Welcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.
I think I felt something like joy last night. I’m not entirely sure.
Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:
- Beverly Young Nelson, one of the women who accused Roy Moore of sexual assault, said that she was “very excited” by his defeat to Democrat Doug Jones. “Roy Moore’s loss means to me the fact that Alabama is about to make some changes. And I believe it’s going to be in the positive side of things,” she told CNN’s New Day. [Politico]
- Donald Trump expressed disappointment over Moore’s loss. “I wish we would have gotten the seat. A lot of Republicans feel differently, they’re very happy with the way it turned out,” Trump said this morning. [The Hill]
- House and Senate Republicans have reached a deal on the tax bill. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) said that he expects the bill to be approved sometime next week. [New York Times]
- According to congressional aides, the joint tax plan will not include the elimination of a handful of deductions, including the student-loan interest deduction and the medical expenses deduction. [Wall Street Journal]
- It would still significantly lower the corporate tax rate beginning in 2018. [Washington Post]
- Democrats are calling for the newly-elected Jones to be seated prior to the vote on the tax bill. [The Hill]
- Remember Brett Talley, the wildly unqualified part-time ghosthunter the Trump administration nominated for a lifetime position as a federal judge? How could you forget? The White House announced that it will not move forward with his nomination. [Talking Points Memo]
- The White House is also withdrawing the nomination of Jeff Mateer, a man who once called trans children evidence of “Satan’s plan.” [Associated Press]
- Someone circulated falsified legal documents that accused Senator Chuck Schumer of sexual harassment. [Axios]
- The falsified documents appear to be “lifted verbatim from a real sexual harassment lawsuit against [John] Conyers.” [The Daily Beast]
Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish: