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John McCain will support tax cuts, but the GOP isn’t out of the woods yet

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The Republican Party needs these tax cuts. President Trump needs these tax cuts. The American people may or may not need these tax cuts, depending on who you ask. The real question is whether or not 50 Senators agree we need these tax cuts. Senator John McCain is now on board to be among those 50, but there’s still work to be done to get them passed.

“After careful thought and consideration, I have decided to support the Senate tax reform bill,” McCain said in a statement Thursday. “I believe this legislation, though far from perfect, would enhance American competitiveness, boost the economy, and provide long overdue tax relief for middle class families.”

That’s one potential “nay” covered. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is a firm “nay” unless changes are made to the way pass-through businesses taxes are handled.

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson Opposes GOP Senate Tax Package

https://www.wsj.com/articles/republican-sen-ron-johnson-opposes-gop-senate-tax-package-1510777290WASHINGTON—Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) said he opposes the Senate Republican tax package, becoming the first GOP voice of dissent that, if it gains momentum, could force significant changes or jeopardize the party’s goal to pass the bill before the end of the year.

“If they can pass it without me, let them,” Mr. Johnson said in an interview Wednesday, adding that the plan unfairly benefits corporations more than other types of businesses. “I’m not going to vote for this tax package.”

Republicans can afford one more “nay” from their side and still leave it to Vice President Mike Pence to cast the tiebreaking vote. One conspicuous potential “nay” is Susan Collins, who helped Democrats kill the various Obamacare repeal and replacement bills. Her beef with the current bill surrounds certain tax credits:

Collins to Hold Tax Reform Hostage over Carried Interest?

https://www.redstate.com/california_yankee/2017/11/30/collins-hold-tax-reform-hostage-carried-interest/Multiple sources on Capitol Hill report that Maine Sen. Susan Collins will push today to eliminate the “carried interest” provision of the tax code.

Collins should not hold tax reform hostage for the sake of this anti-investment provision. And if she does, other Republicans should stand strong and oppose her efforts.

If she does indeed vote against the plan, that means the GOP needs all four of the known question marks in the Senate to come on board. The four who have voiced concern and potential opposition to the bill are Senators Marco Rubio, Jeff Flake, Bob Corker, and Steve Daines.

Multiple liberal groups are rallying Democrats to call on these Senators and express their opposition to the plan. If the GOP can pass it, reconcile it with the House version, and put it on the President’s desk, they will have their first major piece of legislation since gaining control of the White House. If they can’t get it done, their string of failures will be glaring going into the midterm elections next year.

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President Trump working with Congress to sanction Turkey

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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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