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In a representative democracy, men and women serving in public office – whether elected or appointed – must view their service as a public trust.   Each day, men and women raise their right hands to be sworn in as executives, legislators and administrators, agreeing to protect and defend the constitutions of the United States and of their home States, and the laws, rules and regulations of their governmental subdivisions. 

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News & Updates

January 19, 2018 Consumer Watchdog’s Latest Budget Request: $0

Source: NY Times

he Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s acting director, Mick Mulvaney, intensified his efforts this week to curb an agency he has denounced as a regulator run amok. His latest tactic: starve it of cash.

January 19, 2018 Saudi Arabia Plans To Source 10% Of Its Power From Renewable Energy Within 5 Years

Source: Forbes

Saudi Arabia is seeking investment of up to $7 billion of investment in the coming year to build about 4,000MW of renewable energy capacity, as part of its plan to supply 9,500MW, or 10% of its power demand, from renewable...

January 19, 2018 House approves bill to keep government open as Senate Democrats take heat for threatening to block it

Source: Washington Post

The House passed a short-term extension of government funding late Thursday after Republican leaders, with help from President Trump, cobbled together enough GOP votes to overcome an internal revolt.

Research & Insights

January 9, 2018 New NOAA Report Shows 2017 Was the Costliest Year on Record for US Disasters

Source: ucsusa.org

Today NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center released its yearly report on “billion-dollar weather and climate disasters” that affected the US in 2017. Not surprisingly, the numbers were staggering.

December 18, 2017 What The 2018 Tax Brackets, Standard Deductions, And More Look Like Under Tax Reform

Source: Forbes

With tax reform just around the corner (a vote is scheduled on the conference bill this week), many taxpayers are wondering what it means for 2018.

October 25, 2017 Americans want a tax on carbon pollution, but how to get one?

Source: The Guardian

Americans are willing to pay a carbon tax that would increase their household energy bills by $15 per month, or about 15%, on average.

Commentary & Opinion

January 12, 2018 First Amendment Goose Bumps

Source: Larry Checco, featured commentator

When Katherine Graham gave Ben Bradley the go-ahead to publish the Pentagon Papers, I got goose bumps. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go see Steven Spielberg’s new movie, The Post. [more]

December 19, 2017 The Guardian view on Theresa May and Brexit: time to get off her fantasy island Editorial

Source: The Guardian

The prime minister’s weakness and Conservative divisions mean she can only control her party by concealing basic truths about the Brexit process

December 18, 2017 The tax bill became less bad as it went through the legislative process

Source: Business Insider

If you formed your impression of the tax bill when it was first introduced in the House in October, you should know it’s changed a lot on its way to becoming the likely final version that Congress is expected to vote on this week.


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