Thursday, April 27, 2017: 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day
A quick rundown of news for the United States include President Trump introduces a tax cutting bill, a stop gap measure to have the government’s doors to stay open past Saturday; the US is building an anti-missile defense base in South Korea; and conditions at the Chinese factory that makes Ivanka Trump’s clothing line is deplorable. Here are more headlines for Thursday.
1. President Trump, sick of being on the losing side of appeals against his executive orders, announced to the Washington Examiner that he is “absolutely” thinking about breaking up the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday. Trump also stated that the 9th Circuit Court is known for its liberal agenda. Trump stated that those who are appealing cases to the federal level that, “Everybody immediately runs to the 9th Circuit,” he continued. “And we have a big country. We have lots of other locations. But they immediately run to the 9th Circuit. Because they know that’s like, semi-automatic.” According to the Washington Examiner, Republicans had previously pursued breaking up the 9th Circuit. GOP lawmakers have repeatedly introduced legislation that would carve out several states under the 9th Circuit’s jurisdiction and create a new court designed to lighten the 9th Circuit’s caseload.
2. Wednesday, Republicans revealed an amendment that will change the Affordable Care Act and the Freedom Caucus announced they would back the new bill although moderates are finding the new bill troubling and that they cannot support it. The proposed changes would let states get federal waivers to some coverage requirements Obama’s law imposed on insurers. House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters Wednesday the amendment provides “a great way to lower premiums, give states more flexibility while protecting people with pre-existing conditions.” Once again though, the bill is not a bi-partisan effort. It is wholly the GOP ‘s bill.
3. Trump spoke Wednesday with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada to let them know that he does not plan to cancel the North American Free Trade Agreement and will instead work to renegotiate it with Mexico and Canada, the White House announced Wednesday. Trump stated that “It is my privilege to bring NAFTA up to date through renegotiation.” Continuing, he stated, “It is an honor to deal with both President Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Trudeau, and I believe that the end result will make all three countries stronger and better.” This comes only days after the Trump administration leveled a 20 percent increase on wood coming in from Canada.
4. President Trump on Wednesday unveiled his plan to cut taxes, not only for ordinary citizens but also for businesses and corporations. Trump announced a tax cut for business from 35 percent to 15 percent. He also announced that the average tax payer would have increased deductions to their taxes from $6,300 to $12,600. The standard deduction for a married couple filing jointly will jump from $12,700 to approximately $24,000. The proposal also ends the so called death tax or estate tax. Many are wondering will this new tax code add to the deficient or will businesses with a reduction of taxes cause them to hire more employees and expand their companies.
5. One promise that President Trump made while campaigning was that he would bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States and would punish American companies who choose to use foreign workers to make their products, but President Trump may want to start with himself and his family. It was revealed Thursday that Ivanka Trump, first daughter and advisor to the President, clothing line is manufactured in China and that the average employee is making less than a dollar an hour. The findings also found that workers are forced to work beyond the legal limit of allowable overtime in the country for what could be less than minimum wage. The Washington Post also reports that “workers at a factory in China used by the company that makes clothing for Ivanka Trump’s fashion line and other brands worked nearly 60 hours a week to earn wages of little more than $62 a week, according to a factory audit released Monday.” These workers are making less than a dollar an hour while the clothes that they make for the Ivanka Trump line are sold for $100 such as her dresses or $79 blouses. The company making the clothes have been since 2012. The company involved, The G-III factory, also produces clothing for other brands, including Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger.
Agnes Bedard calls herself a daughter of the 60's. She stills believe that one voice can lead us out of darkness, that one person can start a change, and that one act of kindness can change one person's world. Politics is how the world works to change and that is why she is so passionate about it. As Agnes said we need to fight for our f.uture. Agnes Bedard is also the author of "Before I was Me" Bedard is also a wife, mother and grandmother