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  • California DNC Member Suggests Superdelegate Reform Is Part Of Russian Plot

    06/15/2018 3:46:42 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 6/10/18 | Daniel Marans
    Momentum is growing within the Democratic National Committee for a significant reform to the party’s presidential nominating process, but the proposed change has caused a leading California Democrat to question whether Russian meddling is behind the effort. **SNIP** Mulholland, a DNC member and longtime key player in California Democratic politics, sent an email Friday to other DNC members from the Golden State that implied Russian President Vladimir Putin might be behind the reform effort. The basis for his claim? An activist from West Virginia promoting the changes, who he had seen at two national party gatherings, admitted to him that...
  • Ohio Self Defense Reform Bill Passes House Committee

    05/26/2018 2:52:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 24 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Ohio bill HB 228 has passed out of the House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committe on a seven to three vote. The vote was along party lines, with seven Republicans voting for the bill and the three Democrats voting against the bill.The Ohio legislature is looking to reform Ohio law on self-defense. Currently, Ohio appears to be the only state where the burden of proof in a self-defense case rests with the defender. When a person claims self-defense in Ohio, the defender has to prove that they acted in self-defense. In nearly every other state, the burden of proof...
  • West Virginia Primary Senate Race

    05/07/2018 11:01:09 AM PDT · by rovenstinez · 55 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 7, 2018 | rovenstinez
    Republicans are panicking as internal polls show Don Blankenship, a coal baron who spent time in jail for a mining disaster that killed 29 workers, surging into the lead in the West Virginia Senate GOP primary over Attorney General Patrick Morrissey and Congressman Evan Jenkins.
  • Trump's vitally important anti-poverty initiative

    04/18/2018 2:47:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    StarParker.com ^ | April 17, 2018 | Star Parker
    It takes a lot of courage for a president to target almost a quarter of the federal budget for reform in an election year. But this is exactly what President Trump is doing with his executive order, "Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility." We're now spending more than $700 billion per year on low-income assistance, which is more than we are spending on our national defense. And there are plenty of reasons to believe this spending is inefficient, wasteful and counterproductive. Over the last half-century, some $22 trillion has been spent on anti-poverty programs and yet...
  • Struggling to prevent terrorist attacks, France wants to ‘reform’ Islam

    04/17/2018 7:08:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 17 at 6:00 AM | By James McAuley
    He has said that in the coming months he will announce “a blueprint for the whole organization” of Islam. And those trying to anticipate what that will look like are turning their attention to Hakim El Karoui, a leading voice on how Islamic traditions fit within French culture. It’s hard to miss that the man who appears to have Macron’s ear on this most sensitive of subjects cuts a similar figure. Like the president, El Karoui is an ex-Rothschild investment banker with an elite social pedigree who favors well-tailored suits, crisp white shirts and the lofty province of big ideas....
  • In Wisconsin, authorities now have to convict you of a crime before they can take your cash

    04/06/2018 2:56:32 PM PDT · by tkocur · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5 April 2018 | Christopher Ingraham
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed into law a forfeiture reform bill last week that will require law enforcement officials to obtain a criminal conviction before permanently taking a person's cash or property, making Wisconsin the 15th state to do so. The law is intended to address the controversial practice of civil asset forfeiture, a common legal maneuver that allows police to seize and keep cash, real estate and other property from people suspected of criminal activity, regardless of whether those people are convicted. Defenders of civil forfeiture, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, maintain that it's a valuable law enforcement...
  • VA Reforms Removed from Massive Spending Bill

    03/22/2018 4:00:54 AM PDT · by Makana · 41 replies
    Stars and Stripes 22 Mar 2018 ^ | 22 Mar 2018 | Nikki Wentling
    WASHINGTON -- A deal collapsed Wednesday to include multiple Department of Veterans Affairs reforms in a spending bill that Congress formulated to prevent a government shutdown. Earlier this week, the bill was set to contain a measure to overhaul the VA Choice program, which veterans use to access private-sector medical care. A deal reached between key House and Senate lawmakers on VA oversight also included an expansion of benefits for veteran caregivers, as well as a plan to initiate a systematic review of VA infrastructure, with the intention of disposing of aging and underused facilities nationwide.
  • What really "winning" would look like..

    02/18/2018 9:57:17 AM PST · by jmclemore · 4 replies
    The left in this country dreams of the day when conservative thought and capitalism are outlawed. At every opportunity the left strives to transform their issues and policies into permanent laws rendering it unlawful and unconstitutional to change or oppose them. With such a mindset working to undermine the flexibility with in our constitution why are we not actively working to fortify the constitution from the erosive actions of liberals and progressives aimed to transform America into a socialist, one party state. No state of any size population or land mass should have a disproportionate advantage over other states under...
  • Macron Vows to Reform Islam in France

    02/13/2018 2:16:29 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 57 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 13/2/18 | Soeren Kern
    French President Emmanuel Macron, in a declared effort to "fight fundamentalism" and "preserve national cohesion," has promised to "lay the groundwork for the entire reorganization of Islam in France." According to Macron, the plan, similar in ambition to Austria's Islam Law, is aimed at seeking to "better integrate" Islam in France in order to "place it in a more peaceful relationship with the state." A key priority is to reduce outside interference by restricting foreign funding for mosques, imams and Muslim organizations in France. The plan's overall objective is to ensure that French law takes precedence over Islamic law for...
  • Tom Perez's Idea of Reforming The DNC

    01/16/2018 8:17:38 PM PST · by huckfillary · 8 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | January 16, 2018 | Artful Dilettante
    Today, the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez, admitted that reforming the Democratic Party was going to be far more difficult than he had imagined. I was so excited. I immediately and naively assumed that his idea of reforming the Democrat Party was purging the party of all the marxist kooks, hardcore violent leftists like Black Lives Matter and Antifa, anti-Free Speech college professors and administrators, disavowing the whole hateful “white privilege” mindset and condemning everyone who professes it on campuses and elsewhere, the Islamist lovers, while embracing free-market capitalism as the greatest wealth-producing machine in the history...
  • Report: Saudi Arabia Seeks Reform Towards ‘Moderate Islam’

    01/12/2018 4:39:43 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | John Hayward
    The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) noted on Thursday that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) is pushing a return to “the tolerant, moderate Islam that is open to the world, to all the religions and traditions of its people” as part of Saudi Arabia’s major economic reform plan. At the heart of Saudi Arabia’s recent cultural and political upheaval is an understanding that the country must become more compatible with the Western world and more hospitable to foreign investment, in order to manage the transition away from an oil-based economy with limitless deep pockets. Possibly the trickiest aspect of this...
  • The New York Times Covers Over-Regulation

    12/28/2017 9:45:43 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 29, 2017 | Mona Charen
    It may not be exactly the coming of the Messiah, but seeing a front-page story in The New York Times about over-regulation certainly feels like a breakthrough of note. Titled "One Apple Orchard and 5,000 Government Rules," the story focuses on the Indian Ladder Farms apple orchard in Altamont, New York. A small, family-run business owned by Peter Ten Eyck, the farm does the bulk of its business in the fall (naturally). Their busy season includes sales to supermarkets, direct sales to consumers, visits from busloads of schoolchildren, and "pick your own" days. That's also the time, or it was...
  • MARKET SNAPSHOT: Stock Market Takes A Breather After Hitting Records Ahead

    12/20/2017 6:24:20 AM PST · by upbeat5 · 2 replies
    Marketwatch via FoxBusiness.com ^ | December 19, 2017 | Sara Sjolin and M. gaudiano
    What's driving the markets? Hopes that the tax bill, which would slash corporate rates, will get approved before Christmas boosted stock markets world-wide and contributed to Monday's record push for U.S. indexes. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the final version on Tuesday, while the Senate vote is expected to follow either on Tuesday or Wednesday. That should be enough time for the bill to land on President Donald Trump's desk for the final signature before Christmas, which is the Republicans' self-imposed deadline.
  • Breaking: Senate passes tax bill

    12/19/2017 9:51:01 PM PST · by Repeal 16-17 · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | December 20, 2017
    The Senate early Wednesday morning approved the final version of the first overhaul of the U.S tax code in more than 30 years, handing President Trump and congressional Republicans their most significant legislative victory of 2017. The bill passed along party lines, 51-48 with the final result announced by Vice President Mike Pence who presided over the vote. Senator Jeff Flake, the last undeclared Republican, voted for the bill. The House passed the bill earlier Tuesday, but technical changes were made to it in the Senate, and the bill will go back to the House Wednesday for a re-vote, where...
  • Tax plan opens new opportunities for taxpayers and state legislators to save key deductions

    12/15/2017 7:55:38 PM PST · by KingofZion · 22 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 14, 2017 | Michael Hiltzik
    Limiting the SALT deduction could affect as many as 6 million Californians—one of every three taxpaying households in the state, according to Michael Cohen, director of the state Department of Finance. The average deduction for property taxes is about $6,000, he has told the state congressional delegation, and the separate deduction for state and local income taxes comes to nearly $16,000 per return. One option that could be considered by the Legislature would be to redefine state and local taxes as charitable contributions, which remain fully deductible under the GOP tax proposals. The idea isn’t as implausible as it seems:...
  • Liberal NY Orthodox synagogue to stop announcing LGBT weddings after complaints

    12/13/2017 9:36:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    A flagship liberal Orthodox synagogue in New York will stop congratulating same-sex couples on their weddings following a complaint by the Orthodox Union. The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in the Bronx will no longer announce the weddings of its LGBT members in its newsletters in accordance with a policy dictated by the OU, the largest association of Orthodox synagogues in the United States. The policy was set out this month in response to complaints from other member synagogues, which take a harder line on opposing same-sex marriage. Orthodox Jewish law, or halacha, prohibits same-sex marriage, and Orthodox rabbis are not...
  • Republican tax bill would tie the hands of blue-state governments

    12/11/2017 2:43:58 PM PST · by x1stcav · 85 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/11/17 | Joseph Lawler
    The tax overhaul would raise the taxes of some earners and make it harder for states to do the same. The ultimate effect would be to decrease governments’ ability to raise taxes and increase spending – essentially reining in state budgeteers. That is an advantage to conservatives who have long sought to advance fiscal conservatism at the state level and who see the state and local tax deduction as a subsidy for high-spending, high-taxing states – that is, blue states. “This was our point from the start,” said Jonathan Williams, chief economist at the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group...
  • In 1 Chart, the Differences Between the House and Senate Tax Reform Bills

    12/03/2017 8:24:12 AM PST · by 4Liberty · 21 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 3, 2017 | Adam Michel
    The House and Senate have now each passed different versions of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act...The bills now head to a conference committee where a unified bill will be crafted. Here are some of the major differences you need to know about.
  • In 1 Chart, the Differences Between the House and Senate Tax Reform Bills

    12/03/2017 12:20:16 AM PST · by x1stcav · 19 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 12/3/17 | Adam Michel
    The House and Senate have now each passed different versions of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Both bills are big improvement to America’s out-of-date tax code and could boost the economy by almost 3 percent, leading to more jobs and higher wages for working Americans. Both bills cut taxes for individuals and businesses, largely repeal the state and local tax deduction, and allow businesses to invest more in the American economy through temporary expensing. The bills now head to a conference committee where a unified bill will be crafted. Here are some of the major differences you need to know...
  • Senate Passes Massive Tax Reform Legislation

    12/01/2017 11:04:04 PM PST · by usar91B · 55 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/02/2017 1:54 AM | Juliegrace Brufke and Kerry Picket
    "With 51 Republican votes, the Senate narrowly approved a massive bill early Saturday that would cut taxes for many Americans, nearly double the standard deduction and dramatically reduce the corporate rate — all while adding more than $1 trillion to the deficit over the next decade. Senate Republicans passed the measure just hours after having to rewrite the legislation Friday evening, providing them with their first major legislative win of the year. GOP lawmakers scrambled to revise their bill after the parliamentarian ruled the deficit trigger — a necessary component to sway key lawmakers to get on board with the...