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  • How Democrats Would Tax High-Income Professionals (Not Just the Mega-Rich)

    11/19/2019 7:17:13 AM PST · by karpov · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 19, 2019, | Neil Irwin
    ... This year, American workers and their employers owe a combined 12.4 percent on Social Security payroll taxes for income up to $132,900 (rising to $137,700 in 2020). They owe nothing on earnings above that level. Some Democrats in the thick of the presidential race and on Capitol Hill now seek to change or eliminate that cap — potentially placing a new double-digit tax on high earners, with several plans focusing on earnings above $250,000. ... The result would be a large tax increase on high earners, even before other changes a Democratic administration might contemplate, such as increasing income...
  • ‘Unacceptable’: Fans, Media Erupt After LeBron James’ Outburst During National Anthem

    10/23/2019 6:03:49 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Oct 2019 | DYLAN GWINN
    The NBA was understandably excited to start its season and get away from the China controversy that had embroiled the league over the past couple weeks. However, even more controversy ensued on Tuesday night and on into Wednesday as video surfaced showing LeBron James walking off the court and screaming while the national anthem played. James faced a firestorm of criticism after saying that Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey “wasn’t educated” on the China-Hong-Kong issue, before he sent a message of support to pro-democracy protesters earlier this month. While backpedaling, James said that he is not a politician, and...
  • Border Patrol agent shoots Russian citizen in Arizona desert

    11/16/2019 12:17:15 PM PST · by BeauBo · 38 replies
    Tucson Sentinel ^ | Nov 15, 2019 | Dylan Smith
    A Russian national was shot by a Border Patrol agent Thursday night in the Arizona desert near Lukeville, on the Mexican border southwest of Tucson. The individual, whose identity was not released by authorities, was taken to a Phoenix-area hospital... Lukeville is an unincorporated hamlet with a border crossing, and lies within the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in a rugged stretch of desert about 110 miles southwest of Tucson. The area has seen a large number of migrants crossing the border to turn themselves in to federal border agents and request asylum over the past year... The Trump administration...
  • Michael Bloomberg Fails to Garner Support Nationally, Poll Shows

    11/17/2019 1:30:18 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Nov 2019 | Hannah Bleau
    Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is failing to garner significant support for his longshot presidential bid nationally, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released this week shows. Bloomberg, who signaled his intention to jump into the crowded Democrat primary field this week by filing paperwork to appear on the ballot in Arkansas’ March 3 presidential primary, is failing to see any sort of significant support nationally, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll. The poll, which surveyed 2,235 adults between November 12–14, 2019, showed only three percent of Democrats and independents supporting the former New York City mayor. Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) and Sen....
  • Rep. Dan Crenshaw: ‘Republicans are the party of Uber’

    11/16/2019 9:50:55 PM PST · by rintintin · 37 replies
    Dan Crenshaw Twitter ^ | Nov 15 2019 | Rep Dan Crenshaw
    In 2020, remember this: Republicans are the party of Uber. Democrats are the party of taxi cab unions. Own your own labor, work where you want and how you want, and embrace innovation. That’s conservatism
  • 2019 Bridge Inventory: States struggle to keep up with deteriorating bridges

    11/16/2019 6:49:01 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Equipment World's Better Roads ^ | November 11, 2019 | Don McLoud
    With few exceptions, states are losing the battle with aging bridges in need of repair or replacement. Even states with low percentages of bridges rated poor are finding it difficult to keep up with bridge and road systems that in many cases are 50 years old or older. Utah, which ranks fourth for the lowest percentage of poor bridges, programs a bridge for repair or replacement in the year after it drops to a poor rating, completing the project within four or five years. The Utah Department of Transportation notes, though, that the number of bridges falling from good to...
  • Kanye West plays secret concert for Harris County jail inmates

    11/16/2019 8:29:15 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 22 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov 15, 2019 | Ken Blakinger
    Rapper Kanye West spit it through the razor wire on Friday with two secret performances at the Harris County Jail. "This is a mission, not a show," he told the jailhouse crowd repeatedly. Men in orange put their hands up and smiled as they watched the singer and his gaggle of dancers, wearing navy jail-like scrubs for the show. Looking down from the second tier, men pressed up against the glass as they listened to hits from his gospel-themed Jesus is King album, according to video released by the Harris County Sheriff's Office. After kicking off with one performance for...
  • Texas teen beaten by substitute teacher on video says she's afraid to return to school

    11/15/2019 7:04:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | November 15, 2019 | Karma Allen, ABC News
    A 16-year-old high school student says she is afraid to return to the classroom where video footage showed a substitute teacher brutally beating her last week, leaving her with severe injuries. "I'm scared to even set foot in that school or even outside," the Texas student, identified as Savannah, said Thursday. "I've had lots of headaches. I've very sensitive to light, it's hard to think and I have lots of anxiety." Speaking in an exclusive interview with Austin ABC affiliate KVUE, the teenager said she's found it hard to leave her house due to fear of someone recognizing her after...
  • Elizabeth Warren Vows to Expand Health Coverage in First 100 Days (delay Medicare For All 3 years)

    11/15/2019 2:22:46 PM PST · by karpov · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 15, 2019 | Abby Goodnough, Thomas Kaplan and Margot Sanger-Katz
    WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren vowed on Friday to pass major health care legislation in her first 100 days as president, unveiling a new, detailed plan to significantly expand public health insurance coverage as a first step, and promising to pass a “Medicare for all” system by the end of her third year in office that would cover all Americans. The initial bill she would seek to pass if elected would be a step short of the broader Medicare for all plan she has championed. But it would substantially expand the reach and generosity of public health insurance, creating a...
  • AOC, Sanders hatch $180 billion plan to guarantee housing for everyone (one mansion limit)

    11/15/2019 2:11:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/14/19 | David Sherfinski
    Sen. Bernard Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday are introducing legislation that calls for a guaranteed right to housing and would put up to $180 billion over 10 years toward retrofitting and cutting carbon emissions in federal public housing. The legislation would amend federal law to say it’s the policy of the U.S. to use federal funds and the credit of the country “to guarantee the right to housing for every individual” - an expansive view of government reach reflected in their “Green New Deal” to combat climate change. The bill provides money for solar panels and renewable energy...
  • Venezuela's Chavez worked with Marxist guerrillas to inundate US with cocaine

    09/16/2019 10:05:35 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/16/19 | Rafael Berna
    The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez in the mid-2000s attempted to coordinate with Colombian guerrillas to flood the United States with cocaine, according to federal prosecutors' documents obtained by The Wall Street Journal. According to the documents, former Venezuelan Supreme Court Magistrate Eladio Aponte took part in a meeting where Chávez in 2005 convened his closest advisers to draw up plans to ship cocaine to the United States with the help of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). SNIP “During the meeting, Chávez urged the group, in substance and in part, to promote his policy objectives, including to combat...
  • State Rep. Poncho Nevárez bonds out of jail after cameras catch him dropping cocaine at airport (TX)

    11/15/2019 2:11:50 PM PST · by bgill · 12 replies
    kxan ^ | Nov. 14, 2019 | Steffi Lee
    State Rep. Poncho Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass, has bonded out of jail after he was caught on surveillance footage in early September dropping a white envelope with cocaine inside. The arrest warrant signed by a Travis County magistrate was issued Thursday. It states Nevárez faces a charge of Possession of Substance in Penalty Group 1, which is a third-degree felony and punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Bond amount was set at $10,000. Nevárez confirmed over text he turned himself in Thursday night in Maverick County. According to an affidavit for a search warrant to collect Nevárez’s DNA, filed...
  • Supreme Court Appears Likely to Approve Trump's Effort to Rescind DACA

    11/14/2019 10:04:34 PM PST · by MaxistheBest · 50 replies
    the Federalist Papers ^ | 11/12/2019 | the Federalist Papers
    Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared sympathetic to President Donald Trump’s effort to rescind a program that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children – dubbed “Dreamers” – part of his tough immigration policies. Several of the five conservative justices appeared skeptical that courts can even review the Republican president’s 2017 plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which had been implemented in 2012 by his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama. Even if the court finds that it can be reviewed, conservative justices indicated they think...
  • A Texas lawmaker dropped a sealed envelope at the airport. It was filled with four bags of cocaine,

    11/15/2019 1:33:11 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 52 replies
    San Francisco Chronocle ^ | November 15, 2019 | Teo Armus
    A stray envelope may end the political career of Texas state Rep Pancho Navarez
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Plans Bill to Boost Top Individual Tax Rate to 59%

    11/15/2019 11:29:26 AM PST · by karpov · 82 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | November 15, 2019, 10:52 AM EST | Laura Davison
    No excerpt from Bloomberg allowed, story here. She wants a 59% top income tax rate and to tax unrealized capital gains yearly, including real estate and business holdings.
  • Border Wall System Construction (First of the massive levee walls)

    11/15/2019 11:14:59 AM PST · by BeauBo · 37 replies
    Defense Visual Information Distribution Service ^ | 10.31.2019 | Charles Csavossy (CBP Public Affairs)
    Border Wall System Construction Rio Grande Valley, Texas.
  • Trump Admin. Prepares Court Filings to Seize Private Land in Texas for Border Wall

    11/15/2019 8:24:34 AM PST · by BeauBo · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | November 14, 2019 | Zachary Evans
    The Trump administration is preparing to submit court filings as early as next week as a necessary step toward seizing private land in Texas for its wall on the border with Mexico, NBC reported Thursday. Administration officials still haven’t said how much the government will compensate affected landowners. “I still think we’re on track to get the land we need for 450 miles” of border wall, Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan told reporters on Thursday. The government may file to appropriate the land in federal court in Texas under the Declaration of Taking Act, which would...
  • (We Build the Wall) clears private riverfront land to build border wall in South Texas

    11/15/2019 7:50:46 AM PST · by BeauBo · 33 replies
    CW39 (Houston) ^ | NOVEMBER 15, 2019 | SANDRA SANCHEZ
    We Build the Wall, boasted on social media Thursday that it has begun riverfront land clearing on banks of the the Rio Grande in Mission, Texas, to build a 3.5-mile border barrier on private property. This is believed to be the first private wall construction in South Texas by this organization, which earlier this year built a section of wall near El Paso in Sunland Park, New Mexico. The owner of the 6,000-acre riverfront property, Lance Neuhaus, confirmed to Border Report on Thursday that he has given the tax-exempt organization We Build the Wall permission to be on his property.
  • When Republicans fight back.......

    11/14/2019 4:50:20 PM PST · by caww · 9 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 11/14/2019 | Adam Brandon
    ...In Wednesday’s House Intelligence Committee hearings, rank and file members of the GOP showed some resolve and fought back.....Republicans grew a backbone in the hearing and pushed back against House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff’s impeachment narrative. This is the sort of thing we’ve come to expect from Rep. Jim Jordan, but the fact that Reps. Elise Stefanik and John Ratcliffe also came out swinging speak volumes..... These three are all quite different breeds of Republican....all brought the same level of intensity to a high stakes hearing. Republicans challenged the Left’s narrative not only on the facts but the process as...
  • Texas Democrat Caught Carrying Envelope of Cocain

    11/14/2019 2:49:54 PM PST · by MarvinStinson · 76 replies
    freebeacon ^ | NOVEMBER 14, 2019 | Elizabeth Matamoros
    Texas Democratic state representative Alfonso "Poncho" Nevárez was caught on video surveillance dropping an envelope containing cocaine at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The Texas Department of Public Safety filed an affidavit on Oct. 29 detailing surveillance footage that revealed Nevárez "dropping a white paper object" as he walked out of the airport on Sept. 6. Two Texas Department of Transportation employees found the white envelope, prompting an investigation. Inside the sealed envelope were four "small clear plastic baggies" containing cocaine. Nevárez, who is chairman of the state house Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee, told the Texas Tribune on Thursday "the...