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Billionaire Bloomberg proposes tax plan aimed at wealthy

By JOSH BOAK | February 1, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Billionaire Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is unveiling a tax plan that would target the wealthy — increasing rates on capital gains and corporate gains as well as introducing a new 5% surtax on incomes above $5...

Charities steered $65M to Trump lawyer Sekulow and family

By MICHAEL BIESECKER | January 31, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jay Sekulow, one of President Donald Trump’s lead attorneys during the impeachment trial, is being paid for his legal work through a rented $80-a-month mailbox a block away from the White House.The Pennsylvania Avenue box appears...

Sanders’ Social Security ‘adjustments’ undercut Biden attack

By BRIAN SLODYSKO and BILL BARROW | January 29, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As a congressman in the 1990s, Bernie Sanders expressed an openness to making “adjustments" to the tax and benefit structure of Social Security. He also praised an overhaul of the social safety net program signed into law by...

Budget deficit to break $1 trillion despite strong economy

By ANDREW TAYLOR | January 28, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — An annual congressional report says the U.S. budget deficit is likely to burst through the symbolic $1 trillion barrier this year despite a healthy economy.Tuesday's Congressional Budget Office report follows a burst of new spending...

Northeast governors slow to embrace regional climate pact

By MICHAEL CASEY | January 27, 2020

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Supporters of a regional pact that would tackle transportation emissions are struggling to win over several New England governors concerned that the climate change initiative will increase gas prices.After the Transportation and...

Ex-Illinois lawmaker charged with red-light camera bribery

By MICHAEL TARM | January 27, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors filed bribery and tax charges on Monday against a former Illinois state senator who led the powerful transportation committee, alleging he accepted payments in exchange for supporting costly red-light camera programs...