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Freelancers: The IRS just made your life more difficult

For decades I was a freelance software engineer and writer. Nowadays, I’m mainly a writer. As a freelancer, my income tax filing has been reasonably uncomplicated in the past. Enough so that I never used online software, preferring to use the fill-in PDF forms and then sending in the paperwork.  Then came the great tax […]

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Government Trump

Trump and Republicans are counting on Democratic empathy and compassion

Neither Trump nor Congressional Republicans would continue with the shutdown debacle except for one thing: they’re counting on Democratic empathy and compassion. They assume that, at some point, Congressional Democrats won’t be able to ignore the hardships federal employees are enduring by not getting their regular paychecks. They’re counting on Congressional Democrats being concerned about […]

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Government Trump

No National Emergency but the faux crises and shutdown continues

Trump did not declare a national emergency last night. I strongly suspect he had planned to, though. After all, the staging was there. A prime time Oval Office formal speech. The President, grave and solemn as he sets the stage for an emergency declaration.  Days of hints (in order to bolster the audience numbers). Minions […]

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Government Trump

It’s not about the wall, it’s about control

The government is partially shutdown, hundreds of thousands of federal employees aren’t being paid, and all major networks are about to let Trump kick off his 2020 campaign with a faux declaration of emergency, aired live, and in prime time. In ‘negotiations’, not only has Trump not been willing to budge on his wall, he’s […]

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Government Legal

What’s at risk with Kavanaugh’s Appointment

I would like to claim prescience for correctly guessing that Brett Kavanaugh would be the Supreme Court pick, but his choice was fairly obvious. And has been noted in various press publications, Justice Kennedy likely retired now  because he knew of Kavanaugh’s pick. Kavanaugh’s rulings and writings are now being scrutinized, particularly when it comes […]