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Sen. Rand Paul Is Firmly On The Trump Train, ‘All In’ For YUUUGE Tax Reform!

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) loathed Donald Trump when he battled him in the GOP presidential primary last year, but Paul has come around on the man watching Trump maneuver as President. So much so, in fact, that Paul has emerged as one of Trump’s most enthusiastic supporters, a frequent golf buddy who is “all in” on Trump’s tax reform proposal. On Friday, Paul echoed President Trump’s sentiments by stating he wants the “biggest, boldest cuts possible – and soon!” on his Twitter account. Although he did not go into specifics about the plan, it is clear that Trump and Paul… Keep Reading

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Injured Vegas Survivor Stood Up To Greet The President

President Donald Trump visited Las Vegas on Wednesday to provide support for law enforcement first responders, the medical trauma team, and survivors of the deadly attack. The visit comes after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, which killed at least 58 people attending a country music festival near the Mandalay Bay Hotel, where the shooter was said to have shot from the 32nd floor. Thomas Gunderson, a 28-year-old survivor of the shooting, received a personal visit in the hospital with his family from Trump and the First Lady. Gunderson assisted people in escaping the gunfire and bringing them to safety. “After being shot… Keep Reading

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Sen. Rand Paul: We Must Object Phony, Cronyist, GOP-Backed Tax Cuts

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is known for being as free market as they come in the legislature, so it has come as a shock to many as Paul has opposed GOP-backed reforms in recent weeks. Republican leaders such as Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) – and even President Donald Trump – have pushed healthcare and tax reform plans that Paul has stood firmly against. Paul is standing against these plans not because he doesn’t want a fundamental change in healthcare and tax policy. He is standing against these measures because they are more of the same… Keep Reading

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‘Flake The Snake’ Throws Roy Moore Under The Bus To Virtue-Signal For Radical Islam

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has turned into one of the least popular politicians in America for standing against President Donald Trump’s populist revolution that has swept the nation. He spent the better part of last year trying to get Hillary Clinton into the oval office, and now he has set his sights on Judge Roy Moore. Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore is a Donald Trump Republican. Despite not being endorsed by Trump (a move that the President publicly admitted may have been a mistake), Moore campaigned as the ultimate iconoclast and soundly defeated his establishment-backed opponent in the… Keep Reading

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Mulvaney Answers Congress’ Questions About Trump’s 2018 Budget

Former Congressman and House Budget Committee member Mick Mulvaney returns to the House Budget Committee today to testify on the details of Trump’s 2018 Budget. Mulvaney returned as the director of Office of Management and Budget. Before the hearing started, one could see Mulvaney casually talking to various members who he had served with just a few months ago. During the over three-hour hearing, Republican committee members praised the Trump budget for its vision to balance the budget within 10 years. Meanwhile, every Democratic member gave long grandstanding demonizing speeches as to why their pet government project (several of which… Keep Reading

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House Freedom Caucus Members Introduce El Chapo Act

On Thursday, several House Freedom Caucus members introduced the El Chapo Act, the House companion bill to Sen. Ted Cruz’s proposal to fund Trump’s border wall without the use of taxpayer dollars. The El Chapo Act was introduced by Rep. Mo Brooks and cosponsored by Congressmen Tom Garrett, Steve King, and Louie Gohmert – all members of the House Freedom Caucus. Rep. Kevin Brady, who is not a member of the House Freedom Caucus, also cosponsored the bill. The introduction of the El Chapo Act in the House comes in the midst of debate in Congress about whether to fund the construction of… Keep Reading

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The First One Hundred Days Is a Meaningless Metric

The first one hundred days of a new president’s presidency is a media gimmick created by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1933. I’ll skip right to the important part: It was a crock of shit then and it’s an even bigger crock of shit now. It’s an artifice meant to distract from more important things, such as the fact that the effects of policy-making often do not become evident until long after they are implemented. It took years for the deregulation of craft brewing to reap dividends and when it did Reagan’s economy took credit while Carter pounded sand. Like many… Keep Reading

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War Powers Debate: John Yoo Vs. Jonathan Turley

On March 29, 2017, the George Washington University Law School’s branch of the Federalist Society hosted a debate between Professor John Yoo of Berkeley Law and Professor Jonathan Turley of GW Law. The topic of the debate was the delegation of war powers under the United States Constitution. Yoo is best known for the now infamous memo he wrote as a member of the Justice Department in the early 2000s that argued in favor of the authority of the executive to use “advanced interrogation techniques” on enemy combatants. Turley is best known as a civil libertarian who has represented members… Keep Reading

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Congress Wants To SCRUB Bad Regulations Off The Books

As most politically astute individuals know, President Trump has Doubled Down on Regulation Reform. First, Donald Trump signed an Executive Order requiring federal agencies to remove two regulations for every regulation enacted. Trump then signed an Executive Order setting up a watchdog in each agency whose duty it is to make sure the federal agencies enact his regulatory reform. Not to be outdone by the President, this week Congress passed H.R. 998. This bill is called the SCRUB Act (Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome). This Act establishes a nine-member commission whose duty it is to hold… Keep Reading

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Trump Nails Speech To Congress

President Donald Trump had a strong performance Tuesday night during his speech to a joint session of congress. He began by going over many of his campaign talking points about taking care of veterans, rebuilding infrastructure, and bringing back jobs to U.S. shores. He laid out a strategy for immigration, saying: “We will soon begin the construction of a great wall along our southern border. It will be started ahead of schedule and, when finished, it will be a very effective weapon against drugs and crime.” This is great. Building a border wall could be one of Trump’s most important… Keep Reading

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New Leader For The House Freedom Caucus?

Welcome to American politics, where election season never really ends. By the time one election is close, the next year’s campaign is well underway. The battle for the soul of the House GOP is no exception. Republicans in the House of Representatives have been having it out internally since the day they took the speakership in 2011 after the 2010 Republican midterm gains. What makes this fight particularly interesting is that, unlike presidential nominations or the RNC, it gives us an insight into the Republican Party’s ability to govern. The speakership of the House of Representatives is the third highest… Keep Reading

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Term Limits: a Policy Proposal When The Barrel Is Empty, Part 2

This is Part 2 of a series on term limits. See Part 1 here. 2. The people will naturally tend to vote for smarter choices for their representatives if given open elections free of incumbents. This is, again, just not true. The same people who send back an incumbent you don’t like will probably send in a freshman you don’t like. The reason for this: they like people you don’t like. Sorry, it’s a fact of politics. If you don’t like that, perhaps I suggest you try getting involved in campaigns to try to influence the choices you have rather… Keep Reading

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