Ocasio-Cortez and Warren’s wealth tax plans are ‘economically illiterate’: Trump advisor

"It's very disappointing that over and over again I see the Democrats pursue really economically illiterate proposals just because they think they sound good politically," Kevin Hassett says.
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Nissan cites Brexit ‘uncertainty’ as it scraps plans to build model in Britain

Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has confirmed it is scrapping plans to build a new model in the English city of Sunderland, citing uncertainty over Brexit and further highlighting employers’ fears of a no-deal departure by the UK from the European Union.


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Novartis Stock Dips As Q4 Profit Misses View; Plans Buyback; Sees Growth In FY19

Shares of Novartis AG (NVS) were losing around 2 percent in the early morning trading in Switzerland after the drug major reported weak profit in its fourth quarter, and core earnings were below market estimates. Net sales, however, increased and topped analysts’ view. Further, the company proposed higher dividend as well as up to 10 billion Swiss francs share repurchase program.
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Trump administration proposes rules for Medicare plans as it seeks to lower drug prices

HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement that the goal would be to create a system that prioritizes savings for patients.
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Trump’s company plans to expand check of employees’ legal status following report that it hired undocumented workers for years

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After Being Released From Custody, Chris Brown Plans To Sue Rape Accuser For Defamation

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Chris Brown was released from a Parisian jail on Tuesday hours after news reports circulated that a woman accused the R&B star of rape. Now, Brown’s lawyer Raphael Chiche, says the singer is gearing up for a lawsuit to clear his name.

“Chris Brown is free. No lawsuits were filed against him,” a tweet from Chiche read. “He vigorously challenges the charges against him. A complaint for slanderous denunciation will be filed tomorrow with the public prosecutor of Paris.”

He later followed it up with the following tweet: “I’m preparing the complaint #ChrisBrown will file against his accuser.”

The story takes a swift turn after it was initially reported that Brown, and two associates were arrested in connection with aggravated rape and drug charges. The arrest stems from a report a 24-year-old woman filed where she claimed she was sexually violated when she returned to the Mandarin Oriental hotel with Brown and a group of friends after a night of partying in a Parisian club. The assault reportedly took place on the evening of January 15 going into January 16.

French authorities had 48-hours to determine whether they will press charges or release him from jail. Brown and his associates who were detained, could have stayed in jail during the duration of the investigation if authorities felt they were a flight risk. According to a statement Chiche made to outlet Entertainment Tonight, the police investigation is still ongoing.

The charges against Chris Brown have not been dropped and investigations are still going on, but Chris Brown has not been sued by prosecution,” Chiche said.

On Tuesday Brown maintained his innocence by posting a now deleted Instagram message, claiming his innocence.

“I WANNA MAKE IT PERFECTLY CLEAR…… THIS IS FALSE AND A WHOLE LOT OF CAP! NNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEERRRRRR!!!!!! FOR MY DAUGHTER AND MY FAMILY THIS IS SO DISPRESPECTFUL AND IS AGAINST MY CHARACTER AND MORALS!!!!!” Brown wrote.

The case adds to Brown’s long list of legal troubles that he’s sustained over the last 10 years.

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UBS Posts Profit, Plans $1 Bln Buy Back; Warns On Client Activity; Stock Dips

Shares of UBS Group AG (UBS) were losing around 5 percent in the early morning trading after the Swiss banking giant warned on client activity in the first quarter, despite reporting a profit in its fourth quarter, compared to prior year’s heft loss. For 2018, the Board intends to propose a dividend of CHF 0.706 per share, up 8%. For 2019, UBS is targeting to repurchase up to $ 1 billion of shares.
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Sheryl Sandberg Outlines Facebook’s Plans to Regain the Public’s Trust

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg on Sunday addressed the company’s mistakes and addressed the hope to earn back Facebook users’ trust after a string of controversies involving user privacy.

“We need to stop abuse more quickly and we need to do better to protect people’s data,” Sandberg said at the DLD conference in Munich, as CNBC reported.

Facebook’s fall began when it was accused of misusing users’ private information after it was found that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica collected data of up to 87 million users without their consent. The Federal Trade Commission is now also looking to impose a record fine on the social media giant for its alleged violation of an agreement in place covering the protection and privacy of user data.

Sandberg said Facebook is doing five things this year as it “reflects and learns” from its mistakes. This includes investing in safety and security, providing protection against election interference, suppressing fake accounts and false information, ensuring people feel as though they control their data, and aiming for more transparency at the company, CNBC reports.

Sandberg said Facebook has employed 30,000 people to check its platform for hate posts and false information–five times the amount in 2017, Tech Crunch reported.

When it comes to election interference, Sandberg said the company is continuing to remove pages that display “inauthentic behavior.” The company has been blocking more than than 1 million “fake accounts” every day and has “dramatically cut down on the information apps can access” from users, CNBC reported.

She also announced Facebook would be teaming up with Germany in efforts to push back against election interference, TechCrunch reported.

“Speaking for Mark [Zuckerberg], for myself and for everyone at Facebook, we are more determined than ever to keep people safe,” she said, according to CNBC. “And we are taking strong actions to do it.”

Although the company’s shares have fallen over the past 12 months, Sandberg said Facebook is “one of the largest job creation platforms” and is “far from done.”

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Fort Bend ISD Announces Withdrawal Of Rezoning Plans For High Schools

A large concern for parents of students at Fort Bend Independent School District high schools was the potential of more rezoning and plans that could affect students in the southeast region of the district. The district announced on Friday that it will withdraw its recommendation to make any changes to high school rezoning boundaries. On Tuesday, the district’s board of trustees will be presented with a plan to keep the current attendance boundaries for those school in place for at least the next two years.

The rezoning became an issue as FBISD wanted to prioritize a new high school that was approved in the 2018 bond. To build the new high school and adjoining elementary school, voters approved the $ 1 billion project in November.

FBISD superintendent sent the following message to parents:

“Our decision to withdraw our recommendation for high school attendance boundary changes at this time is based on several factors, including the identification of a site for building High School 12 and the Board’s desire to take immediate action to secure the site. This provides a more clear path forward and will enable the drawing of boundaries for the new high school and minimize the disruption to students of rezoning to balance enrollment and rezoning again to open High School 12. Our decision was also informed by the Board’s discussion at Monday’s Board Workshop, where they expressed concerns about how frequent rezoning affects our students and communities and the need to provide more long-term solutions for high school programming and building utilization.

“During Tuesday’s Board meeting, we will ask the Board for authorization to negotiate the purchase of an 80 acre-tract of land, and will share more about how we are aggressively pursuing options that could lead to an earlier opening of HS 12, in the 2022-23 school year, instead of the 2024-25 school year.

“While we will not recommend any action to change high school attendance boundaries at this time, the board will have the authority to discuss and possibly take action on changes, should they see fit.

“More information about these plans will be shared with the Board on Tuesday night, and, at the same time, we will also share a thorough overview of our plans to expand programming at Marshall High School and Willowridge High School, as set forth in the 2018 Facilities Master Plan. We have heard concerns regarding the long-term investments in these schools to assure improved student achievement and increased building utilization, and I can see where we have fallen short in effectively engaging these communities in the planning efforts thus far. While we are asking for the approval of Early College and P-TECH programs at WHS, MHS and HHS, we will continue to work with our school communities to determine what other programming options could benefit our students.

“In closing, I want to acknowledge how appreciative I am that the community has joined with us in this journey. I am very aware that considering boundary changes is not easy, but we have committed to doing so with our community in a way that honors the engagement process and is responsive to the expectations set forth by our community and the leadership of our Board of Trustees I wish you a safe and relaxing weekend.”

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Apple is in talks with private Medicare plans about bringing its watch to at-risk seniors

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No breakthrough in U.S. shutdown talks, Pelosi plans new legislation

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats would pass new legislation to try to reopen parts of the government next week after talks between the Trump administration and Democratic negotiators on Saturday failed to end a two-week partial government shutdown.


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GM Dave Gettleman: OBJ part of Giants’ plans, Eli Manning still under review

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants made it clear that wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is part of their current plans, while quarterback Eli Manning’s future remains uncertain. General manager Dave Gettleman on Wednesday declined to commit to Manning for next season, despite being complimentary of his ability and statistics this season. Manning, who turns 38 on Thursday, has one year remaining on his contract and is set to count $ 23.2 million against the salary cap in 2019. "I’m committed to making the best decision in the interest of the New York Football Giants," Gettleman said when asked if Manning would return for his 16th season. "We’re in the evaluation process. OK, I know that you guys want answers now, but very frankly I didn’t come in [New Year’s Day]. I’m going to do what I do, which is get in my office and watch film. … My commitment is to make this team the best team it can be. And if that happens to have Eli playing…
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La Prestic Ouiston Expands With Plans for Store in Paris

A NEW FLAME: Rounding out a globetrotting tour of pop-up stores, La Prestic Ouiston is opening its first boutique in the Saint Germain district of Paris and launching an e-commerce site at the start of next year.
Nearly a decade old, the upscale Parisian label best known for original prints and fluid silhouettes, has recently experienced a surge of interest abroad, where it is sold in places including Fivestory in New York, Ron Herman in Los Angeles and Japan, Hanwha Galleria in Seoul, and soon on Matchesfashion.com.
For the label’s designer Laurence Mahéo, opening a Paris store will offer the chance to return to her design roots with one-off items. Self-taught, the designer was exposed to textiles growing up—her grandparents ran a high-end fabric store in France—and, as an adult, started selling clothing at Le Bon Marché in small batches of one-off pieces. Mahéo branched out into collections at the suggestion of the Left Bank institution’s Régine Bérault.
“I didn’t realize I was building a brand—I was making clothing,” recalled Mahéo.
“I still have a hard time realizing that it has become a French label with a certain notoriety…I feel like I have spent 10 years working like crazy and, suddenly, lifting my head

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California Cult Leader Uniclone Unicron Plans Sex-Robot Brothel—With a Twist

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Self-proclaimed cult leader Unicole Unicron signed off a recent video memo to followers with an important reminder: “Don’t forget to ask your sex robot for consent.”

The line was a hint at Unicron’s latest business venture, Eve’s Robot Dreams—a consent-focused robot brothel that the cult leader hopes to open in West Hollywood, California, in the near future.

Details are scarce, but the idea is simple: Unicron expects to purchase and rent out sex robots by the hour to customers who want to make love to a life-size, talking Barbie with a vagina—as long as the robot agrees to it.

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Washington’s Chelan County PUD Plans Higher Electricity Costs For Crypto Mining

A rural Washington County Public Utility District, or PUD has proposed higher electricity costs for cryptocurrency miners, according to Central Washington radio station KPQ. The Chelan County PUD in north-central Washington has proposed a new electricity pricing structure, Schedule 36, for the mining activity, which generally takes enormous power.
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Christian Dawkins’ emails detail payment plans to several players

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403(b) vs. 401(k): Here’s What You Need to Know if You’re Choosing Plans

Paper or plastic? Uber or Lyft? 403(b) or 401(k)?

It’s not often that you’re faced with the last choice. But if you’re a teacher, nurse or government employee, you may have been presented with this question before, because tax-exempt organizations can offer a 403(b) retirement plan, in addition to a traditional 401(k) option.

When you select the vehicle that will drive your investments, here are the things you should know about 403(b) and 401(k) plans.

403(b) vs. 401(k): What’s the Same?

Fundamentally, 403(b) and 401(k) plans are the same.

Both retirement plans are tax-deferred, meaning they protect you from paying taxes on contributions now and lower your annual taxable income, and you’ll pay taxes when you withdraw the funds.

The annual contribution limits, withdrawal requirements and rules for taking out a loan are the same as well.

403(b) vs. 401(k): What’s Different?

The differences are nuanced. 401(k) plans can be offered by any employer, while 403(b) plans are offered by tax-exempt organizations, such as nonprofits, religious groups, government organizations and school districts. While these organizations can also offer a 401(k), for-profit businesses don’t have the option of offering 403(b) plans.

The law allows tax-exempt organizations a pass on certain employer requirements, making administrative costs for a 403(b) less expensive. In turn, employer matches and contributions also aren’t as common for 403(b) plans as they are for 401(k)s.

And while annual contribution limits are the same, 403(b) plans have a unique provision called the maximum allowable contribution, aka MAC. It allows employees with at least 15 years of service to an employer to add an extra $ 3,000 to their annual contributions.

If you leave your employer, you’ll face the same rollover provisions for both plans, with one exception: You can roll a 403(b) into a 401(k), but not vice versa.

A 403(b) plan isn’t regulated as closely as a 401(k) plan. In exchange, administrative costs in 401(k) plans can be slightly higher.

  401(k) 403(b)
Eligibility Sponsored by any employer. Sponsored by a tax-exempt employer.
Annual contribution limits
(2018)
$ 18,500 if you’re under 50;
$ 24,500 if you’re 50 or older.
Same as a 401(k), but if you’ve been with your employer for 15 years or more, you can add an extra $ 3,000 to your contribution.
Investments Can contain almost any type of investment. Only contains mutual funds and annuities.
Rollovers Can be rolled over into traditional IRA or new employer-sponsored 401(k). Can be rolled over into traditional IRA or new employer-sponsored 403(b) or 401(k).
Required minimum distributions Withdrawals must begin no later than age 70 ½ Same, except for special allowances on pre-1987 amounts

If Your Employer Offers Both, Which Is Right for You?

If you’re looking to invest early and often, you can’t make a bad decision. But you should take a close look to ensure you’re making the best decision.

Get a list of the investment options and fees for both. While 403(b)s can only be invested in annuities and mutual funds, 401(k) plans have a wider pool of investments, including mutual funds, annuities, bonds, company stock and others.

Both can have very optimal or very suboptimal investments. It’s up to you to make sure the plan you choose is the one with the highest-performing and lowest-fee funds.  

Ultimately, the differences between a 403(b) and a 401(k) are small enough that your choice will likely come down to the options your employer has chosen inside your company’s plan more than the plan itself.

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Alexi Lubomirski Debuts Shanghai Show, Plans Sustainable-Minded Initiative, Finishing Children’s Book

IN THE LOOP: Shooting Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement portrait and royal wedding rocketed Alexi Lubomirski to the worldwide stage. Building on that exposure, the New York photographer has unveiled an exhibition in Asia.
Alexi Lubomirski Studio teamed with ACDC Shanghai to unveil “Selected Portraits by Alexi Lubomirski,” a survey of his celebrity portraiture at MIFA 1862 in Harbour City, Shanghai.
Curated by ACDC’s Daniele Kim, there are shots of Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, Angelina Jolie and, of course, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, among others. (More recently, Lubomirski photographed Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary show in Central Park.)
As for how the lensman would describe the speed of life in the past six months, he said via-email, “Personally it has been a whirlwind of crazy jobs, which included the royal wedding, cover shoots with some incredible celebrities, and the portraits taken at the Ralph Lauren 50th anniversary show, of people such as Oprah, Hillary Clinton, Steven Spielberg, Bruce Springsteen and many others.”
Taking the longer view, he added, “In the industry, the past six to 12 months have seen a lot of reassessment. In the current cultural and political environment, individual creatives, as well as companies and brands, are being asked to clarify

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Popeyes Plans To Sell Wings ‘Dipped In Champagne And Coated In 24-Karat Gold’

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If you’re hungering to level up your chicken game, look no further than Popeyes, as the restaurant chain is selling wings that have been coated in REAL 24-karat gold batter and dipped in champagne.

via USA TODAY:

The lavish dish is Popeyes’ way of celebrating its 3,000th restaurant, which opened on 868 C E Grand Street in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in August 2018. That location is one of the four Popeyes restaurants across the country that will be selling the celebratory menu item. The other three are located in New York City (at 75 Lexington Avenue), New Orleans, Louisiana, (at 621 Canal St) and Anaheim, California, (at 1005 North Magnolia Blvd.)

If the powers that be are pleased with how consumers respond, Popeyes might bring the gold-battered chicken to additional establishments, including any one of its locations across 30 countries worldwide, the report states.

“We wanted to share this celebration with our fans, so our chefs cooked up something extra special for them,” Popeyes president Alex Santoro said in a press release. “It’s a fun way for guests to celebrate this milestone right along with us.”

Penny pinchers will be thrilled to know that Popeyes’ 24-Karat Champagne Wings are surprisingly affordable. They’re served as a value meal that includes six boneless wings, a choice of side dish, and a biscuit for $ 5.

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