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How The GOP Tax Plan Could Radically Reshape U.S. Housing Policy

Top Stories - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 14:45

WASHINGTON ― The tax reform blueprint Republicans unveiled this week would upend U.S. housing policy if it becomes law. “This proposal will take away any tax benefit for owning homes for the vast majority of people who own homes,” said Gregg Polsky, a tax expert at the University of Georgia. Mortgage interest and property tax deductions cost the U.S. Treasury more than $100 billion a year in lost tax revenue, expenditures that are bigger in dollar terms than any other housing program.


San Juan Mayor: 'My People Are Dying Here'

Top Stories - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 14:30

Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico talks with Rachel Maddow about the yawning gap between the harsh reality that Americans in Puerto Rico are dealing with and the impotence and inefficiency of the Trump administration's response.


Some Mormons await guidance on political rifts at conference

Top Stories - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 13:44

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church is holding its twice-a-year conference this weekend amid a tumultuous political climate in the U.S. and without the participation of its ailing 90-year-old president.


This Is the U.S. Military's Tank-Killer Missile That Russia Fears Most

Top Stories - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 13:33

When Russia provided military support to separatists in Ukraine, columns of Russian tanks were instrumental in turning back Ukrainian Army offensives and seizing government strongpoints, notably the Donetsk International Airport in January 2015. For hawks like Senator John McCain pushing for the United States to provide direct military aid to Ukraine, Javelin missiles were cited as a key weapon system that might have reversed the Ukrainian Army’s fortunes on the battlefield—and one far more practical to put into action than a main battle tank or jet fighter. The U.S.-made FGM-148 Javelin is one of the premier portable anti-tank missile systems in the world.


Everyone is freaking out over the Everlane X Nordstrom pop-up shop

Top Stories - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 13:30

Known for their ethically-made minimal clothing and their best-selling shoe called "The Day Heel" (which had a 28,000 person waitlist), the brand we all know and love has officially launched at Nordstrom today. Up until November 12th, you can find Everlane's most classic styles online and in selected stores. Everlane is all about the simple and timeless pieces that are actually worth the investment.


The 'Harvest Moon' is finally set to make an appearance in October

Top Stories - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 13:19

Stargazers are in for a treat next week as a special full moon will be visible in the night sky.


Iran's foreign minister urges Europe to defy US if Trump sinks nuclear deal

Top Stories - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 13:10

Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has called on Europe to defy US sanctions if the Trump administration torpedoes the international nuclear agreement with Tehran. Zarif warned that if Europe followed Washington’s lead, the deal would collapse and Iran would emerge with more advanced nuclear technology than before the agreement was reached in Vienna in 2015.


Melania Trump fires back at Mass. librarian who rejected her donated books

Top Stories - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 12:41

First lady Melania Trump slammed on Friday the Massachusetts elementary school librarian who rejected her donation of children's books.


Librarian Rejects Melania Trump's Gift Of Dr. Seuss Books

Top Stories - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 12:30

A Cambridge, Massachusetts, librarian is making headlines after declining a gift of Dr. Seuss books from first lady Melania Trump.


Trump economic adviser worth $266m thinks a car costs $1000

Top Stories - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 12:28

It appears that Donald Trump’s chief economic adviser Gary Cohn does not know how much the average family pays for a car or home improvement project. Mr Cohn appeared at the White House’s press briefing to tout how middle-class families would benefit under the Republicans’ latest tax proposal – hours after the President falsely claimed that “the wealthy are not getting a tax cut”. Based on the administration’s assumptions, Mr Cohn said, a typical family that has two children and earns $100,000 per year can expect annual tax savings of about $1,000.


Besty DeVos called 'White Supremacist' at Harvard

Top Stories - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 12:21

Harvard University students silently protested Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's speech Thursday.


More Than Half A Million Rohingyas Fled Myanmar In A Single Month

Top Stories - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 11:58

It’s been just over a month since Myanmar’s military launched a brutal campaign against minority Muslims living in Rakhine state, sparking what the United Nations has called “a human rights nightmare.”


Poll: Majority wish Obama were president, as Trump labeled 'mentally unstable'

Top Stories - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 11:03

A majority of Americans wish former President Barack Obama was still in the White House and in charge of the nation according to a new poll.


Mercedes boss slams 'worst Friday I can remember' in Malaysia

Top Stories - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 10:37

Disappointed Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff described his team's woeful performance in practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix as "the worst Friday I can remember". Wolff did not pull his punches after championship leader Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas could manage only sixth and seventh fastest respectively in both of Friday's practice runs. "Whether it was in the wet, the dry, long runs or single lap, we lacked pace today," team principal Wolff told a press conference.


Portraits of earthquake volunteer rescuers in Mexico

Top Stories - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 10:29

Mexicans have responded to last week’s 7.1-magnitude earthquake with an outpouring of neighborly charity and civic activism. Here, snapshots of volunteers.


Rush Limbaugh Says Anthem Protests Are Leftist Plot To 'Damage' NFL

Top Stories - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 10:13

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh got a chance Thursday to weigh in on the NFL’s national anthem protests during an appearance on Fox News ― and he took the ball and ran with it.


Scientists Say They've Found What Could Be the Oldest Life on Earth

Top Stories - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 10:03

Organic material dating back 3.95 billion years found in Canada may be the some of the earliest known life on Earth


Air Force Academy head to cadets: 'If you can't treat someone with dignity and respect, then get out'

Top Stories - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 09:31

Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria told his cadets they “should be outraged, not only as an airman, but as a human being” over racial slurs found on Air Force message boards.


Tom Price Isn’t Actually Paying the Full Cost of Those Private Plane Rides That Had Trump Open to Firing Him

Top Stories - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 08:32

He's offered $51,887.31. Guess how much they actually cost


Puerto Rico rejects loans from hedge funds 'trying to profit from hurricanes'

Top Stories - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 08:18

Puerto Rico has rejected a $1bn (£748m) loan from a group of investment funds in the wake of Hurricane Maria, accusing the group of trying to profit from the disaster. The PREPA (Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority) was left devastated by the hurricane, but an investment group, which holds bonds in the authority offered a $1bn loan and a discount on a portion of existing debt after Maria, which came days after Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on the island. Maria crippled the island's electrical grid, leaving some 97 per cent of the island's 3.4 million residents without electricity.


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