Politics

16 Jun 19
ROCK RELOADED RADIO

They will release the band’s forthcoming studio album “Faith in Physics” on September 27th! In 2019, at a time in which irrationalism seems to be king, with far-right politics enjoying mainstream status worldwide, religious fundamentalists, flat-earthers, and anti-vaccinists testing the limits of freedom of speech, PLANET OF ZEUS return with their highly anticipated fifth studio album, “Faith in […]

16 Jun 19
Archy Worldys

After the bitter losses in the European elections, the heads of the Union and the SPD met in Berlin on Sunday evening to review the coalition's course. The Coalition Committee was reported to have on its agenda the budgetary position for 2020 and financial programming for the years to come. Until the editorial deadline of […]

16 Jun 19
The Denver Post
Breaking: A Republican accidentally told the truth about tax cuts. Almost. At least if you count Rep. Kevin Brady’s (Texas) recent equivocation about whether the GOP tax overhaul will really pay for itself. Way back in the first year of President Donald Trump’s administration, Republicans made a bunch of promises about their tax law, nearly all of which they’ve broken at this point. They promised that the tax cuts would help the middle class more than the rich (false). At one point, they even promised that the rich wouldn’t benefit at all (hilariously false). And they promised the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as it was known, would permanently turbocharge economic and wage growth, through turbocharged capital investment (so far, also apparently false). Finally, there was the promise that, thanks to all that turbocharging, the tax overhaul wouldn’t cost Uncle Sam a dime. Some, including Brady, even sometimes claimed the law would increase tax revenue and reduce deficits. Never mind that every independent forecaster — including the Penn-Wharton Budget Model, Tax Policy Center, Tax Foundation and Wall Street economic analysts — said no, the law would definitely increase deficits. Congress’ own neutral internal scorekeeper, the Congressional Budget Office, estimated that even after accounting for macroeconomic effects, the tax overhaul would add $1.9 trillion in red ink. Republicans still swore up and down that their tax plan would be fully paid for. “If I thought that this would exacerbate the deficit, I would not support it,” declared the supposed budget hawk Jeb Hensarling, then a Republican congressman from Texas, as the bill was being jammed through in late 2017. “We think we can pay for the entire tax cut through growth over the cycle,” echoed Gary Cohn, then Trump’s National Economic Council director. “The tax cut has paid for itself already barely through the first calendar year,” Cohn’s successor, Larry Kudlow, incorrectly claimed the following year. Here we are, about a year and a half post-TCJA, and deficits are ballooning. In fact, the deficit is up nearly 40 percent so far in fiscal 2019 relative to the same period a year earlier. This is striking precisely because the economy is still expanding, as it has for the past decade. For most of the postwar era, when the economy has grown, deficits have shrunk or even converted into surpluses. That’s because a growing economy usually brings in higher tax revenue and a reduced need for safety-net programs such as food stamps and unemployment benefits. Except in times of war, it’s highly unusual for a growing economy to be met with a growing deficit. At the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s annual Fiscal Summit this week, my colleague Heather Long asked Brady about this departure from trend. “What percent [of the tax cuts] do you think is paid for?” she asked. Rather than repeating his one-time promise of deficit neutrality, he said that it was “hard to know” how much of the cost of the tax cut would ever be recouped. “There’s going to be a hundred estimates,” he said when asked specifically about the CBO’s dismal forecasts. He did not acknowledge, of course, that however many independent estimates have been published thus far, not one of them supports the promises his party had made when it passed this law. He also assured the audience: “I don’t think anything could have been worse for the deficit than to stick with the old economy and stick with the tax code that was so outdated.” Which is funny, because we know there’s at least one tax system “worse for the deficit” than the tax system we had before: the one Brady helped usher into place. None of this should be surprising. [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] We knew Republicans were lying about whether tax cuts would pay for themselves in 2017. Just as they lied about whether they paid for themselves under President Ronald Reagan during the 1980s, or under President George W. Bush during the 2000s, or in Kansas just a few years ago. Faced with inconvenient budget estimates from independent analysts, Republicans recycle the same playbook: attack the referees, credulously cite the inflated forecasts of their own hacks-for-hire, then act surprised when reality comes up short. Even the same always-wrong “experts” recur. One, Arthur Laffer, has proved so useful over the past 40 years of budgetary baiting-and-switching that Trump just awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Maybe Brady realizes he kinda-sorta spoke out of turn. But maybe he also knows that his party has yet to face consequences for any of its fiscal failures. Catherine Rampell is an opinion columnist at The Washington Post. She frequently covers economics, public policy, politics and culture, with a special emphasis on data-driven journalism. Her email address is crampell@washpost.com. Follow her on Twitter, @crampell. To send a letter to the editor about this article, submit online or check out our guidelines for how to submit by email or mail.
16 Jun 19
The Usūlī

This is something I’ve wanted to write for a few months now. Although I have begun to lean in very strongly towards understandings that would be typified as ‘Sufi’ over the past few years, there is a strand of thought in the ‘Sufi’ community that genuinely makes me uncomfortable. I’m sure it could be stated […]

16 Jun 19
The Wanderbug

Miami is one of the most seductive cities in the USA. Beyond the crystal clear waters of South Beach, Ocean Drive’s art deco hotels and Miami’s megaclubs, the city’s vibrant Latin American culture is what really makes Miami tick. It’s a perfect example of America’s regional cultural diversity and is one of the reasons Miami is one […]

16 Jun 19
Daily News

Pompeo on Iran: US considering range of options including military  CNN Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that the United States is “considering a full range of options” regarding rising tensions with Iran, including military … View full coverage on Google News from World – World United States – Google News https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/16/politics/mike-pompeo-iran-military-options/index.html

16 Jun 19
Daily News

Trump furious over leak of unflattering internal polls  CNN President Trump’s campaign will fire several pollsters after unflattering internal polling numbers showing Trump lagging behind Democrats in key states were … View full coverage on Google News from World – World United States – Google News https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2019/06/16/trump-campaign-poll-leak-boris-sanchez-wkndnr-vpx.cnn

16 Jun 19
Daily News

Support for beginning impeachment hearings grows among Democrats in new NBC News/WSJ poll  NBC News WASHINGTON — More Democratic voters believe Congress should begin impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump’s conduct while in office, but the … View full coverage on Google News from World – World United States – Google News https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/meet-the-press/support-impeachment-grows-among-democrats-new-nbc-news-wsj-poll-n1017751

16 Jun 19
croaking cassandra

Next week Adrian Orr will have completed the first quarter of his five year term as Governor of the Reserve Bank.    In that time, he has given no substantive on-the-record speeches on either of his main areas of policy responsibility: monetary policy, or financial stability/supervision/regulation.     That would be highly unusual at any […]

16 Jun 19
The Scottish Sun
NICOLA Sturgeon shot down wannabe PM Jeremy Hunt after he insisted Nats must meet three tests before he’d allow IndyRef2. The Tory leadership contender said the SNP would need to win an overall majority at the 2021 Holy­rood elections and give a “clear timeline” for ditching the pound. Sturgeon slammed Hunt over the comments He also demanded they rule out staging a “wildcat” ballot or he would refuse granting Westminster approval. But Ms Sturgeon slammed the Foreign Secretary’s “arrogance and incompetence”. And the First Minister said his comments would boost indy support. She said: “The Scottish pe­ople will decide Scotland’s future, no one else. “Tories standing in the way of the will of Scottish people never ends well for them. This’ll be no different.” Scottish Tories decline to sign cross-party letter urging for free TV licenses for over-75s The SNP supremo also pointed to her party’s 2016 manifesto which said an indy vote should take place in the event of “significant and material change”, such as Scotland “being taken out the EU against our will”. She added: “There’s majority support for this in the Scottish Parliament.” [bc_video video_id=”6048864077001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Jeremy Hunt warns that Britain will go to war with Iran after Gulf of Oman tanker attack “] Hunt faced a backlash over the comment Mr Hunt, who appeared on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, hinted for the first time he’d be willing to grant a Section 30 order allowing a re-run of 2014’s No vote. But he said he would “fight for the Union every step of the way” if he secures the keys to No10. He wrote in The Sunday Times: “The timing of a referendum is for the people of Scotland to decide, not just the SNP. The Scottish people will hold them to that test.” [article-rail-topic title=”MOST READ IN POLITICS” term_id=”1851″ posts_number=”12″ /] Urging a currency plan, he added: “People’s mortgages and pensions are at stake.” Ms Sturgeon wants another referendum in late 2020. christine.lavelle@the-sun.co.uk [bc_video video_id=”6033450432001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Outlander star Sam Heughan posts video from Nicola Sturgeon congratulating him over My Peak Challenge charity work”] We pay for your stories and videos! Do you have a story or video for The Scottish Sun? Email us at scoop@the-sun.co.uk or call 0141 420 5200  
16 Jun 19
Pitt Business To The World

I have been in Dublin for three weeks now and it honestly feels like the time is flying by. It feels like it was just a few days ago that I arrived here, and I am feel a lot more comfortable in my surroundings now that I have established a steady routine of work during […]

16 Jun 19
atacamar

“I say: the real is not on the departing or at the destination: realness itself is available to us in the middle of the path crossing.” (João Guimarães Rosa, The Devil to Pay in the Backlands) “Living is the art of meeting someone whereas there are so much miss encounters during life.” (Vinícius de Moraes, […]

16 Jun 19
@mafost

If you’ve sat behind the principal’s desk for more than 6 hours, you know it’s difficult, and in some cases impossible, to stay focused on any single task. Magnify that challenge across days, weeks, and semesters, and you have the daunting challenge of staying focused as a school principal or educational leader. Why is it […]

16 Jun 19
tessraposas

Watch out! Greta Thunberg’s trail for environmental protection is on fire, among Sweden’s youth at least. Last month saw a huge turnout of school children bearing strong messages of environmental protection in an annual sports event in Gavle, one of Sweden’s bigger cities. The kick-off parade at the GD-GIF event showcased banners which are a […]

16 Jun 19
Lochlin's Blog

In this article, Becoming dishuman: thinking about the human through dis/ability by Goodley and Runswick-Cole we learn more about some of the troubling norms present in todays society. Focussing on ability and dis/ability they challenge the implied worth of those diagnosed with any sort of dis/ability. “Dis” is implying something being less than another and […]

16 Jun 19
Sport Archives

Sunday, 16 June 2019 – 23:35 Pilar Rubio and Sergio Ramos, during their wedding in Seville.Aitor MayorGetty Images As I am used to the fact that every day that goes by forces me to lose respect for someone, I thought that this week would be the one of my disappointment withAC DC. I keep, though, […]

16 Jun 19
MagaOneNews

President Donald Trump would raise the issue of Hong Kong human rights with China’s President Xi Jinping at a potential meeting of the two leaders at the G20 summit in Japan this month, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday.

“I’m sure this will be among the issues that they discuss,” Pompeo said in an interview with “Fox News Sunday.”

Source: NewsMax Politics