Sunday, December 17, 2017

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Trump, GOP Plan To Cut Tax Rates, Double Deductions

President Donald Trump unveiled his administration’s tax overhaul plan today in a speech in Indianapolis, announcing tax cuts for businesses and individuals which he said has the potential to deliver a “middle class miracle.”

“My fellow Americans, this is the right tax cut. And this is the right time. Democrats and Republicans in Congress should come together finally to deliver this giant win for the American people and begin middle-class miracle,” he said.

The plan proposes to slash the corporate tax rate to 20 percent, from 35 percent; lower the top individual tax rate to 35 percent, from 39.6 percent; repeal the estate tax; double the size of standard deductions for married couples and individuals; and expand child tax credits.

Trump has said repeatedly on previous occasions that he wants a 15 percent corporate tax rate, but said Wednesday that 20 is the “perfect number” and will be a “revolutionary change” for American business, and by extension, the American worker.

Read more here abcnews.go.com

Driver In DUI Crash That Killed Father Of 5 Pleads Guilty

An Oceanside man accused of driving drunk and slamming his speeding SUV into a married couple out for a jog, killing one of them, pleaded guilty Tuesday to gross vehicular manslaughter and other charges.

Abraham Juarez, 24, faces up to 10 years in state prison for his role in the early evening crash on a busy Vista thoroughfare June 2.

Juarez also pleaded guilty to drunken driving; he had a blood alcohol content of .18 percent at the time of the crash. The legal limit to drive in California is .08 percent.

The crash killed 40-year-old Nanglee Vang, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Southeast Asia as a child. His wife Molly, now 35, was seriously injured in the collision.

The couple had been married for 17 years and have five children— two boys, three girls — ranging in age from 2 to 16 years old at the time of the crash.

Read more here www.sandiegouniontribune.com

Collins Becomes 3rd Senator To Say ‘No’ To GOP Health Care Bill, Likely Killing It

Three Senate Republicans have now announced their intent to vote no on the GOP’s latest health care bill, likely killing the proposal’s chance of becoming law.

Sen. Susan Collins is the most recent to declare her opposition.

The Maine lawmaker said in a statement Monday that “Sweeping reforms to our health care system and to Medicaid can’t be done well in a compressed time frame, especially when the actual bill is a moving target.”

She also cited the Congressional Budget Office’s report on the bill, writing that the analysis — which found that “millions” of Americans would lose coverage — “confirms that this bill will have a substantially negative impact on the number of people covered by insurance.”

Read more at komonews.com

Trump Wants Rule To Stop NFL Players From Kneeling During Anthem

President Donald Trump continued his rant against NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem during his joint press conference with the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, calling it an “important situation.”

“I wasn’t preoccupied with the NFL. I was ashamed of what was taking place,” Trump said when asked if he should’ve been focused on offering assistance to Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria.

He added, “Was I preoccupied? Not at all. I have plenty of time on my hands. All I do is work. To be honest with you, that’s an important function of working. It’s called respect for our country.”

Earlier today, he suggested in a tweet that the NFL should bar players from kneeling and slammed the NFL’s ratings, saying they were “way down,” except for when audiences tune in to see whether there are protests during the national anthem.

Read more at abcnews.go.com

Suspect In 2015 Modesto Homicide Apprehended In Louisiana

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department detectives have identified Christopher Jose Schopp of Modesto as a suspect in the May 1 shooting death of Vang Xiong.

Detectives believe Schopp lured Xiong and his brother to an orchard in the 2600 block of West Whitmore Avenue in Modesto about 7:15 p.m. for a drug deal, according to a statement released Saturday night.

Two armed men arrived with Schopp, and during the drug deal one of the men shot Xiong. Schopp and the two men fled in an unknown type car and were last seen driving east on Whitmore.

Read more at www.mercedsunstar.com

You Can’t Hide Anywhere From The Zika-Carrying Mosquito

The mosquito that carries the Zika virus is now in all five counties in the central San Joaquin Valley.

The Merced County Mosquito Abatement District said Monday that it has identified the Aedes aegypti mosquito in the city of Merced. And on Monday, Tulare County officials said the mosquito has been found in the city of Tulare.

In August, Kings County mosquito officials said they had identified the mosquito.

Read more at www.fresnobee.com

Target Is Raising Minimum Hourly Wage To $15 By End Of 2020

Target Corp. said Monday that it is raising the minimum wage for its workers to $11 an hour starting next month and then to $15 by the end of 2020.

The company said the move will help it better recruit and retain top-quality staff and provide a better shopping experience for its customers.

The initiative is part of the retailer’s overall strategy, announced this year, to reinvent its business, including remodeling stores, expanding its online services and opening up smaller urban locations.

Target quietly raised entry-level hourly wages to $10 last year, from $9 the previous year, following initiatives by Wal-Mart and others to boost wages in a fiercely competitive marketplace. But Target’s hike to $15 an hour far exceeds not only the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour but the hourly base pay at Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private employer, and plenty of its other retail peers whose minimum hourly pay now hovers around $10.

Read more at www.latimes.com

Trump Issues New Travel Ban Restricting Entry From 8 Countries

President Trump has issued a presidential proclamation banning or restricting travel from eight countries, adding Chad and Venezuela and North Korea to the original list of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen.

The administration is taking a tailored approach, providing a variety of conditions, ranging from suspended immigrant and non-immigrant travel to allowing travel for nonimmigrants with additional scrutiny.

Since the travel ban is condition-based, if and when the conditions change for any of the eight countries, the proclamation can be changed. Also, at any time, the Secretary of Homeland Security can recommend that countries be added. The restrictions are indefinite, however, since they don’t have a 90- or 120-day limit like the previous travel bans Trump issued in January and in March.

Read more at abcnews.go.com

Secret Service Arrests Man With Guns Near White House On Sunday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Law enforcement officers arrested a man with multiple firearms near the White House on Sunday morning, the Secret Service and Washington Metropolitan Police Department said.

The man was arrested after he approached uniformed Secret Service officers at an intersection close to the White House, the Secret Service said in a statement on Monday.

A report by the Washington police on Sunday suggested a different version of events, saying the man was urinating in public when law enforcement officers approached him.

The man said he “came to the White House in order to speak with (Admiral) Mike Rogers and (General) Jim Mattis for advice on missing paychecks and how to get the dog chip out of my head,” the police report said.

Law enforcement officers searched the man’s car, a vehicle with Tennessee license plates bearing tags for the Fraternal Order of Police, an association of police officers, where they found firearms, brass knuckles, three folding knives, and ammunition, the report said.

Read more at www.reuters.com

Merced City School District Seeking Scientists and Engineers

Are you a local scientist or engineer? Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge and inspiring future generations? Then the Merced City School District would love to collaborate with you!

As I’ve shared in past columns, our district is expanding our award-winning STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math) program, which includes integrated lessons in the classroom as well as educational excursions and hands-on learning in our new state of the art STEAM Center. We are also in the process of planning our second annual districtwide science fair. All of these offerings create more opportunities to partner with experts from our community and to show our children the types of careers they can aspire to attain.

Read more at www.mercedsunstar.com