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|The Latest: Trump imagines easier 2020 win by popular vote ||Score picks, bold predictions and fantasy tips for every Week 3 NFL game |
President Donald Trump, who lost the popular vote in 2016 by nearly 3 million votes, claims it would be easier for him win the next presidential election if the U.S. did away with the Electoral College. Trump is recounting his election victory at a campaign rally in Dallas. Trump carried the GOP stronghold by 9 points in 2016.
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|Woman rescued after drawing SOS message in Australian wilderness ||Belichick cuts presser short after AB questions |
After being lost in the wilderness for three days, an Australian woman has finally been rescued
| Patriots coach Bill Belichick's patience ran thin. He walked off after fielding seven questions about Antonio Brown's off-the-field issues. "I'm good," he said. "Thank you." |
|New ICE Program Exposes Hundreds of Fraudulent âFamily Unitsâ Trying to Cross The Border ||Sources: Yanks' German won't pitch again in '19 |
U.S. immigration authorities have discovered hundreds of instances at the border of âfamily unit fraud,â or unrelated individuals posing as families, over the last six months thanks to a new investigative initiative.Authorities exposed 238 fraudulent families presenting 329 false documents, according to the results of an investigation run by Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcementâs Homeland Security Investigations unit in El Paso, Texas, the results of which were announced Thursday.More than 350 of those individuals are facing federal prosecution for crimesÂ including human smuggling, making false statements, conspiracy, and illegal re-entry after removal. Authorities have referred 19 children to U.S. Health and Human Services as a result of this investigation.Â Another 50 migrants fraudulently claimed to be unaccompanied minors."Some of the most disturbing cases identified involve transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) and individuals who are increasingly exploiting innocent children to further their criminal activity," ICE said in a statement.In some cases, criminal organizations made deals with the children's biological parents to transfer children as young as 4 months old to the U.S. and pose as a family unit either for human smuggling purposes or toÂ fraudulently obtain immigration benefits, ICE said.âThese are examples of the dark side of this humanitarian crisis that our Border Patrol and HSI agents are working tirelessly to identify,â said El Paso Sector Interim Chief Gloria Chavez. âWe will pursue the highest of judicial consequences for those who commit fraud and exploit innocent children.âThe Trump administration has attempted to end the "catch and release" policy for migrant family units, which provides migrant families an expedited release into the U.S. as their asylum cases are being processed.Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan said last month that the vast majority of migrant families who enter the country illegally will no longer be eligible for âcatch and releaseâ due to the implementation of stricter policies. One such policy, the Migrant Protection Protocols, requires that migrants wait in Mexico while their asylum claims are being adjudicated.
| Right-hander Domingo German will miss both the rest of the regular season and the postseason following his placement on administrative leave, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney. |
|Cartel gunmen terrorize Mexican city, free El Chapo's son ||Flame out: NFL field pyrotechnics get brief ban |
Heavily armed fighters surrounded security forces in a Mexican city on Thursday and made them free one of drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's sons, after his capture triggered gunbattles and a prison break that sent civilians scurrying for cover. Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said a patrol by National Guard militarized police first came under attack from within a house in the city of Culiacan, 1,235 km (770 miles) northwest of Mexico City. After entering the house, they found four men, including Ovidio Guzman, who is accused of drug trafficking in the United States.
| The NFL has placed a temporary ban on all flame effects and pyrotechnics used on its playing fields as it investigates a fire at the Tennessee Titans' Nissan Stadium in Week 2. |
|Warren Left $30 Trillion Short of Paying for Her Health Plan ||DC floats Lamar-Mahomes as next Peyton-Brady |
(Bloomberg) -- Elizabeth Warren took a lot of flak at this weekâs Democratic presidential debate for being evasive about the taxes needed to pay for the $30 trillion Medicare for All plan she champions. Thereâs a reason for being vague: Her team hasnât yet figured out how to pay for it.âHer taxes as they currently exist are not enough yet to cover fully replacing health insurance,â University of California, Berkeley economics professor Emmanuel Saez, who advised the Warren campaign when developing the wealth tax, told Bloomberg News on Wednesday.Warren -- who campaigns on the theme that she has a plan for everything -- is relying on the wealthy and big corporations to pay for her vision of restructuring American society, including funding student debt, free college, universal childcare, green energy and affordable housing plans.She has promised to fully cover those costs with her big ideas -- a wealth tax, corporate surtax, an increase in the estate tax and the elimination of President Donald Trumpâs tax cuts.But she has made the strategic decision to adopt Bernie Sandersâ government-run health care plan rather than develop one of her own. Sanders acknowledged in Tuesdayâs debate that âtaxes will go up,â but neither of them have detailed how much or who those taxes would hit, prompting the toughest criticism she has faced from her Democratic primary rivals, including Joe Biden, with whom she is tied for the lead in most polls.The Warren campaign said they are continuing to review revenue options to fund Medicare for All and would support pay-fors that prioritize reducing costs for the middle class.Warren has made it a hallmark of her campaign to demonstrate how sheâd pay for her dozens of policy proposals. Her 2% wealth tax on Americaâs richest would be one of the biggest sources of revenue, bringing in about $2.75 trillion over a decade.That would finance some of her most ambitious plans: $1.07 trillion for universal childcare, $610 billion for free college, $640 billion for eliminating student debt, and among others, $100 billion to combat the opioid crisis. All told, Warrenâs wealth tax would pay for her plans with some room -- $303 billion -- to spare.Thatâs true for the rest of her plans. In total, sheâs proposed an agenda that she estimates would cost nearly $6 trillion, according to her campaign. Sheâs offset those costs with more than $7.3 trillion in tax increases, according to Warrenâs estimates and projections from the non-partisan congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.âShe is offering a Medicare for All plan and not offering even close to enough to pay for it,â said Kyle Pomerleau, the chief economist at the conservative Tax Foundation. âOne place she hasnât gone yet is raising the existing individual income tax for top earners.âHowever, he added, even that would only garner a fraction of what sheâd need to fully fund a health care plan.Warren has been reluctant to make Sandersâ point about taxes going up. Instead, she argues that overall costs for middle class families will go down, but big corporations and the wealthy will pay more. When asked to answer âyes or noâ during Tuesdayâs debate whether taxes would go up, Warren again focused on the overall costs.âCosts will go up for the wealthy, they will go up for big corporations and for middle-class families, they will go down,â Warren said on stage in Ohio Tuesday. âI will not sign a bill into law that does not lower costs for middle-class families.âShe added later, âWe know that they are a lot of different cost estimates for Medicare for All and they vary by trillions and trillions of dollars. We know there a lot of different revenue streams.âEven a conservative economist agreed with her costs argument.âI think the statement of costs going down is quite likely be true, said Alan Viard, a resident scholar at the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute. âBut it would nevertheless be true that most people would be paying more in taxes.âWarren argues her taxes correct a system in which the wealthy and corporations werenât paying their fair share. Even with what remains after raising those taxes, there wouldnât be enough revenue from top earners and corporations to fund the estimated $30 trillion 10-year cost for Medicare for All. Sheâd have to find more revenue streams and that would have to include increasing taxes on the middle class, according to public finance experts across the political spectrum.Saez said that eliminating health care premiums for individuals who are covered through their employers could be transformed into higher wages that would more than cover any tax increase. âItâs true that we might have to pay an extra tax but it can be structured in a way that we gain in extra wages, bigger than whatever extra tax will be there,â he said.Warren rivals Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Biden chided her Tuesday for not being straightforward about funding health care.âI donât want to pick on Elizabeth Warren but this is ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous,â Biden told reporters in Ohio on Wednesday. âItâs fascinating that the person who has a plan for everything has no plan for the single most consequential issue in this election in the minds of the American people across the board. And you know, credibility matters.â\--With assistance from Jennifer Epstein.To contact the reporters on this story: Laura Davison in Washington at email@example.com;Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at email@example.com, John HarneyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comÂŠ2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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Why U.S. Engagement Policy Is The Correct One
Invariably, when one thinks of the efficacy of a nationâ€™s military, the mindâ€™s eye is drawn to the ability of that country to deliver a \"warhead onto the forehead\" of their enemies. Indeed, owing to the Pentagonâ€™s slick packaging of the First Gulf War, modern conflict, in the American mind, became synonymous with high-tech toys, grainy videos of successful missile shots, and a quick resolution of hostilities.
Living Wages Are A Global Problem
The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.
Ukraine: Not What It Seems
After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.
In a Five to Four Decision, Voting Just Got Harder
In a five to four decision along party lines, the Supreme Court ruled on the controversial Shelby County v. Holder case. The ruling, believed by many sets the nation back decades in Civil Rights, while others see it as the fault of Congress dropping the ball on updating the act when it should have years ago.
Coup Or Civil War In Egypt
The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.