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  • Will Your Taxes Go Up or Down? A Calculator for the New Tax Bill

    12/17/2017 4:43:18 PM PST · by springwater13 · 62 replies
    The Republican tax bill would cut taxes for about 75 percent of filers in 2018. How would it affect you? This chart shows how the bill would affect 220,000 real households. Answer the questions below to find the ones like yours. (The calculator covers only personal taxes. Business owners and investors could also benefit from corporate tax cuts.)
  • Has Our Government Spent $21 Trillion Of Our Money Without Telling Us?

    12/17/2017 4:24:54 PM PST · by free_life · 42 replies
    Forbes ^ | Dec 8 - 2017 | Laurence Kotlikoff
    “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.” ~ Article I, Section 9, Clause 7, The US Constitution On July 26, 2016, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a report “Army General Fund Adjustments Not Adequately Documented or Supported”. The report indicates that for fiscal year 2015 the Army failed to provide adequate support for $6.5 trillion in journal voucher adjustments. According to the GAO's Comptroller General, "Journal...
  • Power outage at Atlanta airport causes 'pandemonium,' grounds flights

    12/17/2017 2:43:30 PM PST · by metmom · 145 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Dec 17,2017 | Alexandra Deabler, Nicole Darrah
    A complete power outage at the nation’s busiest airport, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, grounded flights Sunday afternoon, threatening to cause a holiday travel nightmare for fliers across the country just over a week before Christmas. Airport officials said in a news release the power outage has forced the Federal Aviation Administration to suspend outgoing flights and implement a "ground stop" for incoming flights, which "means that flights headed to Atlanta are held on the ground at their departure airport." International flights will be diverted to land at other airports, U.S. Customs and Border Protection tweeted. Atlanta Airport tweeted that...
  • G.O.P. Establishment Declares Open Season on a Weakened Bannon

    12/16/2017 9:28:58 PM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 63 replies
    New York Times ^ | Dec. 15, 2017 | Jeremy W. Peters
    A small group of conservative leaders had gathered in the Trump International Hotel last week for a friendly discussion about the year that was ending and their priorities for the year to come, when Stephen K. Bannon spoke up. “I’m not going to name names,” he snapped, looking around the room as he complained about being left virtually alone to defend Roy S. Moore, accused of sexually molesting and assaulting teenage girls, while the Republican leadership and Democrats bludgeoned the Alabama Senate candidate. “If we want to win,” he added, according to three people who were in the room, “We...
  • Dem Rep. Kihuen won't seek re-election amid sexual harassment claims

    12/16/2017 1:58:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Fox News. com ^ | December 16, 2017 | Samuel Champerlain
    Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., announced Saturday that he would not seek re-election in the wake of multiple sexual harassment allegations against him. "I want to state clearly again that I deny the allegations in question," Kihuen said in a statement first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. However, the freshman congressman added that "it is in the best interests of my family and my constituents to complete my term in Congress and not seek re-election." The announcement by Kihuen, 37, came one day after the House Ethics Committee announced it had opened an investigation into the harassment claims against him....
  • Trump lawyer: Mueller improperly obtained transition documents in Russia probe

    12/16/2017 1:42:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 113 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | December 16, 2017 | John Roberts, Alex Pappas
    A lawyer for the Trump presidential transition team is accusing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office of inappropriately obtaining transition documents as part of its Russia probe, including confidential attorney-client communications and privileged communications. In a letter obtained by Fox News and sent to House and Senate committees on Saturday, the transition team’s attorney alleges “unlawful conduct” by the career staff at the General Services Administration in handing over transition documents to the special counsel’s office. Kory Langhofer, the counsel to Trump for America, wrote in the letter that the special counsel’s office is aware that the GSA “did not own...
  • The NLRB just blocked one of the worst union abuses from the Obama era

    12/16/2017 9:33:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 16, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    This isn’t getting anywhere near the same amount of oxygen in the news cycle as the Net Neutrality story, but it certainly should be. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) under the tenure of Barack Obama was busy handing out all sorts of goodies to the unions which finance most Democratic political campaigns. One particular burr under the collective, conservative saddle was a new “reinterpretation” of rules regarding the obligations of larger corporations who authorize the operation of franchises under their name. I wrote about this back in 2015 when the rule was originally finalized and it was a deplorable...
  • Here's How Many People Have Left the EPA Since Scott Pruitt Took Over [Winning!]

    12/16/2017 10:10:38 AM PST · by Simon Foxx · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12/16/2017 | Courtney O'Brien
    The Environmental Protection Agency has shrunk considerably since Scott Pruitt took over as administrator. In fact, the agency is back to President Reagan-era staff levels. Over 700 EPA personnel have either retired, quit, or taken voluntary buyouts since Pruitt took over...
  • Austrian Conservatives Cement Country’s Shift to the Right in New Coalition

    12/16/2017 3:53:25 AM PST · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | Dec. 15, 2017 | Zeke Turner
    In Europe’s latest shift to the right, the expected next chancellor of Austria announced that his conservative party had cemented terms to form a government with the country’s anti-immigrant Freedom Party. In announcing the deal, which comes exactly two months after the Alpine country’s parliamentary election, Sebastian Kurz said his center-right conservatives and the nationalists had agreed to govern on a platform of tax cuts, social welfare and an increasingly tough stance against illegal immigration. Mr. Kurz, who is expected become the world’s youngest leader at 31 years old when the country’s president approves his coalition, said that Austrians voted...
  • Trump Admin To Remove Climate Change From List Of National Security Threats

    12/15/2017 5:20:38 PM PST · by smileyface · 52 replies
    The Federalist ^ | Dec 15, 2017 | Mollie Hemingway
    The Trump administration will reverse course from previous Obama administration policy, eliminating climate change from a list of national security threats. The National Security Strategy to be released on Monday will emphasize the importance of balancing energy security with economic development and environmental protection, according to a source who has seen the document and shared excerpts of a late draft. “Climate policies will continue to shape the global energy system,” a draft of the National Security Strategy slated to be released on Monday said. “U.S. leadership is indispensable to countering an anti-growth, energy agenda that is detrimental to U.S. economic...
  • WSJ: There's Mounting Evidence of 2016 Election Meddling Coming From the FBI

    12/15/2017 5:21:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 185 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    There is something rotten at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I mean all of this is just absurd. We have two FBI agents texting one another, one of which is having an extramarital affair with the other, cryptically talking about “insurance” against a Trump presidency. That text between these two agents was delivered on August 15, 2016. You also have Andrew Weissmann, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s top lieutenant, voicing praise for then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to enact President Trump’s executive order on immigration, which got her fired. Then, there’s another DOJ official, Bruce Ohr, who was demoted...
  • Sen. Bob Corker To Vote 'Yes' On Tax Bill

    12/15/2017 3:37:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2017 | Christine Rousselle
    Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), the final Republican holdout on the tax bill, is now planning to vote "yes" on the bill. Corker's office made this announcement on Friday, shortly before the final text of the bill was due to be released at 5:30 p.m. EST.  #Breaking: Corker to vote yes on tax bill https://t.co/pdeMR0l610 pic.twitter.com/QFSUg9Uqwr— POLITICO (@politico) December 15, 2017 Previously, Corker said that he was concerned about the bill's effect on the deficit. Now, while he still does not think that this bill is perfect and he would have preferred to have reached a more bipartisan consensus on parts...
  • GOP unveils final version of tax reform bill

    12/15/2017 3:07:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 114 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 15, 2017 | Samuel Chamberlain
    Congressional Republicans unveiled the most sweeping overhaul of the nation’s tax code Friday evening with an eye toward final passage next week after two key GOP senators endorsed the legislation. The final version of the so-called Tax Cuts and Jobs Act keeps seven tax brackets, but reduces rates for five of them. The new rates start at 10 percent and rise to 12, 22, 24, 32, 35 and 37 percent. The corporate tax rate is reduced from 35 percent to 21 percent and the bill provides sweeping tax deductions to other businesses, lowering their top effective tax rate to about...
  • Concerns Over Fake Comments on FCC Net Neutrality

    12/15/2017 6:39:39 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 115 replies
    WNEP-16 ^ | 14 December 2017 | Dave Bohman
    WILKES-BARRE -- For the past few months, the Federal Communications Commission asked for comments from the public on whether it should end net neutrality. Thousands of comments came from people in northeastern and central Pennsylvania. But it appears many, if not most of these comments, are fake. We called 12 people whose names were listed as making comments with the FCC and none of them said they even contacted the agency. That includes a woman from Wilkes-Barre who admits she doesn't even know what the FCC does. The Christmas spirit runs through the home of Darlene Mapes in Wilkes-Barre, but...
  • Trump's Muslim Ban is Working. Muslim Immigration Slumps

    12/14/2017 11:31:11 AM PST · by Cubs Fan · 89 replies
    During his campaign, President Trump promised to ban all Muslims outright until he could figure out “what is going on.” He later explained that this idea had developed into several policies that would have the same effect. Keep Up With This Story And More By Subscribing Now Since his inauguration, Trump has begun to implement them—they include slashing the refugee program, banning all immigration and travelers from several majority Muslim countries, and imposing new burdens on all visa applicants as part of “extreme vetting” initiatives. So far, these policies appear to have “worked,” strongly reducing Muslim immigration and travel to...
  • House Votes to Have Treasury Publish Iranian Leaders’ Assets Over Objections of Maxine Waters

    12/14/2017 11:16:34 AM PST · by LSUfan · 50 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 14 Dec 17 | Christopher Holton
    The US Treasury Department must publish a report listing the financial assets of Iran’s leaders, under a bill that passed the US House of Representatives this week. The bill, which passed by a vote of 289-135, must still pass the US Senate before President Trump can decide whether or not to sign it into law. This legislation previously was stymied when President Obama declared that he would veto it if it got to his desk. Leading the charge for the Iranian side was Maxine Waters…
  • Yes, Investigate the Investigators

    12/14/2017 10:07:03 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | December 14, 2017
    The Department of Justice and the FBI are developing a credibility problem. The last two weeks have brought a blizzard of revelations about the anti-Trump political predilections of top FBI officials and prosecutors in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, perhaps none more eye-popping than a just-revealed text from Peter Strzok, a top FBI intelligence agent. In August 2016, Strzok, who played a lead-investigator role in the Hillary Clinton–emails investigation, flatly stated that the FBI could not “take that risk,” referring to the possibility that Donald Trump might be elected president. He made the statement in a message to Lisa Page,...
  • Mueller Prosecutor: Just Went To Walmart. I Could SMELL The Trump Support

    12/13/2017 8:20:01 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 124 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12 Dec 2017
  • House GOP forges ahead with plan to include defense (and Children’s Health Care) in spending bill

    12/13/2017 8:25:36 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | Dec 13, 2017 | Christina Marcos
    House Republicans are moving ahead with a strategy to pass a short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown after next Friday, daring Democrats to oppose full-year defense funding and an extension of children’s health insurance. The House Appropriations Committee released legislation on Wednesday evening that would keep the government open through Jan. 19. It would also fund the Defense Department through September 2018 and avert automatic sequestration cuts that would otherwise take effect, as well as extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for the next year. In addition to seeking to avoid a shutdown next week,...
  • Fusion GPS admits DOJ official's wife Nellie Ohr hired to probe Trump

    12/13/2017 5:30:00 PM PST · by Enchante · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 13, 2017 | Jake Gibson
    A co-founder of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS acknowledged in a new court document that his company hired the wife of a senior Justice Department official to help investigate then-candidate Donald Trump last year. The confirmation from Glenn Simpson came in a signed declaration filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., and provided a fuller picture of the nature of Nellie Ohr’s work – after Fox News first reported on her connection to Fusion GPS. Her husband, Bruce Ohr, was demoted at the DOJ last week for concealing his meetings with the same company, which commissioned the anti-Trump...