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Wall Street Journal publishes op-ed from former White House aide accused of domestic abuse

“The incident prompted the White House to overhaul its security clearance process” writes Caitlin Oprysko for politico.com. Former White House aide Rob Porter emerged Thursday night with an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, writing in support of President Donald Trump’s trade agenda more than one year after his departure from the White House amid accusations of assault from two of his ex-wives. Source: politico.com

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Robert Porter, a former top White House adviser who left last year after amid accusations that he abused women, criticized President Trump’s policies toward China Friday in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.

“Porter stepped down from his job as White House staff secretary in February 2018 following allegations that he abused his two ex-wives” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Porter said the president’s emphasis on reducing the trade deficit between the countries was the wrong approach.The trade deficit is the reason that Trump’s tariffs are having a major impact on China, he argued.”Because Chinese exports to Americans dwarf our exports to them, trade restrictions can inflict disproportionate harm to China’s economy,” he said. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Trump condemns New Zealand mosque attack as ‘horrible massacre’

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump condemned the “horrible massacre” at two mosques in New Zealand on Friday, a deadly attack that killed 49 people in what the White House called a “vicious act of hate.”” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Earlier, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that the United States strongly condemned the attack. Source: 95kqds.com

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Alicia Munnell: People need to use their home equity in retirement

“The one potential bright spot is housing equity, which is the major non-pension asset for most families in the U.S. and can be tapped to provide retirement income” writes Alicia H for marketwatch.com. Getting rid of the step-up in basis would improve the tax code, raise revenues, and eliminate the tax penalty for downsizing.The final income tax payment collects the tax on the long-deferred capital gains, and the estate tax limits how much money can be passed down to the next generation.The tax code works against the first option: downsizing.They…

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Republican Leader Claims Blockchain Can Make US Government More Efficient

“Kevin McCarthy, the current Republican Minority Leader in the United States House of Representatives, said on Tuesday, March 12, that blockchain can make the U.S. Congress a more efficient and transparent place” writes Ana Berman for cointelegraph.com. The first laid groundwork for storing so-called certificate tokens representing stocks on a blockchain “or other secure, auditable database,” and permitted their digital transfer. Source: cointelegraph.com

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People need to use their home equity in retirement

“The one potential bright spot is housing equity, which is the major non-pension asset for most families in the U.S. and can be tapped to provide retirement income” writes Alicia H for marketwatch.com. Getting rid of the step-up in basis would improve the tax code, raise revenues, and eliminate the tax penalty for downsizing.The final income tax payment collects the tax on the long-deferred capital gains, and the estate tax limits how much money can be passed down to the next generation.The tax code works against the first option: downsizing.They…

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Treasury’s Mnuchin: Will try to shield Trump tax returns

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury will work to shield President Donald Trump from a congressional request to see his tax returns, protecting his privacy just like it would for any taxpayer, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Democrats took control of the House of Representatives this year and are expected to demand to see Trump’s past tax returns, hoping the documents will help to identify any conflicts of interest posed by Trump’s global business empire.Trump defied decades of precedent as a presidential…

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House Dems to test Wilbur Ross’ ‘survivor’ status

“Rumors of his pending ouster have been floating around the White House for months and at least two administration officials have eyed his job” writes Burgess Everett for politico.com. In interviews, more than a half-dozen administration officials and others close to the White House marveled at the 81-year-old Commerce secretary’s staying power. Source: politico.com

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Parliament votes to block No Deal…

“Chancellor Philip Hammond openly urged the PM to go for a softer Brexit deal which can win the support of other parties in an extraordinary blow to her authority” writes Natasha Clark for thesun.co.uk. She hinted she will hold a third “meaningful vote” on the Brexit deal next week in a last-ditch bid to convince Tory rebels they must back her or risk Brexit never happening. Source: thesun.co.uk

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