'The Swamp' scored big time as businesses jockeyed to cash in on Trump's tax giveaway

The so-called “swamp” isn’t going anywhere under Donald Trump. In fact, it scored a huge payday last year as lobbyists stormed Capitol Hill to help their clients capitalize on GOP lawmakers’ giant tax giveaway to big business. CBS writes:

The figures for the heavyweights are eye-popping.

The National Association of Realtors tallied $22.2 million between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, according to newly filed disclosure reports. That’s double what the organization spent in the third quarter on lobbying activities. The Business Roundtable spent $17.3 million in the fourth quarter, nearly quadruple the amount over the three previous months, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reported spending $16.8 million, a $3.7 million increase.

President Donald Trump swept into the White House promising to “drain the swamp” in Washington, but lobbyists continue to wield considerable influence and they plied their trade with vigor as Congress crafted the $1.5 trillion tax-cut package that Trump signed into law in late December.

The nonprofit group Public Citizen found that upward of 5,000 lobbyists swarmed the Capitol to make sure their clients profited from the GOP’s tax rewrite.

Unfortunately, any American taxpayer who isn’t a millionaire or billionaire didn’t have much leverage as Republicans picked the winners and losers of their tax overhaul. So most American taxpayers came out losers in that negotiation. But not corporate America or the top 1 percent—they did just peachy.

Racist attorney general affirms commitment to 'the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement'

Here’s why Jefferson “too racist to be a federal judge circa 1986” Sessions will take any amount of abuse Donald Trump cares to heap on him: for opportunities not just to say stuff like this, but to follow through on that thought.


“The office of Sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement. We must never erode this historic office” : Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaking at the National Sheriff’s Association winter conference in DC. @vicenews pic.twitter.com/gPS6AbkS30

— Tess Owen (@misstessowen) February 12, 2018

“The Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement,” says the notorious racist. In a time when there’s a domestic terrorist movement that loves to talk about “constitutional sheriffs” as empowered to defy the law in part because of their place in the Anglo-Saxon heritage.

Beyoncé Protégés Chloe x Halle Drop Retro-Tinged Video for Hypnotic New Song 'The Kids Are Alright'

Who run the world? These girls!

Sister act Chloe x Halle have released a sepia-toned music video for their new song “The Kids Are Alright,” and it’s a retro-tinged delight.

The Bailey siblings — Chloe is 19, Halle 17 — star alone in the understated video, in which they sing and play with a vintage camcorder. The simple, no-frills production keeps the focus on the sisters’ perfect harmony and their Gen Z anthem’s empowering lyrics.

“We don’t really care about the trend you like to follow / You know what they say, they here today and gone tomorrow,” Chloe x Halle sing, later adding: “Everything is new ’cause we about that innovation / Call it how we see it we a genius generation.”

In 2013, Chloe x Halle slayed an angelic cover of Beyoncé‘s “Pretty Hurts.” Queen Bey took notice, signed the Baileys to her Parkwood Entertainment label, and their star has only grown brighter in the years since. In 2016, the pair appeared in Bey’s Lemonade visual album, went on to open for her on the European leg of the Formation World Tour and wrapped the year with an appearance on PEOPLE’s prestigious annual Ones to Watch list.

They continue to upload covers to their YouTube channel (check out their take on Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow”!), and last year Chloe x Halle released their unofficial mixtape The Two of Usperformed at Essence Festival and in New Orleans. And they’ve made a foray into television with recurring roles on the black-ish spin-off grown-ish, appearing alongside Yara Shahidi in the college-set Freeform series; the duo even recorded the sitcom’s theme song, “Grown.”

Now, Chloe x Halle are preparing to release their debut full-length album.