Most Americans knew that the Republican tax plan would be bad for us. That’s why we overwhelmingly did not support it. Yet, here we are in 2018 with a law that overhauls taxes in order to reduce taxes for the wealthy and for corporations while taxing the poor and middle class the hardest. That is most certainly not making America great—unless you have millions of dollars. Still, it gets worse. This law also means that the development of affordable housing will be impacted. And in a nation where homelessness is on the rise because rents are now sky-high, that isn’t exactly good news. The last time that Congress approved a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code, in 1986, it created a tax credit meant to encourage the private sector to invest in affordable housing. It has grown into a $9 billion-a-year social program that has funded the construction of some three million apartments for low-income residents. But the Republican tax plan approved last month amounts to a vast cutback, making it much less likely that such construction will continue apace. Because the tax rate for corporations has been lowered, the value of the credits — which corporations get in return for their investments — is also lower. [...] It works like this: State governments award credits to affordable-housing developers, who transfer them to corporations in exchange for equity in rental buildings whose units are set aside for low-income tenants. Corporations use the credits as a coupon against future taxes. Low-income housing tax credits are particularly popular among banks because affordable-housing investments help satisfy their obligations under the Community Reinvestment Act. Thanks to the incredible greed of the Republicans, corporations now have no incentive to develop subsidized housing for people who desperately need it. That should be shocking. It would be in a lot of countries. But after all, this is America. And since our national culture is one in which people are so obsessed with wealth, fame. and getting as many material possessions as you can, it shouldn’t surprise us that conservative lawmakers and corporations are unconcerned with passing laws that will force people to live on the streets.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents are trying to kill migrants crossing the U.S./Mexico border. There’s no other conclusion to draw from a video, released by humanitarian group No More Deaths, of border patrol officers tampering with and destroying jugs of water left for border crossers in the desert. From 2001 to 2014, at least 2,100 migrants died of exposure in the searing desert heat, where temperatures can go anywhere from 110 degrees and up. Over the years, as humanitarian workers have placed tens of thousands of one-gallon jugs along this area to save lives, workers have also reported that jugs have been routinely destroyed and tampered with by human hands. While racist border vigilante extremists have eagerly confessed to some of the destruction, human rights groups have long suspected border patrol agents of being participants as well. Now, No More Deaths and La Coalición de Derechos Humanos have released a report and footage confirming it: The report … said wildlife—as well as hunters, hikers and border militia members —also damaged aid drops. But it said the main culprits were agents from border patrol, a branch of Customs and Border Protection, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. “The practice of destruction of and interference with aid is not the deviant behavior of a few rogue border patrol agents, it is a systemic feature of enforcement practices in the borderlands.” Steve Passament, a border patrol spokesman in the Tucson sector, said the agency did not condone the destruction of or tampering with water or food caches. “We don’t want to see anyone out there die. We have to do our enforcement job and we do it as humanely as possible. We want to save lives.” Except Border Patrol allegedly violated an Obama-era agreement in order to raid No More Death’s lifesaving medical camp along the border last summer, arresting a number of immigrants in a sweep that resembled a war movie. The organization said “30 armed agents entered camp with at least 15 trucks, 2 quads and helicopter to apprehend four patients receiving care.”
As Trump concludes his first year in office, a new poll indicates Americans are feeling less hopeful
Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has run out
Introduced by Mike Pence as “the most pro-life president in American history,” Donald Trump began his remarks to the anti-abortion “March for Life” by talking about crowd size, of course. Aside from a brief digression into the economy, it was for the most part Teleprompter Trump, all “beautiful cause” and “movement born out of love” as descriptions of a movement to prevent women from exercising control over their own bodies. “You love every child, born and unborn,” said the man whose immigration agents followed an ambulance to the hospital and took a 10-year-old with cerebral palsy into custody following surgery. “You believe that every life is sacred,” said the man who has repeatedly threatened nuclear war with North Korea. “Americans are more and more pro-life, you see that all the time,” he said. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, “public support for legal abortion remains as high as it has been in two decades of polling.” “We are protecting the sanctity of life and the family as the foundation of society,” said the man who had an affair with an adult film actress while married and shortly after his youngest son was born. Teleprompter Trump, in other words, is just about as full of BS as Off-the-Cuff Trump.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy is supposed to be coordinating the federal government’s response to the opioid crisis, which Donald Trump says is some kind of emergency. Yet his administration keeps trying to slash its budget. The plan would shift the office’s two main grant programs, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas grant and the Drug Free Communities Act, to the Justice and Health and Human Services departments, respectively, multiple sources in the administration and others working with the government on the opioid crisis told POLITICO. The move would result in a reduction of about $340 million, or 95 percent of the ONDCP’s budget. Trump administration officials say the office would still serve as the White House’s drug policy shop, while the grants would be administered by larger agencies. At least two Republican senators, West Virginia’s Shelley Moore Capito and Ohio’s Rob Portman, said they would fight the move, while people who’ve worked on drug control emphasized what a disaster Trump’s plan would be: David Kelley, congressional affairs liaison for the National HIDTA Directors Association, said if HIDTA gets moved under DOJ, U.S. attorneys would control the program and “state law enforcement voices would be lost.” Under ONDCP, federal, state and local law enforcement all have equal power and collaborate with each other on a daily basis. “I don’t think there’s any doubt it will effectively eliminate the HIDTA program as we know it today,” Kelley said. Not that U.S. drug policy is currently working all that well, but one way of making it work even less well would be to hand it over to the Jeff Sessions Justice Department and the Health and Human Services department soon to be headed (presumably) by Alex Azar.
The income tax department has also inquired whether the users have brought or sold cryptocurrency from websites registered outside the country
Improving the digital infrastructure will help achieve the goal of trebling GDP to USD 7.5 trillion over the next five years, telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan said.
The economist, who teaches at the Stern School of Business, NYU, pointed out that emerging markets have had difficult years between 2013 and 2015, but have grown from 2016 onward.
If the feeling at the fairly liberal leaning Sundance Film Festival — held last year after Trump’s election but before the inauguration —was one of impending doom, this year it’s all about prophecy fulfilled. Read More
A GIF shows kids playing inside a huge tower of bubbles.
Spiny on the outside, sweet on the inside, pineapples are one fantastic fruit.
“When people view VR, it’s an over-sensory experience like “What the fuck?!” will.i.am says, wildly spinning his around as you can see in the GIF below. That was the Black Eyed Peas’ frontman’s inspiration for creating a 90-minute VR comic book that moves at your pace and lets emotion sink in instead of battering you with visuals. Today, “Masters Of… Read More
On the heels of hitting a 1.5 million subscriber milestone and bringing on a new marketing chief, the subscription service for watching movies in theaters, MoviePass, today announced it’s going to start buying movies, too. The company says it will begin to invest in films so it can share in their success beyond the box office, including on other platforms like streaming, DVD, and… Read More
Facebook is gearing up to prioritize news content by publishers a group of Facebook users have deemed trustworthy. Facebook Head of News Feed Adam Mosseri said the company surveyed “a diverse and representative sample” of U.S.-based people about their familiarity and trust in various sources of news, he wrote in a blog post. That data, Mosseri said, will serve to inform News… Read More
During the holiday break, I tore through Image’s new TPB of Firebug by creator Johnnie Christmas. You may remember this series from the comic magazine The Island. Now Image has collected the complete Firebug […] The post Firebug’s Johnnie Christmas Brings us Into the Cult of the Goddess appeared first on Geek.com.
Is 12 Strong good? No. What is it, exactly? The recently declassified true story of “Task Force Dagger;” a joint operation of US Army Green Beret Operational Detachment Alpha 595 and CIA paramilitary […] The post MovieBob Reviews: 12 STRONG appeared first on Geek.com.
ACE Comic Con Arizona debuted at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. As ACE Universe’s latest installment in their newly launched franchise of comic conventions, ACE […] The post Cosplay Gallery: Ace Comic Con Arizona 2018 appeared first on Geek.com.
Superman’s iconic red trunks disappeared during DC Comics’ New 52 initiative and remained missing when the company launched Rebirth. Now, for Action Comics‘ landmark 1000th issue, DC is redesigning the Kryptonian’s costume to […] The post Superman’s Red Trunks Return in Action Comics #1000 appeared first on Geek.com.
HELSINKI (AP) - A "Game of Thrones"-themed ice hotel complete with a bar and a chapel for weddings has opened in northern Finland in a joint effort by a local hotel chain and the U.S. producers of the hit TV series. Lapland Hotels said Friday they chose "Game of Thrones" ...
The newest work by German artist Katharina Grosse encompasses an entire warehouse, transforming its raw interior into a soft maze of kaleidoscopic color. The installation, titled The Horse Trotted Another Couple of Metres, Then it Stopped, responds to the architecture of Sydney’s contemporary art center Carriageworks, filling the industrial space with nearly 90,000 square feet of painted fabric. “I was fascinated by the thought of folding space,” explained Katharina Grosse in a statement about the work. More
There’s no real movement on the Manny Machado trade front, but that doesn’t mean teams haven’t been trying.According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the Cleveland Indians held trade discussions with the Baltimore Orioles about Machado last month. There are no ongoing discussions now, but there is reason to believe the two sides could match up well if the Orioles really do want to move Machado.The Indians have a surplus of starting pitchers, a Baltimore weakness. Morosi reports that there is a belief that the Indians are willing to trade starter Danny Salazar, who could be of interest to the Orioles.The Indians have reportedly not been the most persistent suitor for Machado, but they may match up the best. That said, there doesn’t seem to be any momentum toward a deal, and the Orioles don’t look as if they’re aggressively trying to move him. Instead, they appear to be waiting to see if anyone comes to them with an offer that blows them away.
Minnesota recalled former Golden Gopher Kyle Rau from the Iowa Wild
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Utah rallied from an 11-point deficit to start the fourth quarter and handed the No. 22 Arizona State Sun Devils their first home loss of the season 58-56 on Friday.
BERLIN (AP) Borussia Dortmund was held to another Bundesliga draw on Friday as the club dropped star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the second match in a row.
Speaking in a wide-ranging two-hour interview on this week’s Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Patrick talked about a vast range of issues in her life – including how disillusioned she’d become in her fulltime NASCAR career.“I think everyone would expect with what I do, at the level I do it, that racing is the only thing I do, I love it so much I’ll do anything, I’ll drive every day – and ... Keep reading
St. Louis Cardinals acquire pitchers Dominic Leone and Conner Greene from Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for outfielder Randal Grichuk