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Is this an alien reptile?
Is this an alien reptile?

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Is this tax reform, or a tax cut?The cost of Paul Ryan’s tax plan, broken down.
Tax reform” in Washington-speak refers to cutting tax rates and paying for the rate cuts by eliminating or curtailing loopholes and deductions to broaden the tax base — to increase the amount of income the tax rates apply to. The canonical example is the 1986 tax reform, which is broadly beloved because it was bipartisan, it involved Ronald Reagan, it reduced the deficit, and there’s a great book about it.

Not all “reform” plans, though, pay for all their rate cuts with loophole closures. The Better Way plan would cost $3.1 trillion in the first 10 years, according to the Tax Policy Center. The plan Donald Trump put forward during the campaign would cost twice as much in the first decade. (Those projections don’t assume much bounce in economic growth rates from either plan.)

Doing a true revenue-neutral tax reform and doing a giant tax cut that you call tax reform have very different implications, economically and politically. One big downside to a revenue-neutral approach is that you end up needing to raise taxes on some people or companies. On the other hand, you can’t use budget reconciliation and pass a Senate bill with just 51 votes if the legislation you’re pushing increases the budget deficit 10 or more years into the future. That means you need 60 votes in the Senate for tax cuts that are truly permanent. George W. Bush got his tax cuts done by scheduling them to expire after 10 years, which made it relatively easy for the Obama administration to partially undo them.

How are they going to limit individual tax breaks?
Places that benefit most, and least, from the state and local tax deduction
The Ryan-Brady tax reform blueprint would preserve the two biggest and most popular itemized deductions — those for mortgage interest and charitable donations — but eliminate all others, as well as a few credits.

The biggest deal here is the deductions for state income, sales, and real estate taxes, which together provided $80.4 billion in tax relief in fiscal year 2014. That's more than the mortgage interest deduction. The mortgage deduction is widely viewed as politically untouchable, because its affluent-but-not-super-wealthy beneficiaries will cry bloody murder if it’s threatened.

But that same group stands to lose a lot if the state tax deductions go. Particularly threatened are affluent people in high-tax liberal states such as New York, New Jersey, and California. Normally that wouldn’t be as much of a problem for Republicans, who don’t stand a chance of winning statewide races in those states, but Donald Trump knows an awful lot of rich people in that area and may be sensitive to their concerns. Lower rates will offset this tax hike for many, but some will still lose out in aggregate. This could also be a problem for House Republicans who hold seats in upscale suburban districts in high-tax blue states.

The deduction reforms bring in $1.9 trillion over the first 10 years, according to the Tax Policy Center. The math of the GOP plan doesn't even begin to work without them present. But including them could set up a big backlash.

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Donald Trump bought Mar-a-Lago for $8 million in 1985 and has transformed the estate into a club and resort that is currently valued somewhere between $200-$300 million. 

Touting a mind-boggling $200,000 initiation fee, now the resort is the second place of business for the new president.

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In the luxurious neighborhood of Kalorama, Washington, D.C., there sits a white house ideally situated for those who have some connection with the actual White House.

 In fact, just down the road live none other than former president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. No one except the very wealthy could possibly afford to buy and maintain the $5.5 million colonial home. But who is the privileged person who nabbed it?

Well, it turns out that the stunning mansion was bought in December 2016 by Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka. 

She’ll be living there with her husband Jared Kushner and their children Arabella, Joseph and baby Theodore. It’s certainly a beautiful area to be in – but let’s hope there’ll be no tension with the neighbors.

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President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn earned $530,000 last fall for consulting work that may have helped benefit the government of Turkey, according to new federal filings.

Flynn, fired last month from his White House post, formally registered as a foreign agent this week with the Justice Department and disclosed the details of his work for Inovo BV, a Dutch consulting firm owned by a Turkish businessman with ties to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Eric Trump has said he is "sure" his sister Ivanka used her influence over their father to encourage the US president to launch military action in Syria.
Eric and Ivanka Trump

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Scarlett Johansson took her feud with Ivanka Trump to the next level when she once again slammed the first daughter, calling her “cowardly” and “uninspired” for refusing to publicly denounce some of President Donald Trump’s policies. 

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The Confederate States of America were formed in February 4, 1861 and the last Confederate army surrendered on May 5, 1865.
The Confederate States of America were formed in February 4, 1861 and the last Confederate army surrendered on May 5, 1865.

Here’s a list of things that lasted longer than the history the Confederate flag represent

Party of Five
Party of Five
Lasted: 5 years

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In the political reality of today’s America, you have to try and savor joy wherever you can find it. Fortunately for those people who stay informed, the Trump administration is a constant source of humor … provided you get tickled by things that are “funny because they herald the end of our society.” And no member of the Trump team is as hi-LAR-ious as it’s mouthpiece, Press Secretary Sean Spicer, a man so laughably bad at his job that every single source in the article to follow was published since he took office less than two months ago. Late night talk show host Stephen Colbert once called Spicey, “the MC Escher of bullsh*t.” That might be a little generous considering that MC Escher was an artist and Sean Spicer is so bad at his job that it’s almost like he’s working for the other team.


On Saturday afternoon, March 11, Sean Spicer was confronted at a DC-area Apple store by an (understandably) irate Indian-American woman named Shree Chauhan. Chauhan lived out every liberal American’s dream, asking the Press Secretary a series of blunt questions. How does it feel to work for a fascist? Have you helped with the Russia stuff? Are you a criminal as well? Have you committed treason, too, just like the president?” In response, Spicer smiled at Chauhan and said, “Such a great country that allows you to be here.”


Over the course of seven years, Sean Spicer has used his Twitter account to wage a one-man war against Dippin’ Dots, the minuscule freeze-dried ice cream balls that come in a variety of colors, but only one flavor. Not sure what it’s called, but it’s what “holy crap, why did I put dry ice directly on my tongue!” tastes like. Perhaps because he made the mistake of shelling out six bucks at a ball game for the inedible frozen concoction, the Press Secretary has taken it upon himself to inform the public on several occasions, that Dippin’ Dots — which bills itself as the ice cream of the future — is definitely NOT from the future. Just know, people, that they are not shipping the stuff back from the future via time machine, regardless of what their slogan says.


Maybe because Sean Spicer doesn’t fully understand the concept of a joke, he’s been doing his best to feed new material to SNL and Melissa McCarthy, a performer Spicer presumably refers to as, “that lively documentarian.” On the announcement of the wildly unpopular American Health Care Act, Spicer — like his sketch comedy counterpart — used a visual aid to prove why this new legislation was fantastic. Of course, his point amounted to: less reading good, more reading bad. That might not sound like a good selling point. You know, because the AHCA will cost the country billions of dollars to implement while simultaneously denying health care to millions of people. However, when you consider the folks who voted for Trump really do hate their books, using SNL-style visual aids might actually work to Spicey’s benefit.

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, a gum-horking obfuscator of Irish descent, is under a tremendous amount of pressure lately. Some of that pressure is showing up on his face, which appears to be turning a familiar shade of orange.

What, exactly, is making Spean Spicer’s skin look like a different color? Why, exactly, is this happening? Is this happening, or are the photographs directly in front of me actually incorrect? And if so, did my cat vote illegally for Hillary before dying in the Atlanta attacks? These are ultimately unanswerable questions, as Spicer did not return my request for comment or put me in touch with his makeup artist, if such a person exists. However...

Some things we know: Trump is reported to care excessively about the appearance of his staffers. A source told Axios last month that “Trump hasn’t been impressed with how his new press secretary Sean Spicer dresses,” after which Spicer trotted out a series of less terrible suits.

Another thing we know: Donald Trump himself is inescapably, demonstrably orange, and appears to think that this is Good, because he keeps being orange. He is also close friends with Steve Hilbert, CEO of tanning bed/spray tan booth company New Sunshine.

And here is what I personally know, just free advice I’d like to share: The use of self-tanner, spray tans and/or bronzer is a treacherous dance when one’s skin is quite pale, best mastered over years of practice.

Let’s take a quick look at Spicer’s mug over the past few weeks.

Above is Sean Spicer, then-communications director and chief strategist for the Republican National Committee, entering Trump tower on November 16, 2016. Life is amazing, the future is bright, and his face is sporting moisturizer at an absolute maximum.

Ahoy again! Nothing to see here, just the strained grimace-smile of a man who will soon face alleged disapproval from Donald Trump for being played by a girl on Saturday Night Live.

To reiterate what Spicer’s face looked like before his press secretary appointment, here he is with a tiny salad going up the elevator of Trump Tower on November 29:
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Want to wow the ladies but not quite sure how to do it? Want to impress your friends, but just don't have the skills?

That sucks, dude. Sorry to hear that.

This list might not help with that, but it will fill you with some serious knowledge of MMA. Like, stuff that you probably didn't know. You'll feel smarter, and that might help the next time you get rejected by a lady. Or you'll just feel like a loser with some MMA knowledge.

Maybe you should become an MMA fighter – I've heard people want to be their friends! I know I would.

Or just challenge someone to an MMA fight. You might win.

Just duck and weave and don't pick a fight with the big guy in the corner with the crooked nose and tats on his forearms.

1. UFC President Dana White never actually had a pro boxing match. He fought as an amateur, but was never pro.

Here he is teaching a woman's boxer size class. Kind of amusing, amirite?

2. Many fighters have other jobs to make some money, and most of them end up as bouncers. Frank Mir, though, had the top notch gig of bouncing at the Spearmint Rhino.

The Spearmint Rhino is one of the most famous Gentleman's Clubs in Las Vegas, and therefore the country. Good on ya, Frank!

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I'm a huge fan of WWE and that's why I also like watching Ultimate Fighting Championship. Founded way back in November 1993, it has since grown into a worldwide mixed martial arts spectacle.
From Ronda Rousey to Conor McGregor, UFC has successfully launched its own set of celebrities. Still, it's not always about glory as some battles can turn out to be brutal and bloody.
Read on!

1. Joe Lauzon

1. Joe Lauzon
Joe Lauzon is a lightweight fighter who is known for having the highest number of post-fight bonuses in the history of the UFC. This does not mean that he doesn't have bloody battles.

2. Georges St-Pierre

2. Georges St-Pierre
St-Pierre is a fantastic Canadian fighter who had already won the welterweight championship three times.
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When someone has absolute power, their policies can only get more repressive and erratic the longer they have it. And this is definitely the case when we look at the Kim family's 67-year (at present) reign over the so-called Democratic Republic of Korea.

In that time, we've seen each member of the Kim dynasty enjoy opulent, pampered lives while their people starve and live under the constant threat of imprisonment, torture, and execution for daring to speak out against them. Their absolute power has allowed them to commit a galling array of human rights violations, but it's also had a different, stranger effect.

When someone has absolute power, they don't have a sounding board for their ideas. When everyone is too afraid to speak out against you, there's nobody left to tell you that claiming to discover a unicorn lair doesn't make any sense and will make you look like a laughingstock.

And it's this strange insulation from any ideas that challenge their own that made the Kim family responsible for these 15 bizarre facts about North Korea.

 North Korean citizens aren't allowed to celebrate a birthday that falls on July 8th or December 17th.

This is because these are the death dates of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, respectively. It's difficult to find information about this in English, but it seems that the North Korean government requires any citizens born on these days to celebrate displaced birthdays, which usually end up being the day after.

The North Korean space program bears the initials NADA. 

Yes, as in the Spanish word for "nothing." The name made for an easy running joke to describe their disastrous output, but their Kwangmyŏngsŏng 3-2 satellite did successfully reach orbit in 2012 and can be tracked today. Whether it's fully functional, however, isn't clear to some international experts. 

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Run for your lives! North Korea’s nuclear threat is looming on the horizon, but just how menacing is this “superpower” from the far east? Well, we’ve gotten our hands on some leaked footage of the great imperial leader’s rocket launching tests, and it is truly terrifying. Basically Kim Jong-Un picked up some bottle rockets and roman candles.
North Korea Nuclear Rocket GIFs
Keep this in mind, North Korea, a rocket in the arse will always ruin your day. Back to the drawing board.
North Korea Nuclear Rocket GIFs

North Korea Nuclear Rocket GIFs
America will block any shot taken by the “great and powerful leader.”

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North Korea finally launched a successful missile and well, that’s kind of terrifying. The reality of North Korea is that try as it might to seem on top of its game, it’s actually a terrible place to live for anyone that’s not Kim Jong-Un, and well, he’s just not as powerful as he thinks. For instance…

The highways and roads are there, but the cars aren’t.

And when you look at a vehicle that’s actually being used…
I’d make a joke about some prior decade calling, but I just don’t have the energy after seeing such vast emptiness.
When your highway is doubling as walkway, something is not right. Something is sad.
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