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Good Morning, it’s Saturday, 16 December 2017, and this is the Morning edition of The Nightshift, the World’s Daily News Source.
Congress has cobbled together a new tax reform bill that seems to have a significant chance of passage, as two previous Senate holdouts, Marco Rubio and Bob Corker, say they will now support the bill. Has anyone read all of it? Is it fair? Is it biased toward the wealthy and large corporations? Unfortunately, the answers to those questions will only be known once the bill is passed and tightly analyzed. The new tax reform bill is projected to add up to $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the next decade. Much of the rationale for the bill is based on economic projections (tax less, the extra income earned will be reinvested into jobs and corporations) that has proven false in the past and that over 50 prominent economists say is not realistic.
An administration candidate for U.S.District Court Judge(a lifetime appointment), proved that he was spectacularly unprepared for such a position during a Senate hearing. Watch the video of Matthew Spencer Patterson to see a complete and total legal humiliation. Would it not have been appropriate and honorable for Patterson to withdraw from the nomination knowing-as-he-did that he was totally unqualified for such a key position? Yes, it would have. But he didn’t. The fact that he did not have the inherent honor to withdraw from consideration for a position for which he had zero qualifications tells you all you need to know.
Bob Iger, the CEO at Disney, is closing in on the company’s largest deal: absorption of most of 21st Century Fox. The price tab is over $50 billion (up to $60 billion including interest, debt, and closing expenses). The acquisition will make Disney THE major player in Hollywood and television, particularly in regional sports.
The Daily Grope: Andrea Ramsey, a Democratice candidate for Congress from Kansas has dropped out of the race after allegations about sexual misconduct were made against her. Also, NFL executive Jerry Richardson, who owns the Carolina Panthers, has been accused of “workplace misconduct”, although specifically what Richardson did has not yet been revealed. Richardson is the only former NFL player to own a franchise. The team is conducting an internal investigation. But wait, there’s more: Alex Kozinski, a judge on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has been accused of allegedly making inappropriate comments and of inappropriate behavior by a group of as many as 15 different women. Order in the court.
Today is National Wreaths Across America Day. This national day’s goal is to put a wreath on the grave of every American soldier. A very worthwhile national day. Participate if you can.
The CNN “text news” site, which is much faster than their full multi-media site, is below at the end of the links.
Stay safe, stay dry, and help one other person today.
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