Why Trump Is Thinking Of Bringing Back ‘Earmarks’

President Donald Trump suggested last week that lawmakers bring back “earmarks,” a practice that for centuries helped transform Washington into a “swamp” riddled special interests, out-of-control spending and unaccountability. “Maybe all of you should start thinking about going back to a form of earmarks,” Trump said Tuesday to a group of Republican and Democratic congressman gathered… Please follow and like us:

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Moscow: US by Sanctions Want to Influence Russian Situation before Presidential Election

TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said by drafting personal anti-Russian sanctions, the US is trying to influence the situation in Russia before the presidential election, as he commented on a report, in which the US is drafting a list of persons to undergo the sanctions. “By end of January, as we understand, will… Please follow and like us:

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Supreme Court will decide billion-dollar question for online sales: Can states collect sales taxes on all purchases?

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced Friday that it will consider allowing states to require all online sellers to collect sales taxes, revoking an old rule that costs states billions in lost revenues. The justices said they would hear an appeal from South Dakota and 35 other states that says the current “physical presence” rule is… Please follow and like us:

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Robert Mueller money laundering push could spark constitutional crisis

Any move by special counsel Robert Mueller to go beyond collusion and obstruction of justice to probe possible money laundering by President Trump and his family could trigger a major constitutional clash – and present Congress with a massive political headache. With nearly eight months gone by and some $7 million spent on Mr. Mueller’s Russia… Please follow and like us:

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Russia Denounces US Senate Report on Meddling as ‘Unfounded’

Russia has denounced a U.S. Senate report which accuses the Kremlin of election meddling with the intent to undermine democracies, saying it is “unfounded” and damaging for relations between the two countries. U.S. Senate Democrats on Wednesday warned that Russian operations to undermine democracy extend far beyond U.S. elections and accused President Donald Trump of failing… Please follow and like us:

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Bannon apologizes over damning portrait in book as White House presses defense of Trump

WASHINGTON — With President Donald Trump cheering from the sidelines, the White House Sunday pressed its defense of the president’s fitness to govern, as fired former aide Steve Bannon reversed course and apologized for his role in a new book’s explosive portrait of Trump. The president’s critics, meanwhile, said Trump’s stream of taunts and insults in… Please follow and like us:

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Homeland Security data breach compromises personal info of 247K DHS employees

A data breach at the Department of Homeland Security compromised the personal information of nearly a quarter of a million current and former DHS employees, including their names, Social Security numbers, birthdays, positions and pay grades, the agency said Wednesday. Hundreds of thousands of past and present DHS employees have been notified about a May 2017… Please follow and like us:

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‘Internet of Things’ Devices Have Their Security Risks. How Regulators Should Address Them.

Most Americans own some sort of “smart” device, whether it’s a smartphone, a smart thermostat, or a smart fitness tracker. These devices are benefiting Americans in countless ways, from helping them become more energy-efficient, to saving money and even tracking their health. But many of these devices can also pose a security risk to unsuspecting consumers.… Please follow and like us:

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More Businesses Raise Wages, Give Bonuses in Wake of Tax Cuts

More businesses are announcing bonuses, higher minimum wages, and new benefits for employees after passage by Congress of Republicans’ tax reform bill. An email from House Speaker Paul Ryan’s press office highlights 33 businesses—including Aflac, Associated Bank, and PNC Bank—that have announced raises, bonuses, and other improvements for employees. In moves that may defuse efforts to… Please follow and like us:

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Sharp Reactions in Congress to Trump Tweet on North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweet warning North Korea’s leader that he has a “Nuclear Button” that is “much bigger & more powerful” than Kim Jong Un’s set off a series of sharp reactions Wednesday on Capitol Hill as the Senate gaveled in for its first day of business in 2018. “It’s embarrassing, it’s counterproductive and it’s… Please follow and like us:

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US Fed members divided over rate hikes in 2018

US central bankers are divided over how fast they will need to raise interest rates next year, given differences over the causes behind the low inflation and wage gains seen to date, a report showed Wednesday. The minutes of the December 12-13 policy meeting, when the Federal Reserve raised the benchmark lending rate for the third… Please follow and like us:

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House and Senate Should Reconcile Their Bills to Replace Dodd-Frank

In June, the House passed the Financial CHOICE Act, a comprehensive financial regulatory reform bill that would replace large parts of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law. Because the Republicans hold a slim majority in the Senate, passing such a comprehensive reform package is difficult, at best. Nonetheless, the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, led by… Please follow and like us:

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Trump tweet trashes Amazon, USPS shipping price breaks

WASHINGTON, December 30, 2017: Just when you thought this New Year’s weekend would be a quiet one, the President fired off another provocative Trump tweet this Friday a.m.: Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making… Please follow and like us:

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The IRS has spoken. Can you deduct your 2018 property tax prepayments?

Taxpayers are scrambling to prepay their 2018 property taxes and municipal clerk offices are adding hours to cope with the demand as homeowners look to save money before new limits on state and local tax deductions kick in. It’s not entirely clear yet, however, whether all of those efforts will pay off. Here’s what local government… Please follow and like us:

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Three Huge, Totally Unexpected Surprises to Look for in 2018

Here are three leading examples of the conventional wisdom among Washington’s political experts about what will happen in 2018: Democrats will ride a “Blue Wave” of congressional campaign victories to retake control of Congress, gaining majorities in the Senate and the House of Representatives. Only the richest Americans will benefit economically from passage of President Donald… Please follow and like us:

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