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Federal Tax Cuts Leave States in a Bind

The federal tax overhaul cut taxes for millions of American families and businesses. But the law also had an unintended effect: raising the state-tax bite in nearly every state that has an income tax.<p>Now, governors and state legislators are contending with how to adjust their own tax codes to …

Trump challenges Native Americans’ historical standing

Tribes say they should be exempt from Medicaid work requirements.<p>The Trump administration says Native Americans might need to get a job if they want to keep their health care — a policy that tribal leaders say will threaten access to care and reverse centuries-old protections.<p>Tribal leaders want an …

Health Care

Is Apple really better about privacy? Here's what we found out

Is Apple the shining knight when it comes to privacy collection, as it wants us to believe?<p>A different business model than Facebook and Google gives it some ground to claim a tighter fortress around your data. But that's not the whole story, and some changes are coming.<p>In the wake of the disclosure …

Privacy

Australia's central bank has explained why everyone should be worried about a sudden rise in bond yields

Australia's central bank is concerned riskier assets such as stocks and high-yield corporate debt could be set for widespread losses if there is a sudden increase in government bond yields.<p>The Reserve Bank of Australia says years of ultra-easy monetary policy from major central banks have seen …

Economics

Norsepower: Why European Ships Are Switching Back To Sails

There’s something strange happening in Europe’s €145bn shipping industry.<p>A technology from the 1920s is making a turbulent comeback, as tanker ships from global shipping giants like Maersk are once again embracing huge sails and wind power.<p>But not like you’ve ever seen before.<p><b>From horsepower to</b> …

Shipping

Looking ahead to 2018 tax season: 5 ways to hack the new tax law

Now that tax season has arrived, you’re likely digging through receipts and tax forms to pull together your 2017 returns — and your 2018 taxes may be the furthest thing from your mind. But it’s not too early to think ahead, thanks to big changes in the new federal tax bill.<p>Signed into law in …

Personal Finance

Fat, unhealthy Americans threaten Trump’s defense surge

Rising obesity numbers, drug use, criminal backgrounds and other problems mean most people at prime military recruiting age are ineligible to serve.<p>The Trump administration's ambitious new military buildup is at risk of being hobbled before it even starts — by a dwindling pool of young Americans …

Recruitment

New Technology Could Turn Tar Sands Oil Into 'Pucks' for Less Hazardous Transport

A new technology has the potential to transform the transportation of tars sands oil. Right now, the already thick and slow-flowing oil, known as …

Bill Nye on the Science of Pot: ‘If it Works, Let’s Go’

Everyone’s favorite science guy is back – and, like the millennials who grew up watching him on TV, his interests have matured. Netflix’s <i>Bill Nye</i> …

Angry GOP donors close their wallets

'I’m sick and tired of nothing happening,' one contributor says of the party's legislative failures.<p>Republicans are confronting a growing revolt from their top donors, who are cutting off the party in protest over its inability to get anything done.<p>Tensions reached a boiling point at a recent …

Evaporation Engines Could Produce More Power Than Coal, with a Huge Caveat - MIT Technology Review

Technology that can tap into the renewable power of natural water evaporation could produce a huge portion of the nation's energy needs—at least …

Engines

Paul Ryan’s postcard tax return is really dumb

Cutting millionaires’ taxes is neither necessary nor sufficient to simplify tax filing.<p>As Republicans rally behind a big push for tax cuts, expect to hear one idea over and over: that a major goal of reform is to make the tax code so simple you could file your taxes on a postcard.<p>Paul Ryan floated …

Study: a universal basic income would grow the economy

A universal basic income could make the US economy trillions of dollars larger, permanently, according to a new study by the left-leaning Roosevelt Institute.<p>Basic income, a proposal in which every American would be given a basic stipend from the government no strings attached, is often brought up …

NASA plans to destroy ‘super volcano’

NASA believes the Yellowstone super volcano is a greater threat to life on Earth than any asteroid. So it’s come up with a plan to defuse its …

Alabama GOP Senate frontrunner: “there are communities under Sharia law right now”

Judge Roy Moore’s crusade may be coming to Capitol Hill.<p>HOMEWOOD, Alabama — Judge Roy Moore, perhaps the leading candidate in today’s Alabama Senate race, pulled a laminated copy of Joseph Story’s 1833 <i>Commentaries on the Constitution</i> out of his dusty maroon briefcase.<p>He then flipped about halfway …

Religion

Here’s how to take out North Korea’s nukes

Should North Korea’s nuclear antics compel us to launch a self-defense attack, success would require far more than pinpoint strikes. The choice would …

John McCain had the chance to do the right thing on healthcare. He failed | Lucia Graves

There are many reasons to respect the Arizona senator, but his remarkable stoicism and service can’t excuse his yes vote in the Senate<p>John McCain often gets cast as a truth-teller to Donald Trump, but his voting record says otherwise. And nowhere was that more clear than on Tuesday when, despite …

Republicans

Tillerson takes time off as State Dept. refuses to say he is happy in his role

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Amid reports Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is frustrated and considering resigning, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert refused to say Tuesday whether Tillerson is happy in his current role.<p>Tillerson is also taking time off at a time when the US faces multiple foreign …

Willie Nelson, on a tour bus, on divisive politics, Jeff Sessions and marijuana

In an interview with The Washington Post aboard his tour bus, Willie Nelson urged Americans to bridge what he calls a great divide in politics.<p>The 84-year-old also asks Attorney General Jeff Sessions to open his mind on drug policy.<p>Nelson, a marijuana advocate and purveyor, strongly disagrees with …

The White House is only telling you half of the sad story of what happened to American jobs

White House Trade Council head Peter Navarro was explaining what he sees as the biggest problem with the American economy since the 1990s that exacerbated inequality and left the American worker in the lurch.<p>"Well, I think you start with the idea that we've had 15 years of subpar growth — 2 percent …

Economics

5 Democratic Reps: The U.S. Can Turn Putinism Into An Opportunity

Our country faces a new crisis, one which endangers the underpinnings of representative democracy and freedom worldwide. The threat emanates from …

Trump’s Anti-Nafta Stance Is on a Collision Course with Natural Gas

HOUSTON — Of all the industries thrown into question by President Trump’s promise to upend free trade with Mexico, natural gas is easily one of the most important.<p>More than a quarter of Mexico’s electricity is powered by American natural gas, leaving it especially vulnerable to any upheavals from a …

Fusion Breakthrough Puts Us One Step Closer to Limitless Clean Energy

Taking It Slow<p>Scientists consider nuclear fusion the “holy grail” of energy production for good reason. Not only could it provide a virtually …

When Companies Lead on Infrastructure, Taxpayers Often Bear the Costs

Faster, better, cheaper.<p>As President Trump prepares to deliver a speech on Wednesday about infrastructure, his administration is promoting the benefits of having local governments work with private corporations to build, repair and manage the nation’s ailing roads, bridges and …

How ugly will the gold selloff get? Here’s what Goldman Sachs thinks

May the 4th be with you. And especially with the precious metals bulls, as the month has gotten off to a pretty rough start for gold.<p>The pressure on …

Markets

How two cutting edge U.S. nuclear projects bankrupted Westinghouse

WILMINGTON, Del./NEW YORK (Reuters) - In 2012, construction of a Georgia nuclear power plant stalled for eight months as engineers waited for the right signatures and paperwork needed to ship a section of the plant from a factory hundreds of miles away.<p>FILE PHOTO: The Vogtle Unit 3 and 4 site, …

Nuclear Energy

The New York Times Has Fallen For An Economic Impossibility

<i>“If one-half of the commodities in the market rise in exchange value, the very terms imply a fall of the other half; and reciprocally, the fall</i> …

Ivanka Trump in Germany: First Daughter Leaves Some Women Scratching Their Heads

BERLIN — Ivanka Trump was in Germany on Tuesday on her first international trip as a member of her father's presidential team. In doing so, the billionaire's daughter stepped into a land that prides itself on meritocracy.<p>This is a country run by Angela Merkel, a veteran politician with a doctorate …