WASHINGTON — Nearly two-thirds of American voters believe the GOP tax plan favors the rich, a new poll found.

Sixty-four percent of American voters said the Republican tax plan would help the rich the most, while 24 percent said it would benefit the middle class, and 5 percent said it would benefit low-income people, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released Tuesday.

Just 29 percent of the poll’s respondents approved of the plan, compared with 53 percent who disapproved.

The approval rating for the tax overhaul, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called a “once-in-a-generation opportunity,” was split along party lines, with 67 percent of Republicans approving it and only 10 percent who disapprove.

A sweeping 84 percent of Democrats disapprove of the plan; only 6 percent approve of it.

From Nov. 29-Dec. 4, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,508 voters nationwide using landline and cellphone interviews. The margin of error of is 3.1 percentage points.

President Donald Trump’s approval rating sits at 35 percent, the poll found, down 3 points from November.

“Deeply unpopular and manifestly unfit for the job. That’s the harsh assessment of President Donald Trump, whose tax plan is considered built for the rich at the expense of the rest,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement.

—CQ-Roll Call


Lena Dunham claims she warned Hillary Clinton camp Harvey Weinstein was ‘a rapist’

Lena Dunham claims that she tried to convince Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign not to accept money from Harvey Weinstein.

The “Girls” alum told the New York Times that she told Kristina Schake, the campaign’s deputy communications director, that Weinstein was a “rapist” at least a year before recent accusations arose against the producer.

“I just want you to let you know that Harvey’s a rapist and this is going to come out at some point,” Dunham claims she told Schake.

“I think it’s a really bad idea for him to host fund-raisers and be involved because it’s an open secret in Hollywood that he has a problem with sexual assault.”

Dunham also claimed she told Clinton spokeswoman Adrienne Elrod, but that she doesn’t think Clinton ever received her warning.

Two weeks before the election, Weinstein organized a Broadway fundraiser for Clinton with celebrity guests including Julia Roberts, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hugh Jackman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Emily Blunt, Angela Bassett, Neil Patrick Harris and Helen Mirren.

Elrod and Schake both told the Times that Dunham never mentioned rape when she talked to them.

Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by more than 100 women.

He is currently under investigation by NYPD, LAPD, Scotland Yard and Beverly Hills Police.

—New York Daily News


Former Baltimore police supervisor pleads guilty to racketeering

BALTIMORE — The former supervisor of the corrupt Baltimore Police Gun Trace Task Force entered a guilty plea to racketeering Wednesday afternoon, becoming the fifth officer in the case to plead guilty.

Sgt. Thomas Allers, 49, was charged with stealing more than $100,000 over three years while he was the supervisor of the unit.

He now faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

Allers was detailed to a Drug Enforcement Administration task force in June 2016, officials have previously said, and was assigned to that unit at the time the federal case against the other officers were handed down.

His defense attorney, Gary Proctor, said earlier this week Allers was not cooperating with authorities in their continuing case and had “no plans to do so going forward.”

Allers led a unit once praised by the Police Department as key to its crime-fighting strategy of taking guns off the streets. The unit has been disbanded, its members accused of robbing and extorting citizens, falsifying paperwork to cover their tracks and filing for unearned overtime for years.

Allers was not part of the initial indictment in February of the seven active members of the unit, but the former supervisor was charged in August with racketeering conspiracy and robbery. Federal prosecutors alleged he participated in nine robberies between 2014 and 2016.

—The Baltimore Sun


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