The Daily Populous

Tuesday December 5th, 2017 evening edition

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Further Reading Why Apple could be slapped with a massive $15 billion Irish tax bill According to a top Irish official, Apple has agreed to pay Ireland around $15.4 billion in back taxes.

"We expect the money will begin to be transmitted into the account from Apple across the first quarter of next year.".

Ireland was formally referred to the European Court of Justice after it failed to implement a 2016 order that required the island nation to collect the same amount in unpaid taxes.

Further Reading Apple must pay Ireland $14.5 billion in taxes, rules European Commission Over a year ago, as Ars reported, the EU’s competition chief, Margrethe Vestager, said that a two-year investigation into so-called sweetheart tax deals in 1991 and 2007 had found Apple guilty of receiving illegal state aid from the Emerald Isle.

Apple has denied any wrongdoing and has also said that it received no “special deal.”.

“We have a dedicated team working diligently and expeditiously with Ireland on the process the European Commission has mandated,” Apple said in a Monday statement, according to UPI.

Both Apple and Ireland have challenged the EU’s court order. »

Roy Moore Gets Trump Endorsement and R.N.C. Funding for Senate Race

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Unlike many Republicans in Washington, Mr. Trump, who himself has been accused of sexual misconduct, never cut off Mr. Moore completely.

On Nov. 21, he telegraphed his support when he repeated Mr. Moore’s denials of impropriety and attacked Mr. Jones.

But until Monday, it was unclear how much more Mr. Trump would do to aid Mr. Moore’s campaign. »

Prosecutors: Manafort recently collaborated with Kremlin-tied operative

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Special counsel Robert Mueller asked a federal judge to deny Paul Manafort's request to release him from house arrest, pointing to a draft of an op-ed the former Trump campaign manager ghostwrote with an associate tied to Russian intelligence, according to court filings.

Mueller's appeal to the judge comes after Politico reported last week that his house arrest could be lifted under the agreement following an $11 million bail deal reached with Mueller's team of prosecutors.

Mueller and his team are broadly investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, including whether Trump campaign aides colluded with the Kremlin. »

Patagonia to sue Trump for shrinking national monuments

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Outdoor retailer Patagonia announced that it would sue the White House over President Trump’s decision to reduce the size of two national monuments in Utah on Monday.

"Americans have overwhelmingly spoken out against the Trump Administration's unprecedented attempt to shut down our national monuments," Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario said in a statement, according to AdAge.

Trump announced Monday that he would drastically shrink the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. »