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Trump to Drudge: ‘Phenomenal’ Tax Cut Package Coming Soon

A day after an intra-party war of words between Matt Drudge and the White House broke out over Obamacare and tax cuts, it appears everyone is kissing and making up.

President Trump responded to Drudge via Twitter with a promise of a ‘phenomenal’ tax cut proposal to be introduced later this month.

Here’s more from Grabien:

President Trump to his conservative critics: I read you loud and clear!

After coming under criticism from many on the right — most prominently, the Drudge Report — for seeming to move popular campaign promises like repealing ObamaCare and reining in the tax code to the back burner, this morning Trump promised a “phenomenal” tax reform package will be presented in the next two to three weeks.

Speaking to airline executives at the White House, Trump empathized with the burdensome regulatory climate the industry is operating under, and promised to begin making reforms.

“We want to help you realize these goals by rolling back burdensome regulations, and you people are regulated probably as much as almost anybody,” Trump said. “We have a regulatory morass that’s a disaster.”

He also promised a round of tax cuts.

“Lowering the overall tax burden on American business is big league, that’s coming along very well,” Trump said. “We’re way ahead of schedule, I believe. And we’re going to be announcing something I would say over the next two or three weeks that will be phenomenal.”

Trump also criticized government mandates hampering the airline industry. “Obsolete” equipment is being purchased for air traffic control that is making the overall industry more expensive, he said.

Trump credited his own pilot with clueing him in on the difficult government-airline relationship.

“My pilot, he is a smart guy, and he knows what’s going on, he said the government is using the wrong equipment and instituting a massive multi-billion dollar project using the wrong type of equipment,” Trump said. “So let’s find out about that.”

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Drudge Slams GOP on Obamacare, White House Responds

Internet power broker Matt Drudge slammed Republicans and the White House yesterday via Twitter after it became clear that the GOP was walking back its promises on repealing Obamacare.

And now there’s an internal war brewing after the White House responded immediately.

Here’s more from Mediaite:

Press Secretary Sean Spicer responded to these tweets from Matt Drudge during today’s briefing:

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Spicer said there is no stalling going on, arguing that Obamacare is a “mammoth thing to repeal and replace.”

And with something that deals with a giant portion of the economy, he added, Trump’s goal “is to get it done right.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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Old-Guard Republicans to Push Carbon Tax at White House

Liberal Republicans from the old-guard are pushing a tax on carbon emissions to curb the so-called global warming emergency.

They’ve caved the left’s propaganda about climate change, and if they get their way, we’ll all end up paying for it. But so far Trump’s team is having any of it.

Here’s more from Breitbart:

Donald Trump should pursue a regressive, counterproductive, pointless tax policy to deal with a non-existent problem because it’s “what the Gipper would have wanted.”
Yeah, right.

What the late Ronald Reagan is actually doing right now, I strongly suspect, is reaching for the celestial sickbag over this absurd proposal – endorsed by, amongst others, his former Secretary of State George Shultz – that President Trump should bring in a “carbon tax” in order to “combat climate change.”

Obviously the New York Times is very excited about this proposal because it thinks it’s a sign that conservatives are seeing the light:

A group of Republican elder statesmen is calling for a tax on carbon emissions to fight climate change.

The group, led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, with former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Henry M. Paulson Jr., a former secretary of the Treasury, says that taxing carbon pollution produced by burning fossil fuels is “a conservative climate solution” based on free-market principles.

Mr. Baker is scheduled to meet on Wednesday with White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, Jared Kushner, the senior adviser to the president, and Gary D. Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, as well as Ivanka Trump.

Nope. What this story actually does is remind us of one of the main reasons why Donald Trump – and not any of his more Establishment rivals – ended up winning the GOP nomination: because the GOP Establishment had drifted so far away from the conservative principles they were supposed to uphold that they might just as well have been Democrats.

According to Baker: “I’m not at all sure the Gipper wouldn’t have been very happy with this.”

Oh, that delicate use of litotes to make his elegant point! It’s the kind of refined circumlocution you can imagine going down an absolute storm at Skull and Bones reunion gatherings or 12-course Bilderberg dinners or anywhere else where you might find the right sort of people in the Republican party.

Actually though what it really is – and this is typical of that weasellish political breed – is a clever way of saying something completely untrue without quite lying.

Ronald Reagan would, in all likelihood, have rejected a carbon tax for at least two reasons.

First, a tax on “carbon” is a tax on growth because carbon-dioxide is a natural by-product of all industrial processes. Ronald Reagan was not against economic growth.

Second, why would you waste time and money expanding government to deal with a problem – man-made climate change – for which there was next to no credible evidence? Ronald Reagan was not a fan of big government.

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Republicans Formally Gag Elizabeth Warren in the Senate

It’s known in the U.S. Senate as Rule 19, which can be invoked to bar a senator from debate if that senator has directly attacked another senator from the floor.

And Republicans have had enough of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, uber socialist from Massachusetts, and her claims that Sen. Jeff Sessions is a racist.

An official vote yesterday barred her from debating on his nomination as Attorney General.

Here’s more from Newsmax:

The Senate voted along party lines Tuesday night to silence Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren from breaking a Senate rule that prohibits any Senator from impugning another Senator during debate over the nomination of Alabama Republican Jeff Sessions as attorney general.

The Senate voted 49-43 along a party line vote to stop Warren from speaking, invoking Rule 19, which states, “No Senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.”

Democrats objected, taking to the Senate floor — while supporters took to Twitter, saying Warren had been only quoting from Coretta Scott King, widow of civil rights icon the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens in the district he now seeks to serve as a federal judge,” Coretta Scott King wrote in 1986 when Sessions was nominated by President Ronald Reagan for a federal judgeship.

But Texas Republican John Cornyn said it was not King’s words alone was not reason for objection that caused Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to object. It was also a quote from former Massachusetts Democrat Ted Kennedy, who, during Sessions’ ill-fated nomination, said Sessions was “a disgrace to the Justice Department, and he should withdraw his nomination and resign his position.”

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Watch: 5 Most Politicized Super Bowl Ads

Yesterday was Super Bowl Sunday which means iconic television commercials — including leftist grandstanding and political correctness. After their first ad got slapped down for being too ‘political’ [read: conservative], 84 Lumber decided to go left and promote illegal immigration.

Here’s more from Breitbart:

Construction materials company 84 Lumber’s advertisement featured a mother and daughter ostensibly journeying illegally from Latin America or Mexico to the United States. The ad shown during the Super Bowl cut off and directed viewers to the company’s website for the conclusion — the website had crashed shortly after the ad aired.

The final ad shows the mother and daughter walking through a large door of what appears be President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.

“The will to succeed is always welcome here,” reads the company’s tagline.

Watch more…

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Ivanka Trump Playing Key Role in WH Without Formal Title

Ivanka, the heir apparent to the Trump dynasty, has no formal title among the White House staff, but her power and influence are indisputable.

Here’s more from Newsmax:

She may have no official White House title. But Ivanka Trump already is proving that she is an unofficial power player.

This week, the first daughter joined President Donald Trump at a policy meeting with business executives and accompanied him on a trip to Delaware’s Dover Air Force Base Wednesday to honor the returning remains of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed in a raid in Yemen. She also hosted CEOs at her home to talk policy and used her influence behind the scenes at the White House.

These efforts have only underscored questions about the role Ivanka Trump, 35, expects to play after resigning executive positions with the Trump Organization and her own lifestyle brand to move to Washington. For now, though, it’s her husband who is officially working in the administration.

“My father will be president, and hopefully, I can be there to support him and to support those causes I’ve cared about my whole professional career,” Trump told ABC’s “20/20” last month.

Whatever Ivanka Trump does, it will likely be unprecedented. There are no models for a member of the first family with a prominent policy role on the outside — or a first daughter with this much influence on the inside.

Ivanka Trump has sought to halt speculation that she will serve as a fill-in first lady, which has only been heightened by Melania Trump’s decision to continue living in New York City, where son Barron goes to school. Ivanka Trump told “20/20” that “there is one first lady.” But joining the president on the somber trip to Dover was the kind of duty that would typically fall to the president’s spouse.

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SNAP: Woman ‘Angry Trump Is President’ Tries Running Over Cop

Liberals are literally freaking out over Donald Trump’s election and they’re losing their minds…

Here’s more from CBS:

A court date Friday for a Harwinton woman accused of trying to hit a police officer with her car Thursday in Burlington.

State police say 58-year-old Eileen Pierce tried to hit an officer directing traffic at a tree-trimming site on Route 69– allegedly driving her Subaru wagon directly at him, yelling out the window, and shaking her fist. The officer quickly got out of the way, and police say Pierce narrowly missed hitting a tree crew.

When Pierce was pulled over at the Burlington-Bristol line, troopers say she rambled for several minutes, saying she was upset with police and that officers are being murdered because they tend to abuse people’s rights — noting she was angry that Donald Trump is president.

Pierce was arrested on charges of second-degree attempted assault with a motor vehicle, first-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and failure to drive in the proper lane in a construction zone.

She was held overnight on $5,000 surety bond for arraignment in Bristol Superior Court.

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Congressional Republicans Move to Block Trump’s Border Wall

Political war has ignited over President Trump’s promise to build a border wall within weeks. But the return fire isn’t coming from the Democrats…

…it’s coming from moderate Republicans in the House and Senate balking on the cost of the wall.

Here’s more from Newsmax:

President Donald Trump is now facing resistance from his own party on his number one campaign pledge — erection of a border wall along Mexico, CNN reported.

When it comes down to the brass tacks, CNN reports congressional Republicans have one major problem with Trump’s wall – dollars and cents.

How, exactly, is Trump planning to pay for the estimated $12 billion to $15 billion it’ll take to build the wall?

“If you’re going to spend that kind of money, you’re going to have to show me where you’re going to get that money,” Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski told CNN. “I don’t see how you can get a bill like that through [Congress] without offsets. I don’t see how that’s possible.”

Trump has pledged that Mexico will pay for the wall one way or another, after the fact if not before.

While Mexico has repeatedly said it will not, House Republicans aren’t buying it either.

“It’s not a viable option,” Sen. John McCain told CNN.

So unless Trump’s plan carries with it spending cuts to offset the cost of the wall, Trump’s own party remains skeptical, not only on cost but effectiveness of keeping out bad hombres, too.

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GOOGLE Plays Nice but Calls for Impeachment of Trump

The uber lefties at the helm for Google got a little too comfortable with the influence they had in the Obama administration. And now they’re frustrated that’s been reduced to near-zero. So, of course, Trump’s gotta go.

Here’s more from Washington Times:

Google, or rather its parent company Alphabet, got used to dominating Washington under President Barack Obama’s rule. Perhaps, that’s why they’d like to see President Donald Trump impeached.

“Some of us may need to adopt Pence 2017 bumper stickers,” Google’s cofounder Sergey Brin joked at a company sponsored anti-Trump protest — the biggest demonstration from a Silicon Valley corporation this week — in response to Mr. Trump’s controversial immigration executive order.

More than 2,000 Google employees attended the protest on Monday, with it becoming a trending topic on Twitter with the hashtag #GooglersUnite. The rally came 24 hours after Google donated $2 million to the ACLU and Immigrant Legal Resource Center, to help fight Mr. Trump’s executive order, which was matched by $2 million in donations from Google employees.

The week prior, Google lawyers flooded the California office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, demanding she oppose Sen. Jeff Sessions’ confirmation as attorney general.

After investing millions ingraining itself within the Obama White House, Google is suddenly on the outside looking in with the Trump administration — and it clearly has Google rattled — protesting Mr. Trump in private, and then publicly trying to cozy up with him the next.

Eric Schmidt, Google’s former CEO and chair of Alphabet, has traveled to Trump Tower a least twice to meet with the president and his team, but hasn’t made any real progress.

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Betrayal: GOP Talk Shifting to ‘Repair’ of Obamacare

Don’t get too cozy with the all-Republican federal government in DC. Just when we thought there was a mandate to get rid of Obama’s dubious legacy, Republican politicos are already back-pedaling on promises to repeal Obamacare.

Here’s more from Newsmax:

Republicans are increasingly talking about repairing President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, a softening of tone that comes as their drive to fulfill a keystone campaign promise encounters disunity, drooping momentum and uneasy voters.

GOP lawmakers insist they’ve not abandoned their goal of repeal, though they face lingering disputes about whether that vote should come before, after or simultaneously with a replacement effort.

Republicans triumphantly shoved a budget through Congress three weeks ago that gave committees until Jan. 27 to write bills dismantling the law and substituting a Republican plan. Everyone knew that deadline meant little, but now leaders are talking about moving initial legislation by early spring.

And as the party struggles to translate its long-time political mantra into legislation that can pass Congress, some Republicans have started using gentler language.

“It’s repairing the damage Obamacare has caused. It’s more accurate” than repeal and replace, said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who chairs the Senate health committee. He notes that President Donald Trump and many Republicans want to keep popular pieces of the overhaul like requiring family policies to cover children up to age 26.

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