Ron Wyden

Jim Simons, the Numbers King

Algorithms made him a Wall Street billionaire. His new research center helps scientists mine data for the common good.<p>A visit to a scientific-research center usually begins at a star professor’s laboratory that is abuzz with a dozen postdocs collaborating on various experiments. But when I recently …

Warren Buffett

GOP's Taxing Question: Will Middle-Class Folks Notice Their Cut?

A funny thing happened when Congress approved a tax cut for the middle class eight years ago: Most Americans didn’t notice.<p>The 2009 economic-stimulus …

Karen Handel

Tax Change Could Let Nonprofits Take Political Positions

WASHINGTON—A provision in the tax code overhaul before Congress could lead to an infusion of new players in elections, including churches and charities, and prompt a significant shift in the way political campaigns are financed.<p>The House tax bill would allow churches and other nonprofits to …

U.S. Politics

Warrantless surveillance can continue until April, say Feds

Thought the warrantless surveillance legally enabled by FISA Section 702 was due to go belly up if not reauthorized by New Year’s Eve? Think again, …

Surveillance

Ron Wyden: Leaders in D.C. would do well to emulate the Oregon Way (Guest opinion)

<b>By Ron Wyden</b><p>Nyssa. La Pine. Springfield. Astoria. Gold Beach. Southeast Portland.<p>These are all among the Oregon communities that hosted one of my 80 …

furious

Trump rolls back oil train rules

The Obama administration rule change required trains carrying highly explosive liquids to have electronically controlled pneumatic brakes installed …

Portland, OR

Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand on MSNBC w/Hugh

The audio:<p>The transcript:<p>HH: I’m joined now by Associate Attorney General of the United States, Rachel Brand. Ms. Brand previously served as …

Surveillance

New Sex-Trafficking Bill Soothes Tech Industry’s Concerns

A new version of a House bill that aims to curb online sex trafficking could ease concerns of big internet companies including Alphabet Inc.’s Google …

Rights & Freedoms

Congressional roll call: How WNC reps voted

CLOSE<p>Several members of Congress spoke out against sexual assault Wednesday, saying it shouldn't be tolerated in the halls of Congress. Sen. Kirsten …

Government

Congress Reached a Tipping Point on Sexual Harassment This Week

The national conversation on sexual harassment and assault reached a tipping point on Capitol Hill this week as lawmakers began facing serious …

U.S. Politics

U.S. tax revamp still incomplete as Republicans eye social program cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Even before completing their overhaul of the U.S. tax code, Republicans in Washington have begun turning their attention to changes and possible cuts in the social safety net of government programs for the poor, children, elderly and disabled Americans.<p>President Donald Trump, …

Business

LaMelo, LiAngelo Ball sign with Lonzo’s agent

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball have signed with Lonzo’s agent and have thus forfeited their high school and collegiate eligibility, the father of the …

College Basketball

Phone Records Contradict Oregon's Stance on How Much Dana Altman Knew of Player's Rape Case

University of Oregon basketball coach Dana Altman was far more entangled in the school’s response to a rape allegation against his player than the …

College & University

Menendez Named to Conference Committee on GOP Tax Bill

Sen. Bob Menendez will be one of seven Democratic senators on the 29-member conference committee of the House and Senate that will negotiate the …

New Jersey Politics

Congress could help with these out of control fires. Here’s why they probably won’t.

Patrick Fallon/Zuma<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p><i>This story was originally published by</i> High Country News <i>and</i> …

Liberal View

Republicans’ empty promises on the Child Tax Credit

By Clara Hendrickson, William A. GalstonWith the Senate tax bill securing passage late Friday night, the Republican tax bills now move to a …

Social Justice

GOP Tax Bill: Key Lawmakers to Watch

WASHINGTON—Congress completed its list of negotiators on a final tax bill Thursday, and it will be up to 29 men and women to hash out a deal. But the real number of deciders is smaller than that.<p>The conference committee’s formal public sessions are likely to be just that—a formality. On a one-party …

U.S. Congress

After Tax Overhaul, GOP Sets Sights on Medicare, Social Security

Republican lawmakers are working through the finer details of a tax overhaul expected to emerge in the coming weeks from a bicameral conference – …

Donald Trump

Ethics probe finds Intel chairman did not disclose classified information

The House Ethics Committee on Thursday cleared Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesTop intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump …

Government

Net neutrality protests occurring against Verizon in Indy, nationwide

Net neutrality protests are being held Dec. 7 at Verizon offices in Indianapolis, one week before the FCC votes on whether to preserve it or end it.

Net Neutrality

Tax breaks for beer, unborn children are among goodies in Republican bill

As the House and Senate begin to reconcile their different tax bills, they will have to sort through many little-known provisions that appear designed more to achieve policy goals or reward key lawmakers than deliver tax savings.<p>Here’s a look at some of the standouts, and their prospects for being …

Politics

US gov says it can break your encryption without a court order

Remember all that drama over encryption, with the FBI wrestling in court with Apple over its inability to access an iPhone belonging to one of the …

Privacy

Republicans say tax bill will likely undo ObamaCare mandate: report

Republicans on Capitol Hill said Wednesday that the tax bill being negotiated will likely eliminate the ObamaCare mandate, reports said Wednesday.<p>The repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate to buy insurance -- a centerpiece of Democrats' biggest achievement in a generation -- is estimated to …

U.S. Politics

Both Parties Pushed Trump Toward Reckless Action on Jerusalem

President Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States will formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and that the U.S. embassy …

Israel

AT&T Antitrust Fight Flips the Script in Washington

AT&T Inc.’s bid to buy Time Warner Inc. is blurring some of the ideological lines that usually split free-market conservatives from liberal skeptics of big business.<p>On the left, some Democratic U.S. senators who questioned the deal earlier this year have avoided addressing the issue since the …

U.S. Politics

Anti-Abortion Language In The Tax Bill Was Taken Out. It Could Come Back.

Since Trump was elected, it seems like the GOP has tried to slash women's reproductive rights every chance it gets. And the Republican House tax …

Rights & Freedoms

Tax reform will fill shareholders' pockets but hit the middle classes, ex-US commerce secretary says

The United States' proposed tax reform is projected to boost corporate earnings — and most of those savings are likely to go into shareholders' …

Social Justice

The Ghost of Hubert Humphrey

From Truthdig<p>Hubert H. Humphrey gives a speech during his 1968 presidential campaign.<br>(Image by (Kheel Center / Wikimedia)) Permission Details DMCA<p>- …

Liberal View

Zinke Calls for Reducing Two More National Monuments, Exposing Public Lands to Grazing and Logging

By Jason Mark<p>More than three months after he delivered his national monument recommendations to the White House, Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke on Tuesday …

Ryan Zinke

Bernie Sanders: Al Franken Resigning Is The ‘Right Thing’ To Do

(JTA) — Sen. Bernie Sanders said his colleague Al Franken’s announcement scheduled for Thursday should include his resignation following accusations …

Jewish Culture