President-elect Donald Trump sat down for his first televised interview since the election, telling 60 Minutes that overturning the Supreme Court’s 2014 gay marriage decision was not among his priorities. Asked where he stood on the issue, Trump said it was irrelevant.“It’s law. It was settled in the Supreme Court,” Trump said. “It’s done. These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled, and I’m fine with that.”Anyone who thought they would hear anything else – from hopeful social conservatives to hysterical LGBT activists – hasn’t been paying attention. Trump has made it abundantly clear throughout the campaign that he is not on the same page as the Republican Party when it comes to gay marriage (to say nothing of many other issues).
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Friday said Republicans will look to undo an offshore drilling plan released by President Obama that blocks oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean.“In its final days, the Obama administration is throwing up more barriers to American energy development. This plan to exclude the resource-rich Arctic from exploration possibilities squanders our ability to harness the abundant, affordable energy sources that power our economy,” Ryan said in a statement. ADVERTISEMENT“Our Better Way agenda outlines a plan to unleash our energy potential and create American jobs. That’s why we will work to overturn this plan, and to open up the Arctic and other offshore areas for development.”Ryan joined much of the oil industry in slamming the drilling plan, a five-year policy that will allow for oil lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico but not the Atlantic or Arctic Oceans. The industry had hoped Obama would allow drilling in the Arctic as part of the plan.
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.