Wednesday 12th of December 2018

clever girl...


WASHINGTON — President Trump urged senators this month to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that most Americans have health insurance and use the proceeds to slash the top tax rate paid by the richest Americans, a suggestion that pitted his priorities against his daughter and Republican senators intent on helping the middle class.

In the end, the president accepted only a partial victory. He got the repeal of the health law’s individual mandate, but gave up on an income tax rate cut that would have directly benefited him personally. Instead, Ivanka Trump and her allies in the Senate prevailed in their push to include an expanded child tax credit.

“This was certainly an uphill battle, especially given that it is not an issue that is as widely understood,” said Senator Mike Lee, Republican of Utah and a leading advocate of the expanded child tax credit. “We didn’t necessarily have the sense that the president was opposed to it. I still don’t have that sense. I think if he had been, things would have worked out differently than they did.”

Two White House officials pushed back against the notion that Ms. Trump had split with her father. They said middle-income tax relief was one of the president’s priorities and that Ms. Trump worked in lock step with the administration on all aspects of tax reform.

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the twit, the tweeter and the terror...

Donald Trump has told Prime Minister Theresa May to focus on "terrorism" in the UK after she criticised his sharing of far-right videos.

"Don't focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom," Mr Trump tweeted.

The US president had earlier retweeted three inflammatory videos posted online by a British far-right group.

Mrs May's spokesman said it was "wrong for the president to have done this".

The US and the UK are close allies and often described as having a "special relationship". Theresa May was the first foreign leader to visit the Trump White House.

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the world's most expensive store...

Among the sophisticated mirrored metal and matte black and gold high-end boutiques of Beverly Hills, there's a store standing bold in eye-popping canary yellow where you can't even get through the front door without an appointment. A store with a $2 million Bugatti Veyron parked outside as a street advertisement and a multi-million dollar museum piece Fernando Botero painting hanging on the wall inside. A store that has dressed every American president since Ronald Reagan.

Welcome to Bijan, "the world's most expensive store".

Most people don't even get through the front door, stuck marvelling at the stunning store from the Rodeo Drive sidewalk, peering through the gleaming windows. Neighbours on the exclusive shopping strip include Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Vera Wang and Bulgari, but held up against the unabashed flair of Bijan, they pale in comparison. For one, Bijan's yellow walls, blue awnings and bright plants are about the only splashes of colour on the street of faux stone storefronts and industrial black signage.


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the media and the trumps...

trump vs trump


Ivanka Trump distanced herself from her father on two high-profile issues Thursday, saying she did not agree with his characterization of the media as "the enemy of the people" and that she was "vehemently against" separating migrant children from their parents at the border - calling the latter a low point of her tenure in the White House.

Her comments at a public event underscored the difficult balance Trump has sought as she provides private counsel to a president and father with whom she does not always see eye to eye, while enduring criticism for not being more outspoken about their differences.

Toward the end of a forum hosted by Axios that focused largely on workforce issues, an area of focus for Trump in her capacity as a White House adviser, she was asked whether she considered journalists in the room to be "the enemy of the people."

"No, I do not," Ivanka Trump replied.


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