President Donald Trump may not want to look at betting odds on his impeachment if he wants to get 2018 off a positive start. The odds would likely leave the president on the brink of his first tweetstorm of the new year.
One year ago, the Democratic Party and liberal activists were devastated. They had been wiped out at every level, President Barack Obama was on his way out, and Donald Trump was assembling an administration of terrifyingly extreme and unqualified right wing crusaders, ready to break down and all but demolish many of our civil institutions.
Moore — a twice-fired state supreme court justice and accused child molester — filed a complaint alleging that there were too many black voters for his loss to be real, based in part on the work of an “elections expert” who “has claimed to have ‘mathematically proved a conspiracy to assassinate’ President John F. Kennedy.”
Republican efforts to sabotage the ongoing Russia probe have reached a fever pitch in recent weeks, with GOP lawmakers calling for purges at the FBI, slinging baseless accusations against special counsel Robert Mueller, and even running secret investigations aimed at exposing unspecified “corruption and conspiracy” within the FBI and Department of Justice.
British chemists toiled with a tripod-shaped bond of nitrogen and oxygen molecules linked by carbon and hydrogen they referred to as “research department explosive” — a substance one and a half times as powerful as TNT, but so delicate it had to be mixed with beeswax to be stable and pliable enough to fit into warheads.
Mitch McConnell thinks the tax bill passed by Congress will put a strong wind into his party’s sails. “If we can’t sell this to the American people, we ought to go into another line of work,” the Senate majority leader said Wednesday.
Days before heading away for the holidays, Trump told White House reporters that the tax bill would be “one of the great Christmas gifts to middle-income people.” However, Mar-a-lago’s exclusive dinner guests would have paid a $200,000 initiation fee and $14,000 in annual dues to Trump’s golf club and resort.
House Democrats may have set the stage, or at least positioned a critical actor, for impeaching President Donald Trump. This week’s Judiciary Committee win for Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, a constitutional law expert who’s previously dealt with Trump…
Donald Trump enjoys repeating the lie that the tax package he signed into law is the biggest tax cut in U.S. history. But it isn’t even the biggest tax cut in the last decade. Even when it comes to cutting taxes, which is generally associated with the right than the left, Trump comes up short compared to President Barack Obama.
The stopgap measure would continue federal operations after funding expires Friday for a few more weeks, setting up another deadline for Jan. 19. But it would leave undone a long list of priorities that members of both parties had hoped to finish this year.
Buried in the hastily drafted tax bill’s more than 500 pages are provisions eliminating “miscellaneous” deductions taken by almost 28 million taxpayers in 2015. Those are costs you bore to support your job or an investment you own or to pay a professional to prepare your income tax return.
President Ronald Reagan is remembered for the big changes he helped bring about in our tax system — and for good reason. Under him, the top individual income tax rate plunged from 70 percent to 28 percent. On Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan celebrated the new Republican overhaul. It will take the top rate from 39.6 percent to 37 percent.
As the GOP tax bill raced through both chambers of Congress Tuesday, hurtling like a runaway train toward President Trump’s desk, Americans should see this GOP effort for what it is in the sweep of history—the Republican dismantling of federal government.
Chief among the empty reform promises Trump made was his campaign vow to do away with the luxurious, so-called carried interest tax loophole, which rewards a small number of private equity investors on Wall Street.
Now that the House has passed the GOP tax scam — with only 12 Republicans voting against it and zero Democrats supporting it — and it is heading to the Senate Tuesday night for a final vote, it is worth considering how shockingly little Republicans know about their own bill.
Of all the reasons the Republican tax bill will be a mugging of the majority of non-wealthy Americans, one reason stands out above all else—the bill will seriously set back everyone who has struggled to pay for health insurance and medical expenses.
What a difference one special election makes! Following Tuesday’s historic victory by Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama’s Senate race, Democrats and Republicans, to say nothing of pundits and election data-crunchers, have been revisiting old assumptions about 2018 and 2020.
Republicans are refusing to name new witnesses in the Congressional investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 election and may be prematurely winding down the probe, according to the ranking Democrat in the House Intelligence Committee.
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the majority whip, on Sunday said a provision that could personally enrich key Republican lawmakers was added to the final tax bill as part of an effort to “cobble together the votes we needed to get this bill passed.”
As Star Wars: The Last Jedi takes over the box office this weekend, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz unwisely decided to mess with the film’s star over net neutrality. And he got the business end of Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber-sharp wit for his troubles.
Republican congressional leaders and real estate moguls could be personally enriched by a real-estate-related provision GOP lawmakers slipped into the final tax bill released Friday evening, according to experts interviewed by International Business Times.
Alabama Democrat Doug Jones was elected to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday by a mere 21,000 votes. That margin would have been much larger if Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, a strident partisan Republican, would have taken steps to inform his state’s voters than thousands of ex-felons were eligible to vote under a 2017 state law.
Republicans have for months deluded themselves that giant tax cuts for corporations and billionaires are the answer to all their problems. Sen. Lindsey Graham said it is the only thing that can save their House majority. Many other GOP lawmakers have said that without the tax scam passed by next year, their donors will cut them off.
Alabama’s election of Doug Jones to the Senate was not just an electrifying and reassuring victory for Democrats; it was, as Jones said Tuesday night, a victory for all Alabamians and Americans who want their political system to embrace “dignity,” “respect,” “the rule of law,” “decency,” “common courtesy” and “a fair shake in life.”
Steve Bannon, we’re told, is a “street fighter.” That’s what Bannon told us, anyway, when he went on 60 Minutes earlier this year shortly after his brief tenure in the Trump administration came to an end. “I think I’m a street fighter,” Bannon said…