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The government is about to permanently bar the IRS from creating a free electronic filing system

Thanks to pressure from tax preparation industry, Congress is getting ready to ban the Internal Revenue Service from ever building a free electronic tax filing system. As ProPublica reports, the effort is a bipartisan one. The House Ways and Means Committee, led by Massachusetts Democrat, Richard Neal, passed the Taxpayer First Act. The bill would make changes to the IRS and is sponsored by Georgia Democratic Congressman John Lewis and Mike Kelly, a Republican from Pennsylvania. One of its stipulations would make it illegal for the IRS to create its…

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Michael Bloomberg: Why Im Supporting Democrats in 2018

I’ve never much liked political parties. I’ve always believed that we should put country before party. Too many politicians practice the reverse, with terrible consequences for the American people. But although I don’t believe in partisanship, I very much believe in the importance of politics and elections. That’s how we make change and progress in a democracy. Over the years, I have supported candidates in both parties who were willing to break with partisanship and the special interests and seek common ground around solutions to make America better. I’ve focused…

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Democrats Flip a Pennsylvania Seat, Making 41 Since Trumps Inauguration

Democrats flipped another seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Tuesday night, bringing the total number of state legislative flips to Philadelphia Parking Authority. In the district, President Trump vice president Joe Biden weighed PAC Win Back Your State is focusing on these down-ballot races, also endorsed Tai and he recently made Democrat Margaret Good easily flipped a Florida seat. Since Trumps inauguration, Democrats and specifically the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee have been working to capitalize on enthusiasm for various smaller contests to influence change at a local level…

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A Video Collage of All the Critters That Have Visited The Log

Wildlife enthusiast Robert Bush Sr set up a trail camera to document the activity around ‘the log’, a fallen tree somewhere in the mountains of Pennsylvania where a wide range of animals tended to congregate. The outdoorsman recently released this compilation of all the critters who have visited ‘the log’ in the last year. Just some of the animals to have visited ‘the log’ include: bears, bobcats, porcupines, birds, beavers, minks, and coyotes. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/all-the-critters-that-have-visited-the-log/

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Why the U.S. and Turkey Are Suddenly in a Major Standoff

Relations between the U.S. and Turkey, allies since the aftermath of World War II, have soured in the 15 months since an Fethullah Gulen, whom the U.S. has so far refused to extradite. Further increasing tensions, the U.S. and Turkey are at odds over the war in Syria. This backdrop may help explain why the arrest of a U.S. consular employee in Turkey, on charges of involvement in the coup attempt, blew up so quickly into a major diplomatic rift, with the two nations suspending visa services for each other’s…

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Trump’s 100-day rally: president launches attack on ‘failing’ media

The speech in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania returns to familiar campaign themes and includes a dig at the very boring White House correspondents dinner Donald Trump returned to familiar territory on Saturday in a bullish campaign-style speech in Pennsylvania to mark his 100 days in office. In a performance that suggested the US president was still in election mode, he repeated his scathing attacks on the media and his well-worn pledges to build a wall, destroy Islamic State, drain the swamp and revive the military. To loud cheers of USA, USA from…

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