Tax reform: trump nears his goal

Tax reform: trump nears his goal

Graphic: Donkey Hotey. License: CC BY 2.0

Bill narrowly makes it from committee to Senate floor

U.S. President Donald Trump has moved a step closer to one of his campaign promises: The relevant Senate committee forwarded a bill for his promised tax reform to the plenum, which may now debate it, with a narrow Republican majority of twelve votes to eleven. Among other things, the bill would cut the previous seven federal income tax rates of 10, 15, 25, 28, 33, 35 and 39.6 percent to 10, 12, 22, 24, 32, 35 and 38.5 percent and corporate taxes would be lowered from 35 percent to 20 percent.

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“The bnd was able to learn the hard way from the highly professional russians”

BND headquarters. Image: euroluftbild.en/Grahn/CC BY-SA-3.0

Interview with intelligence critic Erich Schmidt-Eenboom on the BND’s planned counter-intelligence unit

According to information from Der Spiegel, the BND "powerful force" expand, "to spy on foreign intelligence services". There is explicit talk of "counterintelligence activities" which were discontinued after the end of the Cold War. Main opponents are again the Russians. In the game against the "Main enemy", as it hieb at that time in the jargon, the western services remained at that time always only "second winner". Intelligence expert Erich Schmidt-Eenboom has been watching the BND for decades (and vice versa).

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Erasmus in the digital film world

Exploding Cinema – About the future of film

"Humanism, that is the technology of the future", Henry Jenkins claims and pays tribute to Erasmus, in whose native city he gave a lecture on pop culture and the convergence of film and the Internet during the Rotterdam Film Festival. Erasmus had tried to mediate between theology and a new idea of human self-realization. A contemporary humanism, on the other hand, has to mediate between the popular culture of fans and the high culture of cineastes.


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Ukraine: the ceasefire that was not a ceasefire until now

Poroshenko threatens to end ceasefire early after military helicopter shot down, the "People’s Republics" Donetsk and Lugansk are founded "New Russia", Putin still does not rule out intervention

The temporary cease-fire unilaterally imposed by Kiev on Friday evening, which was broken on Monday by separatists of the "Donetsk People’s Republic" The problem that was taken over, is already broken again. Last night separatists shot down a military helicopter with MANPADs near Slavyansk. Nine Ukrainian soldiers died. President Poroshenko does not exclude the possibility of ending the ceasefire in response to this and other violations of the ceasefire.

One of the main activities of President Poroshenko, here with U.S. Vice President Biden. Picture:

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Package bombs: trump fan detained as a suspender

Package bombs: Trump fan detained as a suspender

The suspicious on a photo of his linkedin account

Probably it was an individual dad that wanted to lay dry the democratic swamp, Trump Eiert continues around

That was fast with the "Maga Bomber", Especially if this compares this with clearing of the unauthorized package bomb series and the anthrax letters, with the latter further doubts, whether the suspicious, which committed suicide before the arrest, was indeed the guilty. Yesterday, the FBI in the city of Plantation in the near Miami has arrested a man as a major repository.

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Germany: is the recession coming??

Germany: is the recession coming?

Symbol image: Kim from Sherwood Park, Canada. License: CC BY 2.0

Massive drop in orders in mechanical engineering, short-time work at automotive suppliers

This week, the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) reported a nine percent drop in orders for the first half of 2019. The industry, which employs over one million people and has a production value of 225 billion euros, therefore expects the two percent increase in production in 2018 to turn into a two percent drop this year.

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