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Opinion: The GOP Tax Bill — All Hat and No Rabbit
Even passing no legislation might be a better option

From left, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady and Majority Whip Steve Scalise celebrate during a news conference after the chamber passed the GOP tax bill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

All politics is state and local.

That update of Tip O’Neill’s dictum is inspired by the Republican tax bill. The legislation that passed the House on Thursday eviscerates the deduction for state and local taxes and the current Senate version, which just emerged from the Finance Committee, eliminates the write-off entirely.

Super PAC Staffs Up for Morrisey in West Virginia GOP Primary
Morrisey led Jenkins in mid-October poll commissioned by 35th PAC

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is running for the GOP Senate nomination. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A super PAC supporting West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in the GOP Senate primary is staffing up for the 2018 contest. 

The hires, shared first with Roll Call, will be announced Wednesday. 

DCCC Names First 11 Candidates in ‘Red to Blue’ Program
2018 program will include more targeted and frequent additions

Angie Craig, back for a rematch against Rep. Jason Lewis in Minnesota’s 2nd District, is one of 11 candidates named to the DCCC’s Red to Blue program. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is naming 11 candidates Wednesday in the first round of its Red to Blue program, which highlights strong Democratic recruits.

The list of 11 candidates, obtained first by Roll Call, includes recruits running in 10 competitive Republican-held seats and in an open seat Democrats are hoping to keep blue.

Will Sexual Misconduct Allegations Sink Moore Campaign? Stay Tuned
Republican candidate accused of inappropriate advances with four women when they were teenagers

Alabama Republican Roy Moore faces Democrat Doug Jones in the Dec. 12 special election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Roy Moore is facing a wave of criticism and national Republicans are bolting from his campaign — but will allegations of sexual misconduct matter in the  Alabama Senate race? 

Four women have accused Moore of sexual and romantic advances when they were teenagers — one when she was  14 — nearly four decades ago. At that time, Moore was in his 30s and an  assistant district attorney.

Five Wacky and Wonky Provisions in the Senate Tax Bill
Proposals would help pay for major changes to individual and corporate tax code

Senate Finance Chairman Orrin G. Hatch released a proposal on Thursday to significantly revamp the U.S. tax code for individuals and businesses. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Finance Chairman Orrin G. Hatch released Thursday a summary of the panel’s legislation to overhaul the U.S. tax code that would dramatically lower the corporate tax rate, increase the child tax credit, remove popular tax exemptions many Americans take and nearly double the standard deduction for individuals and families.

Apart from the headline-grabbing provisions, tucked away in the 253-page chairman’s mark are several other notable changes to the current tax code. Many of the proposals are intended to pay for the hallmark provisions, like the corporate tax rate cut.

NRSC Cuts Ties With Roy Moore Fundraising Committee
GOP’s first tangible step of distancing itself from Alabama Senate candidate

Alabama Republican Roy Moore’s campaign for Senate has been rocked by sexual misconduct allegations. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has been removed from a joint fundraising committee with Roy Moore’s Alabama Senate campaign, a sign party leadership is distancing itself from Moore. 

The move, first reported by The Daily Beast, is the first tangible step the party has taken to cut ties with the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. The joint fundraising committee, which would allow donors to make one large campaign contribution rather than several smaller ones, was first set up between the NRSC, the Moore campaign, the Republican National Committee, and the Alabama Republican Party in October. 

Corrine Brown Prosecutors Want Jail Time, Repayment of Scammed Funds
Former Florida congresswoman’s sentencing hearing scheduled for Thursday

Former Rep. Corrine Brown answers questions from the media as she leaves the federal courthouse in Jacksonville, Florida, after a hearing in April. (Bob Self/Florida Times-Union via AP file photo)

Prosecutors are calling for the former Florida Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown to serve prison time and repay money donors gave to her bogus charity.

The repayment of the $650,000 prosecutors say was scammed from donors would likely be split with Brown’s former chief of staff Ronnie Simmons and Carla Wiley, who ran One Door for Education, the Florida Times-Union reported.

Report: Juror Vacation Could Reset Menendez Deliberations
Judge promised juror she could take vacation

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., talks with a reporter in the Capitol before a vote, March 15, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The jury in the corruption trial of New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez could require deliberations to begin anew if it does not come to a verdict today. 

One of the jurors is scheduled for a vacation that was planned before the trial, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

All the GOP’s Eggs Are Now in the Tax Basket
The pressure’s on as House Republicans try to move their tax bill

Sen. John Kennedy holds up his wallet during a Tuesday news conference in the Capitol as he says that families and small businesses would benefit from the GOP’s tax plan. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

It’s hard enough to digest the policy details of the GOP tax overhaul plan — but add in a dose of distraction from the sprawling probe of Russian interference into last year’s elections and it’s easy to lose any budding “taxmentum.”

Selling a comprehensive tax code rewrite — even if it’s packaged as a tax cut for individuals and businesses — is so challenging that Congress hasn’t done it since 1986.

Honoring Eisenhower at Long Last
Memorial to 34th president broke ground Nov. 2

An artist’s rendering of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, scheduled to be completed by 2020. (Courtesy Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission)

Its critics have called it a “monstrosity,” an “exercise in postmodern grandiosity,” and a “textbook example of the Washington swamp Donald Trump vowed to drain.”

Now, though, a memorial to former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, mired in controversy for more than 17 years, is the newest monument under construction on the National Mall.