President Trump's tax plan affects you
President Donald Trump has revealed some details about a sweeping tax reform plan. The president says he wants tax cuts for everyday working people, not the rich. Working poor people could owe no income tax, filing a return could get much simpler, and there would even be a new credit for caring for elderly relatives under a tax "framework" being proposed Wednesday by President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress. The plan cuts the top corporate tax rate dramatically and creates a new top rate for small businesses that is lower than the top rate for individuals. It also eliminates two taxes paid entirely by the rich, while taking away a deduction for state and local taxes that is used most heavily in some of the most wealthy, and Democrat-dominated, states.
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Obama appointees 'burrowed' in gov't, report says
By the time Barack Obama's presidency ended in January 2017, 78 of his political appointees had "burrowed" into government jobs over the course of six years, a report says. The report from the Government Accountability Office was obtained by the Washington Times. "Burrowing" refers to a process in which political appointees are appointed to career-level jobs to protect them from being ousted once a new administration takes over. Of the 78 such appointees identified in the GAO report, seven had switched to career jobs without first receiving necessary approval from the Office of Personnel Management, the report says. Four were later denied the positions and three later resigned. The department with the highest number of conversions was the Department of Homeland Security, with nine appointees burrowing in. The Department of Justice was second with eight conversions. The process of burrowing is not an uncommon for administrations on the way out. President George W. Bush had at least 26 conversions approved in his final year in office. Fox News
VOA VIEW: Obama was a crooked and abusive as they come.
in custody after shots fired on North Carolina university
Authorities at a North Carolina university say shots were fired on the campus, and officers have taken two suspects into custody. A spokesman for Gardner-Webb University said there were no injuries reported in Wednesday's incident. Spokesman Noel Manning said authorities are looking for another person of interest. Manning said the shooting occurred on the back of the campus in the apartment section, but he could provide no additional details. The school published on its Twitter account that the scene of the shooting is secure. Students had been ordered to shelter in place as the situation unfolded. Las Vegas Sun
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Trump allow release of secret JFK assassination papers?
The anticipated release of thousands of never-seen government documents related to President John F. Kennedy's assassination has scholars and armchair detectives buzzing. Now, they're waiting to see whether President Donald Trump will block the release of files that could shed light on a tragedy that has stirred conspiracy theories for decades. The National Archives has until Oct. 26 to disclose the remaining files related to Kennedy's 1963 assassination, unless Trump intervenes. The CIA and FBI, whose records make up the bulk of the batch, won't say whether they've appealed to the Republican president to keep them under wraps. It's unlikely the documents contain any big revelations about Kennedy's killing, said Judge John Tunheim, who was chairman of the independent agency in the 1990s that made public many assassination records and decided how long others could remain secret. ABC
VOA VIEW: Why has these records been kept secret for so long?
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Maria 'probably the single biggest hurricane catastrophe in the history
of the US,'
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Wednesday that Hurricane Maria is "probably the single biggest hurricane catastrophe in the history of the U.S.” Maria battered the island after it made landfall as a powerful category 4 storm last week, leaving residents there with dwindling supplies of drinking water and without power and cellphone service. Rosselló continued his calls for action from Congress in the wake of the hurricane while speaking from Camp Santiago on the Puerto Rico National Guard base in the hard-hit town of Salinas Wednesday afternoon, adding that funds from the Puerto Rican government are running low. ABC
VOA VIEW: Puerto Rico is an island and trucks can't reach them.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has dismissed comments made by Donald Trump that the site has always been against him. The US president accused the social network of "collusion" on Twitter, branding it "anti-Trump". He made the same claim against the New York Times and the Washington Post. Facebook will shortly hand over 3,000 political adverts to congressional investigators probing alleged Russian meddling in the US election. The site believes the ads were probably purchased by Russian entities during and after the 2016 presidential contest. Facebook, Twitter and Google have been asked to testify before the US Senate Intelligence Committee on 1 November about the allegations of Russian interference. BBC
Health Secretary May Stay Despite Private Jet Scandal
President Donald Trump’s private jet-loving health secretary isn’t taking off just yet. Tom Price, Trump’s head of Health and Human Services, spoke with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Wednesday and didn’t offer his resignation over his taxpayer-funded trips on charter jets, said a White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity. Price is facing investigations by Congress and the HHS Office of Inspector General over what Politico has reported are at least 24 private flights with costs totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars. Asked earlier Wednesday whether he would fire Price, Trump said he was looking “very closely” at the possibility. “I am not happy with him,” the president said. If Price stays, the White House may simply let him deal with the scandal himself. The White House won’t defend Price’s use of charter flights for routine travel, another official said, calling it an inappropriate use of federal money. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Price has cooked his own goose.
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Will Offer Free Credit Locks for Life, New CEO Says
Equifax Inc. will debut a new service that will permanently give consumers the ability to lock and unlock their credit for free. The service will be introduced by Jan. 31, Chief Executive Officer Paulino do Rego Barros Jr. wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Wednesday, a day after taking the helm. The company will also extend the sign-up period for TrustedID Premier, the free credit-monitoring service it’s offering all U.S. consumers, he said. “The service we are developing will let consumers easily lock and unlock access to their Equifax credit files,” Barros wrote. “You will be able to do this at will. It will be reliable, safe and simple. Most significantly, the service will be offered free, for life.” Barros was named interim CEO on Tuesday, less than three weeks after Equifax disclosed that hackers accessed sensitive data for 143 million U.S. consumers. Former CEO Richard Smith will appear before Congress next week. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: A gimmick to hold on.
Horner, writer of fake news about 2016 election, dead at 38
A leading purveyor of fake news in the 2016 presidential election has died outside Phoenix at the age of 38. Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mark Casey said Tuesday authorities discovered Paul Horner dead in his bed on Sept. 18. Casey said the Maricopa County medical examiner performed an autopsy which showed there were no signs of foul play. He said Horner had a history of prescription drug abuse and that "evidence at the scene suggested this could be an accidental overdose." Horner was known for writing false stories and disseminating internet hoaxes that often went viral on Facebook and hoodwinked thousands of people. CBS
calling for Trump's impeachment goes up in California
Drivers crossing the Bay Bridge from Oakland to San Francisco witnessed an in-your-face political statement Monday morning. CBS San Francisco reports a billboard that calls for the impeachment of President Trump was constructed along the roadway. The digital ad bears a giant photo of a brooding Mr. Trump with the word "Impeach" in huge yellow letters. It also has a URL for an online petition. The billboard is the work of a group called the Courage Campaign, whose president says it's time to get the country behind the removal of Mr. Trump. They want to pressure the Republican-controlled Congress, which has shown no inclination to impeach the president. Courage Campaign is a progressive organization, probably best known for fighting Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage in California in 2008. Its website says it focuses on economic justice, human rights and corporate and political accountability.
VOA VIEW: Idiots that don't have anything better to do.
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and Americans without college degrees showed greatest gains in wealth since
Americans who were left behind as the country pulled out of the Great Recession — African Americans, Hispanics and people without college degrees — saw large gains in net worth over the past three years, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday. But the improvements failed to narrow the inequality gap: The share of America’s income held by the top 1 percent of households reached 24 percent in 2016, a record high, and the median net worth of white households, at $171,000, was nearly 10 times larger than for black households. The findings suggest that while a robust economy has benefited all economic groups, the wealthiest and most educated have been in a position to benefit even more because they began with such a significant advantage.
VOA VIEW: Colleges have become very liberal.
administration rushes military assets to Puerto Rico amid growing crisis
The Trump administration is rushing military hardware and personnel to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as it becomes increasingly clear that the U.S. government response to Hurricane Maria so far has been inadequate and overmatched by the scale of the disaster. In the first six days after the hurricane made landfall here, the Navy had deployed just two ships, citing concerns that Puerto Rico’s ports were too damaged to accommodate numerous large vessels. But harrowing reports of isolated U.S. citizens struggling in the heat without electricity and running low on food and water have now spurred the Pentagon to throw resources into the relief effort even though they haven’t been specifically requested by territorial officials. Washington Post
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attends Mich. fundraiser ahead of forum
Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Michigan on Wednesday evening for a fundraiser ahead of discussions Thursday on tax reform and a meeting with the state’s governor and business leaders. Afterward, he boarded a motorcade and left for a private dinner, a fundraiser for the Michigan Republican Party. The fundraiser took place at the home of Phillip and Lauren Fisher in a wooded neighborhood of Bloomfield Hills on Lower Long Lake. Phillip Fisher is a venture capitalist, philanthropist and political donor, according to the press pool report. Pence did not stop for media questions. His trip to Michigan came as President Donald Trump in Indiana vowed to deliver a major GOP tax overhaul plan. Detroit News
leaker hid NSA documents in pantyhose, report says
A former National Security Agency contractor has reportedly told federal authorities that she smuggled classified documents out of the NSA office where she worked by stuffing them in her pantyhose. The documents reportedly contained classified data on Russia’s alleged hacking during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Reality Leigh Winner, 25, a former Air Force linguist with a top-secret security clearance, was asked by an FBI agent about how she managed to get the documents out of the agency's Augusta, Ga., office. She responded: “Folded it in half in my pantyhose,” Politico reported, citing a transcript filed by prosecutors Wednesday. Winner worked as a government contractor in Augusta until June, when she was charged with copying a classified report and mailing it to an online news organization. U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian Epps has scheduled a hearing Friday to reconsider releasing Winner on bond. He ordered her jailed in June after prosecutors said Winner may have taken more than a single classified report. Fox News
VOA VIEW: Pitiful traitor.
Arizona deputies resisting court’s changes
The Latest on a report showing the sheriff's office in metro Phoenix still treats minorities differently from white people (all times local): Immigrant-rights attorneys say some deputies are making an overhaul of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's agency in metro Phoenix more difficult by resisting changes ordered by a judge in response to a racial profiling verdict. The resistance of some officers and supervisors to the court-ordered changes arose in a hearing Wednesday in which lawyers discussed a recently released audit report of the agency's traffic stops.Las Vegas Sun
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Hefner, Playboy founder who built a global brand on sex and free speech,
dies at 91
Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy, has died from natural causes at the age of 91. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his family, Playboy Enterprises said in a statement. The magazine was first published in 1953 and, with its iconic mix of nudes, in-depth interviews and fiction, Hefner is credited with building a brand that helped shape the sexual culture of the second half of the 20th century. Telegraph
VOA VIEW: Hefner did things his way - Good-bye.
is a false rumor about the national anthem in the NFL rulebook
There is a rumor that says the NFL rulebook has instructions for players to stand at attention during the playing of the national anthem. In addition to the searches, this is a comment that was on The Star’s Facebook page, and there are many others like it: “The NFL doesn’t follow their own rules. The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the NFL League Rulebook. It states: “The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem. “During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition... “...It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft. Kansas City
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Obama scolds female Trump voters
Former US First Lady Michelle Obama has lashed out at female voters who backed President Donald Trump. "Any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice," she said. Mrs Obama, who has stayed largely out of the political fray since leaving the White House, made the remark at a Boston conference. She reflected on the 2016 election as an example of staying true to her "authentic self". "Quite frankly, we saw this in this election. As far as I'm concerned, any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice," Mrs Obama said on Wednesday during a question-and-answer session at Inbound, a marketing and sales conference in Boston. BBC
to meet Erdogan as Russia-Turkey ties deepen
Russian President Vladimir Putin is traveling to Turkey for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on developments in Iraq and Syria, and Turkey's decision to purchase a Russian-made missile defense system. Putin's visit on Thursday comes as Turkey and Russia are deepening ties in a turnaround for the two nations, which have backed opposing sides in Syria and nearly came to blows over Turkey's downing of a Russian plane in 2015. Russia and Turkey, together with Iran, are now working on setting up de-escalation zones in Syria that have helped reduce fighting. On Iraq, Turkey has strongly opposed an Iraqi Kurdish referendum on independence which Russia neither supported nor condemned. Some of Turkey's NATO allies have expressed concern over Turkey's decision to purchase the Russia's S-400 missile defense system. Houston Chronicle
Mexico, survivors recount amazing escapes from quake
A tree branch saved a maintenance mechanic from the collapsing building where a dozen co-workers died when last week's earthquake rocked central Mexico. A slap across the face startled a dazed father back to his senses, spurring him to carry his critically injured daughter to safety. Neighbors, co-workers and passers-by pulled people from the jaws of death, while taxis, private cars and even buses rushed them to hospitals. Amid the endless tragedies from the magnitude 7.1 quake that killed more than 300 people, there were incredible stories of survival. Houston Chronicle
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