remarks in 2003, Mr. McCain again cast doubt on the need to use “billions of federal dollars to cut taxes for our nation’s wealthiest.” The deal breaker that time was that his fellow lawmakers would pass such cuts while rejecting legislation that would have allowed members of the military to get tax breaks on profits from selling their homes.

“Politics ruled the day,” he said ruefully.

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President Trump working with Congress to sanction Turkey

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President Trump working with Congress to sanction Turkey

In less than a week, Turkey has managed to draw the ire of most of the world, including most on Capitol Hill, as they move to eradicate Kurds and Christians in eastern Syria. Their invasion, coordinated with attacks by their Syrian al Qaeda proxies, have already caused turmoil, killed hundreds, and displaced hundreds of thousands.

Now, President Trump appears ready to follow through on his threat to “cripple Turkey’s economy” through sanctions.

The President has been criticized by many in both political parties following the White House announcement that we are withdrawing troops from the border region. What followed was such a quick response in the form of an all out Turkish invasion that it’s clear they’ve been planning this for some time.

Our EIC took to Twitter to push the President towards following through with his threat against Turkey should they cross the line. As he noted, they have clearly crossed the line.

Reports of civilian deaths are mounting. It isn’t just the Kurds that Turkey and al Qaeda are targeting. Syriac Christians are in the crosshairs as well. The intense fighting seems to be focused on clearing out entire cities to make room for the millions of refugees the Turks currently hold. Instead of just taking out military targets from the Kurds, who Turkey believes to be terrorists, the invaders are wiping out the entire populations in cities and villages near the border.

Senator Lindsey Graham chimed in. Graham has been a Trump supporter, but broke from the White House over the Syrian withdrawal. Now, he’s voicing hope and alignment with the President’s sanction plans.

Turkish President Erdogan clearly lied to President Trump. It’s time to send them a clear message in response. Our troops may be coming home, but we can stop this bloodbath through sanctions. Cripple their economy, Mr. President.

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Andrew Wilkow: Elizabeth Warren’s lack of real-world experience is why progressives love her

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Elizabeth Warren is the current frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for president. I’ll admit, I never expected that to be the case until recently. I truly believed she would be in the middle of the pack before bowing out in favor of Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, or one of the other radical progressives who would take on Joe Biden. But I was wrong. She has surged into the lead and at this point, it’s her race to lose.

BlazeTV’s Andrew Wilkow explained her popularity among the progressives, and in doing so showed by I was unable to see her appeal. According to Wilkow, the difference between her and Hillary Clinton is that she’s a member of the elite academia, which progressives love. Her lack of real-world experience isn’t seen as the clear detraction that it should be. Instead, having lived in a theoretical bubble of feel-good progressive policy proposals gives her an advantage in the eyes of hyper-leftists.

In other words, she hasn’t had any real-world experience to burst her bubble, so she’s able to enact hypothetical ideas that are demonstrably bad without reality clouding her judgment. To the far-left, this makes her an ideal candidate.

How in the world is Elizabeth Warren leading in the Democratic polls? Andrew Wilkow breaks it all down for us in this eye-opening analysis for BlazeTV. She’s as detached from reality as her policy proposals, which is why the radicals adore her.

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Trump to farmers: ‘Buy more land and get bigger tractors’

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Trump to farmers Buy more land and get bigger tractors

President Trump announced today a “phase one” trade agreement with China. Part of the deal includes a dramatic increase in agricultural products to be sold to China, ramping up from around $16 billion worth per year at its highest historic mark to $40-$50 billion per year moving forward. Current levels are estimated at around $8 billion. While announcing it, the President said farmers should immediately “buy more land and get bigger tractors.”

The deal is expected to be written and signed in three to five weeks. It was negotiated on China’s behalf by Chinese Vice Premier Liu He.

Both economies have suffered through the trade war that started last year between the two biggest economies in the world. But pressure seems to have hit China harder as they are generally the exporter while America is more of an importer. The President’s goal of balancing out trade between the two countries prompted back-and-forth tariffs. This deal stops upcoming tariffs, at least temporarily.

Also included are intellectual property and financial services, two sticking points between the countries since long before President Trump took office.

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I’m hopeful, but I don’t trust China one bit. This stalls upcoming tariffs, but until it’s signed it’s still just a theory. Nevertheless, it’s a positive sign and a step in the right direction towards bringing back free trade as our national economic mantra.

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