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Senate gears up for Tax Reform Debate

Last week, President Trump rolled out a new tax reform and we covered how it might affect taxpayers including every day Americans. The tax reform was one of the many promises the president made during his election campaigns. He has kept his promise and presented Americans a new tax reform that will improve their lot. However, it is quite challenging to achieve tax reform even when all the members of both houses of Congress and White House are from the same political party. In a multi-political system like the US, it becomes more challenging. For instance, an effort to repeal …

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Tillerson to Trump-Does not deny or confirm Moronic comment

If recent claims are correct, there might be an alleged discord between President Trump and the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. Reports from NBC and others are suggesting that the discord has gone beyond the four walls of the White House and has become public knowledge. A report by Mike Allen of NBC News said that the secretary called the president a “moron” a couple of months ago. Since the news was made public, President Trump has repeatedly debunked the allegation published by the NBC News reporter during different interviews and several tweets. He even suggested that the allegation …

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How you may be affected by Trump’s new tax reform

On September 27, 2017, Americans were treated to the new tax reform plan as President Trump outlined his take on a new tax policy. The United Tax Reform Framework was good news for Americans who wanted a change in the current tax law which has not seen major reforms in decades. However, many are unaware of the impact of the tax reform on them- namely- How does the new tax reform affect you? Reduced income tax brackets Currently, the maximum tax rate is 39.6% while the minimum is 15%. The middle bracket is currently 28%. The implementation of the new …

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Corruption Trial begins for Senator Bob Menendez

Senator Bob Menendez is a US senator in the midst of corruption and bribery allegations spanning several countries and with hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake. Senator Menendez’s trial is expected to begin on Wednesday in a federal court in New Jersey. The senator’s trial comes up over two years after series of charges were filed against the senator and his accomplice, Dr. Salomon Melgen. What is the senator accused of? Senator Menendez was accused of using his position as a sitting senator for personal gratification. He will face trial on corruption and bribery charges. The senator was accused …

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OJ Simpson is a free man, walks out of prison on parole

After spending nine years behind bars, former actor and American football star, OJ Simpson,has breathed the air of freedom again. The disgraced actor and athlete served a jail term for assault, armed robbery, and other charges because of a confrontation he had at a hotel in Las Vegas in 2007 when a meeting escalated into a botched robbery. In 2008, a court found Simpson guilty and sentenced to up to 33 years when he was accused of storming a hotel in Las Vegas with some other people in a failed attempt to rob two sports memorabilia dealers. However, the jury …

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Paradise lost: A Case Study of Corruption in Puerto Rico

In recent years, the Puerto Rican government has had its fair share of criticism both from the locals and the international community. This is not unconnected to the increase in the country’s debt crisis which is caused by a number of factors both internal and external. The government’s corruption plays a major role in the financial crisis. In a recent allegation against the government, the campaign manager of the current governor was accused of soliciting cash donations illegally from citizens. This moved the Puerto Rico House of Representatives’ president to resign from office. Puerto Rico used to be a posterchild …

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FBI investigates as many domestic terrorism cases as ISIS cases

Homegrown Terrorism In the wake of this Monday’s tragic terrorist attack in Las Vegas, many have condemned the media and government’s reticence to characterize domestic attacks as acts of terrorism. When most think of terrorism they think of foreign-based groups like ISIS due to the numerous cases of terrorist attacks, and publicity devoted to foreign-based Islamic terrorism. Indeed, Islamist terrorists have struck the U.S 10 times since September 11th. Contrary to expectations, the FBI has sounded a warning that they are currently investigating as many domestic terror cases as ISIS related cases. While it can be tough to accurately estimate …

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The Supreme Court’s Double Standard

Two recent instances have exposed the double standard of when judges, including Supreme Court justices, become political. First was the speech delivered by Justice Neil Gorsuch of the Supreme Court at the Trump Hotel last Thursday. The second incidence was Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court’s comment when she blamed sexism as responsible for the presidential victory of President Trump. While the media criticized the former for his choice of venue for his speech, the latter did not receive the same degree of criticism. Supreme Court justices often become entangled in politics as they are appointed by a …

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US orders non-essential staff out of Cuba embassy due to sonic attacks

In a swift move to protect staff from attacks targeted towards diplomats in Cuba, the United States has placed an emergency order to vacate 60% of staff, mainly non-essential personnel in the US Embassy in Havana with immediate effect. American tourists in the country were also warned about attacks on tourists in some Cuban hotels, according to a report by the Associated Press. To enforce this order, the embassy will no longer process visas for Americans who want to visit the country for tourism, while another travel advisory will be issued on Friday. According to information from the Congressional and …

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Teens from Slender Man stabbing dodge prison

The Slender Man stabbing was a strange, failed homicide attempt that occurred on May 31, 2014, when two girls, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier attempted to murder their friend and classmate Peyton Leutner in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, all to prove the existence of the Slender Man. Originally a meme on the internet forums Something Awful in 2009, Slenderman was a tall, thin, faceless man in a black suit and was a part of a running thread where users would edit every day photographs to appear paranormal. From the original thread spawned a work of fiction that expanded on the character …