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  • Tax reform dominates as Congress takes a Thanksgiving break

    Congressional Republicans left Capitol Hill late last week excited about the prospects for sweeping legislation which would deliver tax cuts and tax reform, as with approval of a House tax bill, the focus has shifted to the Senate, and whether GOP leaders can muster the needed votes to approve a slightly different GOP tax measure after Thanksgiving.

    “This bill gives Americans more take home pay by cutting taxes and preserving deductions for home mortgage interest and charitable contributions,” said Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) – while he’s on board, only a handful of GOP Senators are expected to determine the fate of [More]

  • House Republicans voted for tax reform, but asked for changes in the bill as well

    As the House voted along party lines on Thursday to approve a sweeping package of GOP tax reforms, one peculiar part of the floor debate came when a number of Republicans – who voted for the bill – took to the floor to request changes in the their party’s plan, as some highlighted unintended consequences, while others objected to the basics of the measure.

    Known in parliamentary parlance as a “colloquy,” the scripted exchanges between lawmakers are often done to clarify the legislative intent of a bill, or in this case, to urge action in a specific way in House-Senate negotiations.

    And [More]

  • White House asks for $44 billion in hurricane relief, floats offsetting budget cuts

    The Trump Administration on Friday asked Congress to approve a third major disaster aid relief package for areas hit hard by hurricanes in 2017, which would bring total federal aid to nearly $100 billion, as for the first time, the White House proposed budget savings to offset some of that cost.

    “This year’s Atlantic hurricane season has resulted in historic, widespread destruction that continues to affect the lives of millions of Americans,” said White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney in a letter to the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

    In the same letter, Mulvaney that Congress has already approved [More]

  • GOP pushes ahead on tax reform – Senate debate to start after Thanksgiving

    After winning full House approval of a GOP tax reform measure, Republicans on Thursday night took another step forward in their quest for sweeping changes to the federal tax code, as the Senate Finance Committee approved a slightly different tax reform bill, setting up a debate on the Senate floor following a Thanksgiving break in Congress.

    “This is a good bill that delivers on our promise to provide middle class tax relief and grow our economy,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), after his panel finished up an at times chippy four days of work.

    The 14-12 vote in Hatch’s Senate Finance Committee [More]

  • House passes sweeping GOP tax reform bill as focus shifts to Senate

    In a major legislative victory for Republicans and President Trump, the House on Thursday approved a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code, sending the plan to an uncertain future in the Senate, which will try to vote on its own version of tax changes after Thanksgiving.

    In an afternoon tweet, the President called it a ‘big step toward fulfilling our promise” on tax cuts, and that was echoed by GOP lawmakers in the House.

    “A historic day,” said Rep. Karen Handel (R-GA), as cheering broke out on the House floor as the vote count went over a majority for the bill, [More]

  • L.A. radio news anchor accuses Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) of sexual misconduct

    The recent rash of accusations of sexual misconduct by high profile men hit Capitol Hill on Thursday, as a radio news anchor from California published a first person account accusing Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) of groping her and kissing her without her consent, while the two were part of a USO military entertainment tour in Iraq in late 2006.

    While rehearsing a skit backstage, Leanne Tweeden said Franken forcibly kissed her. “We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed [More]

  • Trump, GOP leaders ready for tax reform victory in U.S. House

    With the outcome seemingly in hand, President Donald Trump will go to Capitol Hill on Thursday morning to meet with House GOP lawmakers, as Republicans get ready to vote for a sweeping tax reform package which would deliver close to $1.5 trillion in tax relief over the next ten years to individuals and businesses.

    “Tax cuts are getting close!” the President tweeted on Monday night.

    Mr. Trump will trek to Capitol Hill hours before the tax reform vote in the House, where he will give a pre-vote pep talk to GOP lawmakers who have made clear they are eager to get on [More]

  • Republicans poised to push GOP tax reform bill through House

    In search of their first major legislative victory of 2017, Republicans took an initial step forward on a sweeping package of tax cuts and tax reforms, as the House on Wednesday afternoon easily moved past the first parliamentary hurdle to a GOP tax reform package, setting up a final vote on the Republican tax plan for Thursday.

    “The American people want and need something done right now,” said Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), as debate began in the full House.

    “What we cannot afford is to do nothing,” said Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), as Republican backers argued the bill will spur new economic [More]

  • Revised Senate GOP tax reform bill ends many tax cuts after 2025

    Republicans in the U.S. Senate unveiled a series of last minute changes to their tax reform plan late on Tuesday night, ending all plans for individual tax cuts after eight years, while making almost all of the proposed business tax changes permanent, as GOP leaders expressed confidence that they can push a bill through the House by Thursday, and win Senate approval of a slightly different plan soon after Thanksgiving.

    As for the newly revised Senate tax reform bill, here is the link to the summary of the revised Senate tax reform bill.

    And for true tax policy wonks, [More]

  • Attorney General frowns on GOP calls for special counsel to probe Hillary Clinton

    Addressing calls by conservative Republicans in the Congress for the appointment of a special counsel to probe Hillary Clinton over the sale of a company during the Obama Administration with American uranium reserves, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told lawmakers on Tuesday that there would need to be facts to support such a high profile investigation, giving no indication that such a probe has been authorized by the Justice Department.

    “What’s it going to take to actually get a special counsel?” asked Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who repeatedly pressed Sessions on the need for a probe to look at the Uranium [More]

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  • A man was fatally shot late Wednesday at an apartment complex on Lake Monroe, the Sanford Police Department said. The shooting was reported at about 11:30 p.m. at The Overlook at Monroe apartments on West First Street west of North French Avenue, Sanford police spokesman Ronny Neal said. Antoine Haggins was sitting in his vehicle when two unknown men approached him, Neal said. One of them shot him and they both ran away, he said. Photos: Fatal shooting at Sanford apartment complex #Breaking #Sanford #News Sanford Police investigating a shooting @the Overlook at Lake Monroe Apartment Complex.— Sanford Police (@SanfordPolice) November 23, 2017 Read: 2 men lead Sanford police on chase Haggins was taken to a hospital, where he died. The shooting remains under investigation. No other details were given. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimeline at 407-423-8477. Read: Sanford woman accused of stalking boyfriend with GPS device
  • We know you would much rather listen to News 96.5 WDBO all day, but sometimes you need to let your mind rest and watch a classic. We’ve assembled a list of classic Thanksgiving movies and television shows that will be (or should be) airing this Thanksgiving Day.  A must see for everyone is the Macy’s Thansgiving Day Parade which begins at 9 a.m. We poured though sites like TVGuide.com and  NewsObserver.com to compile a list of Thursday’s television marathons and where they will air below: The Simpsons (FXX, 8pm-12am)Friends (TBS, 1pm-6pm)Gilmore Girls (UP, 6am-12am)Chrisley Knows Best (USA, 6am-10:30pmLong Lost Family (TLC, 4pm-3am)Blue Bloods (ION, 11am-12am)South Park (Comedy Central, 6am-9pm)Dirty Jobs (Discovery, 9am-7pm)Duck Dynasty (FYI, 10am-4pm)Ozzy and Jack's World Detour (FYI, 5pm-4am)Live PD: Police Patrol (A&E, 2pm-4am)Forged in Fire (History, 7am-4am)Tanked (Animal Planet, 2pm-6am)Teen Titans Go! (Cartoon Network, 6am-3pm)The Andy Griffith Show (9 a.m. -2 p.m.) followed by M*A*S*H (TVLand, 11am-5pm)Forensic Files (HLN, 6pm-6am)The Three Stooges (IFC, 6am-6pm)Gone With the Wind (Sundance, 6am-12am)Running Wild With Bear Grylls (National Geographic, 12pm-3am) The Godfather and Godfather 2 run all day on AMC starting at 9 a.m.  Godfather 3 will air at 2 a.m. Friends (TBS 1 p.m.)  watch 10 Turkey Day episodes If your feeling nostalgic, VH1 will be showing classic throwbacks like Coming to America,  Grease,  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and  Pretty Woman.  Click here for the schedule.  We didn’t forget the kiddos, FX is offering family-friendly films from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday.  See movies like, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs will be playing alongside  Despicable Me 2  and Minions. Furthermore FXX will be showing comedy classics like Anchorman 2 followed by The Simpsons marathon listed above.  A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving aired on ABC at 8 p.m. Wednesday. If you missed it click here to watch it on teachertube. Finally, you MUST revisit or see for the first time the classic Turkey’s Away episode from WKRP in Cincinatti that originally aired October 30, 1978.  Watch the entire episode on youtube by clicking here. You will surely Thank Yourself if you do. 
  • Orlando-area Democratic Congressman Darren Soto says the massive influx of Puerto Rican evacuees to Central Florida will have a long-term positive effect on the area’s growth, but there are many short-tern needs to be met. To date, 120 to 160 thousand Puerto Ricans have moved from the island to the US with many choosing to live in Central Florida.  Soto says the growth will eventually turn into more jobs for the area, but right now it’s stressing out budgets: school boards, cities and counties. Along with Republican Congressman Dennis Ross and Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, Congressman Soto co-signed a letter requesting additional federal funds for HUD housing vouchers, Section 8 assistance in the short-term, and HUD dollars to build more affordable housing in the region. “In Central Florida, we have a need for higher paying jobs and affordable housing,” Soto tells News 96.5 WDBO in an exclusive interview.  “It’s what I hear everyday.” Soto says a lot of Puerto Ricans are getting jobs already. “That’s the positive,” he says.  “They’re getting jobs at the parks, at the hotels and so many different industries around here.  But we need to have long-term housing strategies in the process.” Soto says many hotels in Central Florida are helping the Hurricane Maria evacuees. “Particularly the 192 and I-4 corridor, they’ve really stepped up.  Some of our higher-end hotels, we really could use more help.  We need you.” But right now he’s focused on the medium and long-range solutions for the families who want to stay. “A lot of these folks - even though they’ll be working a full-time job or maybe their spouse is - they’re still going to need more apartments...and more affordable, single-family households,” he says.  “That will be a crunch if we don’t get our act together.  And while a lot of folks are talking about it, we need action.” Soto says anyone who touts him or herself as “pro economy” is going to want growth. “Growth is jobs in Central Florida,” he says.  “Because that’s what creates new small businesses that grow to new big businesses.  It requires more housing, but it’s gotta be done right.  We can’t have urban sprawl.” CLICK HERE to read the letter Soto and his colleagues sent to Chairman Frelinghuysen and Ranking Member Lowey in the House Appropriations Committee.  CLICK HERE to read the letter they sent to FEMA Administrator Brock Long.  They’re requesting the House and FEMA to fully fund the host-state agreement with Florida.  The FEMA/Host-State agreement provides direct reimbursement to the state of Florida for costs associated with evacuation and shelter support for Puerto Rican evacuees.
  • A man impersonating a law enforcement officer pulled over a woman in Arkansas, according to the St. Francis County Sheriff’s Office. The incident happened Saturday on Highway 38 near Hughes. >> Read more trending news Investigators said a man impersonating a game and fish officer stopped a woman and asked to check her vehicle for guns. He had a blue light on his dash and was in a dark-colored pickup truck. The man did not show the woman a badge or a weapon. The incident happened during the daytime hours and appears to have been an isolated occurrence. Investigators said they believe they know who the man is, but no arrests were immediately made. Officials said the impersonator is not the same one who stopped people earlier this year.
  • Police in Austin, Texas, are looking for a woman who they say stole merchandise from a Macy’s department store with the help of another woman and four children no older than 10 years old. >> Read more trending news Investigators are looking for 27-year-old Martha Monique Lopez, who is charged with robbery by assault, according to an arrest affidavit filed this week. On Nov. 12, police received a call around 2 p.m. from a store employee who watches for shoplifters at the Macy’s in the Domain shopping center. She told police she was watching the children, who were between 7 and 10 years old, through a security camera. According to the affidavit, they re-entered the store and met two women near the hotel bedding and pillow area. The store worker told police that she saw the women point to some pillows, which the children then picked up before they “exited the store past the last point of purchase without attempting to pay for the items,” the affidavit said. The worker said in the affidavit that she confronted the children and identified herself as a Macy’s employee, after which point she said the children complied and started to come back with her to a store office. The employee told police that as they were going back to the office, the two women approached her and one of them told her to let the children go and then pushed her, according to the affidavit. The other woman and the children began running away, the employee told police. She tried to grab the children, but the “female who told her to let her children go began to punch (her) on the left side of her face, chest and left arm with a closed fist causing (her) pain and redness,” the affidavit said. The employee told police that she “tried to grab the female to detain her but the female took off running and (she) ripped (the woman’s) shirt off of her and the female ran out of the store wearing just a black bra,” the affidavit said. A customer saw the woman running from the store and saw her and the children get into a white 2009 Chevy Malibu with a Texas license plate that matched a car registered to Lopez, according to the affidavit. Lopez was also identified by the store worker from a photo taken during a previous arrest, police said.