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Spanish Civil War: In new setback to Franco reburial, religious leader denies access to tomb | In English | EL PAÍS
Spanish government says it will forge ahead with plans to take the late dictator out of the Valley of the Fallen despite opposition from his family - N.B. Less than 30 percent of Madrid’s garbage is being recycled.
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3 hours ago by asaltydog
Spain brings up the bodies – POLITICO
Seven families lead an exhumation of the country’s fascist past.
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3 hours ago by asaltydog
‘Both Sides’ and the Decline of Public Institutions - The Atlantic
Yesterday I quoted a Foreign Service officer who is now on furlough. He described the current shutdown-induced emergency within the State Department and other agencies, but also the long-term decline in public institutions that it capped off.
Several readers complained that the FSO was indulging in “both sides-ism,” in saying that “politicians” were responsible for the decline, rather than singling out Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell. In the previous note I quoted a rebuttal to that effect.
Now the Foreign Service officer who wrote the original note responds:
I just looked at your site and saw the lengthy quote from my email.   I also saw the comment from the former Fulbrighter, as well as yours on the responsibility of Trump and McConnell for the current shutdown.
I agree with both of you.
I don’t wish in any way to draw moral or other equivalence between the Trump administration and those that came before it. In my opinion, the Trump administration has done far more damage to American democracy and the institutions that underpin it than any administration I can think of. Ever.
To make matters worse, Trump has been abetted in this wholesale destruction of our democracy by moral cowards such as Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, people who knew from the beginning that Trump was corrupt and incompetent, yet they grinned and stood behind him in order to satisfy their own ambitions and partisan goals.
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5 hours ago by rgl7194
The Most Shocking Moments of the New Russia Complaint, from ‘Civil War’ to ‘Fake’ Rubio to ‘Colored LGBT’
via Pocket - The Most Shocking Moments of the New Russia Complaint, from ‘Civil War’ to ‘Fake’ Rubio to ‘Colored LGBT’ - Added October 19, 2018 at 08:47PM
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5 hours ago by williger
A 70% tax on the super-rich is more popular than Trump's tax cuts - Business Insider
After Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez floated a plan to hike marginal tax rates on the super-rich, conservatives said the proposal would be political suicide for Democrats.
But, according to an INSIDER poll, a plurality of Americans support a 70% tax rate on income over $10 million.
In fact, support for Ocasio-Cortez's proposal is higher than support for last year's Republican tax cuts.
After New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proposed taxing income over $10 million at a 60% to 70% rate, conservatives characterized the policy as socialism and said it would gain little traction with voters.
But recent polling, including a new INSIDER poll, has found strong support for hiking marginal tax rates on the super-rich.
INSIDER asked respondents how they felt about lifting the tax rate to 70% for all income earned over $10 million, while keeping tax rates for income below the $10 million threshold at the current rates.
Overall, 38.7% supported the tax hike, while 34.4% opposed it — 13.5% of respondents said they didn't have an opinion.
AOC  congress  economics  gov2.0  politics  taxes 
5 hours ago by rgl7194

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