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'This is not normal': Glitches mar new tax law

Republicans want to make fixes, but Democrats aren't rushing to help them.<p>The glitches in the new tax law are starting to pile up.<p>One inadvertently denies restaurants, retailers and others generous new write-offs for things like remodeling.<p>Another would allow wealthy money managers to sidestep a …

Finance

NRA honors FCC chair with rifle for repealing 'net neutrality'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday honored the head of the Federal Communications Commission with a rifle after braving death threats and other opposition as he worked to undo the Obama administration's 2015 net neutrality rules.<p>FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was honored …

Net Neutrality

Mueller probe: Manafort hit with new charges after Gates pleads guilty

WASHINGTON — Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort was hit with new charges on Friday, including an allegation he secretly recruited and funded a group of former European politicians to lobby in the United States on behalf of Ukraine.<p>The superseding indictment was filed just a couple of hours …

Donald Trump

The reason you can't stop checking your phone down is rooted in your brain — here's how to break free

It's probably unfair to say we're "addicted" to our phones. However, that doesn't mean they don't take up a considerable amount of our time and energy each day.<p>In fact, there's all sorts of numbers being thrown around to try to quantify our phone time. From marketing firm dscout's claim that we …

Apps

Manafort and Gates’s struggle to turn a PDF into a Word doc created a paper trail

It was 2015, and Trump campaign chair to-be Paul Manafort had a problem. For years, he’d been flush with cash paid by Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych for his firm’s consulting work. When Yanukovych fled to Russia in 2014, however, that money dried up.<p>According to special counsel Robert …

Rick Gates

Can You Get Rich From the New Tax Law by Becoming a Company?

The new tax law gives big benefits to corporations. If you’re a working stiff employed by one of them, you may be tempted to hand in your notice and start one of your own.<p>It may be possible, but be careful. There’s more to running a business than declaring it to be so, as far as the Internal …

Finance

Why the NRA is so powerful on Capitol Hill, by the numbers

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> When the National Rifle Association talks, large swaths of Capitol Hill listen.<p>And when the NRA has aimed to block any new gun legislation in the wake of mass shootings, it's so far succeeded in thwarting such efforts.<p>So why does the group hold such sway?<p>Partly because more than …

Guns

Red states have averaged twice as big an unemployment drop under Trump as blue states

An interesting tweet caught my eye this week.<p>That’s an interesting data point in the context of a president who regularly cherry-picks economic numbers to make the case for the runaway success of his administration. If the economy under President Trump is so robust, why are so many states — much …

South Dakota

U.S. Companies Cut Ties With NRA as Boycott Call Grows

A call to boycott the National Rifle Association became the top trend on Twitter as users of the global social media platform demanded that a variety …

Guns

Florida Gov. Rick Scott backs raising age for rifle purchases to 21

Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) on Feb. 23, 2018 wants a change in gun laws and create a new program to make it harder for those who pose a threat to obtain guns. Scott is also proposing a 21 year age requirement, increased penalties for threats to schools, banning bump stocks and a 60-day waiting period …

Guns

Homeownership is increasingly for the wealthy, according to the latest sales data

The sharp drop in January home sales was not due to a shortage of homes for sale. It was due to a shortage of <i>affordable</i> homes for sale.<p>While real …

Real Estate

US immigration agency updates statement to no longer say 'nation of immigrants'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The agency in charge of US immigration services has updated its mission statement to no longer include the phrase "nation of immigrants."<p>Instead, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services' new mission statement emphasizes "safeguarding its integrity" and "securing the homeland."<p>…

Immigration

Here's how the 'unlimited' plans from Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile compare

With the availability of unlocked devices, it's easier than ever to switch carriers and get the best "unlimited" data plan that works for you.<p>There are a few things to consider when choosing a carrier and its unlimited data plan, like how carriers interpret the meaning of "unlimited." For most of …

Cellular Networks

Marco Rubio almost let it slip to gun-violence survivors that, to save America, they have to fight something bigger than the NRA

At a town hall with survivors of gun violence on Wednesday night, Sen. Marco Rubio came close to giving up the entire key to ending corruption in Washington — to letting in on the secret the eager, hurting teenagers appealing to the nation for sense on gun violence.<p>But instead he kept his cool. He …

Guns

This Simple Chart Explains How To Be Happier, So Save It To Your Desktop

Attention all: The key to absolute happiness has been uncovered and — surprise! — it’s on the internet (sort of). No, the key cannot be found on …

Happiness

Why I switched from 1Password to Dashlane [Review]

Late last year, I switched password managers. I traded in trusty old 1Password for relative newcomer Dashlane, and I haven’t looked back.<p>Dashlane is a well-designed, fully functional and easy-to-use password manager that tops 1Password in one key respect: a Security Dashboard that makes it dead …

Information Systems

The Fastest Path to the CEO Job, According to a 10-Year Study

Some people’s careers take off, while others’ take longer — or even stall out.<p>Common wisdom says that the former attend elite MBA programs, land high-powered jobs right out of school at prestigious firms, and climb the ladder straight to the top, carefully avoiding risky moves. But our data shows a …

Leadership

Author who studies millionaires: How to get rich and then stay rich

Being rich, or becoming financially independent, boils down to a two-step process:<p>Accumulate wealth<br>• Keep the wealth you've accumulated<p>In my book …

Self-improvement

Better Buy: Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF vs. iShares Select Dividend ETF

Here's how these two large exchange-traded funds stack up side-by-side.<p>Exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, can be a great way for investors to get stock …

Investing

Coinbase is finally supporting SegWit, an update that could fix bitcoin's biggest problems. Here's what's happening.

Coinbase, the $1.6 billion cryptocurrency exchange, is preparing to support Segwit, or Segregated Witness, an update to bitcoin which many believe will enable the booming cryptocurrency to scale for broader use.<p>The company confirmed on Tuesday that it had finished testing SegWit and intends to roll …

Bitcoin

Ripple Expands its List of Partners With Five More

Not many other blockchain companies can boast new partners on a weekly basis. Ripple is one that can and, love it or hate it, the San Francisco based …

South-east Asia

Mueller Is Ending the Era of Impunity for Washington's Foreign Lobbyists

If the goal is to find proof of election meddling, why are all the indictments about failing to register as an agent?<p>Washington's unregistered foreign agents, who in the past have tread the gray areas between legal and illegal with impunity, should be nervous about special counsel Robert Mueller's …

Donald Trump

Why the Trump Administration’s Latest Attack On Obamacare Is a Bad Idea, According to the Trump Administration

I don’t really have to explain to you why the Trump administration’s latest attack on Obamacare is a bad idea. That’s because they’ve done that for …

Health Care

Here's Why Bitcoin and Litecoin Are Rising but Other Cryptocurrencies Are Falling

Bitcoin and Litecoin are both up, but Ethereum, Ripple, and Bitcoin Cash are all in the red.<p>Presidents Day weekend was a mild one for most of the …

Cryptocurrency

Dutch lawyer pleads guilty to lying about interaction with Rick Gates

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A European lawyer pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying to investigators in Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation, after he covered up his discussions with former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates and a business associate based in Ukraine in September 2016, while the Trump …

Corruption

UK government warns it could have 'no other choice' but to impose direct rule over Northern Ireland

LONDON — The UK government today moved towards imposing direct rule over Northern Ireland after talks to restore devolved government in the province broke down.<p>The UK Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley told MPs in the Houses of Parliament that the government would take "whatever steps are …

United Kingdom

The Father Of The Internet Sees His Invention Reflected Back Through A 'Black Mirror'

In 1984, two men were thinking a lot about the Internet. One of them invented it. The other is an artist who would see its impact on society with uncanny prescience.<p>First is the man often called "the father of the Internet," Vint Cerf. Between the early 1970s and early '80s, he led a team of …

Charlie Brooker

BlackRock Says Buy U.S. Stocks as Tax Plan Supercharges Earnings

BlackRock Inc. turned bullish on U.S. stocks as the world’s largest money manager says impending fiscal stimulus will boost already strong momentum …

Stock Markets

Fiscal fraud: Why supply-side economics refuses to die

“Trickle-down” theory should have been junked by 1988, but Republicans still claim to believe it. Deluded or lying?<p>The dogma of supply-side economics has dominated American politics for nearly four decades, even as the evidence has discredited the right-wing ideology and its central tenets time and …

Economics

Roger Federer returns to World No 1 to complete one of the most remarkable comebacks in sporting history - Firstpost

Three Grand Slam titles, three Masters 1000 trophies and finally the World No 1 ranking — in the last 14 months, Roger Federer has pulled off one of …

Tennis