Senate approves GOP tax plan, House to revote Wednesday

January 16, 2018

(CNN)In a vote in the early Wednesday morning hours, the Senate approved the final version of the first overhaul of the US tax code in more than 30 years, handing President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans their most significant legislative victory of 2017. The House passed the bill earlier Tuesday, but technical changes were made to it in the Senate, and the bill will go back to the House on Wednesday for a revote, where it is expected to pass again. It will then head to the …

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Here Your Weekly Horoscopes For January 8-14

January 16, 2018

… in one of your money houses. Just because you have cash doesn’t mean you should spend it. Keep hoarding money like the President hoards burgers at dinner time and you’ll have a rainy day fund the next time Mercury in retrograde rolls around. Cancer The fab five planets in Capricorn are directly opposite your sign as a Cancer. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Venus is still pulling you to work on relationships and grow closer to friends and lovers, but Mars will make you …

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How one woman’s tattoo journey allowed her to overcome bullying and beauty standards.

January 16, 2018

… didn’t help that her family moved around a lot, which resulted in her having to adjust to six different high schools. “I got put down a lot,” says Caroline. “I got made fun of. It was very hard for me.” As she struggled to fit in, it was around that time that she also developed a love for tattoos. Just a few of Caroline’s tattoos. Photo via Dermablend. Caroline got her first tattoo when she was only 15, but it didn’t turn out exactly as planned. …

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Hoda Kotb’s new role on ‘Today’ just made history for the morning news show.

January 15, 2018

… a very tough morning for both of us,” Kotb said on the day of Lauer’s firing, sitting alongside co-host Savannah Guthrie. “It’s hard to reconcile what we are hearing with the man who we know, who walks in this building every single day.” Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images. Kotb’s promotion to co-host is a big deal, and fans and celebrities were quick to celebrate the occasion. It’s the first time “Today” as been anchored by two women, …

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Trump supporters react to his derogatory remark, in their own words

January 15, 2018

(CNN)Reports that Donald Trump referred to certain nations as “shithole countries” during a Thursday meeting in the Oval Office have inflamed his critics and drawn condemnation from the international community. CNN spoke to several of them to see whether they still support the President after his comments. Here’s what they had to say. Sen. Durbin: Trump said those hateful things …

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US To Become World’s Leading Producer Of Oil In 2018, Says New Report

January 15, 2018

The US is set to become the world’s leading oil-producing nation, overtaking Saudi Arabia and Russia for the first time since 1975. That’s according to a new report from the Norwegian independent oil and gas consultancy Rystad Energy.  The company released a statement in late December announcing US crude oil production capacity had hit an average of 10 million barrels per day by the end of 2017. On Wednesday, they predicted production would continue to increase, …

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Wal-Mart Raises Hourly Wage to $11 in Wake of Tax Overhaul

January 15, 2018

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is boosting its starting hourly wage to $11 and delivering bonuses to employees, capitalizing on the U.S. tax overhaul to stay competitive in a tightening labor market. The increase takes effect next month and will cost $300 million on top of annual wage hikes that were already planned, the world’s largest retailer said Thursday. The one-time bonus of up to $1,000 is based on seniority and will amount to an additional $400 million. The company is also expanding its …

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Donald Trump Might Ruin The Royal Wedding For Everyone

January 15, 2018

By now, it should be old news to you that Prince Harry is engaged to Meghan Markle. We’ve been over it, and it’s time to move on to more pressing logistical issues, like who is getting invited to the wedding of the year. Doing the guest list for a wedding would be stressful even if you literally only knew ten people, so you can imagine that Harry and Meghan have some tough choices. Word is that there’s been some drama with the invites, and shockingly, Donald Trump is the …

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The Criminal Underworld Is Dropping Bitcoin for Another Currency

January 15, 2018

… they just don’t want others to know whether they’re buying a coffee or a car, Riccardo Spagni, core developer at monero, said in a phone interview. “As a community, we certainly don’t advocate for monero’s use by criminals,” Spagni said. “At the same time if you have a decentralized currency, it’s not like you can prevent someone from using it. I imagine that monero provides massive advantages for criminals over bitcoin, so they would …

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Read Oprah Winfrey’s rousing Golden Globes speech

January 14, 2018

… birthday. She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up. Their time is up. And I just hope — I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that her truth, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those years, and even now tormented, goes marching on. It was somewhere in Rosa …

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GM Will Launch Robocars Without Steering Wheels Next Year

January 14, 2018

… “Either you can do that or you don’t have a business,” says Kyle Vogt, who founded and heads Cruise. And yes, now is the time for this autonomy stuff to really become a business. The technology has made massive leaps in recent years, and not just chez Cruise: Waymo, which started as Google's self-driving car, plans to deploy similarly driverless cars in the next few months. These systems aren't perfect, and they won't work everywhere or all the time. But the …

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Tesla’s massive new battery system is already fixing Australia’s energy crisis

January 14, 2018

… which houses the 100MW batteries, responded quickly—in just 0.14 seconds—to outages at the nearby Loy Yang thermal power station, according to the International Business times. The Tesla battery offered backup in around 4 seconds during a similar outage at the same plant just one week prior. State officials called its response time “a record,” according to local media. Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is …

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Amazing Light Pillars Spotted Over Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

January 14, 2018

… lights.” The web developer and amateur photographer told Global News it was the third time that week she had seen the light pillars and took her camera outside to capture them. [Sophie Melanson on Facebook via Global News] Photograph by Sophie Melanson Photograph by Sophie Melanson “The sky all around us was lit up by these multicoloured pillars. I just looked outside around 11pm [Dec. 29, 2017] before heading to bed (as I almost always do) and noticed it these faint pillars and …

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No Idea What MiFID Stands For? Heres What You Need to Know

January 12, 2018

… spot risks early and quickly reconstruct events when something suspicious happens, so MiFID II will force the investment community to keep tabs of almost everything. Here’s a sampling: Institutions must report information about most trades immediately, including price and volume Traders of European Union securities must hand over personal identification, such as passport numbers, to every venue they trade on Brokers need to synchronize their clocks and time-stamp all trades Bond …

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Sessions’ DOJ Charged A White Supremacist With Terrorism. They Just Didn’t Tell Anyone.

January 12, 2018

… any foreign terrorist organization, like the self-described Islamic State. Remarkably, Wilson was released by local authorities on a partially secured bond on Dec. 11. By the time of his release, the FBI was aware of Wilson’s extremist views, his involvement in two potential hate crimes, and his extensive weapons cache. But they hadn’t yet obtained or executed a search warrant on his home. Wilson spent nearly two weeks out of custody until he was eventually arrested by federal …

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China Weighs Slowing or Halting Purchases of U.S. Treasuries

January 12, 2018

… a question of time before they would try to diversify.” Some investors said that the market could take the China news in stride, considering the nation’s net purchases of Treasuries have already slowed “significantly.” “If China ceases to be a net purchaser of U.S. Treasuries, this is unlikely to have a significant impact on the overall yield curve unless China divests a large share of its total holdings in a short time period,” said Rajiv Biswas, …

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‘Vanderpump Rules’ Recap: Roll The Tape

January 11, 2018

… blacked out? IDK, I think I saw that on an episode of once. I am not a lawyer. We open with Sandoval telling Jax that Schwartz did him a favor by taking the heat off him, which furthers my theory/the objective truth that these guys cheat on their S.O.s with reckless abandon and all cover for each other. Jax bought a motorized cooler, and honestly I want one. There’s a powwow with everyone and I think Carter makes his first appearance. Katie tells Tom that this is the last time that …

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The GOP Tax Bill Would Hit Women Hard, & Heres What You Need To Know

January 11, 2018

… — while services for low-income individuals would be cut, essentially cutting off many Americans’ — and many women’s — ability to, well, function. But what if these women, who historically earn less than men, want to get an education and better their chances of higher wages? Nope. Those with educational debt will have a harder time paying off their loans thanks to the tax bill, which eliminates the ability to deduct student loan interest and employer-provided …

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12 Times Kendall & Kylie Jenner Were The Queens Of Instagram In 2017

January 11, 2018

We all know Kim Kardashian reigns supreme on social media. Who could forget that time she basically broke the internet with her champagne-covered butt back in 2K14? But fast forward three years and one thing has become abundantly clear — KKW has been ceremoniously de-throned by her little sisters. Sorry, Keeks, but  Kendall & Kylie Jenner are now the queens of Instagram, and we’ve got the posts to prove it.   Chalk it up to Kylie’s billion-dollar beauty …

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This week in black women: Shonda Rhimes delivers, Tiffany Haddish slays, and more.

January 10, 2018

… being bought by Richelieu Dennis from time Inc., Essence, a lifestyle magazine for black women and popular music festival, is once-again black-owned. And the executive leadership team, which is entirely black women, will have an ownership stake in the new venture. Secure the bag, ladies.   Essence magazine’s editor-in-chief Vanessa K. De Luca and president of Essence Communications Michelle Ebanks, seen here at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards. Photo by Earl Gibson …

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