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Pod Save America Bros: ‘Openly Hostile’ National Media ‘Lost Its Mind’ By Criticizing Beto O’Rourke

The “Pod Save America” bros are at it again. In addition to hosting a podcast in which they discuss the most epic tweets of the week and endeavor to answer the question “Is Donald Trump bad?” the bros are also co-executive producers of the HBO documentary “Running With Beto,” a film that chronicles presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke’s failed 2018 Senate race against Ted Cruz.

Iran Building Two New Nuclear Plants

Iranian leaders announced on Monday the construction of two new nuclear plants, and it remains unclear if the Trump administration views this as crossing a red line since its abandonment of the landmark nuclear deal, which included provisions permitting Iran to work on heavy water nuclear reactors that could provide a plutonium-based pathway to a bomb.

On the same day it announced these new nuclear reactors, which are being built in conjunction with Russia, Iran announced it would be filing papers accusing the United States of “crimes against humanity.”

Controversial Counterintelligence Nominee on Hold In Senate

The nomination of U.S. intelligence community’s most senior counterintelligence official, under fire for overlooking major counterspy failures in the Obama administration, is on hold in the Senate.

FBI Agent Bill Evanina, an Obama administration holdover and head of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, a DNI unit, has been awaiting Senate confirmation for two years.

Mackinac Center: Tax Break for College Grads Is Unfair Policy

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s suggestion to possibly carve out special tax breaks for recent college graduates is “fundamentally unfair” to Michiganders who did not go to college, according to a scholar at the Michigan-based, free-market Mackinac Center.

“This is a tax preference proposal that would carve out favors for college graduates who presumably chose on their own accord to attend college or university,” Michael LaFaive, the senior director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative at the Mackinac Center, said in an email.

Illinois Committee Advances Measure to Force Presidential Candidates to Release Tax Returns

The full state Senate could vote soon on a measure that would block an otherwise qualified candidate for president for refusing to provide tax returns to the Illinois state government.

Senate Bill 145 from state Sen. Tony Muñoz, D-Chicago, would require anyone running to be President or Vice President of the United States to release five years worth of tax returns to get on a primary ballot or a general election ballot in the state.

Jeff Radue with the political group Indivisible Chicago testified Wednesday in Springfield in favor of the measure.