Morning Briefing 11/02/2017

Good Thursday morning!

Here’s your Morning Briefing:

Tax Reform Legislation Set To Be Unveiled Today

Congressional Republicans are expected to unveil their plan to overhaul the nation’s tax code today. On Tuesday night, Republicans announced that they would delay the release of the legislation as they admitted they were still struggling to reach a consensus on the bill.

And while the future of the legislation is far from certain, Republicans on Wednesday said they still plan to unveil their legislation today.

Once the bill is unveiled, there will be a fight to win of deficit hawks who have already stated they will not vote for a bill that would add to the deficit.

Meanwhile, many Republicans simply want to achieve some legislative victory as they gear up for primaries and the 2018 midterm elections next year, and they see tax reform as an easy win — especially since they can use the budget reconciliation process in the Senate and avoid a filibuster threat.

$168,000 To Christopher Steele

New reporting from Reuters says that Fusion GPS, the company that hired former British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele to dig up dirt on then-candidate Donald Trump, told Congress it paid Steele $168,000 in 2016 for his work compiling the Trump Dossier.

That money came from the $1.02 million that Perkins Coie, a law firm representing the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, paid the organization to conduct opposition research on Trump.

Last week, The Washington Post reported that Marc Elias, who represented the DNC and the Clinton campaign, retained Fusion GPS to conduct anti-Trump research. After the conservative news outlet the Washington Free Beacon hired Fusion GPS to conduct research on GOP presidential candidates.

Notably, no one from the DNC or the Clinton campaign denies that Fusion GPS was retained by Perkins Coie, nor do they admit having any knowledge of the project at the time.

Jim Acosta Is Back

You may have heard the name Jim Acosta, he’s a reporter for CNN. But he’s made headlines a lot this year for clashing with President Trump and members of his administration during live press events.

Well he’s back.

On Twitter, Acosta blasted Trump for not waiting long enough to talk about increasing his “extreme vetting procedures” and calling for stricter immigration laws.

Conservatives fought back by reminding Acosta of Hillary Clinton’s tweet less than a day after the mass shooting in Las Vegas at the beginning of October:

 

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