Dec 03 2017
The Senate passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) just after 2 a.m. ET on Saturday, moving the USA one step closer to the biggest overhaul of the federal tax code in more than 30 years.
And even if Democrats went along with these measures as a way to help stabilize Obamacare, opening up spending bills to such legislation is going to inspire all sorts of demands from Republicans as well as Democrats under circumstances where one false step could shut down the government, possibly in the middle of the holidays.
Mr Trump wants that to happen before the end of the year, allowing him and his Republicans to score their first major legislative achievement of 2017, despite controlling the White House, the Senate and the House since he took office in January.
In a late night rewrite of the bill, the text of which has not yet seen the light of day, leadership won over a couple of other holdouts by making the tax break for so-called pass-through corporations more generous-up from 17.4 percent to 23. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee raised concerns about the staggering cost of the package and other provisions. Murkowski got the provision added earlier this week, but the initial version violated arcane Senate rules about which provisions can be added to the tax bill. On Thursday, the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation released a report saying the legislation would add $1 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years, even with tax-driven economic growth projections factored in.
Under the bill, the corporate tax rate would be cut from 35 percent to 20 percent.
First lady goes with classic, traditional Christmas decor
The theme goes hand-in-hand with President Trump's belief that America needs to restore the tradition in Christmas. Social media is mocking a photo display of White House holiday decorations that some say look rather haunting.
Bhansali says Padmavati work of fiction, CBFC says will consult historians
MPs CP Joshi and M Birla had approached the parliamentary panel headed by Anurag Thakur to ensure that the movie is not released. Joshi also informed the panel that the CBFC would appoint a team of experts to look at the content of the film, said sources.
Former NFL WR Glenn dies in auto accident
Terry Glenn in 2000. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Terry's family, his former teammates and friends who mourn his loss". The 43-year-old was reportedly traveling with his fiancee, who was in the hospital as of Monday being treated in the ICU.
Throughout the House and Senate debates, the USA bishops have maintained that any tax reform must prioritize "care for the most vulnerable among us". The current Senate bill completely eliminates the federal deduction for state and local taxes, a popular deduction in the Democratic-leaning states of New York, New Jersey, California and IL as well as many wealthy suburbs nationwide.
Democrats derided the bill as a GOP gift to its wealthy and business backers at the expense of lower-earning people. "Because, basically, they voted against tax cuts". The party views passage as crucial to retaining its House and Senate majorities in next year's elections.
On Saturday, Bishop Frank Dewane, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, said further analysis and recommendations from the bishops would be forthcoming, but "Congress must act now to fix the fundamental flaws found in both bills, and choose the policy approaches that help individuals and families struggling within our society".
The legislation still has to be reconciled with the U.S. House of Representatives' version of the bill passed on November 16. That would give Republicans another chance to undo a health care law that withstood repeated repeal attempts while exacerbating the bill's consequences for those of modest means.
The changes added almost $300 billion to the tax bill's costs.
Nov 29 2017
Tiger Woods Faces Long Odds
For the first time in almost 10 months, Tiger Woods will tee up in a competitive golf event this week. Looking back on it now, it looked like I was playing in slow-mo".
Nov 28 2017
How to legally cut a Christmas tree on Alaska public lands
Even having it next to a heater vent could be unsafe , since it'll dry out the tree and make it easier to burst into flames. Upside-down Christmas trees are common among many Slavic groups-Carpatho-Rusyns, Poles, Slovaks, and Ukrainians.
Nov 26 2017
Myanmar and Bangladesh have Reached an Agreement to Return the Rohingya Refugees
In late October, officials in Myanmar ordered the harvesting of fields that had been deserted in the Rohingya exodus. Almost one million Rohingya have been forced to leave their homes, many fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh .
Nov 26 2017
Donald Trump Will Tee It Up With Tiger Woods And Dustin Johnson
Aides were mum on how he spent the time period, which is roughly the length of a round of golf, unless you play quickly. Donald Trump broke with White House custom on Friday by admitting he was playing golf.
Nov 25 2017
India expresses outrage over Hafiz Saeed's release
Saeed was put under house arrest after the Mumbai terror attack in November 2008 but he was freed by court in 2009. Saeed was also seen cutting a cake and distributing candies among his supporters in celebration of his release.
Nov 24 2017
OnePlus 5 Soon to be Discontinued in Favor of The OnePlus 5T
Moving to the burn test, the OnePlus 5T survived for 20 seconds before its display turned white, and never recovered. Now the new OnePlus flagship has also received its first durability test from a YouTuber, JerryRigEverything .
Nov 23 2017
Hafiz Saeed to walk free, Pak court orders release of 26/11 mastermind
Saeed's release may also coincide with the anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in which at least 166 people were killed. Speaking to PTI, an official source said, "The government can not afford to set Saeed free in the current circumstance".
Nov 22 2017
FCC plans to repeal net neutrality rules for Internet service providers
The so-called net neutrality rules prevent broadband companies from slowing down or blocking any sites or apps. He said earlier this year "people tell me that they want fast, affordable and reliable internet access".
Nov 22 2017
Democratic Strategist Calls for Al Franken to Resign
In a telling part of CNN's article , Menz says she would not have come forward if Tweeden had not done so first. The statement came as newly surfaced photos of Franken inappropriately grabbing Arianna Huffington emerged.
Nov 21 2017
Saudi Arabia leads Arab nations in condemning Iran, Hezbollah
With the absolutist kingdom, Israel is now working on common concerns over Iran, the cabinet minister said. Saudi Arabia and members of Hariris Future Movement have denied reports that he is under house arrest.
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