The long-awaited Donald Trump tax reform plan is out and the salesmanship has already begun. When the president announced the plan, he said, “there’s never been tax cuts like we’re talking about.” The new plan has just three different income-based tax brackets, down from the seven we have now. But so far, it’s unknown what the income thresholds would be. The White House plan would double the standard deduction, at the same time eliminating personal exemptions and deductions for income and property taxes paid to local and state governments. Also gone in the new plan are the alternative minimum tax, the estate tax and some business deductions and tax credits. All that in addition to a drop in the corporate tax rate, from 35 to 20 percent, which Trump says will ultimately boost the economy. In the end, the plan will cost 2.2 trillion dollars through the year 2027, according to the Washington-based policy group The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. And already, Democrats are fighting back – saying the plan settled the score. Jim Braude is joined by Associated Press national political reporter Lisa Lerer, also a Nieman fellow at Harvard, and David Gergen, a CNN political analyst and past presidential advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton.

There's an eerie feeling at Suffolk Downs these days. The mile-long track is still immaculately manicured. The grandstand seats still gleam. And from Wednesday to Sunday, patrons still place bets on races happening elsewhere. But the whole place is permeated by the knowledge that the end is near.

How much education and supervision does it take to fill a cavity? That’s the question at the center of a dental debate on Beacon Hill over proposals to create a new mid-level position between dentists and dental hygienists.

The goal is to close the coverage gap for poor and underserved communities. In 2014, only 53 percent of low-income children and 56 percent of low-income adults saw a dentist, according to the Mass. Health Policy Commission. As a result, emergency room visits for preventable oral health conditions are six times higher for low-income children, and seven times higher for low-income adults. Part of the problem is cost. But part of it is access, with one-tenth of the state’s population living in an area that is federally designated as having a dental health professional shortage. That’s why some state lawmakers are now pushing for a new dental classification called a dental “therapist” or “practitioner,” meaning someone with more training than a hygienist, but less than a dentist. But some lawmakers and industry professionals are split on the details. Jim Braude is joined by executive director of the Massachusetts Senior Access Council, Carolyn Villers and Dr. David Lustbader, president of the Massachusetts Dental Society and a clinical instructor at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine.

Jim Braude shares his thoughts on Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore and shares some advice for Republicans in Congress.