The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Jeff and Taxes

House Republicans unveiled their new tax bill, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared to contradict his testimony before Congress in June.

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Today in 5 Lines

House Republicans unveiled their new tax bill, which is designed to cut taxes for corporations and middle-class families. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Jeff Sessions reportedly rejected a suggested meeting between candidate Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, appearing to contradict his testimony before Congress in June. Sam Clovis, President Trump’s nominee for chief scientist at the Department of Agriculture, withdrew from consideration after being linked to the special counsel’s Russia investigation. Republican Representative Lamar Smith of Texas announced he won’t seek reelection to the House in 2018. And Trump announced that he will nominate Jerome Powell to be the next chair of the Federal Reserve board.

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady unveiled legislation to overhaul the tax code. Joshua Roberts / Reuters

What We’re Reading

What’s in the Bill? House Republicans released their tax legislation on Thursday. Here’s how the proposed changes would affect individual Americans. (Jeanne Sahadi, CNN)

Shocking: In an excerpt from her forthcoming book, former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile says Hillary Clinton took advantage of the party’s financial situation to stage a secret takeover. (Politico)

Meanwhile: Democrats are in the middle of an increasingly nasty civil war over their party’s messaging. (Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker)

Tweeting Trolls: Former National-Security Adviser Mike Flynn followed five Russian “troll” accounts on Twitter, and amplified their messages in the weeks before the election. (Ben Collins and Kevin Poulsen, Daily Beast)

No Consolation: During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States often issued condolence payments to the families of civilians who were killed. But the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq has not. (Mike Giglio, BuzzFeed)


Targeting Americans: On Wednesday, the House Intelligence Committee released a sample of ads purchased by Russia-linked accounts on Facebook and Instagram. See them here. (Politico)

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-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)