A.M. Links: Trump Pushes Tax Plan, Rand Paul and Ron Wyden Challenge Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, New York Opens Civil Rights Investigation on Weinstein

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    Rand Paul and Ron Wyden are expected to introduce a Senate bill today that would require search warrants for U.S. data collected under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

  • "President Trump said on Monday that he would oppose any effort to reduce the amount of pretax income that American workers can save in 401(k) retirement accounts, effectively killing an idea that Republicans were mulling as a way to help pay for a $1.5 trillion tax cut."
  • The Chinese Communist Party has enshrined the name and ideas of Chinese leader Xi Jinping in the party's constitution.
  • New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has opened a civil rights investigation into the Weinstein Company over the sexual assault and harassment allegations against co-founder Harvey Weinstein.
  • Nicaragua is joining the Paris climate agreement.
  • The 2017 World Series starts tonight with the Houston Astros facing the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles.

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  1. The 2017 World Series starts tonight with the Houston Astros facing the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles.

    Racists vying to visit Trump.

    1. Hello.

      I can’t stand the phrase ‘pay for a tax cut’.

      It assumes there’s a ‘fixed rate’ of tax revenues that belongs to the state. It’s not the government’s money to begin with. Make do with the tax revenues you have rather than wasting it on needles projects, corruption and the like.

      1. Amen – Go Cubs.

        1. Wherever they are.

          1. The Cubs were single handedly throttled by that wildling from Game Of Thrones who plays for the Dodgers.

      2. It’s truly one of the most annoying phrases in politics. It implies that all money belongs to the state, so that everything they don’t take is the equivalent of spent money to them (if only they cared about actual spent money)

      3. It shouldn’t be “paying for a tax cut”, but rather “failing less badly to pay for what’s in the actual budget”.

        In my fantasy world, the balanced budget rule would say that the budget cannot exceed tax revenues from the previous budget period.

        1. I’d be willing to lump three years together to account for emergencies and whatnot. Basically Congress can run a deficit for at most 12 calendar months. After that the President shall cut spending to eliminate the debt over the next 12 months. If he fails at this, there are mandatory across the board spending cuts to eliminate the deficit over the next 12 months.

          And in an amendment I’d specifically say “years” or “months”, not “budget periods”, because Congress decides how long a budget period is.

  2. Rand Paul and Ron Wyden are expected to introduce a Senate bill today that would require search warrants for U.S. data collected under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

    I don’t recall this being a Trump campaign promise.

    1. So maybe it has a chance of succeeding, then?

  3. Rand Paul and Ron Wyden are expected to introduce a Senate bill today that would require search warrants for U.S. data collected under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

    Bored of winning already, are they?

  4. …effectively killing an idea that Republicans were mulling as a way to help pay for a $1.5 trillion tax cut.

    THOSE TAX CUTS COST MONEY. GOTTA PAY FOR THOSE TAX CUTS.

    1. Seriously. Damon could have at least used the neutral “as a way to help offset tax cuts”. But, or course, we’d prefer the more accurate “as a way to avoid cutting our nation’s bloated, wasteful spending”.

  5. effectively killing an idea that Republicans were mulling as a way to help pay for a $1.5 trillion tax cut.

    I despise this phrasing. YOU DON’T “PAY” FOR A TAX CUT, BECAUSE NOT TAKING ISN’T THE SAME THING AS GIVING. Jesus.

    Fuck you, cut spending, etc.

    1. Cut spending – sure. Nothing screams electoral success like Republicans going after Social Security, Medicare, and defense. And nothing else matters re spending.

      1. The Con Man actually wants to expand the EITC – the biggest welfare line item in the budget.

          1. And you’re a Welfare apologist

            1. That doesn’t even make sense. Are you drunk?

              1. It’s 8:16am here. If you’re not drunk yet you are an underachieving beta.

        1. Butt: The biggest 2017 welfare item in the budget is social security at ~36%. Medicare and health is a close second at ~28%.

          You socialists are always trying to lie until you get caught.

          1. “Welfare” is subjective.

            Most Republicans support SS in full and would never call it welfare.

            And of course, SS is sacred to Democrats.

            1. The mass institutionalization of something doesn’t make it any less right or legal.

            2. Welfare is not a subjective term. Its taxpayer money used to support people.

              All the money that people paid into the social security ponzi scheme over the decades is spent. Its not a retirement savings plan like a 401k or IRA is.

            3. “Welfare” is subjective.

              In your case, so is “manhood”.

          2. Socialists don’t care about being caught lying; if anything, it’s a prerequisite, because useful idiots.

      2. That’s less of an argument against cutting spending and more of an argument against politics.

        1. We could cut spending by taxing politicians.

          1. We could cut politician’s fucking us by taxing them with more work and less time to do it in.

            1. The more you tax something, the less of it you get.

              1. The gov’t that governs least governs best – tax the ooey-gooey fuck out of politicians.

    2. Don’t even have to cut spending. Just end baseline budgeting.

      1. That and make Congressional salaries dependent on passing balanced budgets based on 3/4 of the House majority and 75 Senate majority.

        1. Remember your boy Bush’s TARP program?

          Did you support that?

          1. Booooosh? Since I am a Libertarian, Booosh is not my boy. Booosh okayed spending like a progressive and okayed Medicare part D, so he’s a progressive lefty. As you say, he also okayed TARP which is a socialist scheme. I have never and would never support bailouts of private companies by government.

            I know you want to avoid discussing what I said about reigning in Congress, as spending cuts frighten the shit out of lefties.

          2. Enough ‘Republicans’ hated TARP that it literally gave birth to the oppositional tea party, so it would indeed appear that a whole lot of Republicans had a problem with it. So much so that even while they might have voted for Republicans they stopped calling themselves Republicans.

            Trying to think a leftist cause that is so obsessed with fiscal issues that they created a splinter group, but I’m coming up short at the moment. Maybe you can help me out.

  6. A civil rights inquiry? Did Harvey not ask women of color for massages?

    1. Did you just imply sexism, shitlord?

    2. It’s even cuter that the prosecutors think he is different from any of the other executives in “talent agencies” in their city or the country.

      I am betting no Broadway director/producer forced a young guy/girl to fuck them for a part. That’d be gauche.

  7. The Chinese Communist Party has enshrined the name and ideas of Chinese leader Xi Jinping in the party’s constitution.

    Not to be outdone, America has decided to enshrine US leader Donald Trump’s ideas and notions in Twitchy.

    1. What!!!

      Are you telling me that the Chinese government is communist!

      Why hasn’t Reason told be this before.

      1. If you paid ANY attention, you’d know most of the Reason writers signal this ALL THE TIME because they’re cuck cosmos and deep down they’re really communists.

        Seriously, look at Soave’s hair. It practically screams, “I love commies”.

        1. So classic liberal “cosmos” are communists.

          I suppose only redneck Aborto-Freak conservatives are true libertarians?

          1. To be sure.

            1. Why do conservatives try to masquerade as classic liberals?

              You suck ass on drugs, sex, and culture. And the GOP likes big spending as much as Dems do. The only difference is Dems want to pay for their big spending and Cons prefer big deficits.

              Really, arguing about a point or two on the top rate is a waste of time.

              1. Wow. You innately understood that, by writing “to be sure”, I was actually presenting an argument for a point or two on the top rate. And that I was forwarding ass-sucking positions on drugs, sex and culture. AND that I think the GOP is the party of small government!

                I bet if we ever met in person, you could complete my sentences.

              2. Point of contention:

                “The only difference is Dems want someone else to pay for their big spending and Cons prefer someone else to pay for big deficits.”

                Better.

              3. You suck ass on drugs, sex, and culture.

                “Culture”?

                Progressives are trying to revert this country back to sexual norms that’d make Queen Victoria blush.

                Cotton Mather would listen to Progressives whining about “campus sexual assault” and respond “bitches, be getting over yourselves”.

                The Klan would listen to Progressive views on black people and be shocked at how racist they are and how poorly they think of black folks.

                Monkeys throwing shit on the wall would finally be thrilled to get production deals with studios.

                Tell me more on how bad conservatives — who do not run the culture, mind you — are on culture.

      2. Well, they’re members of something called “the Communist Party” at least.

  8. The Chinese Communist Party has enshrined the name and ideas of Chinese leader Xi Jinping in the party’s constitution.

    Communism always seems to make its way back around to divine right, eventually.

  9. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has opened a civil rights investigation into the Weinstein Company over the sexual assault and harassment allegations against co-founder Harvey Weinstein.

    Someone’s looking to generate a little political heat of the current fad cause.

    1. New York Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Eric Schneiderman, probably.

      1. Huh, not likely. Cuomo seems to be “popular” for some reason that I can’t fathom. His machine will also steamroller over anyone in his way.

        1. In New York. Most New Yorkers have zero appeal outside that state.

          1. Right. We’re talking gubernatorial.

            1. That too.

      2. New York Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Eric Schneiderman, probably.

        I’ll go ahead and say it — odds are REALLY high that Schneiderman has abused his power for sexual gratification.

        REALLY high.

  10. Climate scientists have said warmer air and water resulting from climate change may have contributed to the severity of the storms.

    Nicaragua finally figured out that weather ain’t climate until it is. WAKE UP, AMERICA AND SYRIA.

    1. Close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and using climate science in reporting.

    2. The Paris Climate Agreement is utter bullshit that accomplishes basically nothing even if everybody follows through with their unenforceable promises. It is perhaps the world’s largest virtue signalling exercise.
      At best, even the scientists suggest it will prevent like .1 degree of warming by 2100.

      The only way to stave off climate change to the extent that these people actually want would be launch a massive international effort to build hundreds of nuclear power plants, and to reforest as much of the world as possible. Nuclear is the only proven, reliable, and consistent source of massive baseline electric power. Environmentalists and climate change Armageddon preachers who oppose nuclear energy are far worse human beings than people who deny climate change exists.

      1. There are countries who joined by promising to lower their emissions after they reach their peak. That’s about as specific as it got.

        Think about that. By definition your emissions will go down after their peak. By not specifying what that peak is, you literally made no promises, you regurgitated the definition of what a peak is

      2. Just one of the more amusing elements of the scam: the agreement allows China to build something like a dozen times more coal plants than already exist in the US.

    3. The U.S. has already left the table, there is no free money to be had here. Go home, Nicaragua, you’re drunk.

    4. Nothing says “science” like a non-falsifiable theory.

  11. Nicaragua is joining the Paris climate agreement.

    On the same day that the world series is being played in 90+ degree heat!

    1. And that phys.org – http://bit.ly/2yKetqE – reports that the reason climate change isn’t being taken seriously is because nitrous oxide emissions keep rising.

      1. It’s all those Fast ‘n Furious fanbois, isn’t it? Little pricks.

        1. Well whatever the reason for the extra nitrous, the only response by everyone else seems to be uncontrollable giggling.

  12. In the latest example of why Putin is a criminal of epic proportions who should never be trusted or forgiven the Putin regime issued an interpol arrest warrant for Bil Browder accusing the human rights champion of murdering a lawyer that Putin had murdered in a Russian prison.

    1. Putin’s butt-boy Trump revoked Browder’s US visa.

      1. Update:

        He was placed on an Interpol list by Russia that automatically flagged him, which had nothing to do with Trump, and the US quickly granted him entry when the situation was brought to their attention.

        I hate Trump as much as anybody, and your deranged attempt to blame everything on Trump only helps Trump.

      2. Nah, even Trump isnt that dumb it was more like “procedures were followed!!!”

  13. “President Trump said on Monday that he would oppose any effort to reduce the amount of pretax income that American workers can save in 401(k) retirement accounts, effectively killing an idea that Republicans were mulling as a way to help pay for a $1.5 trillion tax cut.”

    Trump apparently didn’t learn anything at all in the obamacare repeal fiasco. He’s now swatted down two of the biggest potential revenue sources to offset the tax rate cuts that he says he wants. It’s going to be hilarious to watch as he destroys his chances of getting this bill passed.

    1. Maybe they could come back with a plan to cut spending instead of f—–g with Americans’ retirement plans. That is after all what Republicans claim to want.

      1. Trump is against net spending cuts too. His fanciful 2018 budget (which had no chance of passing) proposed an increase in net spending.

      2. Republican pols have never claimed to want to cut anything except foreign aid and wastefraudabuse. It is GOP VOTERS who think those two things constitute meaningful spending.

  14. U.S. to Allow Refugees From All Countries but With New Rules
    New policy comes as the hold on U.S. refugee program lifts after 120 days

    wsj.com

    MAGA!

    1. You suck at posting links almost as much as you suck at being a decent person who doesn’t apologize for rape.

      1. And you should feel shame for saying the Duke lacrosse team was guilty by accusation.

        1. I didn’t say that, or anything like it, but you should certainly feel shame for continuing to be you.

          1. Yes you did. You said that those accused of rape are guilty.

            i.e, Weinstein.

            1. That is one of the strangest things I’ve ever heard. Congratulations.

              1. Yeah, due process is strange to many conservatives. See also Citizen X.

              2. I think he’s making a good point if you’ve indeed accused him of rape apology for giving the accused the benefit of the doubt.

                1. I too stand with Palin’s Buttplug!

                2. I think he’s making a good point if you’ve indeed accused him of rape apology for giving the accused the benefit of the doubt.

                  Weinstein is a Dem – therefore guilty.

                  O’Reilly, Ailes, and Trump are GOP – no comment from the Peanut Gallery on them. Even that little willow Rufus can’t gag on this.

                  1. PB is right, you guys are just focusing on the 50+ accusations against Weinstein because he is a Dem, meanwhile you don’t even look at the Republicans with relatively minor molestation charges. You make me sick.

                  2. I for one, don’t care. Accusations of sexual harassment are not really news for me.

                    Typical for the media, they have made a big deal about Weinstein. I assume that is to throw him under the bus while sexual harassers like Bill Clinton get protected.

                    O’Reilly is a piece of shit but it would appear some women are jumping on a cash settlement bandwagon. Probably same thing for some of the women with Weinstein. Evidently all the women with O’Reilly have settled, so they don’t have much of a leg to stand on now because they all received cash.

                    Nobody said anything about Trump grabbing pussy until the election, so I chock that up to politics. He does not seem to be grabbing pussy as president, so I really could care less.

                    I barely even know who Ailes is, so I just chock that up to lefty weird conspiracies.

                3. I guess “rabid defense of the accused while smearing his many, many accusers” is one definition of “giving the benefit of the doubt,” but it’s not what most people mean when they say that.

            2. Butt:

              Yes you did. You said that those accused of rape are guilty.
              i.e, Weinstein.
              So Trump is only accused of stuff and he should be considered innocent until proven guilty with that logic.

              Glad to hear that you consider people innocent until proven guilty.

              I am sure your comments with reflect that.

  15. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has opened a civil rights investigation into the Weinstein Company over the sexual assault and harassment allegations against co-founder Harvey Weinstein.

    A fat dollar says if you comb through Schneiderman’s campaign filings you’re going to find some Weinstein money. But he’s accomplished the first part of the NY AG’s mission – getting his name in the paper. The second part of the mission, getting elected to higher office, is usually shattered when he starts generating headlines for the skeletons in his closet. Hookers, drugs, criminal associates, bribes, inside trading, there’s always something.

    1. The long, slimy, tentacles of Weinstein money in the Democrat ranks must run deep.

      1. The long, slimy, tentacles of Weinstein

        *shudder*

        1. I didn’t even realize the guy was Japanese.

      2. And Trump was elected to represent all Republicans and then (holding back puke) all Americans. Trump voters are the last motherfuckers that get to play the guilt by association game. You’re Canadian though so carry on.

        1. And Trump was elected to represent all Republicans and then (holding back puke) all Americans.

          So was Obama.

          He also failed. Just more spectacularly.

  16. Justice League is only two hours? What the hell?

    1. Fuck Ben Affleck.

      1. Worst Batman eva!

  17. Taco Bell is testing an unholy Kit Kat quesadilla in the U.S.

    he Chocoladilla is, quite simply, a quesadilla filled with bits of melted Kit Kat bars in place of cheese. Taco Bell tested the product in U.K. restaurants last fall before bringing it to the U.S. earlier this month.

    Heavens to Betsy!

    1. Why haven’t I had one of these yet?!

    2. ?Chocolate, en mi tortilla? Chocoladilla, no – chingadera!

  18. This Page From A New Children’s Book About Hillary Clinton Is Hilariously Crazy

    A new children’s book about Hillary Clinton by author Michelle Markel titled Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born To Lead, has a hilarious graphic showing groups of famous men from the 1950s, including Albert Einstein, Edward R. Murrow, Elvis Presley, Jackie Robinson, and President Eisenhower, among others, with captions reading:

    In the 1950’s it was a man’s world. Only boys could grow up to have powerful jobs. Only boys had no ceilings on their dreams.

    Girls weren’t supposed to act smart, tough, or ambitious. Even though, deep inside, they have felt that way.

    But in the town of Park Ridge, Illinois, along came Hillary.

    Fact: girls were useless garbage people until Hill came along.

    1. She single-handedly led the women’s rights movement.

      Condoleezza Rice is like 100X the woman Hillary Clinton is. Growing up in the Jim Crow South where a childhood friend was killed by a KKK bombing, her dad sat on the porch with a shotgun as she practiced piano, and she grew up to become the youngest and first female and first black Stanford Provost in history. All without ever needing a man! She became the most powerful woman in the world, entirely by herself, and as a black woman.

      If anybody should be a standard-bearer for modern feminism and an inspiration for girls, it should be Condi, not Hillary. And before we get into how bad Condi was a SecState, Hillary is no less warmongering or responsible for our disastrous foreign policy than Condi is. Hillary single-handedly convinced Obama to intervene in Libya, and she supported all of the Bush administrations wars. I’m not saying Condi is some glorious infallible person, just that she’s profoundly more inspiring, respectable, and “feminist” than Hillary.

      1. Condi “No one could have seen the 9/11 attacks coming” Rice?

        Condi “Iraq is just having democracy birth pangs” Rice in 2005?

        Worst diplomat ever. Of course Cheney had his hand jammed up her ass.

        1. I’m not defending her. I explicitly stated that she was a bad SecState. Hillary Clinton is simply arguably just as bad, yet she is lauded as some infallible feminist icon, and Condi isn’t. It makes no sense, considering Condi did it all while being a single black woman from the Jim Crow era, and Hillary as a middle class white woman who rode her husbands coattails and slandered the women who accused her husband of assault.

          I don’t think there’s a single politician alive today who is actually worthy of praise or admiration, by the way. I’m just pointing out the absurdities on the left that are just as absurd on the right. The Hillary cultists are as deranged as the Trump cultists.

          1. OK, purely on feminist grounds I concede your point. I just remembered Condi is pro-choice – which helps her case.

            (An aborto-freak CANNOT be for feminism by definition)

            1. Look at the rape apologist trying to define feminism!

              1. I’m sure Weinstein was very supportive of his chosen lady companions’ right to an abortion and free birth control.

                1. btw, I thought “chosen lady companion” sounded less judgmental than rape victim…but I’m open to other suggestions. I just think we should be open-minded about the women he picked to sleep with him, in a way you could view it as a lottery or sweepstakes with the sex being the dreary IRS paperwork or embarrassing media attention required before claiming your prize.

            2. Yeah, there is nothing more feminist than denying unborn females the right to continue living.

              1. Of course, the unborn females would not live without the female host consenting to the parasitic relationship.

                1. Is that the best you can come up with?

        2. Worst diplomat ever.

          Well, Condi didn’t cause a global “refugee crisis”.

          Hillary did.

    2. It’s hilarious, until I think about the fact that girls like my 8 year old niece are actually being brainwashed with that crap (in her case by her parents and teachers)

  19. More than 238 women have now accused director James Toback of sexual harassment

    Women claim Toback, 72, would initially approach them with the promise of interviews or auditions, touting his credits and connections to stars. “Those auditions involved humiliating personal questions, boasts of sexual conquests, and Toback forcing them to watch him masturbate,” Vanity Fair writes. Toback has denied the accusations, claiming in part that it has been “biologically impossible” for him to do what accusers describe.

    Ugh.

    1. Not rape?

      Some folks think rape and sexual harassment are the same thing.

      If you’re Hollywood that is.

      Or Weiner.

    2. At this rate, no man will want to be in positions of power anymore.

      These women could just woman-up and not put up with sexual behavior like this. Walk out. Women are too competitive to lose an opportunity to another women.

      Lack of self-esteem all the way down.

  20. ‘I am mad at him’: Bill O’Reilly blames GOD for not protecting him from sexual harassment allegations

    Speaking on his podcast No Spin News, he said: ‘You know, am I mad at God? Yeah, I’m mad at him.’

    ‘I wish I had more protection. I wish this stuff didn’t happen. I can’t explain it to you. Yeah, I’m mad at him.’

    O’Reilly said of his accusers: ‘If they could literally kill me, they would.’

    ‘If I die tomorrow and I get an opportunity, I’ll say, “Why’d you guys work me over like that? Didn’t [you] know my children were going to be punished? And they’re innocent”.’

    smdh @ God.

    1. The clouds will part
      And the sky crack open
      And God himself will reach
      his fucking arm through
      To push you down
      Just to hold you down

    2. I’m gonna take a wild guess and bet that no one has fucked up O’Reilly’s kids more than he has.

      1. That’s less of a guess and more of an observation.

    3. “Why’d you guys work me over like that? Didn’t [you] know my children were going to be punished? And they’re innocent”.

      Maybe don’t hide behind them, then, dirtbag.

    4. I have ALWAYS wanted to see this.

      It’s like the joke about how athletes praise God when they win and never blame Him when they lose.

      “My team would’ve won…if God didn’t make me fumble. He hates our team!”

  21. Ryan is on CNBC selling Trump’s sham tax cut now.

    Funny how US corporations “can’t compete” but they have trillions in foreign profits stashed overseas.

    CUT SPENDING, ASSHOLES!

    1. Yes. Cut all spending. Cut social security. Cut medicare. Cut defense. Cut it all by 50%+.

      Cut all government agencies by 50%+ as a start.

    2. It’s “stashed” overseas because it was earned overseas. If you worked out of town and the police were waiting to shake you down on payday would you bring your check home? I bet you wouldn’t.

      1. We also have absurd corporate tax rates, so why bring it here at all?

        But, Palin is right. Cut spending. 50% might be too much now…but 20% is easily achievable.

        1. Its cut spending by 50%+ now or cut spending by 90% later when we cannot borrow anymore and the US economy is in shambles.

          1. True. We’ve kicked the can down the road for an extremely long time.

            I’d kill for them to re-animate Coolidge and let him govern for 8 years.

            1. Congress would still fight him just like they do to Trump’s proposed cuts to certain parts of government.

  22. I called it! The FBI will be reinvestigating Hillary soon for her mishandling classified information. She admitted to it in public, so it should make for an open-and-shut FBI recommendation for indictment.
    Reinvestigation of Hillary coming soon

  23. “President Trump said on Monday that he would oppose any effort to reduce the amount of pretax income that American workers can save in 401(k) retirement accounts, effectively killing an idea that Republicans were mulling as a way to help pay for a $1.5 trillion tax cut.”

    He’ll sign anything they put on his desk and we all know it.

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