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  • The Taxman Cometh: Senate Bill’s Marginal Rates Could Top 100% for Some

    12/10/2017 4:31:31 PM PST · by Mariner · 40 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 10th, 2017 | By Richard Rubin
    WASHINGTON—Some high-income business owners could face marginal tax rates exceeding 100% under the Senate’s tax bill, far beyond the listed tax rates in the Republican plan. That means a business owner’s next $100 in earnings, under certain circumstances, would require paying more than $100 in additional federal and state taxes. As lawmakers rush to write the final tax bill over the next week, they already are looking at changes to prevent this from happening. Broadly, House and Senate Republicans are trying to reconcile the bills they passed, looking for ways to pay for eliminating the most contentious proposals. The formal...
  • Despicable Steve: Bannon’s Alabama dive into gutter politics

    12/07/2017 10:33:25 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 32 replies
    NY Post ^ | Dec 07, 2017 | Rich Lowry
    In his Alabama appearance for Roy Moore, Steve Bannon turned in an intellectually and morally putrid performance even by his standards. There is a partisan case for voting for Moore, which is simply that Republicans can’t afford to lose a Senate seat over the next three years and Moore’s failings must be ignored or rationalized away for the larger good of the party. This isn’t an elevated line of reasoning and is not obviously correct on its own terms. With Democrats throwing John Conyers and and Al Franken overboard, Senate Republicans would be welcoming into their ranks a potent symbol...
  • Jennifer Lawrence: 'I've been waiting' to give Trump 'a martini to the face'

    12/07/2017 10:07:40 PM PST · by Enterprise · 93 replies
    http://thehill.com ^ | 12/6/17 | Judy Kurtz
    While the 27-year-old Oscar winner says she’s never come face-to-face with Trump, she told Winfrey she’d “definitely” be prepared if the opportunity presented itself. “I’ve got a pretty good speech,” Lawrence said, adding with a laugh that “it ends with a martini to the face.”
  • Los Angeles area congresswoman arrested during immigration protest on Capitol Hill

    12/07/2017 9:53:07 AM PST · by simpson96 · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/7/2017 | Sarah D. Wire
    Rep. Judy Chu was arrested at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday during a demonstration calling on Congress to find a legislative fix for the legal status of hundreds of thousands of people brought into the country illegally as children. Chu (D-Monterey Park), sitting in the first row of protesters on the Capitol steps and holding a banner that said “Defend our immigrant communities,” was among the first people arrested after Capitol Police repeatedly ordered the protesters to leave. Before the arrest, she attended a nearby rally in support of the so-called Dreamers and made it clear she intended to get...
  • Should Be Impeached Now, Say Blacks, Hispanics; Only White Americans Want President to Stick Around

    12/05/2017 8:46:06 PM PST · by Mariner · 101 replies
    Newsweak via Yahoo ^ | December 5th, 2017 | Jason Le Miere
    A majority of black and Hispanic Americans support impeaching President Donald Trump, while women are evenly split on the issue. Meanwhile, more white Americans oppose than support making Trump just the third president in U.S. history to suffer impeachment, according to a poll from the Public Religion Research Institute conducted in October and released Tuesday. While the overall percentage of Americans who think Trump should be impeached remains unchanged from August, at 40 percent (with 56 percent opposed), the numbers vary greatly between subgroups. The most support for impeachment comes from black Americans, with 72 percent in favor. A majority,...
  • The GOP isn't getting a political payoff from its tax plan

    12/05/2017 9:09:38 PM PST · by Mariner · 33 replies
    CNBC ^ | December 5th, 2017 | John Harwood
    Republicans have persuaded themselves that keeping control of Congress in 2018 depends on passing their tax-cut plans. And it could work out that way. But a national poll released today shows that President Donald Trump and his party have an enormous amount of work to do. Right now, the tax bill only adds to their burdens. The telephone survey of 1,508 voters was conducted by Quinnipiac University from Nov. 29 to Dec. 4 as the Senate pushed through its tax-cut bill, setting up conference committee negotiations on a final version with the House. It carries a margin for error of...
  • Mueller’s Facts and Trump’s Make-Believe

    12/05/2017 12:47:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 5, 2017 | by Roger Cohen
    It’s the contempt that’s so contemptible: President Trump’s contempt for the Constitution to which he swore an oath, for the F.B.I. that’s allegedly in “Tatters” (sic), for the majority of Americans (including his base) who will be worse off from a fat tax cut for the richest, for the shared wonder inspired by our public lands, for America’s allies, for the science that explains why it’s getting warmer, for due process, for truth, for informed debate, for the press, for the values anchored by liberty that the United States has attempted to represent to the world. That’s a lot of...
  • GOP tax reform Plan will devastate York County charities

    12/04/2017 4:48:03 AM PST · by lightman · 83 replies
    York Daily Record ^ | Dec 1 A.D. 2017 | Robert J. Woods
    <p>If the tax reform proposal passed by the House of Representatives last week becomes law, 95% of current donors to nonprofit organizations, churches, and colleges will no longer be able to claim a tax deduction for their contribution. The bill passed by the House increases the standard deduction for individuals and families and will drastically reduce the number of tax filers who itemize.</p>
  • THIS is a holy crap moment’! REPORT: Michael Flynn preparing to take Trump down

    12/01/2017 10:10:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 103 replies
    Twitchy ^ | December 1, 2017 | Sarah D.
    Welp, sounds like Michael Flynn may not be going gently into that good night: Joy Lin ✔ @joyindc ABC News’ @BrianRoss reports that Flynn is prepared to testify President Trump directed him to make contact with Russians https://twitter.com/ThisWeekABC/status/936626221873487872 …
  • Waffle House customer cooks his own meal after finding staff sleeping

    12/01/2017 1:26:24 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 63 replies
    atlanta journal constitution ^ | 1 Dec 2017 | Theresa Seiger
    WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. A hungry, slightly inebriated man knew just what to do when he stopped by a South Carolina Waffle House early Thursday only to find the restaurant’s staff snoozing: He cooked up his own meal, snapping selfies along the way. He told WIS that he wouldn’t normally have gotten behind the grill. "I give all the credit to my old friend vodka," Bowen said.
  • Trump is out of excuses — but not necessarily out of office — as Flynn cooperates

    12/01/2017 11:10:58 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 36 replies
    NY Post ^ | Dec 01, 2017 | John Podhoretz
    Two possibilities arise from the guilty plea of former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Flynn’s plea marks the beginning of the end of the Trump administration. Flynn’s plea marks the end of the desperate hope that America will be delivered from the Trump presidency by impeachment and removal from office on the grounds that his campaign colluded with Russia to win him the 2016 election. There are other ancillary events one can easily imagine. For example, Trump could fire independent counsel Robert Mueller and/or pardon Flynn and others. But those moves would eventually make the end of his administration...
  • Conservatives slam GOP proposal to automatically raise taxes

    11/30/2017 10:58:48 AM PST · by Mariner · 46 replies
    Associated Press via Sacramento Bee ^ | November 29th, 2017 | BY STEPHEN OHLEMACHER AND MARCY GORDON
    WASHINGTON - Conservative groups and lawmakers are lining up against a proposal by Senate Republicans to impose automatic tax increases on millions of Americans — if their sweeping tax package doesn't grow the economy and raise tax revenues as much as projected. The opposition comes as the tax package cleared a key procedural vote in the Senate on Wednesday. The Senate voted 52-48 to start debating the bill. Wednesday's vote potentially could pave the way for the Senate to pass the package later this week. The Senate could start voting on amendments Thursday evening. Opposition to the tax "trigger" could...
  • PETA demands Maureen O’Hara furs not be sold

    11/30/2017 9:36:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Irish Central ^ | November 28, 2017 09:30 AM | Irish Central Staff
    The British branch of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have called for Maureen O’Hara’s fur coasts to be withdrawn from the auction set to take place in Durrow, County Laois. The auction, hosted by Sheppard’s auctioneers, will include furniture, furs and jewelry once belonging to the late, great “Quiet Man” star, Maureen O’Hara. Ahead of Wednesday’s auction PETA has sent an urgent letter to the Irish auction house calling for the late actor’s mink and sable coats to be removed from sale and donated to its fur amnesty program instead. The collection, formerly held by Maureen O’Hara...
  • Trinity College Dublin to phase out term "freshman" for sake of gender inclusiveness

    11/30/2017 9:15:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Irish Central ^ | November 29, 2017 03:10 PM | Irish Central Staff
    Trinity College Dublin, one of Ireland’s most prestigious universities, has announced that it will phase out use of the term “Freshman” in favor of the more gender-neutral “Fresh.” Currently, first and second year students at Trinity are referred to as “junior freshmen” and “senior freshmen.” The school’s Vice-Provost Chris Morash and Student Union President Kevin Keane shared the news in a mass email sent on Tuesday. They noted that the change stems from a proposal from Trinity’s Equality Committee that “the title given to first and second year undergraduates students be changed from ‘Freshman’ to the gender-neutral term ‘Fresh.’” […]...
  • Senate Tax Trigger Would Allow for $350 Billion Increase, Sources Say [Flake-Corker poison pill]

    11/29/2017 8:04:17 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 30 replies
    via Twitter ^ | 11/29/2017 | Erik Wasson
  • Trump Claims Access Hollywood Tape is Fake

    11/26/2017 1:52:19 PM PST · by DoodleDawg · 84 replies
    President Donald Trump now claims that the Access Hollywood tape on which he boasted of sexually assaulting women may not be genuine, according to a report in The New York Times. On the tape, which surfaced weeks before the November 2016 presidential election, the former reality star can be heard bragging to TV presenter Billy Bush of grabbing women “by the p***y.” Trump faced calls to step aside from the race after the tape went public, and apologized for the remarks, dismissing them as “locker room talk.” However according to the Times, the president told a senator earlier this year...
  • Charles Barkley: Roy Moore should have been disqualified 'way before this women stuff came up'

    11/25/2017 1:52:45 PM PST · by Hadean · 62 replies
    AL.com ^ | Nov. 25, 2017 | Dennis Pillion
    The endorsement at least some people have been waiting for in the race for Alabama's U.S. Senate seat has arrived, with NBA great and former Auburn basketball player Charles Barkley telling NBC News, "if I lived here, I'd vote for Doug Jones." Barkley -- asked to weigh in on politics while in Auburn for the unveiling of a statue of him outside Auburn's basketball arena on the day of the annual Iron Bowl clash with Alabama in football -- told NBC's Vaughan Hillyard that Republican nominee Roy Moore should have been "disqualified" from the race long before recent allegations surfaced that he sexually assaulted teenage girls...
  • Robinson: Is the tribe more important than morality in Alabama?

    11/25/2017 7:27:40 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 121 replies
    The Columbian ^ | November 24, 2017 | by Eugene Robinson
    Can the descent of American political culture into ugly tribalism be halted? Alabama voters will give their answer when they decide whether to send Roy Moore to the U.S. Senate. Moore, 70, has built a long, disgraceful career out of smarmy religiosity spiked with tribal grievance. Having posed for years as the most pious of Christians, he now stands accused by nine women of un-Christian behavior: They claim convincingly that Moore, when he was in his 30s, aggressively pursued romantic or sexual relationships, including with teens barely half his age. Successful demagogues can use tribal enmities to blind their followers...
  • Kansas Republicans claim tax bill will be good for the middle class. It won’t be

    11/25/2017 6:58:33 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 113 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | 24 Nov 17 | Steve Rose
    If you are a Bob Dole Republican, as I generally am, it is oh-so-difficult to be gung ho about where the GOP is headed these days, which seems like straight to hell. The party all too often has abandoned traditional Republican principles. The gargantuan tax bill, touted by President Donald Trump and passed by the House of Representatives, is being debated in the Senate. Only one aspect of the bill personifies Republican principles, and that is a pro-business tilt, which I can embrace, but only to a point. When the result is higher taxes on the middle class, they lose...
  • President Trump and accusations of sexual misconduct: The complete list

    11/22/2017 6:14:41 PM PST · by Vendome · 20 replies
    "...Many of the accusations surfaced after the release of a 2005 tape of Trump speaking graphically about kissing and groping women uninvited."