Some well-off and well-connected Trump supporters appear to be creating a private spy network that circumvents the CIA and would only report to current CIA head/potential next Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Even if you don't like the "deep state," then creating a private spy network answering only to someone the President trusts is about the worst way to fight it. You think the Founders wanted a President with his own spy network? Also, too, George W. Bush fired the spies who disagreed with him, and that paved the way for this.
Even the father of Reaganomics, Paul Craig Roberts, says the Republican tax "reform" plan is an "abomination" and "an act of brutal plunder, and it proves that capitalism in the West is now "merely a looting machine." His use of the word "looters" to describe those that would benefit from the tax "reform" should shame all the Ayn Rand acolytes who support the plan, but I bet it doesn't. They all fancy themselves "makers" and they fancy working families as "takers," and many of them think looters don't even exist.
Ho hum, ProPublica still finds plenty of scams and malware in Facebook political ads that don't meet Facebook's own guidelines for its ads. Gosh, I don't know, maybe Facebook should hire people to fight this crap? A lot of people are still looking for jobs, you know, and they're a lot more trainable than executives think (or, perhaps, want you to think). And anti-kudos to Mark Zuckerberg for deflecting this into a "free speech" issue. Tricking people into paying $100 a month for erectile dysfunction "medication" isn't "free speech," it's fraud.
David C. Barker at Quartz says that Republicans probably won't pay a political price for passing that awful tax "reform" bill. I don't know that the bill's unpopularity is "somewhat overstated," but I will conceded that it sure is harder to get folks angry about a labyrinthine tax bill than about taking away their health insurance. And Mr. Barker's probably right that the bill won't destroy the economy in the short term -- it will do great long-term damage, but voters need to be prompted to see that damage before it happens. Think Democrats will do that in their ads? I kid, of course.
Finally, from the "All is Not Lost" file: a Democratic Socialist winning a city council election in a small Iowa city may not be big news -- even if that city went for Mr. Trump by five points just last year -- but I think Ross Grooters has put his finger on a winning formula, namely remembering that "everybody is facing the same economic hardships" and you have to talk about "what has to change" so voters can actually thrive, instead of constantly worrying about the next disaster draining what little savings they have. I bet it also helps that Mr. Grooters grew up in a conservative family, not that I'd know anything about that.