August 2, 2017 6:08 AM HomePoliticsMorning Reads for Aug. 2, 2017 Morning Reads for Aug. 2, 2017 By edatlanta Politics 7 Comments The Mooch was supposed to officially start his job on Aug 15. Which begs the question: if you work somewhere for -16 days do you have to pay the erstwhile employer? “Here’s to the Losers” by Frank Sinatra. Isakson talks Trump turmoil, why he won’t endorse in gubernatorial race and more. MLK (statue) will replace Watson (statue) on Aug. 28….finally. Sonny launches his midwest tour. None of the gubernatorial hopefuls have a clue what their healthcare policies are now. Investors looking to strike it rich with Atlanta apartments. Could we see a combined Delta-Air France-KLM-Virgin Atlantic airline? South Carolina falls short to Georgia again by abandoning its two nuclear plants. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author edatlanta 7 Comments Dave Bearse Flying home from Germany on July 8 aboard Air Force One, Trump personally dictated a statement in which Trump Jr. said he and the Russian lawyer had “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children” when they met in June 2016, according to multiple people with knowledge of the deliberations. The statement, issued to the New York Times as it prepared a story, emphasized that the subject of the meeting was “not a campaign issue at the time.” — Washington Post . There’s your Chief of Staff office-warming present Jim Kelly. Your boss attempted to cover up a meeting between his campaign and Russian government-sent individuals seeking to manipulate the US presidential election. . And for your good cheer….. . “General Kelly has the full authority to operate within the White House and all staff will report to him,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said from the White House podium late Monday afternoon. . Yeah, eye-candy Ivanka, the daughter that’s “really something, and what a beauty, that one [and if Trump] weren’t happily married and, ya know, her father . . . ” and husband Jared Kushner will be reporting to Kelly. August 2, 2017 9:40 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I think calling Ivanka “eye-candy” is below the belt. Did she vastly overstate her ability to moderate her father’s policy agenda in order to protect her brand? Yes. Does she have any discernible skills that would justify a role in the White House, let alone as a senior policy adviser? No. Is she complicit in this Administration’s decisions re: Paris, LGBT rights, and a host of other issues? Yes. . There are a host of valid criticisms to level at Ivanka Trump without reducing her down to merely her looks. August 2, 2017 10:08 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse That was meant to highlight something her Dad said of her. August 2, 2017 10:58 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Senate Dems told McConnell what they would support with respect to tax legislation. . McConnell response was that Dems weren’t needed. He’s on solid GOP ground since as Trump said “That’s such an easy one,” to increase the number of insured, reduce insurance premiums and deductibles concurrent with reducing healthcare costs and cutting government healthcare expenditures. . Massive tax cut for the rich and corporations, a piddling window-dressing cut for the middle-class, then with the Laugher curve and Trump’s promised 4% GDP growth, voila, it’s revenue neutral tax legislation. . “The problem is that once you accept the principle that it’s O.K. to lie if it helps you win elections, it gets ever harder to limit the extent of the lying — or even to remember what it’s like to seek the truth. […] Given this history, the Republican health care disaster was entirely predictable. You can’t expect good or even coherent policy proposals from a party that has spent decades embracing politically useful lies and denigrating expertise. . And let’s be clear: we’re talking about Republicans here, not the “political system.” – Paul Krugman August 2, 2017 9:58 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance Trickle-down economics can be sold– and bought– because it’s an ideology that seems to make a logical connection, while preying upon the lack of imagination. The logic of course breaks down as soon as you realize that extra money to businesses will be largely distributed to top officers, then shareholders, which funds they will retain for personal use. More logically, if you want to create jobs, why not just give robust job tax credits, or pay for training people in high-demand jobs/industries. These exist, and should have easy bipartisan support. Even with Kansas starting at everybody right in the face, pols will argue for heavy tax cuts, against all facts. Sure, you could lower the corporate income tax some, but that would need to be coupled with ending tolerance of tax-evading practices like inversions. All the states have figured out how to apportion corporate income tax liability between them, for mulit-state corporations, based on sales or other capital or labor spending. My understanding is that the federal government is not on point with apportioning tax liability based upon domestic sales/activity when the selling entity is organized under the laws of another country. But taxpayers still have to pay for consumer protections, infrastructure, etc. for all the business that’s done domestically… August 2, 2017 11:14 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn How do you forget to budget a crane on a skyscraper construction site? That like $10- 14 million right there… https://www.bdcnetwork.com/construction-world%E2%80%99s-skinniest-tower-halts-due-ballooning-costs?eid=216357228&bid=1828073 August 2, 2017 4:48 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Let’s see, they got Ailes, they got O’Reilley…they’re after Charles Payne and now Eric Bolling. They’re still on Hannity’s trail. If you dared to support Trump, well, you’re next, it seems. Any of us menfolk who’ve ever told an off colored joke in front of a woman – ever – are a target if that wall flower wants your scalp. We’re beasts!! 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