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Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of small business advocacy group Job Creators Network, told Axios he was disappointed by the National Federation of Independent Business's disapproval of the House's tax reform plan released yesterday. He said it "became the headline" for small businesses' response to the tax plan, and that the inclusion of a small business tax rate within the code is a big win.

Why it matters: JCN, which has been funded by companies who advocate for low corporate taxes, led a multi-million campaign pushing for tax policies that benefit small businesses. There are improvements that Ortiz thinks could be made, but overall he believes the plan is a big step in the right direction.

The small business debate is over two parts of the tax plan.

  1. The 70%-30% pass-through rate, which allows LLC's and similar sole-proprietor business owners to pay the 25% corporate tax for only 30%of their earnings. Ortiz would ultimately like to see a rate closer to 60-40, but said that could be worked toward after the bill is passed.
  2. The 25% corporate tax rate currently does not include professional services, which Ortiz said accounts for 3 million of the 29 million small businesses. He'd like to see professional services included under the umbrella in the final bill, but said it's not "a reason to kill the bill."

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Rep. Ronny Jackson walking through the Canon Tunnel to the U.S. Capitol in January. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) allegedly made "sexual and denigrating" comments about a female staffer, drank alcohol and took sleeping medication while working as White House physician, according to a report obtained by CNN Tuesday night.

Driving the news: The Department of Defense inspector general's report stems from a years-long investigation. Jackson has called the allegations "false and fabricated."

DOJ pressed to enforce Al Jazeera foreign agent ruling

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Justice Department is being pressed to enforce its own demand that the U.S. arm of Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera register as a foreign agent.

Why it matters: The launch of Al Jazeera's new right-of-center U.S. media venture, Rightly, has refocused attention on the media company's alleged links to Doha, and DOJ's efforts to crack down on media outlets viewed as foreign interest mouthpieces.

Poll: Immigration is America's most-polarizing issue

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Immigration was found to be the most polarizing issue in America based on new polling from Populace.

Why it matters: Americans have surprisingly similar priorities for the U.S., but immigration stands out as one of the few issues with clear partisan differences. It underscores the challenge for advocates and lawmakers hoping to pass immigration reform in the coming weeks amid narrow margins in Congress.