Kraushaar, King Donald?; Williamson – Conservative Tax Hike; McCarthy – Blame the NFL.
VEGAS: Wilkinson et al., More than 50 dead. Drudge links 10-02-17.
HEALTH CARE: Josh Umber sites.
LEADS: Shaw – Midterm races; Scarborough – Manafort target; Wheeler – SCOTUS agenda; Huff – Hannity to interview DJT; Washington Times – The Trump card; York – NFL polls; Durden – This is fascism; RT – Hillary’s documents released.
RECOMMENDED: Convention of States; Mark Levin (09-29-17); D’Souza – The Big Lie; SFL fan poll.
Josh Kraushaar, National Journal: “Trump Turns the Presidency into a Modern Monarchy”
“The president hogs the headlines, but the real power resides with trusted advisers, congressional leaders, and well-placed bureaucrats.
“The Trump administration resembles an American version of a monarchy, in which the head of state consumes outsize attention but has ceded significant power to trusted advisers, his party’s leadership in Congress, and well-placed bureaucrats across the government. The triumvirate of Defense Secretary James Mattis, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has remarkable autonomy to steer the nation’s foreign policy. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is shouldering all the blame for the president’s inability to rally support for health care reform. Trump may have humiliated Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but the Department of Justice is actively revamping policy on drug sentencing, cracking down on sanctuary cities, and fighting censorious administrators on college campuses.
Clearly, Trump has actual powers—as opposed to the symbolic roles of a Queen Elizabeth—but it’s remarkable to see how much the traditional powers of the presidency have been shrunk. Mattis, his Defense secretary, didn’t carry out Trump’s tweeted order to ban transgender people from the military. Many foreign governments have learned to ignore the presidential tweets and listen to his advisers to get a better sense of administration policy. Even the despotic North Korean government reportedly was reaching out to conservative think tanks to understand whether to believe Trump’s threatening bluster.
This is especially unusual for us because the executive branch has become all-powerful in recent generations . . .”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “A Conservative Tax Hike”
“President Donald Trump’s tax-reform plan is in total a very expansive steaming pile of irresponsibility — and the president’s argument that it will lead to sustained 6 percent economic growth is pure fantasy — but it does have one attractive provision: raising taxes on blue-state progressives.
“The plan would eliminate the deductibility of state and local income taxes for federal tax purposes. In the highest bracket, Californians are paying 13.3 percent in state income taxes, and that money comes off the top when those high-earning Silicon Valley types are calculating federal taxes. In New York City, the Wall Street guys are paying 8.82 percent to the state and another 3.876 percent to the city, which lowers their taxable federal income by almost 13 percent on the marginal dollar.
“Eliminating deductibility for state and local income taxes is of course politically satisfying for mean-spirited conservatives such as myself — it constitutes a very substantial tax increase on the sort of well-kept and comfortable lefty Californians and New Yorkers from whom we tend to hear more than maybe we really want to on all sorts of political issues. Rich Democrats in Santa Monica and on the Upper West Side think we should have higher taxes, and we knuckle-dragging right-wingers down in Texas and Florida disagree. This way, everybody gets what he wants.
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Blame the NFL, Not Trump”
“I do not believe Trump made matters worse. Regarding the exhibition of contempt by NFL players during the playing of the national anthem, this puts me, quite unusually, at odds with a number of my friends and colleagues at National Review (Jonah Goldberg and David French, for example).
“To my mind, to say that the president made things worse is to understate how bad things were — i.e., how appalling the fraud behind the kneeling protest has been. More damaging than anything Trump has said, moreover, is the indulgent reaction to the protest: The received wisdom that even if we find the tactic of the protesters objectionable, we owe them respectful attention because their cause — which they claim is racial equality — is an urgent and honorable one.
“To the contrary, the protest promotes a false narrative. And we are not required to take at face value the protesters’ representation that they seek racial equality in the name of justice. Patently, what they are seeking is a perversion of justice based on racial inequality.
“Furthermore, there is no First Amendment right to political speech in the workplace. Since the NFL is under no obligation to make its private platform a soapbox for promoting a false narrative — and particularly given that the NFL does not hesitate to suppress expression to which it objects — its decision to allow the exhibition of contempt for symbols of nationhood is a free choice, an implicit endorsement. . .”
James Wilkinson et al., UK Daily Mail: “More than FIFTY dead and 406 injured as gunman with terrifying arsenal of weapons opens fire on packed Vegas music festival from 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay hotel before committing suicide”
“- At least 50 people have been killed and more than 406 injured after a shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada
– The shooter has been identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, who opened fire from a 32nd floor room of Mandalay Bay Hotel after 10pm Sunday night
– Police say they breached Paddock’s room and found him dead inside alongside an ‘arsenal’ of weapons
– Cops have located Marilou Danley, described as Paddock’s ‘companion’ and roommate, for questioning, but don’t believe she’s involved in the shooting
– They say he had been s(t)aying in Las Vegas since September 28
– Paddock was reportedly retired and came to Las Vegas often to gamble, his brother said
– It’s the deadliest shooting in U.S. history – eclipsing last year’s massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida
Drudge Links (10/02/17)
MASSACRE AT MANDALAY BAY HOTEL…
GUNMAN FIRES FROM 32ND FLOOR…
BULLETS RAIN DOWN FOR 10 MINUTES…
VIDEO: SHOT AFTER SHOT AFTER SHOT…
CONCERTGOERS RUN FOR LIVES…
SINGER FLEES STAGE…
KILLS SELF BEFORE ARREST…
DEADLIEST MASS SHOOTING IN USA…
WARNING BEFORE ATTACK: ‘YOU’RE ALL GOING TO DIE’…
Trump Offers Condolences…
KTNV LIVE… KSNV LIVE…
Hannity: Josh Umber Sites
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Adam Shaw, Big Journalism: “The Hill: Breitbart Charts Path for 2018 Midterm Races”
“As the establishment GOP reels from its seismic defeat in the Alabama Senate race on Tuesday, Breitbart News’s Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow is warning that the populist movement that helped Trump win in 2016 and worked to defeat Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) in 2017 is “invigorated” and ready for war in 2018.
“I think a lot of people’s greatest fears about this movement and how powerful it is were confirmed [Tuesday],” Marlow told the Hill.
“Breitbart was widely seen as key in not only bringing greater national attention to the Alabama Senate race, but also in bursting the narrative that the establishment-backed Strange was an advocate for President Trump’s agenda. Breitbart Executive Chairman and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was also a central figure in the race, campaigning for Moore with some fiery addresses at rallies.
“While Strange was a backer of Trump, and in turn got Trump’s backing, Alabamians were turned off by Strange’s history as a lobbyist, support of anti-American trade deals, and his unclear stance on DACA. Despite the full weight of the establishment, including outspending his opponent Judge Roy Moore 10-1, Strange was soundly beaten.
“But having helped win an important battle in the war to get a nationalist/populist agenda enacted, Marlow warns that Alabama was just part of a broader trend that bodes ill for the powers in D.C. . .”
Rowan Scarborough, Washington Times: “Tormenting Manafort is seen as Weissmann’s way to snare big prosecution targets for Mueller”
“Facing indictment and millions of dollars in legal debts, President Trump’s onetime campaign manager maintains his innocence and has nothing incriminating to offer Special Counsel Robert Mueller, associates say.
But Paul Manafort, who once advised Ronald Reagan and went on to build a lucrative political consulting business overseas, knows he is up against one of the Justice Department’s most relentless prosecutors.
“‘I would bet the indictment will be right before Thanksgiving,’ said Sidney Powell, an appeals lawyer in Dallas who locked horns with Mr. Weissmann’s Justice Department task force during the Enron prosecutions of the early 2000s. ‘Weissmann will want to maximize the trauma to his family.’
“For shock effect as well as for gathering evidence, the FBI conducted a predawn raid of Mr. Manafort’s condo in Alexandria, Virginia, in July and stayed for hours. The raid marked a ramping-up of the special counsel’s investigation into suspected Russian interference in the presidential election and collusion with the Trump campaign. . .”
Lydia Wheeler, The Hill: “Supreme Court set for historic new term”
“The court has agreed to hear 43 cases so far, including a challenge to mandatory union fees in the public sector. The justices are likely to take up even more cases on Monday.
“But court watchers may never get to hear arguments in two of the most closely watched cases of the term.
“The court cancelled arguments scheduled for Oct. 10 in two cases challenging President Trump’s travel ban after the White House issued new, targeted restrictions on travelers from eight countries.
“The justices have asked the parties in the travel ban case to submit additional briefs on how the new order impacts the current cases before the court. Arguments could be rescheduled, but what the court will decide to do remains unclear.
“Aside from the cases, the term could be memorable for other reasons.
“It will be Justice Neil Gorsuch’s first full term on the bench. He joined the court in April after a bitter, partisan battle over the vacancy left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
“Court watchers also say this term could also be Justice Anthony Kennedy’s last. Long the court’s pivotal swing voter, Kennedy was rumored to have been considering retirement last spring. . .”
Lauren Huff, Fox: “Fox News’ Sean Hannity Sets Interview with Donald Trump”
“Trump will discuss tax reform, the economy and current news.
“Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity is set to have an exclusive interview with President Donald Trump, to air Wednesday night.
“The interview, which will be pretaped, will feature a studio audience comprised of Democrats, Republicans and independents. Trump will discuss tax reform, the economy and current news, per a press release from Fox News.
“The president will answer questions from the audience after the sit-down, which will take place at the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown, West Virginia.
“The interview will not be Trump’s first with the Fox News host. He also appeared on the show following his inauguration in January.”
Washington Times: “Playing the Trump card”
“The president shows Republicans the way to win for once
“Promise them anything, but give them a tax cut. Republicans have a fleeting chance to clear the air of the odor of defeat by making good on a pledge that voters from towns big and small who have heard enough big talk won’t easily forget. If Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan can’t deliver this time, these voters are likely to say, “forget you.” Who needs someone who can screw up a slam dunk?
“Limiting government and freeing the individual to reap the fruit of his own blood, sweat and tears (the sweat, anyway) is what Republicans say they are about. Failure to stem confiscatory taxation describes a party without a purpose.
“Shaking free from their failed health care reform debacle, President Trump and congressional Republicans have issued their tax cut draft, headlined by a drive to cut the corporate tax rate cut from 35 percent to 20 percent, and 25 percent for pass-through business. The top individual tax rate would fall from 39.6 percent to 35 percent and the current seven individual tax brackets would be reduced to three. A doubling of the standard deduction to $12,000 for an individual and $24,000 for a couple would leave most taxpayers with a significantly smaller tax bill.
“The plan’s primary focus is on lower taxes for the millions of working families, which experienced historic economic headwinds during the Obama era. “We will cut taxes tremendously for the middle class,” Mr. Trump said before presenting details in a Wednesday speech in Indianapolis. “It’s time for both parties to come together. We’ve been working on this for a long time, and these are the finishing touches.” He urged Congress make the tax code simple and fair, and to include incentives for business to bring their offshore investments home.
“There is no national responsibility more to the point for the businessman-turned-president than to ignite the American economy. The president knows intuitively that enabling workers to keep more of their earnings provides the fuel for small-business entrepreneurs to transform their ideas into products, which is the primary source of new jobs all across the American landscape. A short-term drop in tax revenue can yield a long-term bounty for the Treasury, a phenomenon proved by Ronald Reagan.
“Predictably, Democrats have mounted an all-hands-on-deck campaign to defeat the president’s tax-cut initiative.
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “On game day, new polls show what Americans think about NFL protests, Trump”
“. . . Fox News asked, “In general, do you think kneeling during the national anthem is an appropriate — or inappropriate — form of protest?” Fifty-five percent said inappropriate, while 41 percent said appropriate, and five percent didn’t know.
CNN asked the question in a slightly roundabout way, asking “Do you think athletes who protest by kneeling during the national anthem are doing the right thing or the wrong thing to express their political opinion? Forty-nine percent said the wrong thing, 43 percent said the right thing, and eight percent didn’t know.
“Finally, the Huffington Post found a lot of indecisive respondents when it asked, ‘Do you think it’s appropriate or inappropriate for NFL players to kneel in protest during the national anthem?’ Forty-eight percent said inappropriate, 36 percent said appropriate, and a full 16 percent said they weren’t sure.
“The CBS poll shed some additional light on the public’s attitude toward the demonstrations when it asked, ‘Do you think professional athletes should or should not use their position and fame to talk politics or raise issues, if they want to?’ The poll gave respondents three choices: ‘Yes, whenever they want to,’ ‘Yes, but only on their own time,’ and ‘No, they should not.’
“A decisive 68 percent said athletes either should get political on their own time or not at all. (The breakdown of that was 41 percent said athletes should do it on their own time, and 27 percent said they shouldn’t do it at all. Just 32 percent said athletes could get political whenever they want to.)
“Given the racial dimension of the controversy, the poll broke things down further by race. Forty-six percent of blacks said athletes should get political on their own time or not at all; 64 percent of Hispanics said the same; 58 percent of other races/ethnicities agreed; and 75 percent of whites agreed. Blacks were the only group that said, by a 54 percent majority, that athletes should get political whenever they want.
“The bottom line is that in most polls, small majorities oppose the national anthem protests. “But in a broader sense, a much larger majority opposes athletes using the field of competition to play politics. . .”
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “‘This Is Fascism’: Shocking Footage of Spanish Police Firing Rubber Bullets, Brutally Beating Peaceful Voters”
Update (9:15 am ET): So far, Catalonian emergency services says that 91 people have been injured in violent clashes between Catalonians trying to vote in today’s “illegal” independence, according to AFP.
In scenes one would expect to see in Turkey, or some token third-world dictatorship, on Sunday morning Spanish riot police violently cracked down on the scheduled Catalan independence referendum, smashing their way into polling stations in Catalonia in a dramatic quest to shut down the banned Catalan independence referendum, as they fired rubber bullets and brutally beat peaceful people trying to vote for or against independence from a Spanish government, which many commentators this morning have called “fascist.”
Police fired rubber bullets in central Barcelona, El Periodico newspaper reported, at the intersection of two streets as violence erupted during the vote which has thrown Spain into its worst constitutional crisis for decades. . .”
RT: “Mystery dump: State Department releases thousands of Hillary Clinton documents”
Hat tip: InfoWars
“Without much fanfare, the State Department has released over 6,000 documents related to Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State, prompting speculation that it might contain explosive revelations.
“The State Department’s Reading Room website contains 301 pages, with 20 entries each, of emails released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) rulings.
“Since there was no official announcement of the data dump, conservative pundits that noticed it quickly began speculating that the cache contained compromising information about Clinton’s tenure at the State Department, during which she used a private email server located at one of her residences.
“Some of the emails in the release show messages from former Clinton staffers Huma Abedin and Monica Hanley.
“Clinton originally said she handed over all work-related emails from her private server to the State Department, while deleting some 30,000 messages she said were of personal nature.
“It later emerged that her aides used the software called BleachBit to scrub the hard drives containing the emails, and destroyed a number of computers and mobile devices that she used.
“In July 2016, then-FBI Director James Comey announced Clinton won’t be charged with any crimes, even though she and her staff were “extremely careless” with the emails. . .”
Convention of States: “https://www.conventionofstates.com”
MARK LEVIN (09-29-17)
“On Friday’s Mark Levin show, Dan Bongino, Contributing Editor at Conservative Review fills in for Mark. Does President Trump speak off the cuff or is what he says intentional? When Trump told the NFL athletes to stand up for the national anthem, there is some strategy going on there. The beauty of what Trump has done is that he forces liberals to constantly show their hand. Instead of a sensible response, liberals overreact every time and expose themselves for who they are, anti-American socialists. They are obsessed with an anti-Trump rage. If we had an establishment GOP President, he would give us focus group tested talking points. This would be terrible because this is not how normal American people think or talk. Instead of giving tested talking points, Trump gives a response that the average American can relate to.
“After that, Secretary of HHS Tom Price resigned on Friday because of the controversy over private flights on the taxpayer dime. While there is nothing illegal about this, it sends the wrong message. But do the rules just apply to the Trump administration and Republicans in office and not to Democrats? What about Eric Holder taking a, $14,000 private jet to the Belmont Stakes in 2014?
“Later, liberals will not criticize themselves if they are wrong no matter what. It has started on the tax plan. All of a sudden Nancy Pelosi cares about debt. Where was she while Barack Obama was engaged in deficit spending? This tax plan is not great, but we need to get the facts right.”
Dinesh D’Souza – The Big Lie
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“The Big Lie also proves that the Democrats today are the functionally and ideologically the same as the leftists of the 1930s that provided Hitler with blueprints for many of his racist policies. “Learn about the whole shocking past of the Democratic Party—click here to order The Big Lietoday.”
Penny Starr, BigGovt: “NFL Fan Poll: 80 Percent Say They’ll Watch Less Football, 53 Percent Support Trump More”
Hat Tip: InfoWars
“The National Football League (NFL) may have more than a passing controversy on its hands as it continues to grapple with fans’ reaction to the players and staff “take a knee” protest during the national anthem before games.
“Yahoo Finance headlined its story about its poll with a finding of 62 percent of respondents who said they will watch less football — a percentage Yahoo determined based on how certain questions were answered or not answered:
“Here are the full survey results. The number of responses varies from question to question because some respondents skipped questions or were directed further down the survey based on answers they gave. A note about the results: In Question 9, 80% of respondents said they plan to watch less football on TV. But that’s only among people who answered yes to Question 8, asking if they have changed their behavior. When including the people who answered no to Question 8, the portion saying they plan to watch less football drops to 62%.”
“But looking directly at results for each question on the survey also reveals that a majority of respondents said would watch less football and that they support President Donald Trump’s decision to speak out against the protests. . .”