- Officials in some cities and towns are worried that if Congressional tax “reform” eliminates the deduction for state and local taxes, people might actually notice the high state and local taxes they’re paying and demand that they be lowered. Yes, that’s how that’s supposed to work.
A bipartisan group of eight senators introduced a bill encouraging federal agencies and states to actually implement federal firearms laws as written.
Reuters sifted through public documents and found 63 people with Russian passports or addresses who invested in seven Trump buildings in southern Florida. The report included this important caveat:
The Reuters review of investors from Russia in Trump’s Florida condominium buildings found no suggestion of wrongdoing by President Trump or his real estate organization. And none of the buyers appear to be from Putin’s inner circle.
- American military aid to the Lebanese army may be going to Hezbollah, thereby threatening Israel:
“Our Gulf allies and the Israelis are intimately familiar with the internal dynamics of Lebanon and clearly understand that Hezbollah is the defacto Lebanese state today, but we refuse to acknowledge this unfortunate reality even when confronted with obvious evidence,” said the source, who would only discuss the sensitive information on background.
- The Hungarian government accused the U.S. of meddling in the country’s elections after the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor announced it would spend $700,000 on “projects that increase citizens’ access to objective information about domestic and global issues in Hungary.”
Turkey pulled 40 soldiers out of a training exercise in Norway because a poster displayed at the exercise described Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as an “enemy.” The poster was put up by a civilian contractor hired by Norway.
Christians in an impoverished Chinese province have to remove images of Jesus and replace them with pictures of Communist Party Chairman Xi Jinping if they want to receive government assistance, part of a government-sponsored plan to discourage religious practice.