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Roundtable is the key (Parnas and Trump)

Is Parnas an intimate of Trump? The "proof" is the pictures.

In his interview with Maddow, he says I had many conversations with Trump at the Roundtables. Another time he says he had a conversation with Trump at a dinner with 6 people.

A round table is a fund raising event with round tables (usually 10-20) with 6 people to a table. Each table is hosted by a political figure. One table is hosted by the president, or candidate, another by a congressman, etc. Each table has some sort of policy discussion where they solicit input from the guests. During the dinner, the president or candidate, goes to every table and exchanges a few words with all the guests. Afterwards, it's picture time with the hosts.

My uncle had a picture of himself and Bush in his office. He was a so called ranger (mega fund raiser). He was super proud of the fact that he knew the president, and was able to give him policy advice.

US housing construction jumps 16.9% in December

Finally, the last major segment of the economy to recover. Still, a bit to go to get back to "normal". A good sign though.

From AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes surged in December to the highest level in 13 years, capping a year in which falling mortgage rates and a strong labor market helped lift the prospects of the housing industry.

The Commerce Department reported Friday that builders started construction on 1.61 million homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in December, up 16.9% from the November pace of home building.

Housing construction has been rising since July, helped by falling mortgage rates and increased demand as the unemployment rate approached a half-century low. For the year, builders started work on a total of 1.29 million homes, the best showing since 2007.

$25 to fix a car?

We started having problems moving the shift selectori nto park. Took it to a real garage, turns out someone spilled a pop and it was sticky and dirty. Took it apart, and cleaned it $25 bucks.

Might be cause we've been taking our cars there for 20 years, still the price really shocked me.

Castro drops out of 2020 presidential race

They're just nuts

Headline from DU:

Billions invested, hundreds of thousands dead, embassy under siege and on fire, helicopters

How do they think like this?

62 rioters injured by tear gas and live rounds

According to Popular Mobilization Forces, embassy guards fired on the demonstrators,

From NBC News:

At least 62 demonstrators were injured by live bullets and tear gas, according to the Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group for the militias recognized by the Iraqi government. NBC News could not independently verify this claim.

There were roughly 6,000 protesters at the height of the demonstrations, a U.S. official estimated, composed mostly

Pelosi's "master" plan

Ex-Bush Aides Share Theory About Pelosi Delaying Donald Trump’s Senate Trial
It involves the upcoming State of the Union address and a potential “live meltdown on national TV.”

From Huffpost:

Paul Rosenzweig, who served as the Department of Homeland Security’s deputy assistant secretary for policy under the Bush administration, tweeted Monday that Pelosi could want to ensure Trump “is still under impeachment” when he delivers a State of the Union address on Feb 4.

“Imagine what it would be like if he got to give the SOTU having been cleared by the Senate ― it would be a full-blown triumphal rant,” Rosenzweig wrote.

“But if the impeachment is still pending, it might, instead, be an unhinged narcissistic screed of almost unimaginable insanity,” he added. “Just think of how painful it would be for 53 Republican Senators to sit in the halls of Congress, watching a live meltdown on national TV. That, alone, would be worth the price of admission.”

Warrens fantasy wealth tax: Heres all the programs 2020 Dem claims to cover with funding trick

Amazing how much free shit we can get from one measly 2 cent tax.

From Fox News:

And nearly a year into her presidential bid, that wealth tax has become a central funding mechanism for a host of major policy proposals — despite lingering doubts about its constitutionality and whether it can generate the cash flow she promises. Warren has connected the wealth tax to no fewer than eight separate initiatives:

Student debt cancellation
Universal childcare
Universal pre-k
$800 billion in new federal funding for public schools
Tuition-free college
$50 billion for Historically Black Colleges and Universities
$1 trillion for "Medicare-for-all"
Tackling the opioid crisis

Big changes for retirement savings

It's all good.

From Fox:

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2019-59, disclosing how contribution limits to your 401(k) and other retirement plans are being extended significantly come Jan. 1, 2020.

The following adjustments to contribution limits are expected:

Maximum employee contribution rises $500 – from $19,000 to $19,500
Combined employer and employee contribution rises $1,000 to $57,000
Employee catch-up contribution for participants ages 50+ will rises $500 to $6,500
Combined employer and employee contribution for 50 years and older rises $1,500 to $63,500
Annual compensation limit for calculating contributions increases $5,000 to $285,000
Highly Compensated Employee (HCE) limit increases $5,000 to $130,000

The SECURE Act — "Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement" — adds new legislation that allows for the following to take place.

Increases number of small businesses offering 401(k)s
Boost benefit eligibility for part-time workers
Increases age for required distribution to 72 years
Penalty-free withdrawals for new parents
Elimination of age limit for IRA contributions

Prosecutor Asks For No Bail For Monsey Attacker, But New Bail Law Wouldnt Allow It

From Red State:

Wow, how can people support something like this?

As we noted earlier, the machete attack in Monsey, N.Y. on the Hanukkah celebration was only the latest in a series of attacks on Orthodox Jews in the New York area.

One of the great concerns is that under a new New York bail law that is officially starting on January 1 but which is already being applied, attackers are required to be released without bail if there is no physical injury to the person attacked. So even if you know it’s a hate crime, the person yelled “F-k you, Jew,” attacked three women, and has a history of alleged assault, you would have to release her on her own recognizance, as we saw in the case of Tiffany Harris. She also has a history of not showing up for court appearances, so good luck if she shows up for her future appearances.

Former Rep. Dov Hikind called that out as allowing “open season” on Jews unless someone is severely injured.

But there’s another aspect to the new law, as we found out today, during the hearing for the Monsey attacker.

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