The Daily Populous

Monday May 10th, 2021 evening edition

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The tax break in question is known as the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, which former President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers capped at $10,000 as part of their 2017 tax law.

@jonathanvswan: What if Dems reinstate “the SALT, which is a tax break for rich people in blue states?

”@SenSanders: "It sends a terrible, terrible message...You can't be on the side of the wealthy and the powerful if you're gonna really fight for working families."

ITEP estimated that temporarily suspending the cap would cost more than $90 billion in just one year.

"In every state and the District of Columbia, more than half of the benefits would go to the richest 5% of taxpayers.

In all but six states, more than half of the benefits would go to the richest 1%.

"Personally," Ocasio-Cortez added, "I can't stress how much that I believe that is a giveaway to the rich. »

Reversing Trump, US restores transgender health protections

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The Biden administration says the government will protect gay and transgender people against sex discrimination in health care.

The action by the Department of Health and Human Services affirms that federal laws forbidding sex discrimination in health care also protect gay and transgender people.

At HHS, Biden’s term has seen the Senate confirmation of Dr. Rachel Levine to be assistant secretary for health, a senior position that involves oversight of public health initiatives, HIV/AIDS, women’s health and minority health, as well as other areas including research protections. »

'It makes us look like idiots': Arizona state senator disowns widely criticized election recount after seeing it in action

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An Arizona state senator described the Maricopa County vote audit as "ridiculous.".

A GOP state senator in Arizona described the controversial vote audit in Maricopa County as "ridiculous" and an embarrassment in an interview with The New York Times on Friday.

Last week, observers of the audit appointed by Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, described it as sloppy and haphazard. »

Amid opposition, Japan PM says has “never put Olympics first”

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International Olympic officials, Tokyo planners and Suga himself have insisted the Games will go on in "a safe and secure" way.

But such arrangements have not eased public worries over the Games that were postponed last year due to the coronavirus.

Another poll conducted at the weekend by TBS News found 65% wanted the Games cancelled or postponed again. »