Senate Budget Committee advances tax "reform" plan by the narrowest possible margin -- but some Senators want to add a "trigger" that would end certain tax cuts if the cuts don't produce a certain amount of economic growth, and that's becoming a sticking point for other Senators. That is, of course, if the whole thing isn't a manufactured drama to begin with, since that's what most Republican "infighting" is. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), who's been telling everyone he won't vote for the bill, voted in favor of it, because of course he did.
In a related note, Minnesota becomes the first state to run out of money for its Children's Health Insurance Program -- you know, the program Congress was supposed to reauthorize back on September 30. Of course, our Congress has been too busy trying to pass health care and tax "reform" bills that mainly help corporations and hurt good Americans to worry about, you know, helping children not get sick. (Really, does this whole mess deserve more than a good shot of sarcasm?)
Jesus Mary and Joseph even far-right wingers want the FCC to keep net neutrality as it is, knowing, as well as the rest of us, that a level playing field gives everyone the best chance to advance their ideas. Still, as much of an adherent of the parable of the Prodigal Son as I am, you have to wonder where that Blaze commenter was when the founder of The Blaze was almost single-handedly keeping the anti-net neutrality movement alive just eight short years ago with all of his damn lies about it.
Retired Marine General Lee Busby jumps into Alabama Senate race as a write-in. He once served under Mr. Trump's current Chief of Staff, which would lead one to think he's running with Mr. Trump's secret approval. But the election's in two weeks, which is plenty of time for folks to figure out that he's not, in fact, running "straight up the middle," given that he wants to repeal Obamacare and pass the Republican tax "reform" bill. But this may yet rate as the best thing to happen to Doug Jones's campaign -- if enough of Roy Moore's voters are the dead-enders I think they are, Mr. Busby might not even get a plurality. (And if that race needs an independent candidate, why can't it be Charles Barkley?)
Finally, toward the end of Dave Lindorff's wry lament that he's now a "foreign agent" thanks to the journalistic work he's done for the Russian-funded TV network RT, he reminds us that "if we want to really look for foreign agents at work in our country, look no further than the CEOs, presidents and board chairs of some of American’s largest companies." The above-noted tax "reform" plan, perhaps not coincidentally, would slash corporate tax rates and would never tax corporate profits "made overseas" again, which will lead to even more widespread corporate tax avoidance in America, and thus a larger part of the tax burden upon working families and small businesses. And no one among Our Glorious Elites seems to find this state of affairs unpatriotic.