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New estimate: GOP’s second tax cuts would add $3.8 trillion to deficit


A second round of Republican tax cuts would add an additional $3.2 trillion to the federal deficit over a decade, according to a new report released by a centrist think-tank. The package was taken up by a House committee on Thursday and is expected to head to a vote on the floor later this month.
via New estimate: GOP’s second tax cuts would add $3.8 trillion to deficit

This is burning down the country to collect the insurance money.

Student who refuses to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance expelled, Texas attorney general backs school

After a student was expelled for refusing to stand for her school’s Pledge of Allegiance, the Texas Attorney General is intervening.
Student who refuses to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance expelled, Texas attorney general backs school

This was settled by the supreme court in 1943 “West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette” Students can NOT be required to say the pledge.

Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father

The president has long sold himself as a self-made billionaire, but a Times investigation found that he received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s.
Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father

If the NY Times is fake news, Trump could expose them to the whole world by releasing his tax returns. He could release those returns and then make a big show of exposing the Times as being unfair to him, making things up, etc. He won’t. Why?

Why Populists Reject Evidence


But Kuhn did see a means through which true change could come—both in science and politics, whose revolutions Kuhn saw as fundamentally similar. Even though revolutions—profound shifts in thought—are a response to inherent problems, mere arguments and empirical evidence pointing out the problem aren’t enough to start them, Kuhn argued. A compelling alternative theory also needs to be available. Moreover, since two competing theories lack enough common ground to agree on an evaluation of the arguments and evidence, a level of faith in the new theory is needed, as well as persuasion by rhetoric and other non-evidence based means.
via Why Populists Reject Evidence
The is a must read.