The news about Trump’s potential legal troubles reminds us why we need BBB

For that reason, a provision giving new funding to the IRS to recover the hundreds of billions of dollars that go uncollected every year from wealthy tax cheats has been a centerpiece of the legislation. This isn’t just to raise revenues but also to end a situation in which regular people pay their taxes, but many rich people don’t.

And Donald Trump — who famously boasted that not paying any taxes “makes me smart” — is reminding us of the importance of that goal.

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Facts Trump Dems’ claims on Donald’s economy

When President Donald Trump took office in 2017, economists around the world had accepted the fact that the US economy had entered the “new normal” where economic growth would be low, and wage growth nonexistent. Trump’s team argued that deregulation, trade policy and tax cuts could bring us back to the old normal or, more memorably, make America great again.
The economy’s response to these policies confirmed everything Trump said would happen, and the Democrats’ rush to reverse his policies with their misnamed “Build Back Better” plan is the highest form of science denial.

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No, Constitutional Scholars Are Not “50/50” in Agreement With Donald Trump About Jan. 6

Donald J. Trump, constitutional scholar, has entered the chat. In a remarkable interview with Jon Karl published by Axios on Friday, Trump defended the Jan. 6 rioters chanting “Hang Mike Pence” on the grounds that “it’s common sense” that Pence should have overturned the Electoral College count.*
Beneath the horrifying justification of political violence—the attempted assassination of the sitting vice president—there is a rotten foundation of truly terrible legal analysis.

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We Abandon Low-Income Voters at Our Peril

Poor and low-income Americans unite with labor unions to relaunch the Poor People’s Campaign on the National Mall in June 2018. (Steve Pavey / Hope in Focus)

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We Abandon Low-Income Voters at Our Peril

Poor and low-income Americans unite with labor unions to relaunch the Poor People’s Campaign on the National Mall in June 2018. (Steve Pavey / Hope in Focus)

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We Abandon Low-Income Voters at Our Peril

Poor and low-income Americans unite with labor unions to relaunch the Poor People’s Campaign on the National Mall in June 2018. (Steve Pavey / Hope in Focus)

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8 big problems with Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ bill

House Democrats continue working to secure the necessary votes to pass “Build Back Better,” their massive reconciliation bill. Even if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi twists enough arms for passage, prospects in the Senate remain dim as Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have refused to endorse the legislation. Their hesitancy is justified by the proposal’s enormous cost, economic damage and poor design. Consider the following eight major flaws of the proposal:
1. No cost estimate. Democrats are racing to pass the largest non-emergency spending bill since the 1960s.

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8 big problems with Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ bill

House Democrats continue working to secure the necessary votes to pass “Build Back Better,” their massive reconciliation bill. Even if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi twists enough arms for passage, prospects in the Senate remain dim as Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have refused to endorse the legislation. Their hesitancy is justified by the proposal’s enormous cost, economic damage and poor design. Consider the following eight major flaws of the proposal:
1. No cost estimate. Democrats are racing to pass the largest non-emergency spending bill since the 1960s.

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8 big problems with Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ bill

House Democrats continue working to secure the necessary votes to pass “Build Back Better,” their massive reconciliation bill. Even if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi twists enough arms for passage, prospects in the Senate remain dim as Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have refused to endorse the legislation. Their hesitancy is justified by the proposal’s enormous cost, economic damage and poor design. Consider the following eight major flaws of the proposal:
1. No cost estimate. Democrats are racing to pass the largest non-emergency spending bill since the 1960s.

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