The Rundown - Mon 12/18/17:Fmr CIA head Michael Morell on endorsing Hillary

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7:06 AM guest: Michael Morell

When former Acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell wrote an op-ed for the NY Times endorsing Hillary Clinton and made multiple TV appearances bashing Donald Trump, I wondered -- and told him I was wondering -- whether he was making a significant political mistake. In particular, whether, even though he had been out of government for a few years, his words would publicly make our intelligence community appear to be becoming partisan. 

In a recent interview with Politico, he half-admitted that he might have made a mistake:
https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/12/11/the-full-transcript-michael-morell-216061

https://spectator.org/top-spook-looks-back-to-2016/

Morell attempts to clarify the reason he spoke to Politico in this subsequent interview:
https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/mea-culpas-from-former-cia-head-morell/

I'm going to ask him directly on Monday morning: Did you make a mistake by endorsing Hillary Clinton, even if you thought she was the better candidate? I'll also ask him to assess Donald Trump's presidency so far, as far as the areas that he was involved with, e.g. national security, foreign policy, and intelligence.

If you're looking for info on the tax bill, here are a couple of resources, the first being a section of the bill itself in which they summarize some of the key changes from current law. 

https://www.scribd.com/document/367284060/Final-tax-bill#download
(Go to PDF page 537)

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2017/12/15/its-beginning-to-look-a-lot-like-tax-reform-heres-whats-in-the-final-version/?ss=taxes#7286ccb84d63

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Senator-elect Doug Jones (D-AL) (I still can't believe a Democrat won Alabama) gave some very interesting answers in a conversation with CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday, including saying that President Trump should not resign over sexual misconduct allegations made prior to the election, and that he might occasionally vote with the Republicans in order to represent the people of his state. One wonders whether he's posturing or whether he's sincere, but if he's even slightly sincere he may not end up being a puppet for Chuck Schumer.

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