Paul Krugman: Trump's $700 Billion Foreign Aid Program (NY Times Blog)
And now Rosenthal's point: unlike the situation in previous tax reforms, we now live in a world where investment holdings are diversified across countries. Specifically, around 35 percent of U.S. equity is owned by foreign residents. So of that $2 trillion windfall, $700 billion goes to foreigners. Make non-US investors great again!
Steven M. Rosenthal: Foreigners Would Win Big from A Corporate Tax Cut (Tax Policy Center)
The Trump Administration and congressional Republican leaders (the Big Six) have proposed a $70 billion-a-year tax cut for foreign investors. It stems from the cut in statutory corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent (and repeal of the corporate AMT), which would reduce corporate taxes by an average of $200 billion a year, or $2 trillion over 10 years. While economists debate who gains from corporate tax cuts over the long run, they generally agree that owners of U.S. corporate stock would reap the short-term benefits.
Josh Marshall: The Big WaPo Story & Why Everyone Needs to Thank Marc Elias (TPM)
The Trump team wanted to deliver for Russia right out of the gate in January, a quick series of accommodations and a 'grand bargain' with Vladimir Putin. It was the investigation into Trump's ties to Russia that got in the way and mainly prevented it. It's clear that Steele's research played a major role in that. Remember, the FBI found it so critical it agreed to continue funding Steele's research. Without Marc Elias's decision, that research may never have been conducted. The country owes him a debt of gratitude.
Howdy Doody was an American children's television program (with circus and Western frontier themes) that was created and produced in Fort Lauderdale, FL by E. Roger Muir and telecast on the NBC network in the United States from December 27, 1947, until September 24, 1960. It was a pioneer in children's television programming and set the pattern for many similar shows. One of the first television series produced at NBC in Rockefeller Center, in Studio 3A, it was also a pioneer in early color production as NBC (at the time owned by TV maker RCA) used the show in part to sell color television sets in the 1950s.
A distinctive feature was the Peanut Gallery, onstage bleachers seating about 40 children. Each show began with Buffalo Bob asking, "Say kids, what time is it?" and the kids yelling in unison, "It's Howdy Doody Time!" Then the kids sang the show's theme song (set to the tune of "Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay"):
It's Howdy Doody time,
It's Howdy Doody time,
Bob Smith and Howdy, too,
Say "Howdy do" to you.
Let's give a rousing cheer
'Cause Howdy Doody's here.
It's time to start the show
So kids, let's go!
It was, thus, one of the first television shows with audience participation as a major component.
Mark. was first, and correct, with:
"It's Howdy Dowdy time!"
Alan J answered:
It's Howdy Doody Time!
It's HOWDY DOODY TIME!
When Buffalo Bob asked that question
Kids across America (including me) responded "It's Howdy Doody Time!"
Stephen F responded:
Howdy Doody Time
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
It's Howdy Doody time
Kevin K. in Washington, DC said:
"It's Howdy Doody Time!" It was slightly before my time, but they must have
shown re-runs of it on a local Syracuse NY station in the 60's, because I
have vague memories of it but a strong memory of that call and response.
John I from Hawai`i says,
"It's Howdy Doody Time!"
Maynard's much younger, more handsome brother, Ed said:
"It's Impeachment Time!"
Rosemary in Columbus replied:
It's Howdy Doody time!
It's Howdy Doody Time!
Billy in Cypress wrote:
No need to research this one, "It's Howdy Doody Time!"
Joe S said:
IT'S HOWDY DOODY TIME! I was 10 years old when I first saw Howdy Doody on TV. What a deal. We lived in Muskegon at the time and we had a little 4 year old neighbor who would sing us songs like, "It's Howdy Doody Time, he smells like porkypine." and "O Nack Donoe had a tharn." Good times.
David of Moon Valley took the day off.
Gene took the day off.
Dale of Diamondy Sprungs, Norcali took the day off.
Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End
My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.
CBS begins the night with the FRESH'Michael Jackson's Halloween', followed by a FRESH'MacGyver', then a FRESH'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Dr. Phil McGraw, Capt. and Scott Kelly.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 9/19/17) are Alicia Vikander, Luke Wilson, Zach Woods, and Sir Sly.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'Blindspot', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Denis Leary and 2 Chainz featuring Travis Scott.
On a RERUNSeth Meyers (from 9/28/17) are Jennifer Hudson, Jeff Garlin, Jesmyn Ward, and Gregg Bissonette.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/25/17) are Keith Morrison, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, and Michael Luwoye.
ABC opens the night with a FRESH'Once Upon A Time', followed by a FRESH'Marvel's Inhumans', then '20/20'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel it's TBA.
The CW offers a FRESH'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend', followed by a FRESH'Jane The Virgin'.
Faux fills the night with a LIVE'2017 World Series - Game 3', then pads the left coast with local crap.
MY has 'Page Six TV', followed by 'Top 30', then an old 'American Ninja Warrior'.
A&E has 'Live PD', followed by a FRESH'Live PD: Rewind', then a FRESH'Live PD'.
AMC offers the movie 'Wes Craven's New Nightmare', followed by the movie 'Freddy Vs. Jason', then the movie 'A Nightmare On Elm Street'.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 25-Warhead
[7:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 26-Equinox, Pt. 1
[8:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 1-Equinox, Pt. 2
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO: THE RUNAWAY BRIDE
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-New Earth
[1:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Tooth and Claw
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-The Menagerie, Part 1
[1:15PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 12-The Menagerie, Part 2
[2:30PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-The Conscience of the King
[3:45PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 14-Balance of Terror
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 15-Shore Leave
[6:10PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 16-The Galileo Seven
[7:20PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 17-The Squire of Gothos
[8:30PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 18-Arena
[9:40PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 19-Tomorrow Is Yesterday
[10:50PM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 20-Court Martial
[12:00AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-The Menagerie, Part 1
[1:10AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 12-The Menagerie, Part 2
[2:20AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-The Conscience of the King
[3:30AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 14-Balance of Terror
[4:45AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 15-Shore Leave (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 2 hours of old 'Don't Be Tardy ...', followed by the movie 'There's Something About Mary'.
Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'Futurama', followed by 2 hours of old 'South Park'.
FX has the movie 'Riddick', followed by the movie 'Furious 7'.
History has 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH'Ancient Aliens: Declassified'.
[6:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Ben Folds Wears a Black Button Down and Jeans
[6:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Malin Akerman Wears a Black Blouse and Cropped Jeans
[7:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Mike Colter Wears a Pink Button Up and Black Boots
[11:45AM] THE POSSESSION
[5:45PM] 28 WEEKS LATER
[8:00PM] SHERLOCK HOLMES
[11:00PM] SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS
[4:00AM] MIMIC 2 (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] The Andy Griffith Show
[6:30AM] The Andy Griffith Show
[7:00AM] The Andy Griffith Show
[7:30AM] The Andy Griffith Show
[8:00AM] The Andy Griffith Show
[8:30AM] The Andy Griffith Show
[9:00AM] The Andy Griffith Show
[9:30AM] The Andy Griffith Show
[10:00AM] The Andy Griffith Show
[10:30AM] The Andy Griffith Show
[11:00AM] The Andy Griffith Show
[11:30AM] The Da Vinci Code
[3:00PM] Law & Order-Sisters of Mercy
[4:00PM] Law & Order-Cradle to Grave
[5:00PM] Law & Order-The Fertile Fields
[6:00PM] Law & Order-Intolerance
[7:00PM] Law & Order-Silence
[8:00PM] Law & Order-Double Blind
[9:00PM] Law & Order-Deadbeat
[10:00PM] Law & Order-Family Business
[11:00PM] Law & Order-Entrapment
[12:00AM] Law & Order-Legacy
[1:00AM] Law & Order-Menace
[2:00AM] Liar-Check Mate
[3:00AM] Rosehaven-Episode 1
[3:35AM] The Ledge
[5:45AM] The Andy Griffith Show (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Insidious: Chapter 3', followed by a FRESH'Z Nation', then a FRESH'Superstition'.
The nation mourned when 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured in the hail of bullets on Oct. 1 in Las Vegas. The scope of the violence was breathtaking, incomprehensible. But since then, more than 2,738 people have been shot in the U.S., according to data collected by the Gun Violence Archive. A reported 840 of them died.
For these tragedies, there is no national spotlight. But victims and their families face the same devastating consequences. They must plan funerals, miss work, make child care arrangements and pay exorbitant health care bills. And their communities struggle with the same mind-numbing sense of loss.
In Orlando, a father left a 5-year-old boy in a car while he went to pick up another child, authorities said, and the boy found a gun, shot himself and died.
In North Carolina, a 4-year-old found a gun in a truck's tailgate and accidentally shot his grandfather to death.
One victim was only 2 months old. Her father was allegedly trying to unload a gun when it went off, shooting the infant girl in the head.
Jimmy Kimmel took time to mock President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Odious) on Wednesday night for bragging about the "standing ovations" he received at a meeting with Republican senators this week.
Trump had been responding in part to Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) breaking ranks to voice their severe criticism of his performance in office. Both senators have announced they would not run for re-election. Earlier on Wednesday, Flake had told "Good Morning America" that he expected other Republicans to speak out against Trump, too.
So Trump fired off several tweets about "multiple standing ovations" during his Tuesday lunch with GOP senators.
"Who wants to be the one to tell him that people are required to stand when the president enters the room?" Kimmel asked. "That's like saying every time I walk into a Starbucks, guy behind the counter asks me if I want coffee."
"If only his mother had hugged him just one time."
The son of former President Ronald Reagan is calling on lawmakers to remove President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Execrable) from office either via impeachment or by taking action under the 25th Amendment.
"Donald Trump is a deeply damaged human being. He is a sociopathic, malignant narcissist," Ron Reagan told Chris Matthews on MSNBC's "Hardball" on Wednesday.
Reagan - a liberal commentator for the cable network and a frequent critic of the president - blamed the electoral system rather than the voters for Trump taking office.
"The Electoral College has sort of vomited this thing up and it landed in the Oval Office, and it needs to be removed. It's a stain. It's a big glob on the carpet there. It needs to be removed. And that means impeachment or the 25th Amendment," Reagan said. "This man is a danger to the world."
Saudi Arabia has become the first country to give a robot citizenship.
The move is an attempt to promote Saudi Arabia as a place to develop artificial intelligence - and, presumably, allow it to become a full citizen. But many pointed out that those same rights aren't afforded to many humans in the country.
The robot, named Sophia, was confirmed as a Saudi citizen during a business event in Riyadh, according to an official Saudi press release.
"We have a little announcement. We just learnt, Sophia; I hope you are listening to me, you have been awarded the first Saudi citizenship for a robot," said panel moderator and business writer Andrew Ross Sorkin.
A number of internet users have pointed out that while the country might be celebrating the rights it has given to female-appearing robots, the country still only gives limited rights to human women. A joke hashtag about Sophia asking to drop the system under which every female citizen must have a male guardian has been tweeted a third as many times as a popular one about the news, according to the BBC.
President-for-now Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) approval ratings took another hit Wednesday, with a Fox News poll showing the president's numbers are poor even among his white voting base.
The president now holds a 38 percent approval rating, down from 42 percent in September, while his disapproval rating climbed four points, to 57 percent, according to the poll.
Trump's numbers have steadily declined since his inauguration in January, but his handling of recovery efforts aftger recent natural disasters could be to blame for his numbers hitting an all-time low.
White evangelical Christians and white men without college degrees are no longer supporting the president with the same fervor as they did during the election, when the president won 80 percent and 71 percent of their votes, respectively.
His support among white men without a college degree slid to 56 percent from 68 percent and among and among white evangelical Christians fell to 66 percent from 74 percent, according to the poll.
Sherry Johnson was 11 years old when she was forced to marry her 20-year-old rapist through a loophole in a Florida law that doesn't set a minimum age for marriage if a girl is pregnant.
That was nearly five decades ago, but the problem still exists today and Johnson, now 58, is hoping to change state law to prevent anyone under the age of 18 from getting married.
Florida doesn't allow anyone under the age of 18 to independently consent to marriage. Children aged 16 and 17 can marry with the consent of both children's parents. But if there's a pregnancy involved, there is no minimum age for marriage as long as a judge approves the marriage license.
Between 2010 and 2016, 3,161 children - 72 of them under the age of 16 - were married in Florida, according to state Department of Health statistics provided by the Tahirih Justice Center, which is fighting nationally to change laws allowing child marriages. At least one child was married in every one of Florida's 67 counties and in some cases the spouse was at least twice the minor's age.
For Johnson, it's created a lifetime of pain she says she is still recovering from. The man she was forced to marry raped her when she was 9, she gave birth at 10 and was forced to marry at 11. He was a church deacon and the bishop of the church pressured her mother to consent to the marriage, she said. And when a court clerk in the Tampa area refused to issue the marriage license, they went to the next county over for the ceremony.
Politicians can be powerful role models for kids, for better or worse. And with Donald Trump (R-Corrupt) in the White House, an increasing share of teenagers are mimicking the hateful language, brazen lies, and racial animus they see modeled by the president, according to a study released Thursday.
The study, conducted by the UCLA Institute for Democracy, Education and Access, details how the Trump administration is affecting American classrooms. It is based on a nationally representative May 2017 survey of 1,500 public high school teachers and open-ended answers from 850 of them, plus 35 follow-up interviews.
The results show that more students have introduced unfounded claims into discussions and lashed out at peers with differing viewpoints. Students from marginalized groups are having difficulty learning and are experiencing increased bullying, teachers report.
A non-scientific questionnaire sent to teachers by the Southern Poverty Law Center found similar concerns leading up to and immediately after the 2016 election.
The UCLA study found that teachers' already stressful lives are becoming even more so in these politically charged times. Nearly 70 percent of teachers reported facing increased work-related stress during the 2016-2017 school year. Half of these teachers pointed to the current political environment as the driving force behind this anxiety. Indeed, for many teachers, classrooms appear to be getting more difficult to control: A fifth of survey respondents said there is a growing level of incivility among students.
It's hard to pinpoint when or why Republicans decided to overlook Roy Moore's ongoing scandals.
He was drummed out of Alabama's Supreme Court in 2003 after he'd refused to remove a statue of the Ten Commandments that'd he'd put up at the courthouse. Ten years later, he won an election to serve as chief justice, only to be suspended in 2016 for refusing to comply with a federal ruling that legalized same-sex marriage across the nation.
Today, Moore bombshells are still dropping. It's been revealed that he collected a huge salary from his charity, which thenfailed to report that income to the IRS. Then it was reported that Moore previously took donations from a Nazi group. Some Alabama conservatives are finding it hard to fall in line with their own party on the state level.
You can't legislate patriotism, you can't legislate morality, and we have a candidate who wants to do exactly that. James Lomax, Republican in Huntsville, Alabama
"He's more of a demagogue than a politician," said James Lomax, 26, a self-described "millennial Republican" perhaps best known for his Huntsville City Council run at the age of 18.
The Chilean poet Pablo Neruda did not die of prostate cancer, as listed on his official death certificate, a panel of forensic investigators has concluded.
Their findings might fuel speculations that Neruda was assassinated.
Neruda died in a hospital in Santiago at age 69 in September 1973, just days after the military coup that brought dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet to power in Chile. Neruda, who was also a politician and a diplomat, had been a supporter of the deposed leftist president Salvador Allende.
In 2013, a Chilean judge ordered Neruda's remains to be exhumed for an investigation. Though Neruda's death certificate indicated he died of cachexia, or wasting syndrome associated with cancer, the poet's chauffeur told the Mexican magazine Proceso in 2011 that the Nobel laureate was murdered. Hours before his death, Neruda reportedly told the driver that he had been injected in the stomach with an unknown substance.
"The immediate cause of death, cachexia, cannot be correct," Niels Morling, a forensic geneticist at the University of Copenhagen, told Live Science in an email. "Neruda was an obese man, who should have been recommended a diet - the opposite of cachexia."
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