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A law from the 1600s will keep retail shops closed on Sundays at the nation’s newest shopping mall

“The name “blue laws,” according to historians, comes from the fact that the Puritans tended to write their laws on blue paper” writes Lauren Thomas for cnbc.com. Other parts of the complex will open in phases, including a water park, an indoor ski hill, and retail stores.So-called blue laws are still in place in Bergen County, New Jersey, where Triple Five Group’s American Dream is situated.Until the 1990s, blue laws prohibiting the sale of clothes, home goods, appliances and other goods were much more common nationwide.Hudson County was the last…

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US defense chief in Afghanistan to assess the way ahead

“But he said any withdrawal would happen as part of a peace agreement with the Taliban” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. Esper planned to meet with his top commanders in Afghanistan as the U.S. works to determine the way ahead in the 18-year war.He declared the tentative agreement dead. “The aim is to still get a peace agreement at some point, that’s the best way forward,” said Esper, who was making his first trip to Afghanistan as defense secretary. Source: seattletimes.com

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How churches can save marriage — and American religiosity

“Research suggests that low marriage rates and weak family structures translate to higher poverty and crime rates, in addition to lower education levels and reduced happiness writ large” reports washingtonexaminer.com. While the U.S. divorce rate has long hovered around 50%, the rates of so-called “gray divorce” have more than doubled in recent years. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Some colleges let you pay tuition with a credit card — here’s how to determine if it’s worth it, and what card to use if it is

“Students attending Ivy League schools or colleges like Notre Dame or Duke won’t be able to pay tuition with a credit card” writes Laura Grace Tarpley for businessinsider.com. Before paying tuition with a credit card, you’ll want to calculate how much you’ll earn in rewards versus how much you’ll pay in fees.Basically, treat your credit card like a debit card. Source: businessinsider.com

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American billionaires paid less in taxes in 2018 than the working class, analysis shows — and it’s another sign that one of the biggest problems in the US is only getting worse

“Between 1950 and 1980, billionaires paid more than 50% in taxes, Saez and Zucman found” writes Taylor Nicole Rogers for businessinsider.com. In 2018, billionaires paid a smaller portion of their income in taxes than average Americans.The idea has support from ultra-wealthy and ordinary Americans alike: An Insider poll shows that more than half of Americans support Warren’s wealth tax proposal.”Last year my federal tax bill — the income tax I paid, as well as payroll taxes paid by me and on my behalf — was $6,938,744,” Buffet wrote in The Times.”The US…

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‘Examining Politics’ Oct. 7: Rep. Andy Harris, Gregg Jarrett, and Sean Spicer

“If you only have time for one news/politics podcast, “Examining Politics” is for you” reports washingtonexaminer.com. EST, “Examining Politics” is the perfect podcast to wrap up your busy day and bring you up to speed on everything happening in American politics today.Featuring some of the biggest names in American politics, journalism, and punditry, O’Connor focuses on the biggest political stories of the day with in-depth interviews and unique analysis. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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