Remember what Republicans called the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”?
As you know (if you’ve been paying attention), the “Jobs” part of the Republican bill was a huge lie.
Corporations didn’t generally invest in their companies, their workforce, or create jobs. They spent BILLIONS buying back shares to boost the stock price (executives’ bonuses get a boost when the company’s stock price goes up).
Five companies blow $55 billion in Q1 to prop up their own shares.
“Partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts,” Chief Justice John Roberts, joined by the Court’s other four conservatives, wrote in the 5-4 Rucho v. Common Cause decision. “Federal judges have no license to reallocate political power between the two major political parties, with no plausible grant of authority in the Constitution, and no legal standards to limit and direct their decisions.”
Along with finance and technology.
In 2017, 29 percent of those surveyed worldwide said they “often or sometimes avoid the news,” including 38 percent in the United States and 24 percent in the U.K. By 2019, those numbers had increased to 32 percent worldwide (+3), 41 percent in the U.S. (+3), and 35 percent in the U.K. (+11).
Read about it, including comments about why they avoid the news. (Nieman Lab)
The Seminar Network, which includes the constellation of groups funded by the billionaire industrialist Charles Koch and around 700 like-minded conservatives and libertarians who contribute at least $100,000 annually, will now operate as Stand Together.
Freedom Partners, an entity that was once used to air campaign
commercials, will cease to exist. Americans for Prosperity will now
oversee all political and policy efforts. Groups that cater to specific
constituencies, like Libre for Latinos or Concerned Veterans for
America, have moved under the AFP umbrella.
If you doubt the United States is controlled by the rich and corporations:
In 2019, state legislatures across the country are enacting radical
new restrictions on abortion. Alabama banned virtually all abortions.
Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Ohio banned all abortions after six
weeks, which is before many women even know they are pregnant. Missouri
banned abortion after nine weeks.
While these policies are extreme, the politicians responsible have the financial backing of some of America’s largest companies. In their corporate literature, these companies present themselves as champions of women and gender equality. But they have collectively donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to politicians seeking to roll back reproductive rights.
Some organizations and corporations are still promoting the use of nuclear power. How dumb is that?
A massive concrete dome built during the Cold War to contain waste from US Nuclear testing has degraded and began leaking nuclear waste into the Pacific Ocean, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has confirmed.
“Today’s decision can only cause one to wonder which cases the Court will overrule next,” Justice Bryer wrote in his dissent (pdf), in which Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan joined.
Some observers expressed fear one of the those caes could be Roe v. Wade.
It’s not just Trump’s golf courses that recruited undocumented immigrants. The Trump vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia, also hired them according to several employees.