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  • Nov 05, 2018 01:41 PM
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    I tend to be someone who enjoys more balanced, less sensational coverage and enjoy watching PBS or one of the "big three." Online, I tend to gravitate towards FiveThirtyEight because it's just the numbers.
  • Nov 06, 2018 02:29 PM
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    If there's one thing nearly everyone can agree on this midterm election, it's that this election is a referendum on Donald Trump. He may not be on the ballot, but it's a certainty that he's on the minds of everybody who casts a ballot in this election.

    In normal times, Donald Trump and the Republicans would be riding the booming economy across the finish line to victory, but these are not normal times and Donald Trump is not a normal President. Because of that, this election is in uncharted territory.

    Trump and the Republicans have chosen to make this election a "get out the base" effort instead of one where they try to attract swing voters. They appeared to have made the (most likely correct) calculation that the number of swing voters in these fractured times is minimal at best and the best strategy is to appeal to the base and hammer on red meat topics like immigration and crime.

    Democrats, remarkably, have run a uncharacteristically on-message campaign that focused on local and state specific issues, along with promising to be a check on the Trump Administration.

    Which strategy prevails is up to the voters, but one thing is for sure - Donald Trump looms large over this election.

  • Mar 07, 2017 01:57 PM
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    Senate Leader Mitch McConnell pulled the Senates healthcare bill repealing and replacing Obamacare from the floor after realizing that he didn't have enough votes to pass it. He vowed to make some changes to the bill during the July 4 recess and bring it back up for a vote later this month, but that may prove to be much easier said than done.
  • Apr 17, 2017 04:03 PM
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    bryce28 Wrote:

    You should definitely contribute, if you can. Also, if you make below certain amounts annually, you can also deduct the 401k contributions from your taxes using what's called the Savers Credit.

    You can get anywhere from $200-$1000 credit toward your tax bill if you end up owing. But not money back. It just reduces your bill. Still, extra incentive for using a 401k.

    Here's more info on if you qualify and how much you can get off your taxes:

    What Is The Savers Credit?

    Thanks for sharing this! I wish I knew about that before I filed my taxes this year. I'll definitely take advantage of this next year if I wind up owing money.
  • May 15, 2017 02:24 PM
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    I have to agree. It's easy to promise something on the campaign trail, but it's a lot more difficult to rewrite something as complex as our tax code. I give Trump an "A" for effort, but I don't see many scenarios that lead us to a dramatic overhaul of the way we do taxes.

    Maybe we will at some point, but I think we're still a long way off.

  • Mar 07, 2017 01:57 PM
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    The Congressional Budget Office released their scorecard on this bill and it can very likely spell big trouble for its proponents. They predicted that 24 million Americans would lose their access to affordable health insurance in the next decade, 18 million of them in 2018 alone, if the bill were passed into law.

    I'd be shocked if Senate Republicans allow this to sail through after this report. The House may very well send it to them, but more than enough Republican Senators have expressed deep concerns about the bill that would make it nearly impossible to get through the upper chamber.

    Anything can happen, but I have a feeling the Senate is going to put the breaks on this and try to come up with their own bill that would get a better CBO score. The question then becomes if the House Republicans would be able to cobble together enough votes in their chamber to pass whatever the Senate sends them. And that's a big task concerning the various factions within the House GOP Caucus.

  • Feb 19, 2017 12:55 PM
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    One of my concerns has to do mainly with the question of who gets to decide what projects are prioritized. Every state has hundreds, if not thousands of projects they would love help getting done and I would worry that political decisions would play a major role in picking and choosing what major projects get the green light and which ones are pushed aside.
  • Jan 12, 2017 01:46 PM
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    And now the House has followed suit.


    I share your concern about the prospect of 20 million people losing their health coverage. My fear is that the Republican Party will rush through this repeal and then realize that it's much harder to come up with a replacement than they anticipated.

  • Dec 16, 2016 11:50 AM
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    I'm surprised this isn't getting more discussion in the media since this really has the potential to dramatically change Americas healthcare system and we are so far only hearing crickets. I don't think many people understand what privatizing Medicare actually means and how much privatization will impact seniors, especially those who are on a fixed income.
  • Dec 06, 2016 06:10 PM
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    I'm just as excited about the future of online universities as well, but I think it's imperative for people to do their research before signing on the dotted line. The difference between for profit online universities and brick and mortars that offer online courses is vast.