Do Your Job

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The President signed an infamous GOP tax bill into law, which as it turns out is the only legislative achievement of his first year in office.

In a new Brookings Podcast, economist and tax expert Adam Looney speaks about who wins and who loses under the new tax code. Winners and losers in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act http://brook.gs/2p9GRBA

For a shorter take, listen to Richard Reeves weigh in on why the bill is pure politics, and simply a boon to corporations and the wealthy. Republican tax bill is a boon to the rich http://brook.gs/2p7xRwS

Christmas Miracle?

Issue

Nazareth is ancient, with the domed Basilica of the Annunciation where the angel Gabriel told Mary she would bear a child. St. Joseph’s Church is said to be the site of Joseph’s carpentry workshop. The underground Synagogue Church is reputedly where Jesus studied and prayed. Nazareth Village, an open-air museum, reconstructs the holy life of Jesus Christ.

White Christmas?

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For those of you dreaming of a white Christmas, forecasters are calling it a Bomb Cyclone and it may be heading to North East US. But you can also find places that have the best chance of being a winter wonderland. https://youtu.be/4-9TW7tZD_U

The “Historical Probability of a White Christmas” map shows the climatological odds of one inch of snow being on the ground on December 25 in the contiguous United States. https://youtu.be/2DpQ_vcB9Lg

Time's UP

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If you're into that sort of thing and still haven't finished your holiday shopping, then you better hurry up and get down to your nearest post office ASAP.

This is is the last day to take advantage of USPS's two-day priority express or Amazon's two-day Prime shipping and get your gifts in time for Christmas.

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas - Consumer Reports https://www.consumerreports.org/gift-giving/last-minute-holiday-gift-ideas/

Special NYC Christmas

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Come on, get happy and celebrate with holiday songs and well-known Christmas carols near the Washington Square Arch. The Rob Susman Brass Quartet, song leader, and the revelers from all over the city will lustily sing out familiar tunes. The words are in the songbooks distributed by the Washington Square Association, but many will know them by heart. “Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men” will ring out and is especially meaningful this season.

It's A Wonderful Life

Solution

Every day, my folks used to say it. Now my wife and kids remind me to follow through. Concentrate on positive energy. That’s what head angel Joseph urges Angel 2nd Class Clarence as they review the life of GB, the hero in Frank Capra’s 1946 classic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

You may think this tearjerker may have absolutely nothing to do with your, life, business, or organization. But concentrate. As Joseph would say, soon you’ll be able to see all by yourself. There are lessons all of us can learn from “It’s a Wonderful Life:”

Gonzo Journalism

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Not that Gonzo, who is also known as The Great Gonzo or Gonzo the Great Muppet character who is best known for his eccentric passion for stunt performance. Close, but no cigar.

It was 80 years ago this year that American writer Hunter Thompson was born in Kentucky. He was a different type of individual who lived by his own rules.

#CityImages takes a look at his Gonzo Journalism style of writing without any and all claims of objectivity, often including himself as part of the story utilizing a first-person narrative. He began as a sports reporter but became a big-time writer.

Worst Day?

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As if this year has not been long enough, some say today is going to be the worst day of the year.

The Solstice marks beginning in winter that means the cold temperatures are just around the corner as if they have not already arrived. The winter solstice signifies the longest night and fewest hours of daylight this year.

This is also called Yule and Midwinter, which marks the moment at which the Northern Hemisphere is tilted the farthest from the sun and occurs at the same instant everywhere on Earth.

St. Patrick's Christmas

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The 38th Annual Christmas Concert will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2017, at 7:00 PM in NYC's St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The concert will feature performances by St. Patrick’s Cathedral Choir Dr. Jennifer Pascual, Director https://youtu.be/ORUZqV6WA14

The Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir Pastor Frank A. Haye, Director, The Young People's Chorus of New York Francisco Nüñez, Director, The Cathedral Organs Daniel Brondel and Michael Hey, Organists, and New York Symphonic Brass. https://youtu.be/HWdjesRtr8s

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Problem

Back in the good old days during this season, the US ratified the Thirteenth Amendment, forever abolishing slavery in the United States. Now, American taxpayers have become slaves to big business after special interests wrote and made sure their "Yuge" tax bill was approved by our so-called representatives, which apparently never read it first.

The move has been called the art of a steal by Trump's hometown newspaper, but it can also be called robbing the hood, the engine, or just plain carjacking. Republicans in Congress delivered their epic overhaul of tax laws, bringing "Bigly" cuts for business, and tiny ones for middle-class Americans. No public hearings and no time for our independent government experts to analyze it.

Did fraudsters out in full swing and ready to steal our holiday cheer and we allowed them to get away with it? Those who swore to work in our best interest have allowed steep tax cuts for businesses and for the wealthy. There were no public hearings held on this tax bill as it stands. The US is about to pass the $1.5 trillion tax bill, and send it to the President's signature by Christmas.

Shame on @SpeakerRyan @HouseGOP, @SenateMajLdr @SenateGOP and on @POTUS and @realDonaldTrump
who refuses to show us his returns. What are you hiding? DoYouPay? #ShowMeTheMoney. #TRUMPTAXES

This tax bill is a win for donors, corporations, and the one percent. Its a win for corporations and a loss for the average American and will be a loss for you next year.

"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little." President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Does Congress know what they are doing? The US House will have to vote once again on a sweeping tax overhaul after a late-afternoon glitch delayed the plan. US Senate parliamentarian ruled that three provisions in the bill did not comply with strict budget rules and would have to be taken out. Though Senators approved the bill Wednesday morning, now the House fixes the mistake, the GOP $1.5 Trillion bill is a permanent 40% tax cut for corporations, and smaller businesses will also see their tax burden shrink significantly. But what about the rest of US? A sweeping tax plan whose promises face widespread doubts https://apnews.com/fd184b6b1cbf499b954b2916df99db58

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