Is 2017 the year when a tax overhaul finally happens?Don’t bet on it.That’s despite the revelation that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump could have avoided paying federal income taxes for almost two decades.And despite Sen. Bernie Sanders’ decision to embrace a tax overhaul as one of his signature issues during his insurgent Democratic primary campaign.And despite the damage done to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2012 when he released tax returns — something that Trump, so far, has refused to do — showing he’d paid 14 percent in taxes on his eight-figure income.Congress has talked about a tax overhaul for almost three decades. Doing something about it, not so much.
The complete top 10 of recipients: Clinton, $41,165 Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., who accepted $17,370 Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., who accepted $13,225 Sanders, $9,285 Pramila Jayapal, a Democratic candidate for a House seat from Washington, $6,957 Former Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., $3,500 Dwight Evan, a Democratic candidate for a House seat from Pennsylvania, $3,500 Rep. Donna Fern Edwards, D-Maryland, $2,900 Democratic Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., $2,850 Rep. L. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., $2,835
During Thursday morning’s debate analysis on ABC, Cokie Roberts explained that the media just doesn’t have time to spend on Clinton’s scandals because they’re too busy covering Trump’s. The longtime political analyst for ABC and NPR admitted that the media “would have otherwise” been talking about Clinton, except that those stories “kept being pushed out of the top of the news” by Trump’s sexual assault accusations and lewd comments on tape.After analyst Matthew Dowd stated that Clinton won all three debates, “overwhelmingly” in the final one, he emphasised, Donald Trump “has to catch up” to Hillary but she’s too far ahead of him to do so, he stated. Roberts then jumped in to explain that Trump’s poor debate performance can’t be the only reason he was behind Clinton. “A few other things did happen,” she stated, “other than the debate.” Roberts insinuated that people cared more about Trump’s scandals then Clinton’s when she admitted, “We would have otherwise had a lot of stories about Hillary Clinton than those WikiLeaks, but they kept being pushed out of the top of the news by his [Trump’s] women,” Roberts admitted on Good Morning America, Thursday.
Thursday’s CBS This Morning was the first Big Three newscast to notice the latest Project Veritas undercover videos that exposed how Democratic Party operatives worked to disrupt Donald Trump rallies. During a fact check of Wednesday’s presidential debate, Nancy Cordes spotlighted how “Democratic contractors were caught on video appearing to plan to provoke Trump supporters.”
ABC and NBC’s morning and evening newscasts have yet to cover the controversy. Instead, NBC’s Today on Wednesday devoted 33 seconds to a North Korean smoking chimpanzee. ABC’s GMA on Wednesday set aside over a minute to possible new music from John Mayer.Cordes zeroed in on the Project Veritas revelation during the two minute and 34-second segment. She first pointed out that “Trump accused Clinton last night of hiring people to disrupt his rallies.” After playing a clip of the billionaire’s statement, the journalist continued with her line about “Democratic contractors…appearing to plan to provoke Trump supporters.” She added that “there’s no indication Clinton’s campaign paid for it or even knew about it.”
President Richard Nixon released four years of tax returns in 1973 to quell accusations that he was evading taxes. Since then, every candidate for president, except Donald Trump, has released some tax information, ranging from Gerald Ford’s summary document to 30 years of Bob Dole’s returns.See how many years of tax information candidates have released before each presidential election:
Cyber attacks targeting a little known internet infrastructure company, Dyn, disrupted access to dozens of websites on Friday, preventing some users from accessing PayPal, Twitter and Spotify.
America’s small business community, including farmers and ranchers, consistently says that controlling the rising cost of health care is the number one concern when it comes to maintaining and growing their businesses. Unfortunately, burdensome regulations and taxes, such as the Health Insurance Tax, or “HIT,” continue to raise their costs.The HIT is a largely unknown tax included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that directly raises costs on health insurance plans purchased by small business owners, their employees, and the self-employed. The tax has a particularly hard impact on farmers and ranchers across the country who are often on the hook for purchasing their own health care coverage for themselves, their spouses and their families.
If you want to start blaming people for the mess of the last eight years, make sure you give yourself plenty of time. Start with Barack Obama, the president who thought he was a king. Save some for the Democrats in Congress, who danced for him like good little puppets. And reserve some special blame for congressional Republicans, who often opposed Obama with words while rubber-stamping his legislation with their hands.But the lion’s share of the blame should be thrown on the media. It was only because they took an eight-year hiatus from their job that Obama was able to ignore the Constitution for two straight terms. In private, they were pulling their hair out, calling this the most secretive administration in modern history. But in public, they functioned as Obama’s greatest defenders.
As more and more people use encryption to protect their data, surveillance hawks at all levels — local, state, and federal — continue to seek ways around the privacy protections offered by that encryption. A recently published court filing from California shows that the hawks are stooping to new lows in their treatment of the constitutional protections afforded to people’s data.Forbes is reporting on an application for a warrant by U.S. Attorney Eileen Decker in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on May 9, 2016 to allow “law enforcement” officers serving the warrant to “depress the fingerprints and thumbprints of every person who is at located at the subject premises during the execution of the search and who is reasonably believed by law enforcement to be a user of a fingerprint sensor-enabled device that is located at the subject premises and falls within the scope of the warrant.”Although the warrant itself and the other court documents are not available to the public, the memorandum is more than enough to show that the hawks have overstepped any reasonable line of protection in their attempt to get around both the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. Since those who have been used to taking the easiest path of mass surveillance see encryption as “a threat to law enforcement efforts” and “a boon to dangerous criminals,” they demonstrate that they are more than willing to sacrifice liberty and privacy to attack that encryption. Never mind that normal, everyday non-criminals use encryption to protect their data from both criminal hackers and overreaching government agents.
Donald Trump started his campaign with a message for everyone in the country to hear: Washington is hopelessly corrupt and only an outsider can fix what’s wrong with the system. That message has been blunted over the last fifteen months or so, but it remains the core of his campaign. On Monday night in Green Bay, Trump returned to one of his most important mission statements with a proposal that should send shivers down the spine of any establishment crony.“If we let the Clinton Cartel run this government, history will record that 2017 was the year America lost its independence. We will not let that happen,” Trump said. “It is time to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C. That is why I am proposing a package of ethics reforms to make our government honest once again.”