Politics & Government

Top Candidates For Federal Reserve Chair Position And Their Views

President Trump is weighing his options for appointing a new Federal Reserve Chairman and this could be one of the most important appointments that he makes in his first year or his first term possibly. The Fed Chair is seen as the main policy maker when it comes to monetary issues. The way the Fed sways the economic environment is ...

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Senate Passes $4 Trillion Budget Plan

Senate Republicans passed a $4 trillion budget resolution Thursday night after a so-called “vote-a-rama” where amendments are considered in quick succession. The vote was 51-49, with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul the only Republican to vote against the plan. “Tonight we completed the first step toward replacing our broken tax code by passing a comprehensive, fiscally responsible budget that will help ...

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Which Companies and Industries Will Suffer If NAFTA Is Terminated

The North American Free Trade Agreement was signed between Canada, Mexico and the United States in 1994. The agreement was designed to eliminate almost all trade barriers between the three countries. For the most part, it has had its desired effect with trade between the three increasing significantly. For the United States, Canada is the leading country for American exports ...

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Trump Expected to Roll Back Obamacare Regulations by Exec Order

The Wall Street Journal has reported that the Trump administration is about to take another step to reform America’s healthcare system. President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order that will roll back some of Obama’s former healthcare rules in an effort to make plans more affordable. “The order is aimed at expanding insurance options for Americans who buy ...

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A Canary in the Underfunded Pension Coal Mine

In its purest form, hydrocarbon natural gas is composed primarily of methane, which is odorless and colorless. “Coal seam” natural gas is a natural byproduct of coal deposits. As recently as the 1980’s, coal miners would often bring canaries with them into the mines because canaries were known to be far more sensitive to air quality than humans. If the ...

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SPECIAL – Tribalism in the wake of Las Vegas

In a very dramatic and tragic way, the reaction to the shooting in Los Vegas may indicate whether America represents a culture or a collection of tribes.  The immediate answer on the scene suggests we are a strong culture, bonded together by a remarkable dedication to noble core values. The concert was a collection of some 23,000 people drawn from ...

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Supreme Court Revisits Labor Union Debate

There’s a good chance that public employees will no longer be forced to pay union dues. The Supreme Court has decided to hear Janus v. AFSCME – the latest in a series of free speech cases in which workers object to paying money to a union they do not support. The case challenges a decision upheld in 1977: that public-sector ...

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Trump Unveils Tax Reform Plan

President Trump’s long-awaited tax plan, revealed on Wednesday, would cut corporate rates and nearly double the standard deduction. The 9-page document is vague in some areas, leaving plenty of space for congressional tax-writing committees to work out the details as they craft legislation. Republicans are aiming for a tax overhaul that will simplify the tax code, reduce taxes on the ...

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The Filthy Truth About Immigration

If your devotion is to all, what is the value of your love? Are such displays of emotion not useless if any member of the horde on the other side of the hill holds the same space in your heart as those who have built their lives around you, who have celebrated and suffered by your side? Is it not ...

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The Inconvenience of Hurricane Irma

Holy crap am I spoiled. For the last several days, I’ve experienced the inconvenience of Hurricane Irma. I’m having to wait an extra 20 minutes to get gasoline. The major grocery chain Publix doesn’t have a good supply of my favorite fizzy water, and they seem a bit crowded right now. Plus they were out of Woinder Bread so I ...

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