As Republicans craft the first major tax-code rewrite in more than 30 years, they’ll have to be wary of the voters who put their man in the White House.
While Trump voters generally believe tax cuts help the economy, a majority of them don’t support cuts for anyone but the middle class, according to a poll of voters’ priorities for Trump’s first 100 days conducted by POLITICO and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Among the general public as a whole, slightly more than half favor tax cuts for low-income Americans, with middle-income cuts coming in a close second.Read More
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith delivers commentary on the black community attacking black leaders for meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. Smith said calling people like Steve Harvey, who met with Trump last week, and Jim Brown and Ray Lewis, who met with Trump after he was elected, “sellouts” is not helpful.
Smith said it is not helpful to criticize black leaders for meeting with the one man who can make a difference when it comes to the abyss that is the inner-city. He called on other prominent black leaders to meet with Trump instead of bashing those who do.Read More
too-cool-for-school upper-class students at Santa Monica High scoffed when administrators in 2002 reinstated a daily recitation of the pledge of allegiance.
Most students in the liberal enclave slouched in their chairs and chatted over the morning ritual, which was widely viewed as a throwback to an American patriotism that seemed outdated in the multicultural mash-up of L.A.’s Westside.Read More
With barely 72 hours left in office, President Barack Obama Tuesday did an abrupt U-turn on his years-long assault on government leaks and showed leniency toward two military figures who’d helped make public highly sensitive secrets.
Both Democrats and Republicans said they were bewildered – even angered – by Obama’s commutation of the 35-year prison term of Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence specialist who turned over some 700,000 classified and sensitive diplomatic documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.
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Eight years ago, Andrew Jackson II saw himself on the cusp of possibility in a world of firsts.
He boarded a bus that January with dozens of family members and friends, headed to the National Mall to watch the nation’s first black president — the first person he had ever voted for — make history.
As he watched the jumbo screens show Barack Obama sworn in on that sub-freezing day, his body was swept with warmth.
“I can take a chance to breathe,” he remembers thinking. “Obama will put us on the right course.”
He was 27 and living on his own after graduating from Louisiana State University. By day, he worked at a flooring warehouse, but his spare time was spent auditioning for musicals in Houston’s burgeoning arts scene. He saw a future breaking his own barriers as a singer in Atlanta or an actor in Hollywood.Read More
Angela Merkel has led a sharp European response to Donald Trump after he branded the NATO military alliance “obsolete” and criticized the German chancellor’s “catastrophic” open-door refugee policy.
In an explosive interview with German newspaper Bild and The Times of London, Trump unleashed a volley of verbal attacks on Europe, hailing Britain’s decision to leave the European Union and saying more countries were going to quit the bloc.Read More
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