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Tuesday, May 08, 2018

CBO analysts were surprised by the surplus, which was some $40 billion more than they'd guessed at less than a month ago. Analysts said they'll have a better idea of what's behind the surge as more information rolls in, but for now said it looks like individual taxpayers are paying more because they have higher incomes. "Those payments were mostly related to economic activity in 2017 and may reflect stronger-than-expected income growth in that year," the analysts said in their monthly budget review. "Part of the strength in receipts also may reflect larger-than-anticipated payments for economic activity in 2018. read more


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

They're the Californians who will lose a collective $12 billion because the new law caps a deduction they have been able to take for paying their state and local taxes, according to a new analysis by the Franchise Tax Board. Very wealthy Californians earning more than $1 million a year will pay the lion's share of that money, with 43,000 of them paying a combined $9 billion. read more


Monday, March 12, 2018

en. Elizabeth Warren batted down calls for her to take a DNA test to prove her Native American heritage in an interview that aired Sunday. "I know who I am. And never used it for anything. Never got any benefit from it anywhere," Warren said of her ancestry on NBC's "Meet the Press." The Massachusetts Democrat has been under increased pressure to provide evidence of ​her ​Native American roots, with President Trump repeatedly mocking her as "Pocahontas" as recently as Saturday. An editorial this month in Massachusetts's Berkshire Eagle urged Warren to buy a DNA test for $99 to resolve the issue once and for all. "All the senator needs to do is spit into a tube, wait a few weeks and get her answer," the paper said. read more


Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Christopher Steele learned he was being paid by Democrats soon after beginning work on his unverified anti-Trump dossier, a timeline element that may contradict the FBI's warrant application to spy on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page. The FBI's Oct. 21, 2016, application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge said Mr. Steele didn't know who was paying him, thus giving him the aura of objectivity, but a House Republican intelligence memo shows that he was an acknowledged partisan. read more


Sunday, March 04, 2018

The report, released by the House Science Committee, said it found evidence Russian-sponsored agents used Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to suppress the research and development of fossil fuels and stymie efforts to expand the use of natural gas and fracking. "This report reveals that Russian agents created and spread propaganda on U.S. social media platforms in an obvious attempt to influence the U.S. energy market," Texas Representative Lamar Smith, the chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, said in a statement. "Russian agents attempted to manipulate Americans' opinions about pipelines, fossil fuels, fracking and climate change." Separately, a study released by Iowa State University said English-language Russian media coverage of agricultural issues "fits the profile" of an effort to amplify controversy regarding genetically modified food. read more


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