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Trump’s tax plan lets more companies than ever pay $0 — and fed-up voters are considering drastic solutions

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The number of companies paying zilch in corporate taxes roughly doubled last year — and the effects of President Donald Trump’s tax reform bill could have a major impact on next year’s Democratic primary.

Democratic candidates like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have reminded voters of a recent report that 60 companies on the Fortune 500 list paid no federal taxes on $79 billion in corporate income last year — and many received a rebate, reported the New York Times.

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“Amazon, Netflix and dozens of major corporations, as a result of Trump’s tax bill, pay nothing in federal taxes,” Sanders said last week during a Fox News town hall event. “I think that’s a disgrace.”

Workers are noticing, and they’re doing something about it.

“One of the benefits of taxation is taking it and using it for the collective good,” said Colin Robertson, a 25-year-old who makes $18,000 cleaning carpets. “(Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos) could be taxed at 99.9 percent and still have millions left over, and I’d be homeless.”

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Robertson’s concerns about wealth inequality recently led him to join Akron’s chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, which has about 100 members, many of whom back Sanders.

“If we’re fighting for something, what version of the thing are we fighting for?” said 37-year-old philosophy professor David Pereplyotchik, another group member. “It seems like if you just make them pay employees more, they’re just not going to hire employees.”

Amazon is believed to be considering a move into an abandoned Akron shopping mall that would employee 500 people.

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Under Warren’s detailed tax plan, the online retail giant would have paid $698 million instead of $0, and Sanders has talked about closing loopholes and preventing companies from stashing profits in overseas tax havens.

But Robertson said nationalizing the companies would work better than another revision to tax laws.

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“I think forcing them to pay higher alone is inefficient, and taxation alone is inefficient,” he said.


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GOP Senate candidate suspended football player for one game — for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl: report

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On Thursday, in an op-ed, the conservative Washington Examiner reported on an incident from Alabama Republican Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville's career as a football coach for Auburn University in 1999.

"When Clifton Robinson, the short but quick receiver from Naples, Florida, returned to the Auburn University football team in August 1999 after pleading guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor to avoid going to trial after being charged with the second-degree rape of a 15-year-old girl, first-year head coach Tommy Tuberville pledged to figure out the right punishment for him," wrote Siraj Hashmi. "'Clifton is back on the team,' Tuberville said. 'He and I will sit down today, and I'll tell him that we do things right around here, so he can expect there will be some punishment. What it is, I don't know yet.' That punishment ended up being a mere one-game suspension from the team's Sept. 4 season opener against Appalachian State. Auburn won 22-15."

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Arizona Republican attacks Fauci and Birx for ‘undermining’ Trump with COVID-19 facts

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COVID-19 hospitalizations in Arizona set a record on Thursday, but one of the state's Republican representatives in Congress went to Fox News to urge the end of President Donald Trump's Coronavirus Task Force.

"I think that Birx and Fauci have gone well past their, their -- they've expired, their time of usefulness has expired," Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) said.

"What they do, is when the president comes out and makes a policy -- because he is the president, he is the policymaker. When they come and make these statements that they make, they engender panic and hysteria and undermine what the president's doing. That's what I think's critical," they argued.

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Texas conservatives lose their minds after GOP Gov. Greg Abbott mandates masks in public

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Texas' Republican Gov. Gregg Abbott finally acknowledged that there is a serious problem as COVID-19 takes down the state's population.

It was just a few months ago that municipalities were deciding for themselves when and if they would reopen. But Abbott shut it down, saying that his orders "overrule any local jurisdiction."

In April, "Abbott and the state’s other Republican leaders have blasted local officials in Dallas and Houston for what they called overzealous enforcement of COVID-19 regulations, first zeroing in on Democratically led Harris County’s decision to fine residents for not wearing face masks, a penalty Abbott banned in his April 27 reopening order," ProPublica reported. "The fights came to a head this month with the arrest of a Dallas hair salon owner who refused to shutter her business, an act of defiance that was supported by a right-wing group that launched a GoFundMe campaign a day before she reopened that raised $500,000 before it was disabled."

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