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Rebooting Utah’s State Flag Isn’t Working Out So Well

February 18, 2019 |

Utah is mulling a redesign of its state flag, but so far the process has fallen under the lamentable “best-laid plans” category. Two separate bills were recently introduced to lawmakers that would pave the way for a new flag, but a House committee has already offered what KSTU calls “withering…
Newser

Turns Out Census Data Isn’t That Safe

February 17, 2019 |

An internal team at the Census Bureau found that basic personal information collected from more than 100 million Americans during the 2010 head count could be reconstructed from obscured data, but with lots of mistakes, a top agency official disclosed Saturday. The age, gender, location, race, and ethnicity for 138…
Newser

The state and local tax deduction cap probably isn’t going away — despite Trump’s comments

February 16, 2019 |

President Trump again indicated this week he might be open to revisiting the controversial new limit on state and local tax deductions that hits many middle-income residents hard in California and other high-tax, Democratic states.

Even so, don’t count on any changes to the Republican tax bill…


L.A. Times – Business

CNN

The problem isn’t Meghan Markle. It’s the British monarchy

February 13, 2019 |

Did you read the story about Meghan Markle demanding synthetic air freshener in a 14th century royal chapel? Or the one about her making Kate Middleton cry? Maybe you saw the tabloid report that she gave out weed at her first wedding or even enjoyed the unsourced conspiracy theories on social media that claim she’s the latest celebrity to fake a pregnancy?
CNN.com – RSS Channel – World

New Shutdown Impasse Isn’t About a Wall

February 11, 2019 |

Don’t look now, but the three-week reprieve that ended the recent government shutdown expires this week. If negotiators can’t reach a deal before midnight Friday, a new shutdown begins, notes CNBC . What’s worse, talks aren’t going well . This time around, the big sticking point isn’t about money for a border…
Newser

Trump says he’s ‘open’ to changing the cap on state and local tax deductions, but Grassley isn’t

February 11, 2019 |

President Trump said he’d consider changes to a cap on the federal deduction for state and local taxes, one of the most divisive provisions of the 2017 Republican tax overhaul.

Trump told regional newspaper reporters in response to a question Wednesday that he’s “open to talking about” revisions…


L.A. Times – Business

Nearing retirement and in debt? Now isn’t the time to tap retirement savings.

February 10, 2019 |

Dear Liz: I’m 60 and owe about $ 12,000 on a home equity line of credit at a variable interest rate now at 7%. I won’t start paying that down until my other, lower-interest balances are paid off in about two years. I have about $ 130,000, or about 20%, of my qualified savings sitting in cash right…


L.A. Times – Business

Getting Rid of Billionaires Isn’t ‘Un-American’— It’s Necessary

February 7, 2019 |

Farhad Manjoo would like to end our “devastating national love affair with billionaires”—and he thinks the way to do that is to force-phase them out. Writing for the New York Times , Manjoo says he got to seriously thinking about the concept of abolishing the super-rich after reading an October…
Newser

AOC Unveils ‘Green New Deal,’ and Pelosi Isn’t Wowed

February 7, 2019 |

The Green New Deal is here. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unveiled a resolution on Thursday that would give the US a blueprint on how to wean itself from fossil fuels and remake the American economy in the process. Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts is introducing a companion proposal in the Senate. As…
Newser

Gannett rejects Digital First’s hostile takeover bid, but the saga isn’t over

February 5, 2019 |

Gannett Co.’s board of directors said Monday that it had rejected a $ 1.36-billion buyout bid from fellow newspaper owner Digital First Media, questioning the would-be buyer’s motives and accusing it of trying to conceal its “inability to finance and complete” the deal.

“After careful review and…


L.A. Times – Business