by on November 27, 2017
Bad news for people who aren’t already rich. Last night, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of the Senate tax bill. The report concludes that the GOP’s tax bill is bad for the poor from the get-go, and ends up eventually raising taxes on the middle class too. Per the Washington Post: By 2019, Americans earning less than $30,000 a year would be worse off under the Senate bill, CBO found. By 2021, Americans earning $40,000 or less would be net losers, and...
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by on November 27, 2017
From urban planning and tech corners, there's resistance to a proposed streetcar that would otherwise seem to make transportation easier and faster. om Grech, President, CEO of Queens Chamber of Commerce with Lawrence Simmons, outreach director at Friends of BQX. (Photo by Gerri Hernandez, courtesy of Friends of the BQX) Last week the the group Friends of the BQX showed off a prototype of a streetcar the organization hopes could be the newest form of transportation for the Brooklyn ...
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by on November 25, 2017
If a House provision gets enacted, churches will be able to endorse – not just pray for – political candidates. Andrew Cline/Shutterstock.com The tax package pending in Congress includes a provision that would leave churches and other nonprofits, which by law must be nonpartisan, suddenly free to engage in political speech. This measure, currently only in the House version of the bill, could potentially change charitable life as we know it. As an accounting professor who teaches non...
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by on November 25, 2017
"Everything the Trump campaign told you about the connections between Trump and Russia was a lie." Donald Trump Jr. greets his father during the Oct. 9, 2016 presidential debate in St. Louis. (Photo by Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images) Bill Moyers: You’re the consummate trial lawyer with a celebrated reputation for summing up the closing argument for the jury, but from our work together on the timeline I know you also have the instincts of a journalist. So write the lede to the story this f...
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by on November 25, 2017
A painted wall outside a women’s organization in Nicaragua names and shames, a kind of brick-and-mortar #MeToo. Inscriptions on the wall in front of the Colectivo de Mujeres de Matagalpa tell the stories of violence against women: names of the accused, descriptions of attacks, and more. In a country with high levels of gender-based violence, civil society repression, and decreasing funding for women’s groups, this is risky. But the Nicaraguan organization is brave. The work of its w...
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by on November 25, 2017
No group stirs the Trumpian ire quite like rich black folks. I do not like sports. There are lots of other things I hate more—cancer, genocide, lite jazz—but ultimately, they’re all separated by a matter of degrees. I don’t care who won last night’s game, who’s in anyone’s brackets or how great the Whatchamacallits are "looking this year." But while the sporting aspect of sports may strike me as boring, for the past few years, I’ve been pretty taken by the on- and off-field political comm...
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by on November 25, 2017
Thomas Jefferson was a man of many contradictions when it came to race. As the dust-up over the infamous Google memo earlier this year made clear, a new front in the culture wars is forming around disputes between science and identity politics. Pockets of scientists and self-proclaimed “skeptics” are uniting around the notion that politics related to the identities of people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and Muslims represent an adulteration of the fruits...
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by on November 24, 2017
"As Indigenous Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender-nonconforming people, we are entitled to flaunt our survival." There are too many reasons why this Thanksgiving is the most difficult for me as a queer, nonbinary, Indigenous person. As the not-so-distant memories of #NoDAPL linger, my people in Puerto Rico still recover after Hurricane Maria, and 14-year-old Native boy Jason Pero lies cold after being killed by police; colonialism has never felt so raw. With little recourse, I find hope ...
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