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Geoffrey Owens wound up bagging groceries at a New Jersey Trader Joe’s thanks in part to Bill Cosby’s sex assault scandal.

Owens, 57, said that one of the reasons he was forced to take on a side hustle in addition to acting was because when reruns of “The Cosby Show” were pulled from syndication,…

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Bill Daily, Comic Sidekick on Hit 60s and 70s Sitcoms, Dead at 91

(LOS ANGELES) — Bill Daily, the comic sidekick to leading men on the sitcoms “I Dream of Jeannie” and “The Bob Newhart Show,” has died at age 91.

Family spokesman Steve Moyer said Saturday that Daily died of natural causes in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Tuesday.

Daily was not a household name but he was a household face, familiar to many millions of baby-boomer viewers in the 1960s and ’70s from two of the era’s biggest shows.

He played astronaut Major Roger Healy in all five seasons of “I Dream of Jeannie” from 1965 to 1970.

Two years later he landed a very similar role on “The Bob Newhart Show” as aviator Howard Borden. That show ran from 1972 to 1978.

Newhart tweeted Friday night that he will miss his old friend dearly.


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California Net Neutrality Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

California lawmakers have greenlit a net neutrality bill that will be the strongest government-mandated protections in the country, but are likely to wind up in a courtroom battle with the FCC. The bill still needs Governor Jerry Brown’s signature to become law, however. The state Senate voted to pass the legislation on Friday, a day […]

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Sen. Kamala Harris Introduces Bill to Address the Black Maternal Mortality Crisis

The lives of black mothers in the U.S. are in jeopardy. Although about 700 American women die each year from pregnancy or delivery complications, women of color are at a much higher risk of dying from pregnancy-related causes. In fact, black mothers are 243% more likely to die than white mothers. As a result, black mothers are dying at three to four times the rate of white mothers in the U.S.

The reasons include disparities in access to healthcare, discrimination in poor or rural communities, and budget restrictions on free or low-income clinics that service women. Also, risk factors that lead to complications such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity affect black women at higher rates than their white counterparts, Black Enterprise writes in a report about this growing epidemic.

To combat these alarming statistics, a group of Democratic senators led by Sen. Kamala Harris of California introduced a bill on Wednesday to reduce the racial disparities in maternal mortality and morbidity. “Health equity for black women can only happen if we recognize and address persistent biases in our health system,” said Harris in a statement.

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Under her new bill, titled the “Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies (Maternal CARE) Act,” $ 30 million would be poured into two new grant programs that would support training against racial bias for medical workers and improve prenatal care. The programs are detailed in a press release as follows:

Implicit Bias Training Grants

Addresses implicit bias—bias in judgement or behavior resulting from implicit attitudes and stereotypes—by establishing competitive grants directed to medical schools, nursing schools, and other health professionals training programs to support implicit bias training. Priority is given for training in obstetrics and gynecology.

 

Pregnancy Medical Home Demonstration Project

Establishes a demonstration project to assist up to 10 states with implementing and sustaining pregnancy medical home (PMH) programs to incentivize maternal health care providers to deliver integrated health care services to pregnant women and new mothers and reduce adverse maternal health outcomes, maternal deaths, and racial health disparities in maternal mortality and morbidity.

“This bill is a step towards ensuring that all women have access to culturally competent, holistic care, and to address the implicit biases in our system,” said Harris.

Research suggests that racism and racial oppression induces chronic stress for black women, which, in turn, may factor into poor pregnancy outcomes for all black mothers, despite their level of education or income. “A large part of it is the biases that exist in the medical health professions that lead to these women not being taken seriously,” Harris, the only black woman serving in the U.S. Senate, told the L.A. Times. “Frankly, there are a lot of biases that exist…It’s a truth, uncomfortable as it may be.”

Earlier this year, tennis Superstar Serena Williams put a spotlight on the disparities that black women face when she revealed that she, too, suffered life-threatening complications during the delivery of her first child. Beyoncé also recently opened up in Vogue about the emergency C-section she had in order to save her life and the lives of her twin babies.

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Ex-CIA Director John Brennan to Bill Maher: Trump Is ‘A Real Threat to Our National Security’

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John Brennan is pissed.

The former CIA director under President Obama, and the architect of the bin Laden raid, sat down with host Bill Maher on Friday night’s Real Time to vent about President Trump, who last week took it upon himself to revoke his security clearance. In a statement delivered by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump pointed to Brennan’s “frenzied commentary” and “unfounded and outrageous allegations” as the reason for the revocation—without, of course, getting into any specifics.

Brennan, who currently serves as an MSNBC analyst, has been very critical of Trump’s cozy relationship with Vladimir Putin, branding the president’s ring-kissing during their Helsinki summit “nothing short of treasonous.”

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John Brennan is pissed.

The former CIA director under President Obama, and the architect of the bin Laden raid, sat down with host Bill Maher on Friday night’s Real Time to vent about President Trump, who last week took it upon himself to revoke his security clearance. In a statement delivered by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump pointed to Brennan’s “frenzied commentary” and “unfounded and outrageous allegations” as the reason for the revocation—without, of course, getting into any specifics.

Brennan, who currently serves as an MSNBC analyst, has been very critical of Trump’s cozy relationship with Vladimir Putin, branding the president’s ring-kissing during their Helsinki summit “nothing short of treasonous.”

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When it comes to those who helped shape him into the billionaire businessman he is today, Bill Gates credits an often unsung group: his teachers.
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A photographer claims actor Bill Murray “grabbed him” and “poured a drink” on him during a confrontation at a Massachusetts restaurant, police said.

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‘Bill Maher: Live from Oklahoma’: Trump’s ‘Microdick’ Is the Root of All His Problems

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On Saturday night, HBO aired Bill Maher: Live from Oklahoma, the political satirist’s 11th stand-up special for the cable network. Its original title was Triggered, though apparently Maher thought better of naming his comedy routine after an internet-troll word.

Throughout the hour-long special, filmed at the 2,800-capacity Brady Theater in Tulsa, the 62-year-old comic delivered—by his own admission—many of his “greatest hits,” going after “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings” and Islam and fussing over Caitlyn Jenner’s genitals (she had gender-reassignment surgery last year, Bill, you don’t need to keep harping on it).

He assigned nicknames to top Trump administration officials, including former EPA chief Scott Pruitt (“three raccoons under a trench coat”), Attorney General Jeff Sessions (“a Confederate soldier”) and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (“mentally challenged”). Vice President Mike Pence, meanwhile, was “beyond Christian”—with Maher mimicking the politician in saying, “Life begins at erection”—though not as bad as Trump because he’s “not trying to become a dictator” and “is within the normal parameters of Republican awful.”

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Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Tim Scott Introduce Bill That Would Make Lynching a Federal Crime

 The three African American members of the U.S. Senate—two Democrats and one Republican—have banded together to address one of the most heinous acts perpetrated against blacks for more than a century: lynching.  Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Tim Scott (R-SC) on Friday introduced “The Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018” to make that willful, collective act of murder punishable as a federal crime, resulting in harsher sentencing under existing hate crime statutes.

In a released statement, the three legislators further explained the importance of the legislation and resistance to its passage in Congress. Asserts Sen. Harris: “Lynching is a dark, despicable part of our history, and we must acknowledge that, lest we repeat it. From 1882 to 1986 there have been 200 attempts that have failed to get Congress to pass federal anti-lynching legislation, it’s time for that to change.”

 Sen. Booker says: “It’s a travesty that despite repeated attempts to do so, Congress still hasn’t put anti-lynching legislation on the books. This bill will right historical wrongs by acknowledging our country’s stained past and codifying into law our commitment to abolishing this shameful practice.”

 Adds Sen. Scott: “This measure is certainly well past due and I am glad to be able to join in efforts that will underscore the severity of this crime. This piece of legislation sends a message that together, as a nation, we condemn the actions of those that try to divide us with violence and hate.”

The three also fully expect backing from the GOP-controlled Senate, citing in their official statement that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had been recently asked about anti-lynching legislation and responded. “I certainly would support it.”  Moreover, they stated that a similar bill recently introduced in the House by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) and 36 members of the Congressional Black Caucus serves as “a companion” to their measure. 

This legislative action coincides with the unveiling of a new study from the NAACP revealing that racially-motivated “hate crimes totals rose for four straight years to the highest level in a decade.” making up nearly 60% of overall crimes with African American still representing the most targeted group.  Officials further believe there is “a direct relationship between the rise in hate crimes exemplified by the continual #LivingWhileBlack incidents and other reported crimes and President Donald J. Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric and racist policies.”  

The NAACP, along with other civil rights groups such as the Anti-Defamation League and Equal Justice Initiative, support the measure. And it is being presented at a time when there has been increased national attention on what the EJI cited as an “instrument of terror and intimidation” used against more than 4,000 black men, women, and children during the late 19th and 20th centuries. Moreover, reports indicate that the impact of lynching in the Jim Crow South had been the decimation of countless black businesses and economic devastation of multitudes of African American households. As a result, it is still unknown how much black wealth had been unrealized due to such acts of malice.  

The anti-lynching movement dates back to the late 1800s when journalist and civil rights crusader Ida B. Wells investigated the murder of a friend, who had been a successful black Memphis grocer, and his two employees. She discovered that they had been killed by a mob because their business competed against a nearby white-owned store. Wells, who also had her Memphis newspaper offices destroyed in 1892, engaged in a 40-year campaign of exposure and protest.

 In 1918, Congressman Leonidas C. Dyer (R-MO) would become the first member of Congress to introduce a bill, seeking to punish authorities unwilling to prevent lynching. That failed effort would represent one of roughly 200 such attempts by Congress. In fact, as recently as 2005, 90 members of the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution apologizing to lynching victims for its continuous inability to enact anti-lynching legislation. 

Today, Harris, Booker, and Scott seek to continue the battle and appear to be rallying support within and outside the corridors of Congress. Asserts EJI Executive Director Bryan Stevenson, who founded the Montgomery, Alabama-based National Memorial for Peace and Justice dedicated to lynching victims, of the renewed political urgency: “It is never too late for our nation to express our sorrow for the decades of racial terror that traumatized millions in this country. Passing an anti-lynching law is not just about who we were decades ago, it’s a statement about who we are now that is relevant, important, and timely.”

 

   

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President Donald Trump claimed on Saturday that he never pressured House Republicans to pass an immigration overhaul bill — either the GOP leadership-backed legislation or more conservative proposal.


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House GOP Immigration Bill Fails By Wide Margin

An immigration reform bill backed by House Republican leaders failed by a wider than expected margin in a vote on Wednesday. The House voted 301 to 121 against the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act, with 112 Republicans joining with all of the Democrats in the chamber to block the bill.
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House Passes Bill To Fight Use Of Cryptocurrencies For Sex, Drug Trafficking

The U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously passed a Bill that helps the Government to analyze and report on the use of virtual currencies in the country’s marketplaces facilitating sex and drug trafficking. H.R. 6069, the Fight Illicit Networks and Detect (FIND) Trafficking Act of 2018, would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study how virtual currencies and online mark
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This bill will allow cannabis smoking in federally assisted housing

As of now, cannabis use bars people from benefiting from federal housing.

The “Marijuana in Federally Assisted Housing Parity Act of 2018” introduced by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) will protect people who use medical marijuana.

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Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Amanda Nguyen Wants A Survivors’ Bill of Rights in Every State

Amanda Nguyen felt “powerless, invisible and betrayed” when, after a four-hour forensic sexual assault examination for evidence extraction following her rape in 2013, law enforcement officials proceeded to attempt to destroy her rape kit before the statute of limitations had expired. The 25-year-old activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee wrote the Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act in response, which was added to the federal criminal code by President Obama and approved by unanimous vote in Congress in 2016.

The Survivors’ Bill of Rights specifically and explicitly states that survivors have the right for their rape kit to be preserved for the length of the case’s statute of limitations, the right to be notified if an evidence kit is set for destruction and the right to be notified of the results of their rape kit. On Tuesday, the Federal Judiciary Committee SD-226 met to discuss its implementation with Nguyen and actor Terry Crews.

“I never thought that I’d be made to suffer a greater injustice than what I went through on the day that I was raped,” Nguyen shares on her foundation’s website. “Growing up, I’d believed in those familiar American promises: that our rights were sacred, that everyone was equal in the eyes of the law, and that the legal system existed to right wrongs and restore justice. It was only after my ordeal that I discovered firsthand the ways in which rape survivors are continually re-victimized and betrayed by our country’s failure to make good on these promises.”

After speaking with other survivors, Nguyen discovered that she wasn’t alone—and she was extremely frustrated with the double standard in place for sexual assault survivors. “It isn’t fair that survivors have different rights,” she told Ms. Other felony crimes, such as murder cases, have their evidence boxes maintained indefinitely; convicted rapists also have the right to preserve the evidence kit for the duration of their time serving out a sentence. Nguyen heard from women in various states that their rape kits, too, had been destroyed prematurely; in other states, reports show that rape kits are left untested by the hundreds.

After writing the Survivors’ Bill of Rights, Nguyen launched the non-profit RISE with the goal of enacting similar Acts in each state.(Nguyen has created an action plan for activists hoping to push state lawmakers to do just that.) Because most sexual assault cases are handled by state law enforcement, the federal bill of rights is more of a guideline and an attempt to raise awareness on the issues affecting survivors.

“The problem is that the Act applies only in federal sexual assault cases, and not in state cases where the vast majority of sexual assaults occur—that is, unless the individual state has passed the Act,” Adrienne Lawrence, a California attorney and victim advocate, told Ms. “Just 14 states have passed the Act so far, which means a number of sexual assault victims across the nation do not and will not have guaranteed rights. Failing to ensure survivors have adequate rights undermines the notion that our justice system is as committed to ending the crime of sexual assault as it is to ending other forms of crime. The Act is necessary because, in a number of states, victims are not informed about what will happen with their rape kits and the kits get destroyed, which basically destroys evidence of a crime and limits the victim’s ability to get justice.”

Luckily, the bipartisan Survivors’ Bill of Rights has faced little opposition when proposed in various legislative bodies; according to Nguyen, one of the largest hurdles to passing the legislation in the states has been ignorance. “People don’t understand how broken the system is for survivors,” Nguyen told the committee. During Tuesday’s committee meeting, she and Crews met with state legislators to impress the importance of proposing these Acts state-by-state. “Justice should not depend on geography,” Nguyen told lawmakers. “Bring these [laws] back to your communities.”

Cori Bratby-Rudd is an eclectic writer from the Bay Area. She graduated Cum Laude from UCLA’s Gender Studies department, and is a current MFA in Creative Writing at Cal Arts. Cori enjoys incorporating themes of emotional healing and social justice into her works. She is currently living in the Los Angeles area and has been published in UCLA’s FEM Newsmagazine, UCLA’s Westwind Journal of the Arts, Cornell’s Rainy Day Magazine, and she recently won the Editorial Choice Award for her research paper in Audeamus Academic Journal.

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While it’s true that more and more people are opting for streaming TV these days, one question money expert Clark Howard still gets a lot is, “How can I keep cable but save money?”

Here’s how to save money on your cable bill

An easy way to keep your cable but save on your monthly bill is to eliminate your modem fee. Many cable companies charge a monthly fee for using the cable modem that allows you to connect to the internet and watch television. Take a gander at your cable bill and see if you can find this fee or “surcharge.”

Most cable companies charge between $ 6 to $ 10 per month for a cable modem. That means you’re paying up to $ 120 a year — and that fee never goes away. It’s just a perennial charge that the companies collect as long as you’re a customer.

So not only are you paying for the actual content you’re consuming, but the cable company is basically charging you a rental fee for that rectangular box. The great thing is, you can buy one yourself and cut out the middleman altogether.

For example, a Netgear N450 WiFi Docsis 3.0 Cable Modem Router gives you internet access and the capability to get all the channels you subscribe to. It currently costs $ 69.86 on Amazon.

That means for a one-time charge, you can save as much as $ 50 in the first 12 months and be done with that fee forever.

Before you buy, make sure that the modem you choose works with your cable provider. The Netgear modem’s product description says it’s “compatible with Xfinity from Comcast, Spectrum, Cox, & more.”

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No matter which cable modem you choose, make sure it has Wi-Fi. Otherwise, you’ll have to buy a separate router.

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With just more than three months before his sentencing for assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, Bill Cosby has fired his entire legal team. According to Deadline, Cosby has now retained Pennsylvania attorney Joseph P. Green Jr., who has taken over from the prominent team led by Tom Mesereau. A Pennsylvania jury found Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated […]

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Although it was widely reported that Camille Cosby allegedly was preparing to divorce her husband of 54 years, Bill Cosby, a rep for the family has categorically denied the news. It appears that the news was premature and the rep hammered home that there are no issues with the Cosby children either.

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Andrew Wyatt tells PEOPLE that the Radar Online report that the two are headed for a split — and that Camille has moved out of the Philadelphia home where the convicted comedian remains on house arrest — is a “ridiculous story from an egregious publication.”

“The accusations they have made in their tabloid are absolutely false,” says Wyatt. “Mrs. and Mr. Cosby are not getting divorced and she’s with him in the Philadelphia home as we speak.”

“No issues in the marriage, no issues with the children,” continues Wyatt. “These children are grown women in their 40s and 50s. These are not kids. These are not little kids running away from their father.”

“It’s amazing how people can make things up,” adds Wyatt, who says Radar Online never reached out to him for comment ahead of publishing its story Wednesday.

Welp, that settles it. Still, some are hoping that Mrs. Cosby has a Get Out moment and leaves the beleaguered entertainer. She’s stood by her man before, so that doesn’t look likely.

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In a new interview set to air this weekend on CBS Sunday Morning, former President Bill Clinton will respond for the first time to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-NY) assertion that he should have resigned over the Lewinsky affair.

“You have to—really ignore what the context was,” Clinton says, according to a CBS transcript. “But, you know, she’s living in a different context. And she did it for different reasons. So, I—but I just disagree with her.”

Gillibrand, who enthusiastically endorsed Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid and has longstanding ties to the Clinton family, told The New York Times last November that the “appropriate response” to the scandal over his White House affair with intern Monica Lewinsky would have been for Bill Clinton to resign.

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Bill & Ted Face the Music is finally happening: After many years of rumors and developments without guarantee, the third Bill & Ted movie is officially happening with Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter returning to their iconic roles. Read more here and find good news on other long-uncertain projects Rambo V, Sherlock Holmes 3 and Bad Boys for Life respectively here, here and…

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Monica Lewinsky Was Uninvited From Event After Bill Clinton RSVP’d

Don’t shade Monica Lewinsky and expect her to stay silent.

The 44-year-old motivational speaker took to Twitter on Wednesday, May 9, to reveal that an event rescinded her invitation after President Bill Clinton confirmed he would go.

“Dear world: please don’t invite me to an event (esp one about social change) and — then after I’ve accepted — uninvite me because Bill Clinton then decided to attend/was invited. it’s 2018,” she wrote. “and definitely don’t try to ameliorate the situation by insulting me with an offer of an article in your mag.”

Lewinsky, who had a sexual relationship with former President Clinton in 1998 during his time in office, has been outspoken about the affair’s impact on her life. Most recently, she made a splash for blasting a forthcoming HLN special titled The Monica Lewinsky Scandal in November 2017.

The fashion designer also spoke candidly about the relationship while giving a TED Talk in Vancouver, Canada, in March 2015. “Not a day goes by that I am not reminded of my mistake and I regret that mistake deeply,” she admitted. “In 1998, after having been swept up in an improbable romance, I was then swept into the eye of a political, legal, and media maelstorm like we had never seen before … I lost my reputation and dignity. I lost my sense of self.”

She also detailed the repercussions of the affair while speaking at a Forbes magazine summit in October 2014. “I was Patient Zero. The first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet. There was no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram back then, but there were gossip, news and entertainment websites replete with comment sections and emails which could be forwarded,” she explained. “Of course, it was all done on the excruciatingly slow dial up. Yet around the world this story went. A viral phenomenon that, you could argue, was the first moment of truly ‘social media.’”

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‘Bill & Ted 3’ Is Officially Happening; Here’s Everything We Know

'Bill & Ted 3' Is Officially Happening; Here's Everything We Know

We've been hearing about a third Bill & Ted movie forever. It almost seemed like just a pipe dream for the fans as well as stars Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves. Well, now you can go back in time and tell your younger self to keep positive, because Bill & Ted Face the Music is really happening. Yes, really.

The follow-up to the 1989 sci-fi comedy Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and its first sequel, 1991's Bill & Ted's Bogus…

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Bill Cosby Is Selling Off His Los Angeles Real Estate

 

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Facing possible imprisonment at age 80, Bill Cosby is getting his affairs in order.

The comedian, found guilty last week of aggravated indecent assault, has been quietly selling off his Los Angeles real estate portfolio, including several top-tier commercial properties in downtown Santa Monica, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Cosby currently owns two Santa Monica properties along Main Street listed for a combined $ 26
million, according to online property records.

One spot is a two-story, 8,668-square-foot brick building at the corner of Main and Hill that is zoned for retail and office space and now listed at $ 20 million. Its principal tenant is a Starbucks on the ground floor.

Cosby also owns a separate parcel of land up the street at 3016 Main St. That property is a parking lot at the corner of Marine Street and is on the market for $ 5.7 million. The lot is 6,024 square feet and has the potential for a 4,018-square-foot building.

According to THR, Cosby also sold a 9,500-square-foot building at 3008 Main St. for $ 11.8 million in September of 2015, when the sexual assault accusations against him from dozens of women began surfacing, and LAPD was conducting a criminal investigation into the comedian.

All three of the Main Street properties are tied to C.O.C. Real Estate LLC, which lists Cosby’s wife, Camille, as its principal. Cosby has made no comment on the reason for selling his portfolio.

Cosby faces up to 10 years for each of the three felonies he was convicted of. He is free on $ 1 million bail until sentencing, which is expected in the next two months. The judge in the trial confined Cosby to his Pennsylvania home until he is sentenced.

Cosby’s legal team has vowed to appeal the conviction, a process that could take years. At least 10 women have pending civil suits against Cosby accusing him of sexual assault or defamation.

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Bill Cosby conviction: How prosecutors scored a victory against ‘America’s Dad’

In Cosby’s retrial, the presiding judge allowed testimony from other women who also accused “America’s Dad” of drugging and sexually abusing them.
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‘It: Chapter Two’ Casts Bill Hader and James McAvoy; Here’s What We Know So Far

'It: Chapter Two' Casts Bill Hader and James McAvoy; Here's What We Know So Far

First the fans asked for Jessica Chastain, and they got her. Then they asked for Bill Hader, and now they've got him. Fans have been suggesting stars for It: Chapter Two ever since the release of It last fall (some have even made fake trailers to go with the suggestions), but that happens all the time with popular properties. Usually such picks go ignored. 

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Female Senators Call For Vote On Anti-Harassment Bill

A letter signed by all twenty-two female Senators is demanding action on legislation reforming the way Congress handles allegations of sexual harassment. The bipartisan letter comes as the House passed legislation reforming the Congressional Accountability Act last month, but the bill has stalled in the Senate.
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Cryptic note about girl missing since 1999 found on dollar bill

A dollar bill found more than 1,400 miles away from where an Arizona girl disappeared in 1999 is giving some investigators hope that a break in the decades-old case is possible. Mikelle Diane Biggs, 11, was playing outside her home in Mesa while waiting for an ice cream truck on Jan. 2, 1999, when she…
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Bill Hader’s Stefon made his glorious return to Weekend Update on “SNL,” and this time, he brought a friend

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Bill Hader’s Stefon made his glorious return to Weekend Update on “SNL,” and this time, he brought a friend

The second that Saturday Night Live announced Bill Hader would host the show on March 17th, everyone’s first thought was, Stefon. A Hader-hosted show would be nothing without his iconic character. Luckily, Lorne Michaels and co. know that. Stefon’s glorious return to Weekend Update was the perfect post-Oscars performance. It was Stefon at his best, and it will probably make you wish that Hader could re-join the SNL cast every weekend.

As you probably know, Stefon is an outrageous character who used to show up on Weekend Update to provide a rundown of New York’s hottest clubs. Those clubs include ridiculous items that Stefon describes in great detail. Take for example: “Lights, psychos, Furbies, screaming babies in Mozart wigs, [and] sunburned drifters with soap sud beards.”

While Stefon’s clubs have unbelievable quirks, so does the character. Most times, Hader would break and start laughing because the whole thing was just too funny. Everyone watching would inevitably break down into delirious laughter too, and it was the best.

We knew it was coming. But still, when Hader brought Stefon back, we cheered. And he even found a way to surprise us. This time, he brought a friend: none other than John Mulaney, the comedian and former SNL writer who helped create him. Mulaney played Stefon’s attorney Shy who’s also “a conceptual piss artist.” If you didn’t think that Stefon would go there, then you should re-watch some of Hader’s past performances.

Watch Hader’s latest performance as Stefon, including Mulaney’s cameo.

Whatever Mulaney whispered to Hader must have been funny, because it made him break into laughter. It was the perfect throwback.

If you haven’t heard the story, Mulaney used to mess with Hader during Stefon sketches back in the day.

“I figured it would be fun to keep messing with him so that he’d laugh every time so I just started putting new jokes on the cue cards in between dress and air,” Mulaney told Conan O’Brien in a 2012 interview. “I need to throw Bill off somehow, I need to be unprofessional about this.”

Now, if only we could find out what Mulaney said to make Hader break.

You can probably bet that it had something to do with someone in a wig.

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Lisa Bonet Rips Into Bill Cosby: “I Don’t Need To Say, ‘I Told You So’”

For those of you who don’t know your Cosby Show history, Lisa Bonet, who played Denise Huxtable, had a contentious relationship with Bill Cosby in real life. Cosby was also allegedly upset Bonet became pregnant by Lenny Kravitz and did a nude scene in the 1987 movie Angel Heart. She was reportedly fired from the sitcom in April of 1991, due to “creative differences.” Bonet has never appeared at any of the multiple Cosby Show reunions and she has barely spoken about her former boss — until now.

In an interview with Net-a-Porter, Bonet didn’t hold back when discussing the 80-year-old who has been accused of sexual misconduct by countless women. When asked if the Cosby allegations “tainted” her memories of The Cosby Show, she said, “No, it’s exactly as I remember it.” She also made it clear she was not aware of him being an alleged sexual predator, but she did sense a “sinister, shadow energy.”

“There was no knowledge on my part about his specific actions, but… There was just energy. And that type of sinister, shadow energy cannot be concealed.” You sensed a darkness? “Always. And if I had anything more to reveal then it would have happened a long time ago. That’s my nature. The truth will set you free.”

She also added, “I don’t need to say, ‘I told you so.’ I just leave all that to karma and justice and what will be.”

Well, damn. You can’t be any clearer than that. We will see if Cosby or anyone else from the sitcom responds. However, Bonet clearly has nothing to lose by saying exactly what is on her mind.

 

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Bill Maher Goes Off on Trump Over Mueller Indictment: ‘He’s Plainly a Traitor’

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“This is big,” announced Bill Maher at the top of Friday night’s Real Time.

The HBO host was of course referring to the big news of the day: Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment charging 13 Russians—and several companies—with interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

According to Mueller’s indictment, which heavily relied on findings by The Daily Beast, the baker’s dozen were linked to a Kremlin-backed troll farm, the Internet Research Agency, and “had as its object impairing, obstructing and defeating the lawful governmental functions of the United States by dishonest means in order to enable the Defendants to interfere with U.S. political and electoral processes, including the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”

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Bill Maher Goes Off on Nunes Memo: ‘Republicans These Days Are Treasonous Rats’

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“Forget Groundhog Day. The only large, rat-like creature I’m concerned about is Devin Nunes,” cracked Bill Maher at the top of his Real Time monologue on Friday. “Of course, it’s not fair to single him out. All the Republicans these days are treasonous rats.”

Before the comedian and his #NeverTrump panel embarrassed guest Anthony Scaramucci, Maher delivered a fiery monologue wherein he got so worked up over the House Republicans’ protocol-breaching release of the Nunes memo, done with President Trump’s blessing—who he referred to as “fat Nixon”—that he had to pause for a breather.

“Trump declassified this Nunes memo, which is supposed to make us think that our own top law enforcement people are crooked so Trump can get away with his Russia crimes. Problem is, Republicans talk about this memo as if it’s some smoking-gun piece of evidence they uncovered. No! They wrote it! They uncovered it in their printer! It’s not an intelligence document, it’s a Facebook post that you briefly skim before clicking ‘unfriend,’” joked Maher.

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One of the most significant promises of the recent tax reform bill was to cut taxes for most Americans. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), about 90% can expect to see bigger paychecks this February! And of course how much will depend on your situation.

Just recently, the IRS released its new withholding tax tables. These tables are used by employers and payroll companies to determine the correct amount of taxes based on an individual’s income and filing status. The new withholding tax tables are expected to assist with the latest updates in the recent tax reform bill. As such, the IRS encourages all employers to start using the tables as soon as possible, but no later than Feb. 15.

But while the tables are updated, employees are reminded to review their withholdings.

When individuals file their tax returns in 2019, having too much withheld can allow Uncle Sam to use your money interest-free throughout the year, whereas having too little withheld can create additional taxes due. As such, the IRS encourages users to utilize the new withholding calculator to determine whether or not you should update your tax withholdings.

The new tax withholding calculator would allow individuals to enter their tax deductions, expected income, and other vital information to determine the correct amount to withhold. It is expected to be available by the end of February.

If an employee discovers he or she is withholding too little or too much, a new W-4 form should be submitted to the human resources department. A W-4 form allows employers to determine the correct amount of taxes to be withheld from an employee’s paycheck. Employees can adjust withholdings based on dependents, deductions, and other relevant information. But keep in mind, the IRS has not issued the W-4 form that reflects the changes to the tax law, so for now, employees should hold tight and monitor their withholdings throughout the year.

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UPenn Will Rescind Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degree

The University of Pennsylvania is distancing itself from Bill Cosby and billionaire chairman of the Republican National Committee Steve Wynn.

The Ivy League college announced plans Thursday to rescind the legendary comedian’s honorary degree. The school said it will also remove the name Wynn Commons, named for Wynn, from the centrally located outdoor plaza bounded by Houston Hall, Claudia Cohen Hall, College Hall, and Irvine Auditorium.

In 2015, as dozens of women came out against Cosby alleging sexual assault and as students protested across campus, school administrators rebuffed calls to revoke Cosby’s honorary degree.

“While the allegations against Mr. Cosby are deeply troubling, it is not our practice to rescind honorary degrees,” Vice President for University Communications Steve McCarthy said in a statement at the time.

The college, however, had previously rescinded two degrees it awarded to Germans Kaiser Friedrich Wilhelm II and Johann Heinrich von Bernstorff following World War I when the United States broke diplomatic ties with Germany.

So what changed?

The college said it had to take action after multiple reports last week detailed Wynn’s alleged decadeslong acts of sexual harassment and intimidation.

“To that end, we convened a small group composed of trustees, alumni, deans, and faculty who deliberated carefully on the nature of the charges made against Mr. Wynn and the correct course of action the University should take in response,” school administrators explained in a statement. 

“It has been a century since the University of Pennsylvania last revoked an honorary degree, and we do not take that decision—or the decision to remove Mr. Wynn’s name from the Commons and from the scholarship fund he created—lightly,” David L. Cohen, chair, Penn Board of Trustees said in the same statement. “We view these as extraordinary and essentially unique circumstances that call for an immediate, decisive, and clearly ethical response.”

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Government Shuts Down After Short-Term Spending Bill Fails

With lawmakers unable to reach an agreement on a short-term spending bill, the federal government shut down at midnight on Friday. The shutdown came after a spending bill approved by House Republicans failed to clear a procedural hurdle in the Senate on a largely party line vote of 50 to 49.
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President Trump Is Having an Affair ‘Right Now,’ Michael Wolff Tells Bill Maher

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The last time we saw Bill Maher on HBO’s Real Time, he was defending his friend Al Franken and condemning his ideological enemy Roy Moore. Three months later, neither man is serving in the U.S. Senate and the government is on the verge of a possible shutdown.

As the Senate began to vote on a continuing resolution to keep the government open, Maher kicked things off by wishing his audience a happy new year, or as he called 2018, “the year of the shithole.” The host summed up Trump’s immigration position with one question: “Why can’t we do immigration more like the way I got Melania, by using a catalogue?”

But the main event of Maher’s first show back came in the form of a sit-down with Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury, the book that managed to make Trump’s White House even more chaotic during the first few weeks of the new year.

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Senators Scott and Booker Secure Community Investment in New Tax Bill

New legislation spearheaded by Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), created to encourage investment in the communities that need it most, was included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by Congress last year. The Investing in Opportunity Act (IIOA) makes $ 2.3T in unrealized capital gains from stocks and mutual funds available for investment in communities that have not benefited from the post-Recession recovery. Senator Scott ensured the new program was included in the final bill.

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Great Recession started in December 2007. A decade after the economic downturn began, the U.S. Economy has strengthened significantly by many traditional measures. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics put the national unemployment rate at 4.1% in December 2017: a 16-year low. The unemployment rate for African Americans was 6.8%. While almost three points higher than the national average, this is the lowest unemployment rate for African Americans since 2000.

During the Great Recession, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a low point of 6,443 in March 2009. At the end of 2017, the Dow is trading well above 24,000. That equates to trillions of dollars in market value, some of which the IIOA seeks to repurpose for investment in distressed communities.

Although the U.S. economy as a whole has recovered, wages have stagnated and income equality has increased. The Economic Innovation Group reports that America’s wealthiest ZIP codes prior to the Great Recession have reaped a greater benefit during the recovery. In fact, many of the poorest ZIP codes before the Great Recession have become worse off during the recovery. These ZIP codes that have not fully shared in the economic recovery are often in the South and in inner cities; this is what the IIOA seeks to address.

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The IIOA allows would-be investors to defer capital gains recognition, and the associated tax, from the sale of an appreciated asset if they invest the gains (profits) in new Opportunity Zones located in “low-income community” census tracts. In other words, if you bought stock in a company and that stock gained value, you can sell the stock for a profit and defer capital gains tax if you invest the gains in an Opportunity Zone. This approach provides an incentive for investing in communities that have, historically, not received investment.

Opportunity Zones are designated by the Governor of each State. Governors can designate up to 25% of the total number of qualifying census tracts that meet the IIOA standard. Finally, the IIOA creates Opportunity Funds “O Funds” that may be used to pool funds from around the country to investment in Opportunity Zones.

Senators Scott and Booker were joined by Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) in introducing the bipartisan legislation in 2016. After being reintroduced in 2017, the IIOA was shepherded through the U.S. Senate Finance Committee by Senator Scott and was included in the Senate Tax Package. Scott serves on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and was the only black lawmaker appointed to the House-Senate Conference Committee for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Senator Scott leveraged his position on the Conference Committee to ensure the IIOA was included in the final version of the new tax reform bill. He also advocated for doubling the child tax credit. The credit was eventually increased to $ 2,000, something that should benefit families.

Senator Booker and his Democratic colleagues have questioned the efficacy of the “trickle down economics” in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Senator Scott and Congressional Republicans have promised a 73% tax cut for the average single-parent family making $ 41,000/year and a $ 2,000 cut for an average American family of four making $ 73,000/year. The proof will be in pay stubs and consumer spending/saving this year.

 

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., right, shakes hands with Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Investing in Opportunity Act

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) shakes hands with Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). Image: AP/ Jacquelyn Martin

 

Senators Booker and Scott both agree that more investment is needed in our communities. Entrepreneurs, developers, and innovators need resources and infrastructure to grow businesses and hire. If Republican claims about the new tax reform bill are fully realized, black families will have more cash in their pockets—money that can be used to invest in their local communities via equity crowdfunding or by other means. Even if this does not happen, the IIOA’s inclusion in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act means communities that need it are getting something from the bill.

This is not the first time Senators Booker and Scott have worked together. Among other things, they cosponsored the LEAP Act—encouraging apprenticeships—in 2014, they joined a bi-partisan group of lawmakers in co-sponsoring the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, and toured the National Museum of African American History and Culture together in 2016.

A template for black lawmakers, from both sides of the aisle, working together to impact communities that need it most. And, a legislative victory for Senator Scott and his team.

 

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House Passes Surveillance Bill Despite Confusing Trump Tweets

With lawmakers shrugging off conflicting tweets from President Donald Trump, the House voted Thursday to extend a controversial surveillance program for six years. The House voted 256 to 164 to renew Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
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Statement from Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman and CEO, on the Individual Mandate Changes in the Tax Bill

The tax bill, which includes eliminating the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, has been passed by the Senate and House. As a result, we can expect significant setbacks for millions of Americans’ access to high-quality, affordable health care and coverage.

Kaiser Permanente believes any changes to health policy should provide more Americans with access to high-quality, affordable health care — and maintain or expand access to health coverage. The elimination of the individual mandate runs counter to this belief.

We encourage policymakers to move in a more positive direction by supporting the currently pending bipartisan legislation to improve health care and coverage. The bipartisan approach is critically important to preventing the erosion of health care and coverage for the people of our country.

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The federal tax shakeup will impact American lives in big and small ways for years to come. Miserable married people should get a divorce lawyer on speed-dial. Starting with marriages dissolved in 2019, those who pay alimony can not deduct it from their taxes. You may be figuring your own taxes, now that tax-preparation fees…
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How the Final Version of the Republican Tax Bill Will Impact African American Entrepreneurs

This past Friday, the final version of the Republican tax bill was released. Comprised of both the recent House and Senate tax bills, this plan combines both versions into an overhaul tax reform bill.

While individuals can expect many changes in the tax bill, which includes an increase to the child tax credit to $ 2,000, a limitation on state and local tax deductions to $ 10,000, and the mortgage interest debt deduction capped at homes with a debt of $ 750,000 are just a few. Businesses can expect many changes as well.

Republican tax bill to cut corporate taxes

Small business owners organized as a corporation can expect to see a considerable rate reduction. Although both the previous House and Senate bill proposed a tax reduction from 35% to 20%, the Republicans final tax bill offers a tax reduction rate of 21%.

Pass-through entities to obtain tax deduction

Many small business owners organized as “pass-through” entities for tax purposes. These are entities whose earnings are taxed on their personal income tax. Thus the name “pass through.” Businesses such as sole proprietors, partnerships, and other business types are “pass-through” entities.

The Republicans tax bill will allow these businesses to deduct up to 20% of business income from their profits up to $ 315,000 (for joint filers). Also, the tax bill will further limit the overall tax rate of “pass-through” entities to 29.6% and will limit the tax deduction to high-income earners.

This will result in tax savings for small business owners. While corporations may fare better under this plan, this version is set to help those whose profits are less than 315,000 or less for joint taxpayers and $ 157,500 if single, per year.

Elimination of healthcare mandate

During 2010, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, became the law of the land. With the passing of this bill, it also mandated that taxpayers purchase healthcare insurance or face a penalty. This bill proposes to do away with the individual mandate, thus eliminating the requirement to buy healthcare coverage beginning in 2019.

The next steps

The Republicans are hopeful that the bill will pass before year-end. The bill is set for a final vote in the upcoming week, with hopes that the president can sign the bill into law this year.

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Senate Passes Republican Tax-Overhaul Bill

The Senate passed the GOP’s tax-overhaul bill 51-48 in a late-night vote Tuesday, despite repeated interruptions by protesters shouting “Kill the bill!” There were no surprises or last-minute defections, with lawmakers voting along party lines. The legislation, which faced staunch opposition from Democratic lawmakers who say it favors the wealthy, is now expected to be passed by the House and signed by President Donald Trump. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) chided Republican lawmakers ahead of the vote, accusing them of supporting the legislation only to appease major donors. “Let’s call this out for what it is—it’s government for sale,” she said. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) also came out swinging against the bill, calling it a “disgrace” and a “hefty windfall for the wealthy and only a paltry temporary leap for some in the middle class.” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who famously was one of only three Republicans to vote against a GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act over the summer, was absent from the vote and spending time with family in Arizona.

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House debates and votes on GOP tax bill

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Seth Meyers Exposes How GOP Tax Bill Will ‘Personally Enrich’ Trump

Before the Republican Party gets a chance to try and pass its deeply unpopular tax bill on Tuesday, Seth Meyers took “A Closer Look” at the taxpayers who are set to benefit most from the legislation’s generous cuts for the wealthiest members of society. Including President Donald Trump.

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Republican senators come together for GOP tax bill

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The Republican tax bill saves grad students’ tuition benefits

It is a big win for grad and PhD students, and higher ed advocates who opposed the measure.
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Final Republican Tax Bill Slashes Corporate Rate

Congressional Republicans’ final tax legislation proposes cutting taxes as expected for businesses, the wealthy and some middle-class Americans, according to a summary seen by Reuters on Friday, with decisive votes expected next week in a critical moment for the party and President Donald Trump.

Prospects for approval of the biggest U.S. tax overhaul since 1986 were improving, with two formerly wavering Republican senators pledging support: Marco Rubio and Bob Corker.

But three Republican senators, enough to defeat the measure, were still uncommitted: Susan Collins, Jeff Flake and Mike Lee. With Democrats solidly opposed, Republicans can afford to lose only two votes from within their ranks and still win passage in a chamber that Trump’s party controls by a slim 52-48 margin.

The bill would cut the corporate income tax rate to 21% from 35%, according to the summary. Corporate tax lobbyists have been seeking such a dramatic cut for many years.

It would also create a 20% business income tax deduction for owners of “pass-through” businesses, such as partnerships and sole proprietorships; allow for immediate write-off by corporations of new equipment costs; and eliminate the corporate alternative minimum tax, according to the summary.

Since they swept to power in Washington in January, Trump and the Republicans have not managed to pass any major legislation and have lost closely watched elections in Alabama and Virginia, while Trump’s public approval ratings are at historically low levels.

Ramming the sweeping tax package through Congress would represent their first significant legislative achievement and fulfill promises about a tax overhaul that Trump made to voters last year on the way to his unexpected capture of the White House.

Trump wants a bill on his desk before the Dec. 25 Christmas holiday so he can sign it into law and finish 2017 with at least one big win in Congress before the 2018 mid-term election campaigns, when Republicans will have to defend their Senate and House of Representatives majorities.

Democrats have called the Republican tax legislation a giveaway to corporations and the wealthy that would drive up the federal deficit.

The Republican bill would maintain the existing seven individual and family income tax brackets with rates of 10, 12, 22, 24, 32, 35 and 37 percent. That top rate, for the highest-earning Americans, would be cut from today’s 39.6%.

Stock markets have been rallying for months in anticipation of sharply lower tax rates for corporations, wealthy financiers and business owners, all of which the bill would deliver.

Wall Street’s three major stock indexes closed at record highs on Friday, driven by corporate tax rates looked like it would win enough support from lawmakers to pass.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.58% to 24,651.74, the S&P 500 gained 0.90% to 2,675.81 and the Nasdaq Composite rose 1.17%, to 6,936.58.


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GOP bill would cut corporate tax rate to 21 percent

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House Passes ‘Compromise’ Gun Bill That Would Allow Concealed Carry Across State Lines

Next week is the five-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 26 dead, including 20 children, in what was formerly the sleepy community of Newtown, Connecticut. Since that shooting, gun-control advocates have clamored, begged and even held sit-ins on the floor of the House of Representatives to get a vote on significant legislation that might bring about greater

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Dark Moment for America as Senate Passes Tax Bill in the Middle of the Night

Long after midnight, following a chaotic scramble that saw tax legislation being re-written on the fly, with handwritten edits in the margins and full pages crossed out, Senate Republicans passed the Tax Cuts and

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Senate Republicans Narrowly Approve Tax Reform Bill

Senate Republicans narrowly approved a massive tax reform bill early Saturday morning after GOP leaders managed to win over several reluctant lawmakers with changes to the legislation. The Senate voted 51 to 49 in favor of the bill known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, with the vote largely coming down along party lines.
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4 winners and 3 losers in the Senate tax bill

Winner: corporations. Loser: charities.
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