Above the Law?

Can Congress investigate sexual assault allegations against Trump?

A wide array of congressional committees conduct oversight hearings on presidential administrations.

But an investigation of Trump’s personal conduct in the years before he took office — more than a dozen women have accused him of sexually inappropriate behavior ranging from voyeurism to assault — would likely fall under impeachment proceedings for alleged “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

The Republicans who control Congress have shown no interest in impeaching Trump.

via Congress is caught up in the sexual misconduct scandals. Will it police its own? – LA Times

So who are the LOSERS?

From Yahoo Finance

“I don’t think tax reform, per se, is a bad thing,” says Schneider, a retired economics professor in Newton, Mass. “Whenever there’s tax reform, there are winners and losers. But what I find beyond annoying is the blatant disregard for who the losers are.”

President Donald Trump promised major tax cuts as a candidate last year, and the Republican-controlled Congress is now poised to deliver. The House has already passed a large tax-cut bill, and Senate leaders say they hope to pass their own bill soon. The two chambers may speed up the usual negotiating process for melding House and Senate bills into a single piece of legislation, so Congress could end up passing sweeping tax cuts by late 2017 or early 2018.

It’s fairly clear what the final bill is likely to look like. Tax cuts would total roughly $1.5 trillion over 10 years, or $150 billion per year, on average. About 75% of the savings would go to businesses, thanks to a reduction of the corporate rate to 20% from 35%, and other changes. Individuals would enjoy the other 25%, with large tax cuts for the wealthy and less accruing to the middle class.

via Under Trump’s plan taxes will go up for 11 million

Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act

“We know the province’s economy is doing very well, but not everybody is sharing in that prosperity,” Labour Minister Kevin Flynn said during Wednesday’s question period at Queen’s Park. “It needs to change. Bill 148 is that change.”

via What’s in Ontario’s massive new labour law? A minimum wage hike, but much, much more | Financial Post

Utmost Respect, Mr. Al Franken

The statement is co-signed by eight former Franken staffers who have worked for him since he was elected to the Senate in 2008. It reads, “Many of us spent years working for Senator Franken in Minnesota and Washington. In our time working for the Senator, he treated us with the utmost respect. He valued our work and our opinions and was a champion for women both in the legislation he supported and in promoting women to leadership roles in our offices.”

via Former Franken female staffers speak out: ‘He treated us with the utmost respect’ – The Washington Post


“Republicans always say we don’t need new gun laws, we just need to enforce the laws already on the books. But the bill signed into law today undermines enforcement of existing laws that Congress passed to make sure the background check system had complete information,” he said in an emailed statement.

via Trump Signs Bill Revoking Obama-Era Gun Checks for People With Mental Illnesses – NBC News

President Dictator

The president is attempting to dismantle the rule of law, destroy the time-honored independence of the Justice Department, and undermine the career men and women who are devoted to seeking justice day in and day out, regardless of which political party is in power.

If we are not careful, when we wake up from the Trump presidency, our justice system may be broken beyond recognition.


via Sally Yates: Protect the Justice Department From President Trump – The New York Times