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PBC News & Comment: GOP Tax Plan: Screw the Blue States

Tax bill rammed through Senate has serious drafting errors, and hammers high tax states that voted for Clinton in 2016….–California Gov. Brown: “it is evil in the extreme”

–“clean coal” extractor Robert Murray is livid, as last-minute changes lowered corporate tax rates but unintentionally eliminated deductions

–with support from pro-bank conserva-Dems, GOP pushes bill to relax banking rules

–Bush’s enabler of torture, John Yoo, co-authors op-ed headlined “Don’t Prosecute Trump. Impeach Him.”

–Mueller investigators cross Trump’s red line by subpoenaing Trump bank records

–Trump crosses red line of Palestinians and many Arab leaders, recognizes Jerusalem as capital of Israel

–echoing PBC comments yesterday, Mehdi Hasan at The Intercept says Trump team colluded with Israel, but that’s not alarming

–in oral arguments, SCOTUS appears ready to find religious right to discriminate, in trivial case of baker who refused to make wedding cake for gay couple

–with only 2 dissenters, justices OK Trump travel ban 3.0

–in Utah, Trump rolls back wilderness protections for 2 million acres in national monuments, bringing lawsuits and resource extraction

–Rep. John Conyers announces his retirement after sex accusations

–another California legislator is accused of sexual violations, says they’re false

–Netflix fires actor Danny Mastersonover 4 rapes allegations he denies

–female musician Timothy Heller accuses singer Melanie Martinez of rape

–Pacifica radio reporter Randy Credico says he will resist subpoena from House Intelligence Committee

–Chicago reporter Jamie Kalven, who exposed the police killing of Laquan McDonald, is subpoenaed to testify at trial of accused killer cop