Show Prep December 4th, 2017

QUICK HEADLINES

  1. Trump lawyer says president knew Flynn had given FBI the same account he gave to vice president
  2. Trump moves to black Romney from Senate
  3. Key issues to resolve in GOP tax reform

#1 WaPo Throwing Shade At NC

The tax changes in North Carolina haven’t produced the fiscal calamity that led Republican legislators in Kansas this year to reverse dramatic cuts they passed a few years earlier, but nor have they produced the kind of win-for-all economic prosperity national Republicans say their effort will spur. Instead, North Carolina has enjoyed the same steady growth as much of the country, making it challenging to estimate the impact of the tax cut compared with the many other factors shaping the state’s economy. “There’s nothing magical that has happened in North Carolina,” said John Quinterno, an economic analyst at the Chapel Hill-based research group South by North Strategies.

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SHOCKER: WaPo forgot to mention the current surpluses…North Carolina’s rainy-day fund now stands at $1.8 billion — by far the largest savings reserve in state history. Add in nearly $500 million in Medicaid reserves and an unreserved General Fund balance of $400 million, and it becomes clear that the state’s current cash surplus of $350 million can disappear or even go somewhat negative by the end of the 2017-18 without becoming a harbinger of doom…READ MORE


 

#2 Obstruction Of Justice

A Senate investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election has revealed a possible obstruction of justice case against President Donald Trump, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein said on “Meet The Press” Sunday.  “The [Senate] Judiciary Committee has an investigation going as well and it involves obstruction of justice and I think what we’re beginning to see is the putting together of a case of obstruction of justice,” Feinstein, the panel’s top Democrat, said.

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This is all about impeachment…Any powers can be abused. When executive powers are abused, Congress retains the constitutional authority to impeach and remove the president. Obstruction of an FBI investigation may not be realistically prosecutable in court, but there is congressional precedent — in the Nixon and Clinton situations — for obstruction to be a “high crime and misdemeanor” triggering impeachment. Undoubtedly, abuse of the pardon power would also be an impeachable offense, even though it is not reviewable by the courts…READ MORE

Could be a campaign gimmick for 2018…Has there been a change? Are the Democrats ready to try to pull the trigger? Of course, they can’t actually do anything about it unless the House is willing to go along and that would take a lot of GOP support which probably still doesn’t exist. But if the campaign of 2018 is going to feature the leadership in the Democratic Party openly demanding impeachment proceedings, this could be paving the way for that sideshow. Feinstein has been playing this game a long time. That remark didn’t just slip out because of a curveball question from Chuck Todd. That was scripted…READ MORE


#3 McConnell Softens Stance on Moore

After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on GOP candidate Roy Moore to drop out of his Alabama Senate race, the Kentucky Republican is now saying that voters will decide Moore’s fate. “The people of Alabama are going to decide a week from Tuesday who they want to send to the Senate. It’s really up to them. It’s been a pretty robust campaign with a lot of people weighing in. The president and I of course supported somebody different earlier in the process. But in the end the voters of Alabama will make their choice,” McConnell said in an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday…READ MORE

Don’t Choose The Lesser Of Two Evils…This is the odious logic of the “Flight 93 Election” taken to the sewer. It’s fine to wave your hands and say, “Never voting for a lesser evil means never voting.” And, yes, it’s absolutely true that every choice between two humans is a choice of lesser evils to one extent or another, because we are all flawed and fallen. But that is a warrant to say, “Vote for the rapist because he’s better than the murderer.” Of course, that’s not Borland’s argument. His argument isn’t that Doug Jones is an evil man per se, it’s that the Democrats are so evil and the Alabama Senate seat is so important, Republicans should abandon any standards of personal conduct that are inconvenient to victory. To Borland, even not voting for either of them equates to choosing the greater evil. That’s not only grotesque, it’s a kind of moral nihilism that cannot be neatly contained purely in the realm of politics. It’s soul corrupting...READ MORE

71% of Alabamians Don’t Beleive Media…A new CBS News poll finds 71 percent of Alabama Republicans say the allegations against Roy Moore are false, and those who believe this also overwhelmingly believe Democrats and the media are behind those allegations.  The poll found 92 percent of Republicans who don’t believe the allegations against Moore say the Democrats are behind the charges, and 88 percent say newspapers and the media are behind them…READ MORE

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