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 February 2, 2018
Mayor Abraham Beame (foreground) with President Carter in the South Bronx in 1977. It was in 1975, during Beame’s tenure as mayor, that the city’s Uniform Land Use Procedure, or ULURP, was created. The report suggests it is time for a new approach. The mechanism that the de Blasio administration—like its predecessors—has used to redraw New York’s zoning map and guide development is deeply flawed and in need of a comprehensive overhaul, argues numerous influential organizations in a repo...
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by on November 29, 2017
The former head of the University of California Berkeley College Republicans is suing Yvette Felarca, the far-left activist behind By Any Means Necessary, and one of the leaders of the Antifa movement. According to Campus Reform, Troy Worden is seeking more than $100,000 in damages over what he claims are a series of harassing and frivolous restraining orders he says Felarca filed in order to keep the UC Berkeley College Republicans from exercising their right to free speech. The o...
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by on February 1, 2018
Gov. Cuomo says New York will continue to provide Obamacare initiatives despite federal attempts to thwart the legislation. New York’s Obamacare program reached a new high, with more than 4.3 million people signing up for healthcare coverage, state officials announced Thursday. The 2018 totals marked an increase of about 700,000 people from a year ago, officials said. The 2018 enrollment period ended on Jan. 31. "Covering 4.3 million New Yorkers is truly a historic milestone," said ...
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by on February 3, 2018
Devin Nunes appears on Fox News, Friday February 2, 2018.  Devin Nunes, the congressman who authored a disputed memo alleging improper surveillance of Trump associates by the FBI and the Department of Justice, admitted he didn't view the underlying intelligence on which he based the memo. Nunes made that assertion during an interview on Fox News Friday, hours after the memo was released to the public. Nunes' remark confirms statements made by his Democratic counterpart on the...
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by on February 1, 2018
With U.S. President Donald Trump now in office, the campaign rhetoric that created anxiety and uncertainty around the globe is giving way to actual presidential policies. While candidate Trump did not elaborate much on his foreign policy agenda, he was very vocal about a few things: in addition to obliterating the self-proclaimed Islamic State and getting tough with China on trade, one of his highest priorities would be to “dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran.” The 2015 agreement that ...
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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 February 2, 2018
Billionaire Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor pictured leaving U.S. District Court in Phoenix in October 2017. New York is the latest state to sue opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics.  Attorney general of New York Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday that his office was suing Insys, alleging that the company carelessly marketed their extremely potent fentanyl spray Subsys. The complaint alleges that Insys told sales reps to get providers to prescribe higher and higher doses ...
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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
"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
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 February 2, 2018
What happens after #ReleaseTheMemo. US Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), chair of House Intelligence Committee, listens to President Donald Trump's remarks during a lunch at the 2018 House and Senate Republican Member Conference February 1, 2018, at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia Over continued objections from the FBI, the White House declassified a version of Republican Rep. Devin Nunes’s four-page memo on Friday, which alleges serious abuses of power by the ...
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