Morning Briefing: Someone Implicated in the Mueller Probe Has Vanished, Plus Trumpcare is Crushing It!
— Remember Carrier, that company that struck a deal with Donald Trump to keep 1,000 jobs in Indianapolis in exchange for $7 million? Yeah, well, it was actually only 700 jobs. And since that deal, 350 employees have been laid off, and come January 11th, another 215 will be terminated.
I assume that Carrier will nevertheless get to keep that $7 million that Donald Trump essentially gifted the company in exchange for, ultimately, Jack and Squat, the two employees who have not yet been laid off.
— Tax reform continues its roll out. There’s a lot of details, as most of you know, but for many of our purposes, basically the middle class will get a small tax cut that will be phased out in a few years (and ultimately result in higher taxes) while rich people and corporations will get a huge permanent tax cut. Middle-income earners who, for instance, are freelancers, are gonna get creamed, because a lot of our deductions will be taken away (including student loan interest deductions). We’re gonna get f**ked. But it’s OK! Because the obscenely wealthy people of America will pay it forward! They always do! Trust in trickle down economics! It’s never failed America (except every single time it has been attempted).
THIS JUST IN:— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) November 9, 2017
Gary Cohn, wearing a "Where's the beef?" t-shirt, emerged from his DeLorean playing Spandau Ballet, sipping a Bartles & Jaymes wine cooler, holding a Rubiks Cube, said:
"Trickle-down's good for economy."#MakeMeAngryIn5Words#ThursdayThoughts https://t.co/h0CC4HxZ7U
Also, in things that shouldn’t be said aloud:
.@RepChrisCollins (R-NY) on tax reform: "My donors are basically saying, 'Get it done or don’t ever call me again.'"— Cristina Marcos (@cimarcos) November 7, 2017
Again: Use your inside voice, Graham:
Lindsey Graham says “the financial contributions will stop” if tax reform fails.— Alan Rappeport (@arappeport) November 9, 2017
And also, Gary Cohn:
I’m so excited for Big CEOs!
— I wish I could explain to you all what’s happening in Saudi Arabia, but I don’t understand what’s going on in Saudi Arabia. This, however, is alarming:
Something’s up https://t.co/YcYD0bAMH1— Jeremy Bowen (@BowenBBC) November 9, 2017
— I want to prepare you all for this, so that you don’t get your hopes up in spite of the wave of Democrats winning in Virginia and New Jersey two days ago. Republican Roy Moore is going to win in Alabama. Roy Moore is an awful, terrible, crooked, homophobic, Islamaphobic, racist deplorable human being. But this is Alabama. He’s going to win. I am sorry. He’s also decided to refuse to debate his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, because he’s a coward and he doesn’t want to defend his positions on social issues out loud. This is bad for Alabama. This is bad for the Senate, but it doesn’t have to be bad for the rest of the country, because Democrats can tie every motherfucking Republican in the United States of America to the Roy Moore, starting with the people — like Ted Cruz — who have actively endorsed him. They are basically supporting a Nazi, and if there is one thing we learned on Tuesday, it’s that in most of America, we still don’t like Nazis.
Sorry Alabama: You’re going to end up taking one for the team here.
— Today in China, Donald Trump broke with tradition and — at the insistence of the Chinese government (which heavily regulates its press — Trump refused to take questions during a news conference. Previous Presidents have told the Chinese governments to shove their “insistences” up their asses, that America has the First Amendment, and by God, we will answer questions especially in China, because we are a goddamn Democracy.
Trump, meanwhile, is either a goddamn coward or he has no respect for the First Amendment, or both.
That is a remarkable concession from the president of a country with a First Amendment. https://t.co/SycaE6sJwf— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) November 9, 2017
Asked why President Trump didn’t take questions from reporters today, Sarah Sanders said, “It was at the Chinese insistence there were no questions today.”— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) November 9, 2017
Spoke briefly with CoS Kelly before joint statement, just as we were being asked to take our seats. He semi-jokingly told me: "Watch out or the police'll get you. Remember where you are. This isn't DC."— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) November 9, 2017
But then again, what do you expect from people like this?
Bannon, at a GOP dinner in Michigan, says he's here to commemorate anniversary of "the high holy day of MAGA"— Katie Watson (@kathrynw5) November 9, 2017
I liked it better when Bannon never spoke to the press.
The knives are out. Steve Bannon says Mitch McConnell should "tender his resignation". pic.twitter.com/M14STaPQtN— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 9, 2017
— Uh, no big deal, but Joseph Mifsud, that professor who linked George Papadopoulos to the Russians? Yeah, he’s vanished.
A Russian presidential aide says Trump and Putin will meet Friday in Vietnam. Sec. of State Tillerson told reporters in Beijing a short while ago that a meeting was not nailed down.— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) November 9, 2017
— In other news re: Russia:
Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn has expressed concern about the potential legal exposure of his son, Michael Flynn Jr., who, like his father, is under scrutiny by special counsel Robert Mueller, multiple sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.
Can you say ‘flip’?
— So, Trumpcare is out, and guess what? It’s doing even better than Obamacare! Sign up today!
— Finally, I leave you with this, which was fun, in a country music kind of way.
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