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The DC: Eliminating all tax deductions, and... 🥪 Should you be allowed to give the homeless home-cooked meals?

by Countable | 1.10.19

Welcome to Thursday, Alabamians to Wyomingites...

It's day 20 of the partial government shutdown, making this the second-longest shutdown in modern political history. On Saturday, it'll claim the #1 spot.

And unless funds for a border wall magically spring forth from the Capitol, it looks like Guinness will be getting a call this weekend. (For world records and for libations to deal with the closure.)

Some of the latest casualties of the shutdown:

  • California's Joshua Tree National Park will close today "to allow staff to address sanitation, safety, and resource protection issues in the park that have arisen during the lapse in appropriations." Issues include "incidents of new roads being created by motorists and the destruction of Joshua trees."
  • The Food and Drug Administration, which oversees 80 percent of the food supply, has suspended all routine inspections of domestic food-processing facilities. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he's working on a plan to reinstate inspectors at "high-risk facilities, which handle foods such as soft cheese or seafood," as early as next week.

Do Democrats & President Trump need to cut a deal on border security funding?

On the Radar

  • Laws and regulations that affect long-term care facilities are being reviewed after a woman in a vegetative stage gave birth to a child on December 29th in a Phoenix assisted-living home. At least six states - Illinois, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Washington - have passed laws permitting families to install a camera in an assisted-living facility if the resident and resident’s roommate(s) agree to it. Some nursing homes, however, have language in their admission contracts that ban cameras or limit their use. Should you be allowed to place hidden cameras in nursing homes?

Under the Radar

  • Eliminating all tax deductions would raise $1.3 trillion over the next decade, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). As Charles Lane points out in his latest column for The Washington Post, while this estimate relies on a somewhat unlikely assumption about how the tax code may be structured in the future, it nevertheless raises some interesting policy questions. In its 2017 tax bill, the Trump administration took some steps toward reducing certain deductions, particularly the State and Local Tax (SALT) and mortgage interest deductions. Lane notes that both of these deductions have contributed to suburban sprawl in the U.S. Read more about this, and how a tax increase could affect climate change, then tell your reps: Should we eliminate all tax deductions?

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in D.C. & TX

  • At 1:05pm CST, the president will visit the U.S. Border Patrol Station in McAllen, TX.
  • At 2:30pm CST, the president will arrive at the Rio Grande, where he will receive a border security briefing..

The House of Representatives: In

  • Voting on a bill to provide $71.4 billion in FY2019 funding for transportation & housing programs.
  • Voting on a bill to provide $23.2 billion in FY 2019 funding for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, rural development, and conservation programs.
  • Voting on a bill to increase sanctions on supporters of the Assad regime in Syria.
  • Voting on a bill to make permanent a program helping North African countries fight terrorism.
  • Voting on a bill to strengthen the State Department's Special Envoy to Combat Anti-Semitism.
  • Voting on a bill to encourage partnership between the U.S. and Mexico on economic initiatives.
  • Voting on a bill to require diplomatic staff to get directions about location-tracking on their consumer devices.

The Senate: In

  • Voting on a bill to increase sanctions on the Assad regime, strengthen alliances with Israel & Jordan, and combat the anti-Israel boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement.

What You're Saying

Here are some of your thoughts on $23.6 Billion to Fund the Treasury, the Judiciary, Financial Regulators, and the Small Business Administration

(Follow Lionman's comment here.)

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But wait, there's more!

And, in the End…

Can you legally give that homeless person your bag lunch?

In October, police in St. Louis fined Rev. Ray Redlich for giving bologna sandwiches to homeless people without first obtaining the proper permits. He was cited for violating health code laws.

The Freedom Center of Missouri is suing St. Louis, alleging the policy violates the Constitutional right to freely practice religion since various faiths mandate helping those in need.

But City Counselor Julian Bush argues it’s about health, not religion.

"If these sandwiches had poisoned those who consumed them, there would have been an outcry that there was insufficient regulation; if not, there is a protest of over-regulation,” Bush said.

What do you think? Should it be legal for people to provide home-cooked food to the homeless?

Get it straight, national holiday registry: Is it "National Bittersweet Chocolate Day" or is it "Healthy Weight, Healthy Look Day"?

—Josh Herman

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  • John
    01/10/2019
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    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: OVERRIDE TRUMP’S VETO! Article 2 section 7 gives you the ability! Do it and reopen the government.

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  • Patricia
    01/10/2019
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    I cannot conceive if one good reason to not feed the homeless! Where is our humanity!!

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  • MeetJohnDoe
    01/10/2019
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    Feed someone because it’s the right thing to do. Not because it will lower your tax liability. If you want the deduction, start or donate to a non profit that’s doing this.

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  • Clarence
    01/10/2019
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    Was it The Democrats that shut down the government? Is it the Democrats that are holding people hostage? is it the Democrats that are forcing people in government jobs to suffer. Did the Democrats even have the power to shut down the government? Every time our president speaks on the issue of government shut down the Democrats should point out that the Democrats did not shut down the government. Once an hour every hour on every television network and radio station the film clip should be played where our president lays claim to shutting down the government.

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  • Dino
    01/10/2019
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    Flat Tax is the best option. Get rid of all the tax loop holes. Everyone pays the same. Corporations could have a higher rate.

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  • NoHedges
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    We have a custom in the US of feeding those less fortunate a home cooked meal. This traditional and ideals are so valued that once a year we honor the practice through a United States holiday commonly referred to as Thanksgiving. Likewise, not allowing people to share a home cooked meal is so morally reprehensible that banning the practice would constitute violating one’s religion in FOUR Major World RELIGIONS. wait 5 major... no 6... in nearly every faith.

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  • Antonio
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    I trust y’all to hold trump accountable but imma need some movement. Not feeding the homeless? Has homelessness stopped existing? Until it’s gone not feeding people Is cruel. As for tax deductions, let’s tax the rich more and give them less loopholes. But the middle and low income folks need these to barely Scrape some extra money together every year. And open the government. We got regular folks suffering over a damn well that trump says is an “emergency”. You know what’s an emergency? People needing to pay rent and y’all messing with their money

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  • Jerry
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    20% Flat tax and no deductions for anyone that includes corporations and the rich and only allow for 2 yrs of your adult life on welfare and guess what this country will grow.

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  • Terry
    01/10/2019
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    In 2018, The House passed a bill with The Wall $$$ and The Senates McConnell refused to use the Nuclear Option of 51 votes to pass. He Refused. This mess is his fault !! If Obama The President can give away Billions to Iran why can’t The President give Billions to America for The Wall ??

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  • Ingrid
    01/10/2019
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    No wall no passing any bills until border security is funded

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  • Liz
    01/10/2019
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    Is this really a question?????? What a SICK world we live in!!!! Let’s say YOU become homeless, WHAT SAY YOU THEN?????

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  • NoHedges
    01/10/2019
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    The motive seems clear on both sides. IRS partial shutdown means less scrutiny over tax returns and the new tax laws, which would certainly impact lifetime legislators, who have made billions in using immigrants as wage slaves for California agriculture economy. The healthcare for undocumented is clearly a push to get tax payers to fund those same wage-slaves healthcare.

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  • Chris
    01/10/2019
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    Please support comprehensive immigration reform, which includes solutions for Dreamers, work visa programs, border agents and technology, e-verify, more immigration judges. Throwing money at a wall won’t solve this problem.

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  • Imlistening
    01/10/2019
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    Dems stand firm! Do not waste our money on a medieval solution to a 21st century problem! Humanitarian crisis was well planned out by Trump and his buddy (puppeteer) Putin. Exactly how he planned this perfect storm. No other president would allow P to get inside and control the way #45 is. Wonder why...?

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  • Kathryn
    01/10/2019
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    How about instead of spending $700 BILLION on endless war, we spend that money at home on things working Americans need like affordable housing, free college, jobs programs, Medicare for All, real public education, and ending homelessness and poverty forever. China has worked diligently and plans to eliminate poverty completely in the next three years! Remember when the rest of the world looked to the US for progressive society plans? Now all we have to share is runaway capitalism that is eating this country from the inside out.

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  • Staci
    01/10/2019
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    There should be no need to eliminate tax deductions, I give charitable donations as well as repairs to fix my home which we should be able to receive back on our tax return

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  • Cosmo
    01/10/2019
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    Eliminating tax deductions will not help how our governments spends our tax dollars. Go back K to the 50’s when sales tax and consumer purchase interest payments could be included in the end of year income tax filing. Reintroduce that and see our economy grow.

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  • David
    01/10/2019
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    Make a deal! Offer to meet POTUS halfway. Democratic intransigence is as distasteful as Republican.

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  • Wallace
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    Tax breaks for everyone but rich!!

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  • Ron
    01/10/2019
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    Dear John You can’t override President Trumps actions, no legislative bills have been forwarded to him. PS: whatever actions the House does has to go through the Senate.

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