Author: Danielle Kurtzleben

CHARTS: Here’s How GOP’s Tax Breaks Would Shift Money To Rich, Poor Americans

NPR Enlarge this image Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., addresses a rally against the Republican tax plan outside the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 1. An analysis of the House and Senate proposals show they are likely to benefit the wealthy more than lower-income Americans. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images $1.4 trillion is a lot of money. It’s what all of the NFL teams together are worth, and then some. It’s more than twice the Defense Department’s 2016 budget. It’s enough to buy nearly 3.2 million homes at the median U.S. home price right now. It’s...

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A Math ‘Gimmick’? GOP Proposes Creating New Tax Policies, Then Letting Them Expire

NPR Enlarge this image Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, places books of the current tax code on the dais, during a Nov. 6 House Ways and Means Committee markup of the Republicans’ tax overhaul plan. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call,Inc./Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call,Inc./Getty Images Were the GOP tax bill to pass as-is, it would give families a $300 credit per year for non-child dependents, as well as taxpayers and their spouses — for five years. And it would allow businesses to immediately deduct the costs of business investments from their taxable income, a practice called “full expensing”...

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Republicans Are Happy Trump Ended DACA. They’re Less Sure About Deporting DREAMers

NPR Enlarge this image Amid his travels to hurricane-battered Florida, President Trump was repeatedly asked to explain what steps he hopes to take on the DACA program. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Win McNamee/Getty Images After learning that President Trump is working with Democratic congressional leaders on codifying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, furious Trump supporters burned their Make America Great Again hats. Fox News’ Sean Hannity tweeted that “@POTUS needs to stay the course and keep his promises or it’s over.” And in response to a Trump tweet about allowing DREAMers to stay in...

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In America, Every Day Is Independents’ Day

NPR America’s young voters are more likely to be independent than their parents, and in 2016, many millennials flocked behind independent Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Americans love the concept of independence, whether it’s about annually celebrating freedom from the British or fetishizing individualism. In honor of America’s Independence Day, we figured it was as good a time as any to explore America’s political independents.1 What makes this a tricky task, though, is that independents aren’t really all that, well, independent in their beliefs. In fact, the overwhelming majority of independents lean toward one...

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Trump Lashes Out At Investigators After Reports Of Obstruction Of Justice Inquiry

NPR President Donald Trump walks from Marine One to board Air Force One for a trip to Miami to deliver a speech on Cuba policy on Friday. Evan Vucci/AP President Trump issued an eyebrow-raising tweet Friday morning. “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt,” he wrote. Trump’s tweet comes less than a day after another strange statement from a senior official in his administration. On Thursday night, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein issued a statement in which he cautioned Americans against believing stories about...

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What Georgia’s Handel-Ossoff Runoff Can Tell Us About Gender Politics Nationally

NPR On a recent Sunday afternoon, dozens of volunteers crammed into a small Jon Ossoff for Congress field office in Chamblee, Ga. They were there to canvass for the 30-year-old political newcomer, but they also got a treat: a speech from Ossoff himself. He only spoke for about four minutes, but he devoted almost a minute of it to women in particular. “It’s got nothing to do with me,” he said. “I keep saying it’s got everything to do with this community and what we can achieve when we work together and so much of it as you know...

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Beyond The Mike Pence Misogyny Debate, The 3 ‘Billy Graham Rules’ You Haven’t Read

NPR Graham set out strict rules to keep his ministry from having any whiff of impropriety. That broad philosophy could be useful to White Houses. Stephen Chernin/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Stephen Chernin/Getty Images The nation learned this week that Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, have had some unusually strict boundaries around their marriage. That’s something The Washington Post‘s Ashley Parker dug up in writing a profile of Karen Pence this week. As Parker tweeted on Wednesday, “Mike Pence never dines alone [with] a woman not his wife, nor does he attends events [with] alcohol,...

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Trump Embraces One Of Russia’s Favorite Propaganda Tactics – Whataboutism

An employee at a Moscow gift shop polishes traditional Russian wooden nesting dolls depicting US President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images President Trump has developed a consistent tactic when he’s criticized: say that someone else is worse. This week, when the Congressional Budget Office estimated that Republicans’ health care plan would leave 24 million additional people uninsured in 2026, Trump’s first move wasn’t a direct response. Instead, he took to Twitter to blast the Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as Obamacare), criticizing how much was spent on promoting it and asking people to tweet their own criticisms. If Obamacare is so great, why’d they spend tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to ‘hype’ it? BAD! #RepealAndReplace https://t.co/5mur5pIFQz — President Trump (@POTUS) March 13, 2017 #Obamacare has led to📈costs & fewer📉health insurance options for millions of Americans. How has it impacted you? ➡️https://t.co/u1QtueWD3B pic.twitter.com/mPkCxwIpjA — President Trump (@POTUS) March 13, 2017 Prior to that, when the floodlights were on communications between then-Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions and the Russian ambassador, Trump’s tweets were all about Democrats’ contact with the Russians: Who was it that secretly said to Russian President, “Tell Vladimir that after the election I’ll have more flexibility?” @foxandfriends — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2017 Just out: The same Russian Ambassador that met Jeff Sessions visited the Obama White House 22 times,...

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