The Success of Socialism: Part 12 — Children are dying of malnutrition in #Venezuela

From The New York Times: As Venezuela collapses, children are dying of hunger For five months, The New York Timestracked 21 public hospitals in Venezuela. Doctors are seeing record numbers of children with severe malnutrition. Hundreds have died. By Meredith Kohut and Isayen Herrera | December 17, 2017 Hunger has stalked Venezuela for years. Now, …

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The left fret about budget cuts to Department of Education In reality, the cuts do not go deeply enough

From The Wall Street Journal: Trump Job Cuts at Education Department Worry Civil-Rights Advocates The government office that responds to such issues as sexual harassment and racial discrimination is losing significant numbers of employees By Michelle Hackman | December 15, 2017 5:30 AM EST WASHINGTON—The Education Department is cutting staff at its Office for Civil …

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Why should people be allowed to shield income from taxation?

Heather Long discusses the (supposedly) final version of the Republican tax bill in The Washington Post, and I came upon this part: Andrew Devendorf has contacted Sen. Marco Rubio’s office every other day for the past month to beg the Florida Republican to make sure Congress’s final tax bill doesn’t make graduate school unaffordable for him …

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The November jobs report

From The Wall Street Journal: U.S. Employers Hire at Healthy Rate in November Unemployment rate holds at 17-year low of 4.1% By Eric Morath | Updated December 8, 2017 | 11:03 a.m. ET WASHINGTON—The economy appears to be on its firmest footing in at least a decade, with hiring picking up from earlier this year …

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The best story of 2017! Will Congress give the American people a Christmas present?

From The Washington Post: Republican officials say targeting welfare programs will help spur economic growth By Jeff Stein | December 6, 2017 | 12:52 PM Some House Republicans believe that Congress should cut Americans off government anti-poverty programs in part to help grow the national economy. “For us to achieve 3 percent GDP growth over …

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Republican leaders are betting the #TaxBill will boost economy before 2018 and 2020 elections That's one risky gamble!

From my favorite redheaded reporter: GOP betting tax bill will boost economy before 2018, 2020 elections By Heather Long | December 5, 2017 | 5:00 AM EST By the time Republicans have to face voters in November, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) predicts the economy will “be performing better.” There’s a good chance he’s right. …

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The Success of Socialism: Part 11 — Leaky roofs

Bleak photos of daily life in poverty-stricken rural villages in North Korea. See gallery: https://t.co/1tsgc9tB4Z pic.twitter.com/BrpVCYif9E — IBTimes UK (@IBTimesUK) December 2, 2017 And the article, from International Business Times: Bleak photos of daily life in poverty-stricken rural villages in North Korea Ed Jones captures a world far from the gleaming skyscrapers, wide boulevards and …

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Refundable tax credits

I knew that I wasn’t going to like this tweet: Just In: Only 29 US Senators voted to give working-class families more $$$ from an expanded refundable Child Tax Credit tonight. Translation: A unequal tax cut has grown more unequalhttps://t.co/3ryt6hm8ek #TaxBill — Heather Long (@byHeatherLong) December 2, 2017 There are two types of tax credits, …

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The United Auto Workers want to unionize Toyota’s largest American plant. What could possibly go wrong?

From the Lexington Herald-Leader: Toyota tells Georgetown plant it needs to cut costs or else, media reports say By Trey Crumbie | tcrumbie@herald-leader.com | November 22, 2017 03:20 PM Georgetown: Toyota, the Japanese-based automobile manufacturer, has told the workers at its Georgetown plant to cut costs or face an uncertain future, according to Bloomberg News. …

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The Success of Socialism: Part 10 — North Korean soldier infested with parasites

Remember, The Washington Post is not exactly a pro-Trump newspaper: What the parasites in a defector’s stomach tell us about North Korea By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. | November 19, 2017 | 1:49 PM The North Korean defector had sped across the demilitarized zone in a stolen jeep, then crawled south as the men who …

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