The Supreme Court decision allowing states to collect sales taxes could lead to a nightmare scenario for small businesses -- having many other states and jurisdictions demand taxes. One online seller said, "Now I have to keep track of the tax laws and collect and report tax in 50 states and over 3,000 counties." This creates another advantage for the big companies like Amazon, Walmart and Target, which already have the infrastructure to do this. Target said, "We are pleased the Court's ruling will close the loophole that has allowed online-only retailers to avoid collecting and remitting sales taxes while still requiring local businesses to do so."
Both current and former staffers say they're often berated by prospective dates online, or simply denied when someone finds out where they work or that they voted for the president. Politico interview more than 30 millennial staffers and found exchanges such as this common: "You do the small-talk thing, and you have a very good conversation, and then they might say, 'You didn't vote for Trump, right?'" one 31-year-old female administration official told Politico. "As soon as I say, 'Of course I did,' it just devolves into all-caps 'HOW COULD YOU BE SUCH A RACIST AND A BIGOT?' And 'You're going to take away your own birth control.'"
The business of housing, transporting and watching over migrant children detained along the southwest border is not a multimillion-dollar business. It's a billion-dollar one. The nonprofit Southwest Key Programs has won at least $955 million in federal contracts since 2015 to run shelters and provide other services to immigrant children in federal custody. Its shelter for migrant boys at a former Walmart Supercenter in South Texas has been the focus of nationwide scrutiny, but Southwest Key is but one player in the lucrative, secretive world of the migrant-shelter business.
As she boarded a plane at Joint Base Andrews on her way to McAllen, Texas, to visit a detention center holding immigrant children separated from their parents, Melania Trump wore a jacket with the words "I Really Don't Care, Do You?" on the back. The $39 jacket was taken off before she arrived in Texas, then she put it back on again upon her return to Washington D.C. Melania Trump's communications director Stephanie Grisham absurdly claimed, "It's a jacket. There was no hidden message." read more
The January high in the S&P 500 will prove to be the peak of the bull market and a U.S. recession may start in the next 12 months, said David Rosenberg, chief economist and strategist at Gluskin Sheff & Associates Inc. "Cycles die, and you know how they die?" Rosenberg told the Inside ETFs Canada conference in Montreal on Thursday. "Because the Fed puts a bullet in its forehead." The S&P 500 reached a record on Jan. 26 and has since dropped about 4 percent. read more