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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Behind Closed Doors, Trump Vows To Gut Social Security And Medicare

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com

A Republican congressman has revealed that Donald Trump confessed that he plans to push cuts to Social Security and Medicare “on the first day of his second term.”

The revelation came after the unnamed congressman met with several reporters on Capitol Hill, discussing the underlying plans behind Trump’s long-term thinking, Business Insider reports.

Trump “told a Republican member of Congress that he was willing to go after Social Security and other entitlement programs at the beginning of his second term.” The comment was made away from the intense glare of public scrutiny, where he would be lambasted for going after these popular programs.…

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Poll: GOP Paying High Price For Tax Cuts

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com

Republicans have for months deluded themselves that giant tax cuts for corporations and billionaires are the answer to all their problems.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said it is the only thing that can save their House majority. Many other GOP lawmakers have said that without the tax scam passed by next year, their donors will cut them off.

Asked about the widespread unpopularity of the bill, Republican Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) responded, “Who cares?”

It turns out voters care.

And as GOP leadership seeks to ram through this bill with no public debate and without even seating the new senator from Alabama first, Public Policy Polling finds bad news for Republicans.…

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Why Scared Cops Are So Frightening

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

The jurors who acquitted Philip Brailsford of second-degree murder last week were told to judge him based on “how a reasonable officer would act, versus a regular person with no police training,” as The Arizona Republic put it. That distinction was crucial, because a “regular person” would never get away with shooting an unarmed man who was crawling on the floor, sobbing and begging for his life.

Like other recent cases in which jurors failed to hold police officers accountable for the unnecessary use of deadly force, Brailsford’s acquittal shows that cops benefit from a double standard.

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