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Trump, Dems, Business Want a Gas Tax Increase. The President’s Economic Advisers Suggest a Better Idea.

Aside from banning bump stocks, no policy in Washington seems to have more bipartisan appeal than raising the federal gas tax. The idea is beloved by such Democrats as Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon and Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware—the ranking minority members of the House and Senate committees that handle infrastructure. It’s beloved by […]

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Trump Endorses a Ban on Bump Stocks

Abaca Press/Douliery Olivier/Abaca/Sipa USA/NewscomIn the wake of last week’s shooting Parkland Florida—which left 17 people dead—President Donald Trump announced his intention to ban bump stocks. “Just a few moments ago I signed a memo directing the attorney general to propose regulations that ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns,” said Trump in […]

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Mueller Issues Another Indictment in Russia Probe, Trump Supports Bump Stock Ban, and the Taliban Taxes Journalists: P.M. Links

Christian Britschgi|Feb. 20, 2018 4:30 pm Douliery Olivier/Sipa USA/NewscomMueller charges lawyer, Gates associate with lying in Russia probe. President Trump proposes Bump Stock ban. The Taliban taxes Afghanistan’s independent media. Donald Trump Jr.’s business trip to India raises ethics concerns. Portland wonders if affordable housing regulations reduces the supply of housing. Photo Credit: Douliery Olivier/Sipa […]

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German SPD Leader Resigns, Israeli PM Might Face Corruption Charges, and Hundreds of Thousands of Venezuelans Flee Their Socialist Utopia: P.M. Links

Ariel Schalit/POOL/SIPA/Newscom German Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz resigned today amidst talks of a possible coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s more conservative Christian Democratic Union. The Trump administration suggests replacing food stamp vouchers with boxes of healthy snacks shipped right to your door. David French on the media’s sudden love for North Korea. Israeli police […]

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Trump Infrastructure Plan: Privatization, Deregulation, and Spending

LEIGH VOGEL/UPI/NewscomIt’s finally here. After a year of delays, drafts, outlines, and leaks, the Trump administration has released a detailed $1.5 trillion infrastructure proposal. The 55-page document conforms largely to previous reports of what the package might look like. On the down side, there is a lot of new federal spending here. On the upside, […]

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Dems Unveil Their Own Infrastructure Plan, the Internet Pivots to Video, and More State Legislators Get Dinged for Sexual Harassment: P.M. Links

Democrats call for $1 trillion dollar infrastructure plan that manages to promise both less investment than Trump’s while costing taxpayers five times as much. The internet pivots to video. Amazon launches delivery service to compete with UPS, FedEx. California Assemblywoman taking “leave of absence” during investigation into sexual misconduct. A little further North, an Oregon […]

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San Francisco Fines Landlord $2 Million For Renting Out Dwellings to Low-Income Veterans that Violated Zoning Codes

For the past two years the City of San Francisco has been doing everything in its power to dismantle low-income housing units that run afoul of the city’s laborious zoning codes. Over the past decade, San Francisco landlord Judy Wu (real name Xiaoqi Wu) converted some 12 properties she owns into 49 housing units which […]

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Europe Looks to Solve Loneliness With New Government Ministries, Senate Considers Two-Year Budget Deal, and Trump Endorses a Possible Shutdown: P.M. Links

Christian Britschgi|Feb. 6, 2018 4:30 pm Sipa USA/NewscomEurope looks to solve rising loneliness with more government ministries. Senate considers two-year budget deal to prevent yet another shutdown. Meanwhile President Trump says he would “love” to see a shutdown if funding for enhanced border security is not included in budget. SpaceX has launched the world’s most […]

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Wales Bans Kids From Getting Nipple Rings, the Economy Adds 200k Jobs, and the NFL Loses Its Core Audience: P.M. Links

Christian Britschgi|Feb. 2, 2018 4:30 pm David T. Foster III/TNS/NewscomThe Welsh National Assembly bans kids getting nipple rings. The economy adds 200,000 jobs in January. Arizona State Rep. Don Shooter did a literal mic drop after being expelled from the state legislature over sexual misconduct allegations. The father of one of Larry Nassar’s victims tried […]

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