Report: North Korea produces nuclear warheads to fit inside missiles

North Korea has reportedly produced a nuclear warhead that can fit inside missiles, according to the Washington Post.

The newspaper claims U.S. intelligence officials have concluded the country has crossed “a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power.”

The report comes after U.S. analysts surmised that North Korea’s arsenal is up to 60 nuclear weapons.

North Korea and leader Kim Jong Un have continued its missile tests, despite protests and new sanctions from the U.N. Security Council.

According to the report, North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests since 2016, with the last coming in 2016. But until now, the country had yet to produce a warhead that could fit inside its missiles.

 

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Falling gate kills employee at Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition Center

A falling gate has killed an employee at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition Center, authorities said.

Miami-Dade police said a co-worker found the man, who was in his early 70s, on the ground just before 6:30 a.m.

Police said the man was killed sometime Monday night or Tuesday morning after opening a gate to let a vehicle out of the fairgrounds. 

Police believe that the employee got too close to the gate and it fell on him.

“We are saddened by the death of our longtime employee from an apparent workplace accident. We are cooperating with police, who are conducting a thorough investigation,” the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition Center said in a statement.

The victim’s identity has not been released. 

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Marriott accused of misrepresenting ‘airline chicken’ as free-range chicken

You might not be getting what you paid for at BlueFire Grille in the Marriott Fort Lauderdale.

State records show that the hotel was cited for misrepresenting what they put on your plate.

An inspector said the “free-range” chicken advertised was actually frozen “airline chicken.”

The inspector also noted that Indonesian frozen snapper was used as yellow tail snapper.

Meanwhile, Pollo Tropical, Church’s Chicken, Ruby Tuesday, Joe’s Crab shack and CJ’s Crab Shack were all recently ordered shut.

Below is a list of places that were ordered shut and some of their violations. All the places mentioned were allowed to reopen following an ordered clean-up and re-inspection.

***Pollo Tropical

1819 S. Federal Highway

Fort Lauderdale

Inspection based on complaint

Ordered shut Aug. 3

6 violations found

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed about 7 live roaches under triple sink in prep area.”

“Dead roaches on premises. Observed about 6 dead roaches under triple sink in prep area.”

“Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed in kitchen in 2 doors CONTINENTAL brand reach in cooler raw chicken at 51f and raw ribs at 53f due to reach in cooler been unplugged. Per manager statement placed food items in cooler at 10AM. Informed manager to transfer food items to other working unit to bring down temperature control to 41f or below . Manager placed food items in walk in cooler to bring down temperature control to 41f or below.”

“Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food thawed at room temperature. Observed raw pork stored inside prep sink in room temperature to thaw out. Manager placed raw pork back to walk in cooler to continue with thawing process.”

***Ruby Tuesday

12075 SW 152nd St.

Coral Reef Drive

Miami

Inspection based on complaint

Ordered shut Aug. 3

9 violations found

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. (Approximately 13 live roaches on the wall and floor behind a stand up convection oven. Also observed 2 live roaches on the floor behind a reach in cooler in the server drink area, just outside the kitchen separated by a door).”

“Dead roaches on premises. Approximately 5 dead roaches located inside the doors underneath the self serve salad bar located in the dining room.”

***Joe’s Crab Shack

4402 N. University Drive

Lauderhill

Inspection based on complaint

24 violations found

“Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed 3 fresh droppings on 2nd floor at bar area.”

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 1 live roach at dry storage area that used to be a walk in cooler.”

“Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Observed approximately 30 flies at the dry storage area.”

“Dead roaches on premises. Observed 7 dead roaches at dry storage area, 6 dead roaches at bar on 2nd floor.”

“Accumulation of dead or trapped birds, insects, rodents, or other pests, in control devices. Observed 1 dead rodent at bar on 2nd floor in a glue stick trap.”

***Church’s Chicken

2899 NW Seventh Ave.

Miami

Ordered shut July 25

11 violations found

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed approximately live roaches in the employee restroom ( 6 behind the door, 5 behind the water heater tank). The restroom is located in the back area next to the room where the ice machine and freezer are). Also observed approximately 3 live roaches behind the ice machine and 8 moist roach eggs inside the gaskets in the reach in freezer where the food is stored.”

“Dead roaches on premises. Observed 1 dead roach inside the mop sink and approximately 6 dead roaches under 3 compartment sink. Observed approximately 12 dead roaches under dry food storage shelf. Observed approximately 20 dead roaches inside light covers.”

“Floor drains/drain covers heavily soiled. All over the store.”

***CJ’s Crab Shack

Beach Paradise Hotel

600 Ocean Drive

Miami Beach

Ordered shut July 26

25 violations found

“Roach activity present as evidenced by 10+ live roaches found. At kitchen, corners and behind equipment. Pest control came last night, invoice provided.”

“10+ Dead roaches on premises. Kitchen/Prep Area. Corners and behind equipment. Pest control came last night. Invoice provided.”

“Chlorine sanitizer used to sanitize clean in place equipment not at proper minimum strength. Do not use equipment not properly sanitized. At 0 then corrected to 100.”

“Operator unable to provide documentation for source of fish. Grouper on menu, no proof of purchase provided.”

“Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Cheesecake 60°f lobster 46°f from last night, discarded. Cooler for cheesecake disconnected to be cleaned, less than 1 Hr.”

“Floor soiled/has accumulation of food debris. Under fryers.”

“Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine.”

***El Pub

1548 SW Eighth St.

Miami

Ordered shut July 26

76 violations found

Also ordered shut Oct. 19, 2016

“Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed one moist dropping on top of storage container lid in dry storage area. Observed 3 dry droppings on floor underneath storage container; observed 20 + dry droppings on shelf in dry storage area. Observed approximately 2 dry droppings on top of marinara sauce can.”

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed three live roaches crawling on wall underneath two compartment sink in main kitchen area; observed one live roach in wall gAp behind prep table in kitchen area; observed three live roaches crawling on bottom shelf of prep table holding slicer in kitchen area; observed one live roach crawling on hallway heading to storage area.”

“Accumulation of dead or trapped birds, insects, rodents, or other pests, in control devices. Observed one dead roach inside glue trap on top of dish machine.”

“Employee (dishwasher) handled soiled dishes or utensils and then handled clean dishes or utensils without washing hands. Coached on proper hand washing procedures.”

“Food-contact surfaces not sanitized after cleaning, before use. Do not use equipment/utensils not properly sanitized. Observed employee clean pans and not sanitized.”

“Nonfood-grade hose conveying potable water. Observed hose next to the steam table used to fill pots with water for soup as per employee.”

“Certified Food Manager or person in charge lacks knowledge of food borne illnesses and symptoms of illness that would prevent an employee from working with food, clean equipment and utensils, and single-service items. Provided educational flyer for health responsibilities via email to operator.”

“Soil residue in food storage containers with dry rice and black beans.”

***Tamura Japanese Seafood Buffet

6728 Main St.

Miami Lakes

Ordered shut July 26

35 violations found

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed approximately 30 plus by the dishwasher area Approximately 7 plus in wall shelves underneath dishwasher area Approximately 5 plus in ceiling dishwasher area ,approximately 7 in kitchen prep table by the ice machine , 1 inside of can opener base, approximately 5 in kitchen prep table by the main prep line underneath ,approximately 3 in kitchen prep table close to the three compartment sink underneath, approximately 3 by the ice machine behind the wall ,approximately 5 in dry storage shelves in between wall and soda boxes **Repeat Violation**.”

“Roach excrement and/or droppings present. Approximately 100 plus ware washing area ceiling.”

“Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Approximately 6 in kitchen area.”

“Dollies, pallets, racks or skids used to store or transport packaged food not designed to be moved easily to allow for cleaning access. Observed in kitchen reach in cooler wood pallet used to elevate the equipment, observed approximately 3 live roaches.”

***Bluefire Grille

Marriott Fort Lauderdale North

6650 N. Andrews Ave.

Fort Lauderdale

Ordered shut July 24

28 violations found

“Roach excrement and/or droppings present. Observed a build-up of roach excrement inside a cabinet used to store clean pans on the cooks line. Do not use any of these pans until they have been cleaned and sanitized. Observed roach excrement inside first aid cabinet.”

“Tracking powder pesticide used inside establishment. Observed tracking powder in an un-used oven.”

“Cooked meats or poultry hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Observed cooked sausage at 130°-135°F on the customer self-serve buffet. Chef removed food.”

“Employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food. Observed cook cracking raw eggs not washing hands before changing gloves and then handling ready to eat omelet ingredients. After speaking with her, she removed the gloves, washed hands and put on new gloves.”

“Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed smoked salmon 48°-52°F, and cut melon 47°-52°F at breakfast buffet.”

“Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food marked with a date that exceeds 7 days after opening/preparation. Observed tuna salad dated 7.13.17.”

“Establishment advertised yellow tail snapper on the menu/menu board but served another type of fish. Observed only snapper in establishment is Indonesian frozen snapper. Establishment does not have any recent, within 30 days old, invoices to show that yellow tail snapper has been purchased.”

“Identity of food or food product misrepresented. Establishment advertises organic greens on the menu and did not observe any boxes of organic greens in the walk-in cooler and the establishment does not have any recent invoices to show that organic greens have been purchased. Establishment advertises free range chicken on the menu and the Chef showed me. Case of ice glazed airline chicken breast. The labeling on the case does not state free range and the establishment does not have any recent invoices to indicate that free range chicken has been purchased.”

“Build-up of food debris, dust or dirt on nonfood-contact surface. Observed a build-up of old food in the bottom of the unused reach-in cooler drawers on the cooks line.”

“Interior of oven has heavy accumulation of black substance/grease/food debris. 1. Observed both Imperial ovens has heavy accumulation of grease. 2. Observed hot hold cabinet at the end of cook line, shelves and bottom of cabinet has grease/ food debris. 3. Observed accumulation of grease in two ovens in rear cook line.”

***Rigaud Adeline

Blessing Restaurant

8427 NE Second Ave.

Miami

Ordered shut July 24

21 violations found

Also ordered shut Oct. 4, 2016

“Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed approximately 10-15 hard droppings around front counter.”

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed approximately 20 around the 3 compartment sink inside kitchen area.”

“Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Observed approximately 10 flies by the front counter and approximately 8 flies in the kitchen.”

“Clean equipment/utensils not stored at least 6 inches above the floor. Observed lean pots stored The floor.”

***China A

811 E. Commercial Blvd.

Oakland Park

Ordered shut July 24

16 violations found

Also ordered shut May 18

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 8 live roaches on the kitchen floor under equipment and shelving on the cooks line. 1 live roach by the mop sink inside near the rear door. 4 on the wall under the hand sink near the rear door. 4 on the floor under a prep sink in the rear of the kitchen. **Repeat Violation**”

“Dead roaches on premises. Observed 6 dead roaches under the 3 compartment sink in the kitchen. 4 dead roaches on the kitchen floor near the rear door. 5 dead roaches outside the walk-in cooler on the floor. **Repeat Violation**”

“Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in walk-in freezer – all products not commercially packaged. Observed raw chicken, packaged on site, stored in the same container with raw beef and imitation Krab.”

“All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods in reach-in cooler cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed all food in the larger flip top cooler on the cooks line is above 70°F. The food was moved to the walk-in cooler.”

***Adolophe Take Out

215 NE 82nd St.

Miami

Ordered shut July 26

13 violations found

Also ordered shut Jan. 3

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. observed approximately 10 live roaches crawling along walls in kitchen area near hand washing sink and food storage/prep tables. **Repeat Violation**”

“Certified Food Manager or person in charge lacks knowledge of food borne illnesses and symptoms of illness that would prevent an employee from working with food, clean equipment and utensils, and single-service items.”

***El Sol Cafe Corporation

8901 SW 157th Ave.

Miami

Ordered shut July 27

41 violations found

“Roach activity present as evidenced by 3 live roaches found inside can opener located in cook line  area, approximately 20 plus live roaches found on prep table located in cook line  area next to ovens, and 15 plus live roaches found in shelving located in dry storage used to store canned products and clean cooking equipment.”

“Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse.cooked pork (47°F – Cold Holding); ham (47°F – Cold Holding); cheese (46°F – Cold Holding); cooked ground beef (46°F – Cold Holding); tamales (46°F – Cold Holding); raw beef (46°F – Cold Holding); raw chicken (46°F – Cold Holding); cooked chicken (47°F – Cold Holding); raw fish (47°F – Cold Holding)in walking cooler , ambient temperature at 52°. raw fish (47°F – Cold Holding); raw chicken (47°F – Cold Holding); raw beef (47°F – Cold Holding); raw pork (46°F – Cold Holding); eggs (46°F – Cold Holding); ham (46°F – Cold Holding)in reach in cooler in cookline area, ambient temperature at 49°.”

“Encrusted material on can opener blade. **Repeat Violation**”

“Accumulation of debris inside ware washing machine.”

“Interior of oven has heavy accumulation of black substance/grease/food debris.”

“Interior of oven has heavy accumulation of black substance/grease/food debris.”

“Walk-in cooler not maintained in good repair. Do not store potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food in this unit until the unit is repaired. Cooked pork (47°F – Cold Holding); ham (47°F – Cold Holding); cheese (46°F – Cold Holding); cooked ground beef (46°F – Cold Holding); tamales (46°F – Cold Holding); raw beef (46°F – Cold Holding); raw chicken (46°F – Cold Holding); cooked chicken (47°F – Cold Holding); raw fish (47°F – Cold Holding)in walking cooler , ambient temperature at 52°.”

***Seafood Express Garlic Crab House

South Side of Lauderhill Mall

4269 NW 12th St.

Lauderhill

Ordered shut July 27

20 violations found

Also ordered shut July 12, 2017

Also ordered shut May 25, 2016

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 7 live roaches under the reach in freezer at hallway, 1 live roach on the wall behind the prep table in the kitchen area, 2 live roaches behind the reach in cooler at front counter area.”

“Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Observed 2 flies in the kitchen area.”

“Dead roaches on premises. Observed 1 dead roach by the reach in freezer in the hallway.”

“Employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food.”

“Food manager certification expired.”

***La Paralla De Pancho

628 S. State Road 7

Margate

Inspection based on complaint

Ordered shut July 28

19 violations found

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 5 live roaches in the Cook line, 1 live by the prep table in the kitchen and 1 live roach by the reach in freezer in the hallway.”

“Dead roaches on premises. Observed 6 dead roaches in a glue stick by the reach in freezer in hallway, 2 dead roaches by the dishmachine, 2 dead roaches at front counter, 3 dead roaches at front bar, and 1 dead at Cook line.”

“Manager lacking proof of food manager certification.”

***Chez Le Bebe

114 NE 54th St.

Miami

Ordered shut July 31

25 violations found

Also ordered shut Sept. 11, 2015

“Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed approximately 40+dry droppings on dry storage shelf. Approximate 10 in another shelf. Observed 2 moist droppings on same shelf in dry storage shelf in storage area. Approximately 50+ dropping by storage room, under mop sink and shelves.”

“Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed approximately 10 live roaches under three compartment sink inside kitchen, one roach on prep table next to grinder.”

“Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area. Observed approximately 6 live Flies by back area.”

“Attached equipment soiled with accumulated dust, grease, or food debris. Grease on gas piping behind cooking equipment.”

“Cleaned and sanitized equipment or utensils not properly stored. Observed 2 pot lids on floor underneath a table in kitchen by serving window.”

“Hood soiled with accumulated grease, dust or food debris.”

“Objectionable odor in establishment. Back area by walk in cooler.”

“Cooked meats or poultry hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Observed stainless steel container with cooked pork on the stove top at the temperature of 110°f. Operator transferred pork to a pot, heated it up to cook. Pork 178°f.”

 

 

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Are human bones found under Card Sound Road Bridge those of James Dzadura?

The medical examiner’s office in the Florida Keys will determine whether the human bones found Sunday under the Card Sound Road Bridge are those of James Dzadura or someone else.

A human skull and other bones were found Sunday under the bridge that connects Miami-Dade and Monroe counties by a couple from Naples who were diving for lobsters.

The couple notified a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer who was patrolling the area.

The bones were then turned over to the medical examiner to determine the person’s identity, how long they’ve been there and what may have caused the person’s death.

Some are speculating that the bones might belong to Dzadura, of Homestead, who was reported missing in December 2013 when he was 38 years old.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies said Dzadura was wanted by police in Miami on a sexual battery charge.

A relative contacted authorities on Dec. 30, 2013, after receiving a text message from Dzadura that said he was on the Card Sound Bridge with a 40-pound weight tied to him and he was going to jump from the bridge.

Deputies responded to the scene just before 1 a.m. and found Dzadura’s minivan parked at the bridge, with the keys in the ignition.

A wallet, a 40-pound dumbbell weight and other items were found inside the unlocked vehicle, deputies said.

Miami-Dade police detectives also responded to the bridge to assist in the investigation and found Dzadura’s cellphone on the railing of the bridge, about halfway up the east side.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the U.S. Coast Guard and a boat from Ocean Reef Public Safety searched the area by water with no result.

The search was called off at about 4 a.m. the same day.

Anyone with further information about the bones that were found is asked to call the major crimes unit at 305-289-2410, or Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys at 800-346-TIPS.

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Four big things that could stand in way of tax reform

There’s a long list of reasons why Republicans’ plan to overhaul the nation’s tax system is going to be complicated this fall.

Actually, tax reform is always complicated. The last time it was signed into law was in 1986.

Fast-forward 31 years, and the conditions for smooth sailing on this issue haven’t gotten any easier. In fact, there’s a hashtag used by tax policy wonks, #TRIH, an acronym for “Tax reform is hard.”

So far there is no bill with specifics on how exactly the White House and Republicans intend to accomplish tax reform. The White House released a one-page blueprint earlier this year, and it teamed up late last month with congressional leaders to release a broad set of principles.

The White House says it will be working behind the scenes during the August recess to get the House and Senate on the same page before a bill goes for a committee markup in September, with the ultimate goal to send a bill to the president’s desk by mid-November.

And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said last week the goal was to finish tax reform “sometime this year.”

That’s an extremely fast timeline considering how complicated tax reform is and how partisan gridlock has already resulted in multiple stalemates this year, from nominations to health care.

Not to mention, there’s a host of other issues and deadlines that Congress will face this fall that have the potential to derail or at least delay tax reform.

Here’s a look at just a few.

Budget

McConnell said last week that he plans to use reconciliation to pass tax reform, a method that would allow the Republicans, who hold a 52-48 majority, to advance the bill with 51 votes only, rather than the usual 60.

This strategy allows Republicans to pass a bill without any help from Democrats.

But to use reconciliation, Congress would first have to pass a budget for 2018. The Senate can use reconciliation only once per fiscal year, and Republicans already used it the 2017 fiscal year trying to pass health care.

The House has been busy debating a budget, but its Republican majority is seeing ideological splits between conservatives and moderates. While the House budget committee approved a budget last month, it didn’t go to the floor before lawmakers left for the August recess.

So the issue is awaiting continued debate when they return in September, but it’s unclear when exactly the House will pass the budget (though it faces a deadline of September 30, when the current fiscal year ends).

And even after that, it still has to pass the Senate. Intra-party divides exist there, too.

Debt ceiling

Another urgent matter for Congress when it returns will be a deadline at the end of the month to raise the debt ceiling to avoid default. That issue will undoubtedly take up time from key players in the tax reform debate — like Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and congressional leaders heavily involved in fiscal matters.

(That deadline, however, is just Mnuchin’s best estimate as to when Treasury will face a cash crunch, meaning it won’t have enough cash and revenue on hand to pay all the country’s bills in full and on time. The actual date could turn out to be somewhat earlier or later, since revenue inflows and outflows aren’t entirely predictable.)

A week before recess, Mnuchin was on Capitol Hill to work with Senate leaders toward an agreement, but nothing was announced before lawmakers left town.

Debt ceiling showdowns in the past have evolved into bitter fights over spending. Mnuchin is currently pushing for a “clean” debt ceiling hike — meaning an agreement to raise the debt limit without any extra conditions attached.

But Republicans, especially fiscal conservatives, want to see spending cuts to go along with any debt increase. Getting enough Democrats on board for that could prove tricky, since those spending cuts are often proposed for massive programs like Medicaid and Medicare, which have large and vocal activist groups that mobilize to fight such fights — as they did in the health care debate.

Health care

While the House passed a health care bill earlier this year, the overall failure by Congress to send a bill to the president’s desk doesn’t bode well for another major legislative task like tax reform. It showed that even though Republicans are in power and share common goals, they don’t always agree on the fine print.

The president has made public comments that he still wants Congress to focus on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act — former President Barack Obama’s signature domestic legislation also known as Obamacare — to uphold a major campaign promise that Trump and other Republicans made for years.

A few senators closely linked to health care have had recent one-on-one meetings with the president, but Republicans didn’t come close to reaching a consensus on their next health care step before they left for the August recess last week.

The Senate health committee is scheduled to hold hearings when it returns in September on stabilizing the markets and enforcing current provisions in Obamacare. Depending on how much oxygen that takes up and how involved the president gets in pushing for another push on repeal-and-replace, tax reform could struggle to break through.

But Republicans were also hoping for a health care win in part to help make the transition to tax reform a bit smoother. By repealing Obamacare, they would have nixed some or all of the taxes on the wealthy that were being used to pay for it — worth about $800 billion.

Now there’s some pressure on Republicans to use tax reform to rid of those same taxes. But that looks highly unlikely. For one, even if they eliminated the taxes, Republicans would have a gaping hole in revenue to continue funding Obamacare.

That challenge would be in addition to the pending battle to offset the list of tax cuts that the White House and congressional Republicans are hoping to make in tax reform.

How to pay for it?

On top of timeline issues are debates over how to pay for any potential package. Democrats and some Republicans have insisted that the bill must not add to the deficit, meaning any tax cuts must be paid for.

To make a bill “revenue neutral,” which means tax cuts would be offset through other methods involving the tax code, like closing up loopholes and deductions, for example.

To make it “deficit neutral,” that would entail raising the money through spending cuts in other parts of government, which can be a large ambition to take on, especially after passing a budget where cuts were also likely made.

Earlier this year, McConnell said tax reform would have to be revenue neutral, but it’s unclear what path Republicans will take on this since the White House hasn’t laid out how they plan to offset the loss of revenue from tax cuts.

If they choose not to lay out ways to make up the revenue, then that could spark pushback not only from Democrats, but also from conservative Republicans and deficit hawks.

Interestingly, though, some fiscal conservatives in the House showed openness to tax cuts without offsets, arguing that the cuts are needed for economic growth.

If the White House and Republican leadership go with the revenue neutral path, as McConnell suggested, then they’ll start looking at potential deductions to get rid of. That path in itself is a potential landmine field, given the wide array of deductions and the various special interest groups and lobbyists who will be fighting to keep them in place.

CNN Money has already taken a look at potential items that could end up on the kill-list, like deductions for state and local income taxes, medical expenses, and charitable giving (though the White House stated earlier this year that it wants to protect this last one).

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