* Via Heather Long, it turns out that the Senate GOP tax plan could be even more of a giveaway to big corporations than we thought:
A change inserted in the bill the night before the Senate Finance Committee voted on it would make tax breaks even more generous for large corporations if more money comes in than expected.
In a section titled “Revenue-Dependent Repeals,” the Senate plan would prevent some tax hikes on businesses from going into effect in 2026 if tax revenue hit a certain “trigger” level. In total, businesses would get nearly $120 billion more in breaks in 2026 and 2027 if the trigger goes into effect.
Republicans say it’s a sign of fiscal responsibility. The additional corporate tax cuts only kick in if the government is bringing in more money than expected.
But Democrats say it’s another indication of how the bill is slanted in favor of multinational corporations. Instead of using any extra money to help the middle class — who would lose their tax cuts entirely in 2026 — any additional revenue is used to aid businesses.
Putting aside how absurd it is to justify this by claiming “fiscal responsibility,” it’s totally surprising that Republicans think the best thing to do with these freed up funds is to shovel them back to big corporations rather than using them to fund middle class tax cuts.
Trump’s near-endorsement of Alabama Republican Roy Moore followed days of behind-the-scenes talks in which he vented about Moore’s accusers and expressed skepticism about their accounts.
During animated conversations with senior Republicans and White House aides, the president said he doubted the stories presented by Moore’s accusers and questioned why they were emerging now, just weeks before the election, according to two White House advisers and two other people familiar with the talks.
The White House advisers said the president drew parallels between Moore’s predicament and the one he faced just over a year ago when, during the final weeks of the 2016 campaign, Trump confronted a long line of women who accused him of harassment. He adamantly denied the claims.
Trump’s embrace of Moore is shaped by a variety of factors, advisers say, including his long-running reluctance to antagonize his conservative base, much of which is sticking with Moore. … He has also come to identify with the candidate.
It is highly plausible that Trump will end up campaigning with Moore before this is all over.
* The Roy Moore campaign has claimed to have evidence that his leading accuser lived more than a mile from where Moore allegedly picked her up back in the day. The Post’s Michael Scherer asked the campaign for documentation, and this happened:
The Post requested documentation to support DuPré’s description of another address on Tuesday, and a spokeswoman for the Moore campaign said she would try to respond. On Wednesday morning, after another request for the information, Brett Doster, a strategist for the Moore campaign, sent an email to The Post.
“The Washington Post is a worthless piece of crap that has gone out of its way to railroad Roy Moore,” Doster wrote in an email he described as an “on the record” statement. “There is no need for anyone at the Washington Post to ever reach out to the Roy Moore campaign again because we will not respond to anyone from the Post now or in the future. Happy Thanksgiving.”
For some Moore supporters, that’s no doubt a whole lot better than any stinkin’ documentation.
* The New York Times offers a deep, well-reported dive into all the ways the Trump Justice Department is unraveling programs designed to improve police community relations, even dismaying police chiefs in Trump counties.
* Alice Ollstein reports that new data released today shows that a robust 2.3 million people have signed up for Obamacare, but warns that Trump sabotage could still depress enrollment before the end of the year. Trump may still win yet!
* John Stoehr argues that the GOP tax plan once again unmasks the fraudulence of the GOP’s emphasis on fiscal responsibility and limited government, and that we need to point this out again and again.
* Democrat Doug Jones is up with a very powerful new ad featuring photographs of all of Moore’s accusers as children.
* Patricia Murphy talks to Republican women in Alabama who are turning on Roy Moore, which is exactly what has to happen if Jones is to have a chance of winning.
* Eugene Scott makes a strong case that Trump and conservatives who are defending Moore are doing so with their own very toxic version of “identity politics.”
* Erik Wemple catches a senior strategist to Roy Moore attacking a Fox News poll as fake, because it showed Moore losing.
* And Trump is back at Mar-a-Lago for Thanksgiving vacation for the first time since April. Rebecca Ballhaus and Julie Bykowitz have a useful overview of all the controversies and lost business that have hit the Florida resort. Fun tidbit:
On Wednesday morning, Mr. Trump tweeted that he would be “having meetings and working the phones from the Winter White House in Florida (Mar-a-Lago).”
By 9:30 a.m., the president was at his nearby golf course.
Happy Thanksgiving, Mr. President.