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Now that he's no longer weighed down by the burdens of running a state into the ground, former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (isn't that a fun phrase?) is trying his hand at Twitter punditry. And if he keeps at it, he has the potential to be the next Mike Huckabee! Here's former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (just rolls off the tongue!) lying about how taxes work to a hypothetical class of little children. (As best we can tell, he didn't actually visit any schools this week, so real children are safe.)

Of course, that's not how marginal tax rates work, and never was, even before Ronald Reagan. Back in the 1950s, when the top marginal rate was 91 percent, it didn't apply to all income, but rather only to income over $200,000 a year -- the equivalent of about $2 million today, and not that many people actually paid it.

Now, despite Walker's invocation of Reagan, it's clear he's actually lying about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's proposal to set the top marginal rate at 70 percent. We happen to have AOC right here. And former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker knows nothing of her work.


See? "You get to keep it, BECAUSE IT'S ONLY TEN DOLLARS." And the children would all say that's fair, and look funny at the weasel-faced guy who had lied to them.

Also, it is evil to try to convince children to believe the super-rich should be objects of pity. They should instead be eaten. Or rather, mulched, for environmental and health reasons.

And there was rejoicing ("Yay").

And more rejoicing for this, your OPEN THREAD.

[Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter / The Tax Foundation]

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There was a time, a few months ago, when everyone had written off Elizabeth Warren. Well, not me, because I am a fabulous genius, but lots of other people. The "very reasonable" talking heads on all the various news channels, the kind of people who used to say things like "Oh, we'd like universal health care too, but 'the people' will never go for it!" but who definitely did not actually want universal health care for any reason, and even the Trump campaign. Though, to be fair, the Trump campaign didn't think Trump had much of a chance of winning in 2016 either.

But now, as more and more people hear her speak, hear her plans, hear what she wants to do and how she wants to do it... Elizabeth Warren is rising up in the polls. She's a contender. In the most recent Quinnipiac poll, she was closing in on Sanders for second place nationally, and in California and Nevada polls, she's in second place.

And now, according to a report from Politico, the Trump campaign is now scrambling and panicking and... stalking her?

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