No one interviewed for this story would talk openly about making plans to move, but Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is estimating that New York City alone could lose as much as 4 percent of its top earners if the bill becomes law. In Florida, where there’s no state income tax, there’s the sense that this is a great opportunity to lure disgruntled tax refugees.
As an indie journo, you don’t need to worry about any of that. You’ll never get a tap on the shoulder from your ed indicating you should rein it in or spin it a certain way. There are no no-go topics or scripts you have to learn in order to play-act thinly veiled propaganda with small Syrian children. You can just find out what’s going on and write about it.
A New Take on “Car Control” (thc0655)
The missed moment on the “gun control” issue must be profoundly irritating to them – “them” including Republicans as well as Democrats, since they all belong to the same club and we are not members. (My conservative friends will find this observation irritating, no doubt. But they forget that it was Ronald Reagan who “controlled” guns in California – just as it was Republicans like John McCain who cast Obamacare in stone.)
“Clearly, Congress has taken on a stronger role. You see that with the sanctions bill we passed with Russia—and, by the way, also with North Korea and Iran—that discretion that is normally given to the president has been taken over by Congress in our role as the policy arm of government,” Cardin told me. “We have been more prescriptive on the responsibilities of the president on foreign policy, and that’s Congress’ prerogative, and we’ve done that under President Trump. Yes, we are taking a more active role.”
Speaking to a room of information-technology contractors, hosted by the Government Technology & Services Coalition, Louis Rodi, deputy assistant director of ICE Homeland Security Investigations’ National Security Program, said the agency needs a tool equipped with “risk-based matrices” to predict dangers posed by visa holders, with the social media of those considered a threat under continuous surveillance throughout their stay in the US.
Smartphone addiction is real and scientists have been warning us for years. In 2015, 4 out of 10 teens slept less than seven hours a night, up 58 percent since 1991 and 17 percent more than in 2009, when smartphone use became mainstream, according to a study in the journal Sleep Medicine.
Another study conducted by the State University of New York said excessive smartphone use leads to problems like sleep loss, with females especially susceptible.
Oil Major: 70% Of Crude Can Be Left In The Ground (Michael K.)
ConocoPhillips’ CEO said that it would no longer invest in any oil project that needs a breakeven price of $50 or higher, according to the FT. Conoco’s CEO Ryan Lance said that much of the company’s new investment will be directed into U.S. shale. “You don’t even get through the door unless you are below $50 cost of supply, and you don’t really get to the table in the capital allocation fight unless you are $40 a barrel or below,” he said.
“The production cuts are effective — it was absolutely the right decision, and the fact of striking a deal with Russia was crucial,” said Paolo Scaroni, vice-chairman of NM Rothschild & Sons and former chief executive officer of Italian oil giant Eni SpA. Nonetheless, “OPEC has not the same power. The U.S. becoming the biggest producer of oil in the world is a dramatic change.”
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