Kit Harington, The King In The North, Calls Trump A ‘Con Artist’

When it comes to ?Game of Thrones,? Jon Snow knows nothing. When it comes to American politics, Kit Harington prefers you think he knows nothing.

According to a profile from Esquire, the actor chooses not to ?weigh in on American politics,? deferring to ?experts? to take on those issues.

Looking at his quotes, it seems Harington doesn?t think politics and entertainers always mix well. The English actor says he found it ?annoying? when Sean Penn decided to involve himself in the dispute over the Falkland Islands.

?I was like, ?It has nothing to do with you, Sean Penn. Fuck off.?? said Harington.

Even so, Jon Snow still has an opinion on President Donald Trump … er … excuse me … Mr. Donald Trump.

?Mr. Donald Trump ? I wouldn?t call him President, I?ll call him Mister,? said Harington (to which we say, ?Oh snap!?).

?I think this man at the head of your country is a con artist,? he told Esquire.

The King in the North has spoken, and there?s Snow doubt he?s not a Trump fan.

Harington?s sentiments echo those of many ?Game of Thrones? cast members.

Sansa Stark herself, Sophie Turner, has spoken out against Trump and the show?s stars including Liam Cunningham regularly promote anti-Trump messages on their Twitter feeds.

In the same Esquire profile, author George R.R. Martin, whose stories inspired HBO?s ?Game of Thrones,? even compared Trump to one of his most-hated characters, King Joffrey.

?I think Joffrey is now the king in America,? said Martin. ?And he?s grown up just as petulant and irrational as he was when he was 13 in the books.?

Some may think Martin?s comparison is a little harsh … you know … for Joffrey.

H/T Esquire

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Donald Trump’s Budget Makes A Really Basic Numbers Error

The White House made a basic mathematical error when trying to prove that massive tax cuts would pay for themselves and then some, according to a leading economist who advised former President Barack Obama

In a column in the Washington Post on Tuesday, Lawrence Summers, who directed Obama?s national economic council from 2009 to 2010, took the current White House to task for double-counting $2 trillion in revenue it predicts its tax cuts will generate.

President Donald Trump?s budget proposal assumes that the tax cuts it would enact for wealthy individuals and corporations, as well as its reductions in regulations, will create consistent 3 percent economic growth ? enough to generate $2 trillion a year in additional revenue.

That projection in itself is dubious; tax cuts rarely, if ever, spur enough growth to replenish the revenue they cost the Treasury. But it is nonetheless a prediction consistent with the supply-side economics that Republicans have been peddling for decades.

Where Trump?s budget team really got it wrong is in claiming that the tax cuts would both pay for themselves and close the existing budget deficit.

?This is an elementary double count,? Summers writes. ?You can?t use the growth benefits of tax cuts once to justify an optimistic baseline and then again to claim that the tax cuts do not cost revenue. At least you cannot do so in a world of logic.?

New York magazine?s Jonathan Chait shoots down one plausible explanation for the error.

?Trump could be assuming that his tax cuts will not only pay for themselves but generate $2 trillion in higher revenue. But Trump has not claimed his tax cuts will recoup more than 100 percent of their lost revenue, so it?s simply an embarrassing mistake,? he writes.

Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, defended the apparent mistake in his press conference on Tuesday.

He claimed that any overly rosy assumptions about tax cut-generated revenue are more than offset by conservative estimates elsewhere. For instance, the administration did not account for the ways in which simplifying the tax code could allow the government to collect taxes that normally go unpaid, because people either do not understand their taxes or are too frustrated by their complexity to pay them, according to Mulvaney.

?If you can really fill out your … tax returns on a single piece of paper, you?re much more likely to actually do it.  It?s also easier for us to see if you?re paying the right amount,? he said.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was more forthright about the arithmetic error in an interview with CNBC?s John Harwood on Tuesday, emphasizing that the budget is merely a ?preliminary document.? 

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Another Day, Another Stunning Photo Of The Obamas Living It Up In Italy

Michelle and Barack Obama are still living their best lives under the Tuscan sun.

The two were spotted out and about in Italy exploring Tuscany on Monday. For the outing, Michelle looked effortlessly cool in a $160 Jamia top from Club Monaco with green, wide-legged linen pants and tan slides.

Barack look stylish in a light blue button-up shirt with black pants and black shoes. 

Some lucky people spotted the two walking the streets!  

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The former president, who arrived earlier this month for a talk about climate change, was spotted playing golf over the weekend. Michelle was also out and about, sightseeing with some friends. 

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