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12/12/2017

The Treasury Department released a one-page report Monday that said President Donald Trump's economic agenda and tax cuts proposed in the GOP tax plan would increase tax revenue over 10 years by $300 billion. The estimate assumes 2.9% average annual growth.

12/12/2017

President Donald Trump drinks 12 Diet Cokes a day, according to insiders in a New York Times' report. A button on his desk in the Oval Office alerts a staff member to bring him one.

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12/12/2017

Resident David Stewart complained to the Piney-Z HOA in Tallahassee, Fla., when his neighbor, Chris Riley, began using his garage as a UPS neighborhood distribution point for package delivery. Stewart felt the HOA did not resolve the situation, so he went to the police, resulting in city zoning officials issuing Riley a notice stating he would have to cease the "commercial" operations based on residential zoning laws.

12/12/2017

HOAs and condo associations are responsible for complying with many federal and local safety standards. Their duties include having fire safety equipment and elevators inspected, finding qualified vendors to perform inspections and monitoring potentially unsafe situations, such as displaced masonry.

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The Cooperator
12/12/2017

Democrats in the Senate may employ the Byrd rule -- a regulation that prevents nonrevenue items from being included in any reconciliation legislation -- to stop the repeal of the Johnson Amendment. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said the Trump administration would support the repeal if it makes it into the final tax legislation package.

12/12/2017

The House of Representatives' tax bill provision to repeal the Johnson Amendment lacks clarity and would likely give way to confusion and a rush of politicking among nonprofits, writes tax law professor Ellen Aprill. "Over time, permitting charities to engage directly in electoral politics will reduce the respect they have long been afforded," she writes.

12/12/2017

Gawker's former employees have kicked off a Kickstarter campaign seeking a minimum of $500,000 to relaunch Gawker.com, which would then be operated by the nonprofit Gawker Foundation. Gawker.com's publisher went bankrupt in 2016.

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12/12/2017

Philanthropists Mark and Patricia Joseph have pledged $1 million to Teach for America's Baltimore chapter to expand the nonprofit's alumni programming and support new teachers. "This gift will also enable us to expand the number of leaders committed to working in Baltimore for a lifetime on behalf of educational equity," said Courtney Cass, the chapter's executive director.

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The Baltimore Sun
12/11/2017

US employers added 228,000 jobs in November, according to the Labor Department, making 86 straight months of job growth. The unemployment rate stayed at 4.1%.

12/11/2017

Bud Light sent a man dressed in medieval clothing to Modist Brewery in Minneapolis to read a cease-and-desist message from a scroll calling on the brewery to change the name of its "Dilly Dilly" Mosaic Double IPA or face a tour of the pit of misery. "Dilly Dilly" is a trademarked slogan of Bud Light, and Modist can sell the rest of the beer in its taproom but won't be able to brew a beer with that name again.