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  • Why Trump voters just don't care about his taxes

    The revelation, per Sunday's New York Times report, that President Trump paid little to no federal income tax in recent years will redirect the conversation at Tuesday night's general election debate. But will it redirect any meaningful number of votes?I suspect not, not even among the president's most reluctant supporters.In broad strokes, there are two reasons to vote for Trump in 2020: liking who he is or liking what (you think) he'll do. This is an artificial separation of two rationales that often overlap, but let's call them the personality voter and the transactional voter.The personality voter likes how crude and cunning Trump is. She proudly brands herself "a deplorable" in reference to Hillary Clinton's infamous 2016 remark. She thinks it's funny when Trump riles his enemies, who, not coincidentally, are her enemies, too. This strain of Trump support tends to have a strong populist flavor, where supporting Trump gives "a collective middle finger" to political and cultural elites this voter despises and whom she believes despise her in turn.For the personality voter, Trump's ability to avoid paying income taxes is untroubling. It's far from the first violation of establishment norms she has vicariously enjoyed through her candidate. If anything, she agrees, as he said at a 2016 debate with Clinton, that successful tax avoidance "makes [him] smart." The populist hypocrisy Trump's critics see here won't register.Personality isn't necessarily relevant for the transactional voter, our second type. In some cases, Trump's personality helps him deliver on his side of the transaction. If the thing a voter wants from Trump is to own the libs, for example, his personality is an asset. But if the thing desired involves a policy or program, Trump's personality might be immaterial or actually detrimental. Many purely transactional voters would willingly — maybe far more willingly — vote for any candidate who would do what they want Trump to do. Their vote isn't for Trump qua Trump but for Trump qua the candidate they think is most likely to provide what they want."I voted for the Supreme Court. I didn't want to vote for Trump," an archetypal transactional Trump voter named Jim George told The Washington Post in 2017. "With Trump, you just hold your nose."A transactional Trump voter in 2020 is already holding his nose too firmly to catch a whiff of these tax returns. If he's decided everything Trump has said and done over the past four years does not tip the scales against whatever good he believes will come from re-electing the president, the tax story won't do it, either. It definitely won't turn him into a Joe Biden voter, and I'm skeptical that it could even keep him home, because Trump's personal life is irrelevant to his provision of whatever benefit(s) is anticipated.The transactional voter is already under contract. He's had ample time to inspect Trump, and he didn't find anything that made him want to back out of the deal.There is one scenario in which that arrangement might fall through, and that's if Trump's personal financial circumstances rendered him unable to hold up his end of the imagined bargain. But how would that happen? Or rather, how would the transactional voter become convinced it had happened were he satisfied with Trump's performance to date?The Times reported Trump has hundreds of millions of dollars in debt for which he is personally liable coming due over the next four years, possibly including around $100 million owed to the IRS should the agency decide a large tax rebate was improperly obtained. These are staggering numbers for us little people to contemplate, but if he holds onto the presidency, Trump is expected simply to obtain extensions on his loans and use his office however he can to mitigate his personal financial catastrophe. It would be an enormous debacle, very possibly leading to another impeachment or special counsel investigation and distracting the president from whatever his part of the transaction is supposed to be.Well, so what? Trump's first four years have had an enormous debacle every week, and an impeachment and special counsel investigation, too. Trump accomplished relatively little of his policy promises, certainly none of the headlines. The wall is not built; the swamp is not drained; not a single one of the "endless wars" is ended; the American steel industry did not come roaring back to life. Trump's most significant fulfilled promise — nominating conservative justices to the Supreme Court — was the one over which he arguably had the least influence: He could not know whether or when there would be a vacancy, and he was undoubtedly responsible for few, if any, of the names on his shortlist.If this level of distraction and failure is acceptable to the transactional voter, a second-term Trump fighting foreclosure and the IRS is too.More stories from 'Sully' Sullenberger savages Trump's 'lethal lies and incompetence' in new Lincoln Project ad Disney will lay off 28,000 theme park employees after months of coronavirus furloughs Trump reportedly made tens of millions in the Great Recession by partnering with multilevel marketing companies

    The Week
  • School Staffer Gets Jail for Sexually Abusing Boy, Telling Him He 'Deserved Special Things'

    Courtney Roznowski was arrested in August after Child Protective Services received a tip

  • Peter Jackson, journalist and son of U.S. Sen. 'Scoop' Jackson, dies but his tweets live on

    As with late presidential candidate Herman Caine, death hasn't silenced Jackson's Twitter account

    LA Times
  • Jessica Simpson Shows Off Her Yoga Skills in a Peek-a-Boo Sports Bra & Wild Leggings

    Both athleisure pieces come from Simpson's own line of apparel;.

    Footwear News
  • Rangers to buy out Henrik Lundqvist's contract Wednesday, ending his historic tenure: report

    In an unsurprising but nonetheless difficult move to make, the Rangers will reportedly buy out Henrik Lundqvist’s contract on Wednesday.

  • Did your second coronavirus stimulus check just get closer?

    More cash is in a new Democratic aid plan. Negotiations are underway.

  • 'Miracle on the Hudson' pilot Sully Sullenberger said he'll only fly with airlines that block the middle seat during the pandemic

    The pilot who famously landed a damaged plane on the Hudson shared his thoughts on airline safety amid coronavirus.

    Business Insider
  • These Thanksgiving Quotes from Movies and TV Will Make Everyone Smile (46 photos)

    Our favorite festive on-screen moments in honor of Turkey Day. From ELLE Decor

    Elle Decor
  • Wyoming appeals for hunters to visit the state and shoot wild goats

    Wyoming is appealing for hunters in the United States to visit their state and shoot as many goats as possible, in what one official termed "every hunter's dream". The 100 mountain goats in the Grand Teton National Park are considered by state and federal officials an invasive animal, and a threat to the region's bighorn sheep. For years conservationists, land management experts, National Park officials and the state wrangled with the problem. In 2018 they agreed to a plan which would rely on aerial sharp shooters, controlling the population from helicopters. A helicopter was sent to kill the mountain goats in February, and the gunmen on board managed to shoot 38 goats - a third of the population - in one day. Shortly thereafter, however, the helicopters were indefinitely grounded owing to complaints from the governor, and the goat elimination programme suddenly paused.

    The Telegraph
  • AOC Slams Donald Trump for Writing Off $70,000 In Hairstyling Bills

    The congresswoman was eviscerated by Republicans for spending $250 on a cut-and-color last year. The hypocrisy did not escape her.

  • These 7 States Are Now Seeing the Worst COVID Spikes in the U.S.

    After the steady declines of late summer, COVID numbers are up across the country, offering a bleak reminder that the coronavirus pandemic is not over yet. The outbreaks may have shifted into new regions, but the signifiers of the next wave remain the same. One of the most effective ways to see which states are suffering the worst COVID spikes is to look at the states that are seeing more than 25 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.This is what the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) calls the "tipping point" for a COVID outbreak, and these states are colored red on the HGHI's map of COVID risk levels nationally. While Alabama, Missouri, Kansas, and Montana have almost crossed into the highest risk territory—each has more than 24 daily new cases per 100,000 people—the following seven states are firmly in the danger zone where Harvard researchers say stay-at-home orders may be necessary again. And for the state most in need of immediate intervention, This State Has By Far the Worst COVID Outbreak in the Country.Read the original article on Best Life. 7 ArkansasAccording to the HGHI map, Arkansas is now seeing 27.1 daily new cases per 100,000 people. The experts at COVID Exit Strategy put the state in the "uncontrolled spread" category, thanks in part to the 24 percent increase its positive test rate has seen over the last 14 days. Just over the past week, there have been 5,685 new COVID cases in Arkansas, per The New York Times, with nearly 82,050 cases in the state thus far. And for more of the states with the worst coronavirus numbers, These Are the States Where COVID Cases Are Skyrocketing. 6 OklahomaJust above Arkansas is Oklahoma, which is currently experiencing 27.3 daily new COVID cases per 100,000 people, according to the HGHI. COVID Exit Strategy notes that the 14-day test positivity trend has been less severe in Oklahoma but still significant at 16 percent. There have been more than 7,285 new coronavirus cases in Oklahoma over the past seven days, and almost 85,200 cases overall, The New York Times reports. 5 IowaIn Iowa, the daily new case rate is even higher: 28.2 cases per 100,000 people. And the state is also facing a high positive test rate of 16.4 percent, per COVID Act Now. The additional 6,250 coronavirus cases in Iowa in the last week contribute to the over 87,500 cases the state has seen since the pandemic began. And for more on the surges across the country, This Is Why Dr. Fauci Says the U.S. Is "Not in a Good Place" With COVID. 4 UtahState officials in Utah are trying to mitigate the spread of coronavirus with new restrictions, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. The results of those efforts have yet to be seen, but as of Sept. 29, Utah is experiencing 30.5 daily new cases per 100,000 people, according to the HGHI map. Moreover, the state has a high infection rate (1.25) and a high positive test rate (12.9 percent), as reported by COVID Act Now. There have been almost 7,040 new COVID cases in Utah over the past seven days, resulting in nearly 71,450 cases total. 3 WisconsinThe coronavirus outbreak in Wisconsin has been drawing attention for some time, and the numbers continue to paint a troubling picture. COVID Exit Strategy points to a nearly 70 percent increase in the 14-day test positivity trend; it's now at 18.5 percent, according to COVID Act Now. And per the HGHI map, the daily new case rate is soaring at 37.3 cases per 100,000 people. That reflects the more than 15,665 new cases over the last week, giving Wisconsin a total of 124,320 COVID cases thus far. And if you want to know more about your state, This Is What Wave of the COVID Pandemic Your State Is In. 2 South DakotaFew states have been higher on health experts' radars recently than the Dakotas, which are suffering the most extreme COVID spikes in the country. South Dakota is now seeing 46.0 new daily cases per 100,000 people, according to the HGHI map, an alarmingly high rate. The state's positive test rate of 25.5 percent is the second-highest in the country—behind only its neighbor to the north. South Dakota has now reached almost 22,000 coronavirus cases, per The New York Times, with nearly 2,870 of those just over the past seven days. 1 North DakotaAs high as South Dakota's numbers are, they're still not as high as North Dakota's, where the daily new case rate has now reached 51.9 cases per 100,000 people, the HGHI says, by far the highest nationwide. The infection rate of 1.12 is high, though not the highest in the country, but the positive test rate of 29.5 percent is currently the worst across the U.S. In the last week, there have been almost 2,740 new COVID cases in North Dakota. As of Sept. 29, the state has seen just over 21,400 cases overall. And for more up-to-date news, sign up for our daily newsletter.

    Best Life
  • Teacher says he can no longer teach kindergarten after parent complained about tattoos

    Local educational authorities said students under six "could be frightened" by the appearance of a teacher with tattoos.

  • Kelly Ripa's Daughter Lola Consuelos Warns That Naked Birthday Pics Aren't Just For Moms

    The stars are going all out for their birthdays this year — but of course, that looks a little different in these Covid-19 times. When GOOP founder Gwyneth Paltrow decided to celebrate turning 48 with a tasteful nude posted to Instagram, she didn't just cause 16-year-old daughter Apple to momentarily evaporate from embarrassment. She also […]

  • LeBron James on Erik Spoelstra: 'It's unfortunate that he hasn't gotten his respect'

    LeBron James played for Miami and coach Erik Spoelstra for four years, winning two titles. Now James is leading the Lakers against Spoelstra in the NBA Finals.

    LA Times
  • Job market will be 'catastrophic' with 41% of people laid and off likely not getting their jobs back: Author

    Michael Solomon, 10x Management Co-Founder and author of "Game Changer: How To Be 10x In The Talent Economy" joins the On the Move panel to discuss how to identify, and retain talent that will make a difference in the work world of tomorrow.

    Yahoo Finance Video
  • Coronavirus stimulus: Democrats trim proposal, including checks, to try to break stalemate

    The Democrats' revised stimulus plan unveiled on Monday trims payments for dependents — among other reductions from its original version — in a final effort to revive negotiations with the White House.

    Yahoo Money
  • Christina Aguilera Wows in Leather Thigh-High Boots With a Lace Corset & Fringe Blazer

    Thigh-high boots are a common theme in Xtina's style rotation.

    Footwear News
  • Auschwitz director offers to serve time in place of 13-year-old Nigerian sentenced to 10 years for blasphemy

    The director of the Auschwitz Memorial in Poland has offered to serve time for a Nigerian child who was convicted of blasphemy and ordered to spend ten years in prison by a Sharia court . In an open letter, Piotr Cywinski asked Nigeria’s President to intervene and pardon 13-year-old Omar Farouq for the conviction. “As the director of the Auschwitz memorial, which commemorates the victims and preserves the remains of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camps, where children were imprisoned and murdered, I cannot remain indifferent to this disgraceful sentence for humanity,” he wrote. Omar Farouq was arrested earlier this year by religious police in Kano, Nigeria’s second-largest city, after he had a ‘blasphemous’ conversation with an older man. His conviction by a religious court has provoked condemnation by the United Nations and global human rights groups. Mr Cywinski told The Telegraph that he felt he had to act when he heard about Omar. “When I heard about this story last week, I remembered that [Nigeria’s] President Buhari visited Auschwitz in 2018. So I thought that maybe a voice coming from this difficult place would have some effect on him... I have kids that age. "There are some times we have to stop our own silence and try to do something. It’s not enough to just like something on Facebook or retweet it.” Mr Cywinski added that since he sent the letter last week, no one from the government had responded yet. Kola Alapinni, Omar’s lawyer, told The Telegraph that the adolescent has been held in a prison for adults and not been allowed to see any legal representation. If Omar had been older, Mr Alapinni says, he would have been sentenced to death. At a federal level, Nigeria is a secular state. But 12 of the country’s northern Muslim-dominated states have a Sharia system running in parallel to the secular courts. These courts can only try Muslims and regularly serve out medieval-style punishments. Mr Alapinni, a graduate of the University of Essex and a secularist campaigner, says he will keep fighting Omar’s corner. “Section 10 of the constitution says Nigeria is a secular state. We are not Iran; we are no Saudi Arabia; we are not the Vatican. We are a multi-religious state with freedom of thought, expression and religion enshrined in the constitution,” he says. “This should not be happening.”

    The Telegraph
  • The director of the CDC was overheard saying 'everything' Trump's new COVID-19 task force adviser says 'is false'

    NBC News reporter Monica Alba overheard CDC Director Robert Redfield discussing Dr. Scott Atlas on a flight on Friday.

    Business Insider
  • The 4 Zodiac Signs Who Would Thrive on a Deserted Island (And One Who Would Crumble)

    In the early 2000s, Survivor was the most thrilling show on TV. We’d sit too close to our clunky Sony box and watch contestants hurl boulders across a...