Photo: Senators look at a placard presented as evidence of Russian social media manipulation, during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing to answer questions related to Russian use of social media to influence US elections, on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 1, 2017. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
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House Republicans finally released a tax plan today. Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters the typical family of four will save $1,182. "With this this plan we are getting rid of loopholes for special interests and we are level playing field. So simple you can do your taxes on a form the size of a postcard."
Kevin Brady, Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, predicted that under the plan, "America will vault from 31st in the world among our [corporate] competitors to the top three among best places on the planet for that next new job." Reid Wilson, national correspondent for The Hill, says that perhaps even more controversial than the corporate tax cut is the proposal to limit deductions for state and local taxes.
When Twitter, Facebook, and Google visited Capitol Hill this week, they got a barrage of criticism from Republicans and Democrats, who accused them of allowing fake news and disinformation from Russia to be disseminated on social media. But the politicians also got a lesson. Russian disinformation is aimed more at creating chaos and discrediting democracy than partisan politics. We hear how fake news from St. Petersburg created real rallies in Houston while proposed solutions illustrate a yawning gap between Washington and Silicon Valley.
Lapowsky on eight revelations from the second day of Russia hearings
Lapowsky: Congress new bill can't eliminate Russian influence online
Sharp on 'honest ads' on social media as one step to an honest political system
Rutenberg on Russia inquiry failing to unite the nation
The new film Only the Brave, starring James Brolin, dramatizes the true story of a wildfire in Arizona in 2013. And it coincides with a disturbing reality for the people who fight the increasing number of wildfires in this country: "Suicides are astronomical." That’s according to an official for the federal Bureau of Land Management, quoted by Heather Hansman in a recent article for the Atlantic.
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Imprisoning our mentally ill? American jails and prisons have become hospitals for the mentally ill. A murderer doing 20 years at New York’s Sing Sing prison works with schizophrenics serving 24 months for misdemeanors. He tells Warren that sick people should be treated outside. The Sheriff in Chicago says it’s not just inhumane but a waste of taxpayers’ money. How did we get here? What can be done?
Did Trump get conned by Kim? Six months after threatening nuclear warfare, “little rocket man” and the “dotard” were talking peace in Singapore. Beyond the hype, did President Trump and Kim Jong Un really mean it? A seasoned diplomat, a UN nuclear weapons inspector and veteran journalists provide contrasting assessments.
Post primary wrap, what’s the takeaway? California’s billed as the heart of “resistance” to President Trump. But in this month’s Golden State primary, young and Latino voters stayed home. That’s produced a clash of voices between Progressive Democrats and Clinton-era Centrists. What will that mean come November with control of the Congress at stake?
The politics of prison reform Prison reform is moving in Red States, Blue States and (maybe) on Capitol Hill. But America still incarcerates more people than any other country-- including China. Meantime, the Trump White House is divided. Jared Kushner is pushing sentence reform, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to stay “tough on crime.” What are the prospects for much needed change?
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