Trump’s Homeland Security pick opposes some of his controversial plans

“We passed legislation on the defense bill prohibiting torture, including waterboarding. Do you intend to follow that law?” Sen. John McCain asked Gen. John Kelly during the hearing to confirm him as the head of the Department of Homeland Security. “Absolutely, senator,” Kelly replied. Kelly, Donald Trump’s pick to head the Department of Homeland Security,…

Democrats, Republicans miles apart in car survey

In an online survey by Swapalease.com, Republicans identified with a Chevrolet Corvette (above), while Democrats preferred Tesla. A new survey from Swapalease.com reveals that 34 percent of Americans view the election as a “driverless car,” while almost 30 percent see it as a “four-wheel SUV going off road wherever it wants.” The 2016 Election and…

6 things we learned from the debates

Drew Angerer-Win McNamee/Getty Images Congratulations, you’ve survived all 3 presidential debates. Through it all, you have witnessed character assassination, unseemly theatrics and more than a few tall tales. You may have even learned something along the way. Despite it all, when it comes to your money Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump did, in fact, outline…

Clinton-Trump round 2 and consumers

Pool/Getty Images The second presidential debate had everything you were expecting, including discussion of the lewd language in the video that everyone was talking about over the weekend. But along with all the mature-audiences stuff, Clinton-Trump round 2 also offered occasional detours into economic, kitchen-table issues raised via questions submitted online and by undecided voters…

Trump’s tax deduction change upsets charities

Donald Trump’s new tax plan would lower the amount of itemized deductions that taxpayers could claim, upsetting charities. ©lev radin/Shutterstock.com A group that advocates for nonprofit organizations is not very charitable in its analysis of Donald J. Trump’s latest tax proposal. The Alliance for Charitable Reform says the Republican presidential candidate’s decision to change his…

Clinton, Kaine release tax returns

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her running mate Tim Kaine today released their 2015 tax returns. They also, no surprise, took the opportunity to call out Donald J. Trump, the Republican candidate, for refusing to let the public see any of his tax filings. Trump continues to say he won’t reveal what’s on his…

Trump dumps 0% tax-rate proposal

Bill Pugliano/Getty Images When Donald J. Trump issued his original tax plan in September of last year, the then-candidate for the Republican presidential nomination promised that some Americans wouldn’t owe any tax at all. In a speech Monday before the Detroit Economic Club, the now nominee erased that no-tax option. Original plan had a 0% rate…

Melania’s alleged plagiarism highlights dangers

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The Internet had a field day with Melania Trump’s convention speech this week, following the discovery that passages showed striking similarities to both Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic convention and Rick Astley’s 1987 hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.” (The Trump campaign has so far denied charges of plagiarism.) The…

Trump, VP pick split on Social Security

Steve Sands/Getty Images If you’re watching the Republican Party national convention for clues about how to invest or what is going to happen to Social Security, don’t bother. When it comes to Social Security, the country’s largest retirement account, the Republican convention platform draft declares that “as the party of America’s future, (they) accept the…

The Republican convention and your job

A worker carries a sign for the Louisiana delegation amid preparations for the arrival of visitors and delegates for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. DOMINICK REUTER/Getty Images The Republican platform proposal drafted for this week’s party convention in Cleveland has stirred some controversy over its far-right positions on issues of the family and marriage,…

Trump tax plan and the GOP platform

A political party’s platform is its formal set of principles and how its members plan to implement them. The Republican Party will sign off on its 2016 platform this week in Cleveland. In its last presidential election year platform, the Grand Old Party aimed for a new start, “with profound changes in the way government operates;…

GOP leaves questions on financial reform

A net of balloons rests on rows of chairs as workers prepare for the arrival of visitors and delegates for the Republican National Convention on July 15, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. DOMINICK REUTER/Getty Images If drafts of the Republican Party platform are any indication, banking — specifically, reshaping financial regulation — would be a big…

Student loans a back burner issue for GOP

Bill Clark/Getty Images Debt-ridden graduates, and families of current and future college students will want to listen for any firm student loans proposals that might emerge from this week’s Republican National Convention. Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has no major policy statements about student debt on his website. But some of his ideas have trickled…