Yellen tells IRS to develop modernization plan in 6 months
Now that President Joe Biden signed Democrats' expansive climate, tax and health care bill into law, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has directed the IRS to develop a plan within six months outlining how the tax agency will overhaul its technology, customer service and hiring processes. In part, the improvements are meant to “end the two-tiered tax system, where most Americans pay what they owe, but those at the top of the distribution often do not," Yellen said in a Tuesday memo to IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig, whose term ends in three months. Yellen has called for the IRS to “fully resolve the inventory backlog and make significant improvements in taxpayer services," “to overhaul an information technology system that is decades out of date” and invest and train employees “so they can identify the most complex evasion schemes by those at the top."news.yahoo.com
Biden calls climate, health care legislation ‘one of the most significant laws in our history’
Before President Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act on Tuesday, he called the legislation that invests in fighting climate change and aims to reduce health care costs for Americans “one of the most significant laws in our history.”news.yahoo.com
DHS watchdog rebuffs lawmakers on Secret Service testimony
The Homeland Security Department’s inspector general has refused congressional requests for documents and staff testimony about the erasure of Secret Service communication related to the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, angering top Democrats who accuse him of unlawfully obstructing their investigation. In an Aug. 8 letter disclosed Tuesday, Inspector General Joseph Cuffari told the leaders of the House Oversight and Homeland Security committees that his office will not comply with their requests for internal documents and sit-down interviews due to the ongoing criminal investigation into deleted Secret Service text messages.news.yahoo.com
'Changed history': Gore, environmentalists, react to landmark climate change bill
With passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) by the House of Representatives on Friday, the U.S. Congress passed a significant effort to address climate change for the first time ever. President Biden indicated he would sign the bill into law this week.news.yahoo.com
WVa governor: Voters shouldn't decide abortion access issue
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice scoffed Monday at a suggestion by Democratic lawmakers to let voters decide whether abortion should continue to be allowed in the state. The Republican governor said the state's abortion law falls under the scrutiny of the Legislature and the attorney general. During a legislative special session initiated by Justice last month, majority Republicans failed to pass legislation criminalizing abortion.news.yahoo.com
Senate Democrats Pass Landmark Climate Legislation : Consider This from NPR : NPR
Up until a few weeks ago, meaningful climate legislation was sidelined in the U.S. Senate. But after months of wrangling votes — and adding concessions to oil and gas companies — Democrats in the Senate have finally passed the Inflation Reduction Act. The bill includes more than $300 billion in climate investments — the highest amount ever allocated by the federal government to tackle climate change. This episode lays out what the bill does, what it doesn't, and tracks the ups and downs of the legislation as it wound its way through Congress.This episode also features reporting by NPR's Laura Benshoff looking at the ways the legislation incentivizes individuals to fight climate change in their everyday life.In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cancellation of Atlanta festival sparks new fight over guns
Tens of thousands of Music Midtown festivalgoers are no longer going to descend on Atlanta’s massive Piedmont Park next month to cheer on hip-hop star Future or watch beloved rock band My Chemical Romance take the stage. In fact, some people are convinced Atlanta — center of the nation’s hip-hop music scene — will lose more music festivals and performances on public land as organizers and artists learn that state law makes it nearly impossible for them to stop people from carrying guns among the alcohol-fueled crowds. Live Nation has refused to say why it recently called off September’s Music Midtown, a longtime fixture for pop music lovers.news.yahoo.com
Fox News’ Bizarre Reply to Trump Raid Judge’s Death Threats
Fox NewsHosts of the Fox News roundtable show The Five were dismissive of reports that threats have been made against the federal judge in Florida who approved the search warrant that resulted in the FBI raiding former President Donald Trump’s home in Palm Beach.Following the Monday raid, right-wing extremists have threatened the judge in online posts, with some sharing what looks to be his home address, phone numbers, and relatives’ names. Accordingly, the judge’s profile was removed from the cnews.yahoo.com
Chuck Schumer isn’t Harry Reid or LBJ, but has helped Democrats land string of wins
Listen 7 min Comment on this story Comment Gift Article ShareMoments after securing passage of the Inflation Reduction Act on Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer took a phone call from President Biden. I like people,” Schumer said in a 45-minute interview Sunday after the big vote. These wins could not come soon enough for Schumer, who became majority leader just after Biden and Vice President Harris were sworn in on Jan. 20, 2021. AdvertisementSchumer came to the job with big expectations, having 40 years of congressional experience — more than anyone who took over as majority leader. AdvertisementA few days later, Schumer’s close friend and predecessor, former majority leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), died.washingtonpost.com
House approves bill to help West fight wildfires, drought
The House has approved wide-ranging legislation aimed at helping communities in the West cope with increasingly severe wildfires and drought — fueled by climate change — that have caused billions of dollars of damage to homes and businesses in recent years.
Democrats widen scrutiny of tech over abortion data privacy
Democratic lawmakers are widening their scrutiny into the role of tech companies in collecting the personal data of people who may be seeking an abortion, as lawmakers, regulators and the Biden administration grapple with the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling ending the constitutional protections for abortion.
Eager for a statewide breakthrough, Texas Democrats will soon decide who will lead their party
Hinojosa, the chair of the Texas Democratic Party since 2012, is running for reelection against two challengers, Kim Olson and Carroll G. Robinson, at the party’s biennial convention this weekend in Dallas.