The Big Blue Losers in the GOP Tax Plans

It’s difficult to say whether the tax legislation Republicans are driving through Congress qualifies as a revenue bill—or an enemies list.

It isn’t unusual for tax legislation to reward a political party’s supporters, and the GOP bill emphatically upholds that tradition by funneling its tax savings primarily toward business and top earners. But the House and Senate plans are unusual in how explicitly they fund those benefits by punishing groups that have generally favored Democrats. CONT.

Ronald Brownstein, The Atlantic

Democrats also juggling politics of sexual predation

Democrats have been quick to support the “me too” chorus of women — and some men — who have stepped up to allege sexual misconduct and name names. But now “me too” stains the Democrats, too, putting them in an awkward place as they calibrate how forcefully to respond. CONT.

Juliet Linderman & Calvin Woodward, Associated Press

Turkey with a Side of Politics: Talking Politics at Thanksgiving

Few Americans expect to be debating politics over the cranberry sauce and candied yams on Thanksgiving, according to a new survey by The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. About half of people say the dinner conversation is not likely to turn to the news coming out of Washington these days, and another quarter say it is only somewhat likely to be a discussion topic at the Thanksgiving table. CONT.

AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research

Blast From the Past: The Current Political World Mirrors 2009

The party not occupying the White House seizes control of governor’s offices in New Jersey and Virginia. An unexpectedly competitive special Senate election threatens the chamber’s balance of power. Major legislation being forced through along partisan lines heads for a climactic holiday-season vote. Veteran lawmakers of the governing party race for the exits.

Such was the state of play at this moment in 2009 when President Barack Obama and Democrats ruled the roost. Such is the virtually parallel political landscape now with President Trump and Republicans in charge: Substitute Doug Jones of Alabama, a Democrat, for Scott Brown of Massachusetts, a Republican, and switch the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act with the Affordable Care Act.

It ended badly back then for Democrats, who lost the House in the 2010 midterm elections and suffered setbacks in the Senate, severely limiting Mr. Obama’s ability to pursue his agenda during his remaining six years in office.

History is already repeating itself. And the striking comparisons are not lost on either Democrats or Republicans. CONT.

Carl Hulse, New York Times

A third of women say they’ve been sexually harassed or abused at work

A third of American women say they’ve been sexually harassed or abused in the workplace, according to a new poll, highlighting an issue roiling the political, media and entertainment industries. CONT.

Laura Santhanam, PBS NewsHour

When ‘Democrat’ is a worse slur than ‘alleged sexual miscreant’

President Trump’s rationale for continuing to support Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for the Senate in the Alabama, was simple when he offered it on Tuesday.

“We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat,” Trump said.

The contrast Trump drew, then, was this. Either Moore, accused of sexual assault by one woman who was 16 at the time and of attempted groping by a woman who was 14 when it happened, or Doug Jones, accused of being a Democrat.

Trump chose the former. He’s not alone: CONT.

Philip Bump, Washington Post

More than One in Three Women Report Sexual Harassment In the Workplace

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a reality. More than one in five Americans, including more than one in three women, say they have been a victim of such harassment. And, nearly three in ten adults nationally say they have personally witnessed the sexual harassment of one of their co-workers. Most employed Americans, though, do believe their employers have enough safeguards in place to protect their employees from such abuse, and they overwhelmingly think allegations of sexual abuse are taken seriously by their employers. Who is believed when sexual harassment accusations surface? Nearly two-thirds of American workers say it is the person who brings forth the complaint. CONT.

Marist Poll

Taking a Deeper Dive into Recent Congressional Generic Ballot Polls

At first glance, there seems to be a dramatic change in just a short time in the generic congressional ballot question. Last week, The Marist Poll showed a 15 point Democratic lead over the Republicans 51% to 36%. This week, the NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll has the Democrats over the Republicans by a mere 3 points. Both polls have the same methods, sample size, and question. So, let’s take a closer look. CONT.

Lee Miringoff, Marist Poll

Americans Weigh More, but Shun ‘Overweight’ Label

Americans have become slightly heavier in recent years, but they also seem to have grown more comfortable with it. Between 2003-2007 and 2013-2017, Americans’ self-reported weight edged up along with the number of pounds they offer as their “ideal” weight, yet the percentage who consider themselves overweight has declined. CONT.

Jim Norman, Gallup

Well-Being: An Urban/Rural Divide and the ‘Trump Effect’

Where in the U.S. is well-being highest? What boosts well-being in communities? And has there been a “Trump effect” on well-being in the U.S.? In this episode, Dan Witters, Research Director of the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, joins us to answer these questions and discuss key trends in Americans’ health and well-being.

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