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Terror in Texas, Good Guys with Guns 

This week, 26 people were killed during a Sunday morning church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The victims range in age from 18 months to 77 years old, with as many as 14 children among the dead. The gunman was 26-year-old Devin Kelley, who was dressed in tactical gear and armed with a Ruger AR assault-type rifle – and as you may have heard, Kelley’s record of domestic violence alone should have barred him under Texas law from purchasing the gun he used, starting with assault and battery on his wife and infant stepson when he was in the Air Force in New Mexico. The Air Force dropped the ball big time, failing to report Kelley’s court martial to civilian law enforcement so that he would have been entered into the federal database gun dealers are required to check. “Had his information been in the database, it should have prevented gun sales to Kelley,” the Air Force said in a statement. Ed Alert: “This was the Barack Insane Obama military.” Next, Ed and Scott talk about the two heroes who stopped Kelley,  55-year old Steven Willeford, and 27-year-old Johnnie Langendorff. Kelley had an AR-15 rifle. Ed Alert: “When seconds count, the cops will be there in a few minutes. The best thing to stop bad guys with guns is good guys with guns; that day was proof.”

Donna Brazile Backtracks (Kind Of)

This week, former interim DNC Chair Donna Brazile made comments while promoting her tell-all book Hacks that have her Democrat colleagues fuming. We touched on this last week: Brazile’s book talks about how the DNC forced her to go along with intentionally disadvantaging Bernie Sanders, forced her to feed questions to Hillary in debates against Sanders, prevented her from moving forward with ideas she had to help Hillary win, and that it was like working with a “cult,” particularly when her ideas differed from campaign manager Robby Mook. Keep in mind, Brazile came in because Debbie Wasserman Schultz was forced to resign in the wake of the Russians hacking the DNC server. Democrats are said to be furious over Brazile’s claims – so over the course of the week, people on the right have praised Brazile for telling her fellow Democrat critics to “go to hell.” Unfortunately, this prompted Brazile to back away from her initially bold stance. If you watched Tucker Carlson on Wednesday, you saw Brazile say she should have been “more like Michelle Obama” by “going high” when her critics “went low.” Ed Alert: “Translation: They slapped my hand, so now I better backtrack on that.”

Empowering, Not Apologizing

In response to some messages from listeners via the contact form, Ed opens the second half by making sure people know last week’s comments on sexual predators in Hollywood were not sympathetic toward the predators. Ed Alert: “I am not an apologist for these guys. Harvey Weinstein is a pig, Kevin Spacey is a pig. I see all the people in Hollywood crumbling and it makes me happy. If you’re a victim of one of these types of guys, you need to stand up and do something about it. One voice can turn the world around.”

This Week in Tax Reform

This is our third week covering the evolution of the Republican tax bill. Last week, the House GOP unveiled their framework; this week, Senate Republicans made the changes they want to see. President Trump reportedly called several Democrat Senators on the phone Wednesday night to tell them, “You’re going to like the Senate version of the bill a whole lot more.” Uh-oh!

The Senate’s changes reportedly include:

  • Delaying the proposed corporate tax cut (from 35% to 20%) until 2019 (Ed does not like!)
  • The restoration of the mortgage interest deduction – no more capping it at $500,000, as the House had proposed
  • Tax breaks for the elderly and the blind
  • Tax breaks for high out-of-pocket medical expenses
  • A tax credit for adoptive parents, which the House also added back into their version in a committee amendment Thursday afternoon (Ed Alert: “Okay, we like that!”)

So the Senate plan restores all kinds of middle class tax cuts, it delays the corporate tax cut for a full year, the President himself is telling Democrats they’re going to like it better – and yet, Nancy Pelosi did her weekly Disney villain impression when asked for her thoughts. “That’s why so much secrecy…such a short fuse…because time is their enemy.” Huh? Ed Alert: “Apparently, one of the side effects of all that plastic surgery is meaningless dribble coming out of your mouth.”

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