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The only way to fight antisemitism is solidarity and compassion not division | Joshua Leifer

Hate attacks are proof that antisemitism is alive and well. But fearmongering and regressive policing are not the answer As the year draws to a close, the air in Brooklyn feels heavy. A spate of antisemitic attacks on Orthodox Jews opened fire on a kosher grocery in Jersey City, killing Mindel Ferencz and Moshe Deutsch, both Hasidic Jews, and Miguel Douglas Rodriguez. The period beginning with the October 2018 shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where 11 Jews were killed as they prayed, has seen antisemitic violence…

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American Dream: can this giant New Jersey mega-mall revive US retail?

The owners of a massive new shopping complex are convinced of success. But has Americas once-great retail format simply had its day? On a dreary Tuesday morning shortly before Christmas, two passengers boarded the 9.30am 355 bus from New Yorks Port Authority bus terminal bound for American Dream, the most ambitious new mall to be built in the US in a generation. One was a mall worker who didnt want to talk to the media; the other was me. Depending on who you speak to, American Dream, the optimistically named…

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Cory Booker may quit 2020 race by Tuesday despite ‘avalanche of support’

Democratic candidate says surge raised $1.5m of self-imposed fundraising goal of $1.7m by end of the month According to his own deadline, New Jersey senator Cory Booker has less than two days to save his presidential campaign. On Sunday he said an avalanche of support had brought him close to a self-imposed fundraising goal, but admitted he could be out of the race by Tuesday. Some minor candidates have dropped out but the field is still unwieldy. On Friday the Democratic National Committee announced last week that if he did…

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Formerly Jailed Ex-NBA Star Jayson Williams Gives Support to Ex-NYC Jail Union Boss at Retrial

Former New Jersey Nets player and ex-convict Jayson Williams gave moral support to former jail guard union boss Norman Seabrook on Thursday at his retrial for an alleged kickback he received for putting union cash into a hedge fund without authorization. Hes like family to me, Williams told the New York Daily News. Seabrook is accused of accepting a $60,000 payment for making a $20 million union investment into a shady hedge fund. Williams and Seabrook have reportedly known each other for over a decade, with Seabrook helping out with…

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Ray Dalio Says End of the SALT Deduction Will Further Divide the Nation

Billionaire legislation. The Senate bill mirrors the House legislation by calling for the repeal of state and local tax deductions, while allowing up to $10,000 for property tax deductions. According to a study by the Tax Policy Center, 7 percent of taxpayers would pay more tax in 2019, 10 percent in 2025, and 48 percent in 2027, compared to current law. On average in 2027, taxes would change little for lower- and middle-income groups and decrease for higher-income groups. Tax Revenues On its face, ending so-called Read more about the…

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One Tax Loophole Untouched So Far: The Trump Golf-Course Break

Republican lawmakers pushing to close dozens of tax loopholes have left open one that’s been good to President the outline for a sweeping tax rewrite on Thursday, a lucrative break for golf-course owners — including the president — remains firmly in place in the House version of the measure. The Obama administration estimated in 2014 that closing the controversial loophole would save more than $600 million over a decade. While Republicans are eliminating many write-offs, the House version of the bill allows golf-course owners to claim deductions for promising never to…

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