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Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:32:47 GMT

Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader, has had a longtime interest in space phenomena.The shadowy program began in 2007 and was largely funded at the request of Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader, who has had a longtime interest in space phenomena.

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Omarosa, Leaving the White House, Suggests the Show Will Go On

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:19:28 GMT

Omarosa Manigault Newman, the departing director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison. In television appearances, she has urged viewers to stay tuned to find out why she left.As the spectacle surrounding Ms. Newman’s departure promises to carry over into the Trump administration’s second year, her telegenic antics have not been entertaining to several West Wing aides.

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Republicans’ $1.5 Trillion Tax Plan Appears on Track to Pass Next Week

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:13:54 GMT

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida held a news conference in October to discuss the child tax credit.Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Bob Corker of Tennessee, who had been holdouts, said they would support the bill, putting it within striking distance of passage.

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News Analysis: File Your Taxes on a Postcard? A G.O.P. Promise Marked Undeliverable

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:24:29 GMT

“We’re making things so simple that you can do your taxes on a form the size of a postcard,” Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin said of the new tax code.The tax bill on the cusp of being passed by Congress is not the grand simplification of the code that Republicans promised when they set out to eliminate tax breaks and cut the number of tax brackets.

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Tax Bill Largely Preserves Incentives for Wind and Solar Power

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:02:19 GMT

A wind turbine blade at a Siemens plant in Fort Madison, Iowa. Provisions to roll back renewable energy incentives were removed from final tax legislation.The final text of the legislation reverses language in earlier versions that could have slowed the growth of renewable energy.

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Kirsten Gillibrand, Long a Champion of Women, Finds the Nation Joining Her

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:29:51 GMT

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, and her team have played down talk of a 2020 presidential run, though she has been doing the type of spadework endemic to past candidates.Ms. Gillibrand, a senator from New York, has seen her rising star lifted higher by her run-ins with President Trump over his treatment of women.

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2 Navy Airmen and an Object That ‘Accelerated Like Nothing I’ve Ever Seen’

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:48:59 GMT

David Fravor, at his home in Windham, N.H., is a former Navy pilot who says he was “pretty weirded out” by an unexplained episode over the Pacific. His story has captured the attention of a Pentagon program investigating U.F.O.s.What began as a training mission took a bizarre turn in 2004, an encounter that caught the attention of a Pentagon program investigating U.F.O.s.

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Homeowners Have Had It Good. Too Good, Says the Tax Bill.

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:08:11 GMT

Politicians from both parties have championed homeownership over the years, but economists see downsides in the tax preferences that have resulted.The tax code has long offered rewards for buying rather than renting, an equation that has troubled some economists — and that the Republican bill upends.

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Are High Heels Headed for a Tumble?

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:16:23 GMT

With sexual harassment revelations rife and public spaces threatened, some women are wondering just why they wear these things.

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What’s in the Tax Bill, and How It Will Affect You

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:19:52 GMT

Taxpayers will be able to deduct the interest paid on mortgage debt up to $750,000.Several expected changes made the final cut, including a big increase in the standard deduction and a reduction in state and local income tax breaks.

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What Has Bannon Blamed for Moore’s Problems?

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 03:27:20 GMT

In the aftermath of Roy Moore’s defeat in Alabama, a look back at all the people and institutions Stephen K. Bannon blamed for Moore’s failures on the campaign trail.

A.C.L.U. Goes to Court for 2 Undocumented Teenagers Seeking Abortions

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:54:40 GMT

The American Civil Liberties Union filed court papers Friday evening at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in Washington on behalf of two undocumented pregnant teenagers seeking abortions.The organization is fighting what it says is a Trump administration policy of blocking undocumented minors’ access to abortion.

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E.P.A. Contractor Has Spent Past Year Scouring the Agency for Anti-Trump Officials

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 03:53:29 GMT

Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the E.P.A., last week. Many information requests focus on employees known to be questioning management at the agency since Mr. Pruitt was confirmed.A top executive has submitted at least 40 Freedom of Information Act requests targeting employees known to be questioning management at the E.P.A.

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As a Must-Pass Republican Tax Bill Headed for the Finish Line, Rubio Saw an Opening

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:47:09 GMT

Senator Marco Rubio in June in Washington. “If you look at all the benefits that are flowing,” particularly to multinational corporations, Mr. Rubio said, “it was important to be able to go back and do more for working families.”On Thursday, Marco Rubio took a stand: He threatened to vote no unless House and Senate negotiators expanded the child tax credit.

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Many Questions, Few Answers on U.S. Claims of Iran Violations

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:18:17 GMT

Nikki R. Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, presented what she said was evidence that Iran was violating one of its international agreements. John Ismay, a Times reporter, said the evidence fell short of proving her claims.

A Middle-Class Tax Cut? Americans Aren’t Buying It

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:55:19 GMT

Jessica Brescher of Dover, N.J., who works for a pharmaceutical company, said that even though a calculator showed she would get a modest tax cut next year from the Republican tax bill, she wasn’t sure what to expect.A poll finds that Americans don’t expect their own taxes to decline next year and doubt that the Republican plan will raise wages or economic growth.

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Omarosa’s White House Show Is Canceled

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:04:03 GMT

Love her or hate her, the former reality show star turned White House aide has never shied away from controversy.

Fact Check: Trump Embellishes the Truth in a Speech to the Thin Blue Line

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:52:13 GMT

President Trump speaking on Friday to the F.B.I. Academy in Quantico, Va.Among other claims, President Trump inaccurately said the Obama administration “refused” to equip police with military gear with little reason.

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A Last Push for Obamacare Sign-ups — and Worries About Who Got Hurt

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:48:10 GMT

Denise English, left, at a health center in Plainfield, N.J., counseled Sally Benjamin, right, about health care coverage options on Wednesday before the open enrollment deadline. The Affordable Care Act, even with diminished resources and support, has greatly reduced the proportion of uninsured African-Americans and Latinos.Blacks and Hispanics saw the biggest gains under the Affordable Care Act. They’re also likely to be most affected by cuts to this year’s enrollment period, which ended Friday.

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Governors Look to Save Nafta Amid Washington’s Tough Talk

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 03:32:38 GMT

Robert Lighthizer, center, the White House trade adviser who is leading the Nafta negotiations, with Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s foreign affairs minister, and ldefonso Guajardo, Mexico’s economy minister.More state officials are warning about the dangers of upsetting the North American Free Trade Agreement, but the White House so far appears unmoved.

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Court Temporarily Blocks Trump Order Against Contraceptive Coverage

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:50:11 GMT

A Trump administration rule reversed a decision by the Obama administration that generally required employers and insurers to provide women with coverage for contraceptives without co-payments, deductibles or other costs.A federal judge in Philadelphia allowed an Obama-era rule, generally requiring employers and insurers to pay for contraceptive costs, to continue.

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