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At CPAC, Mona Charen finds out it's not OK to call out Nazi's and sexual harassers.

If you're a wage-earner (W-2), read this - GOP praises, Dems question tax-cut boost in paychecks

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/372968-gop-praises-dems-question-tax-cut-boost-in-paychecks

Taxpayers are starting to see bigger paychecks as a result of the new tax law, which Republicans hope will pay off for them in the midterm elections.

Democrats warn that Republicans may be overpromising, and have expressed concerns that a number of taxpayers expecting refunds may instead end up owing the IRS money next year.

The growing paychecks reflect the new withholding guidance issued by the IRS last month following enactment of the tax law. The guidance adjusts the amounts that companies take from their employees' paychecks for federal taxes.


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Withholding is based on taxpayers’ incomes as well as the number of allowances they claim on W-4 forms. Taxpayers claim more allowances, and get less withheld from their paychecks, if they expect to get more benefits from exemptions, deductions and credits.

Taxpayers who claimed a lot of allowances because they benefited greatly from itemized deductions under the old tax law might find that they owe the IRS when they file their 2018 tax returns next year. This may particularly be the case for people who live in high-tax states and relied heavily in the past on the state and local tax deduction, which is capped in the new law at $10,000.


Here Are The Top Bullshits In Devin Nuness Memo SO FAR

https://wonkette.com/629274/here-are-the-top-bullshits-in-devin-nuness-memo-so-far

As we all know Devin Nunes’s big dumb bullshit memo of lies is bullshit, and also full of lies. This fact is corroborated by the Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee, by James Comey, and also by the Trump-appointed leadership of the FBI and the DOJ. We already picked some of the lies out, because it was so easy! But now that the Nunes memo has been wafting around Washington like a wet fart for a few hours, reporters are asking questions, people are leaking and saying “this is a bullshit right here,” and also some journalist/blogger types are taking a closer look and noticing, “Oh there’s another bullshit!”

Herein, we will highlight two such examples. Be clear that in no way are we saying these are ALL the bullshits in Devin Nunes’s memo. We are just saying here are two of them.


In testimony to the Senate in June of 2017, Patterico explains that Comey made several claims about the dossier. In response to a question from GOP Senator Richard Burr about whether “criminal allegations” in the dossier had been confirmed, Comey actually said shhh be quiet, because he cannot talk about that in open session.

Comey later answered questions from Senators Susan Collins and Tom Cotton that made clear that when he said “salacious and unverified,” he was referring to the Trump Pee Tape, where Trump ALLEGEDLY in 2013 enjoyed a fancy pee hooker show in his suite at the Moscow Ritz Carlton, performed by the fanciest pee hookers in all of Russia, and that the pee hookers made pee all over a bed where Barack and Michelle Obama once slept. That is what, according to Comey, was “salacious and unverified.” Not the whole dossier!

But yet Devin Nunes’s dumb memo just makes up its own version of that story, either because Nunes and his staffers are stupid (yes) or because they are full of shit (also yes).
Posted by Snarkoleptic | Fri Feb 2, 2018, 07:13 PM (0 replies)

Ryan: GOP memo not an 'indictment' of FBI, DOJ

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/371882-ryan-gop-memo-not-an-indictment-of-fbi-doj




WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday defended an unreleased House GOP memo that alleges abuses by the FBI and Justice Department, saying that it’s not an “indictment” of those government institutions.

“What this is not is an indictment on our institutions, of our justice system. This memo is not an indictment of the FBI, of the Department of Justice. It does not impugn [special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia] investigation or the deputy attorney general,” Ryan said at a retreat for GOP lawmakers in West Virginia.

“What it is is the Congress’s legitimate function of oversight to make sure the FISA process is being used correctly,” he added, referring to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. “If it wasn’t being used correctly, that needs to come to light and people need to be held accountable so this doesn’t affect our civil liberties.”
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