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Trump Predicts Major Middle-Income Tax Cut If GOP Wins House in 2020

President Donald Trump said there would be a major tax cut if Republicans win back the House in 2020. The GOP held the House but lost majority in the 2018 midterms. Speaking at the White House on Nov. 15, Trump said: “Were going to be doing a very major middle-income tax cut, mostly devoted to middle income, who have really been big beneficiaries of the tax cut we did, which was the largest in the history of our country.” “But were doing a major tax cut for the middle income, and thatll be subject obviously to taking over the House because the Democrats like tax increases, not tax cuts,” he said. Trumps top economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, said this week that the administration is in the early stages of planning the next tax cut. “Were in very preliminary stages right now,” said Kudlow, the national economic council director. “This thing will not be completed for many months, as I say, it will be released as a strategic pro-growth document for the campaign. We want to see middle-in..

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Frank Miller inks deal for a Sin City TV series based on his neo-noir comics

Enlarge / Mickey Rourke played tough guy Marv in the 2005 film, Sin City, and its 2014 sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.YouTube/Miramax We're getting a TV adaptation of Sin City, Frank Miller's series of neo-noir comics inspired by crime pulp fiction, Deadline Hollywood reports. Miller just inked a deal with Legendary Television for the project, and apparently a similar agreement is close to completion with Robert Rodriguez, who collaborated with Miller on the film adaptions of the comic series in 2005 and 2014. The agreement comes with a first season guarantee, pending a partnership with one of the major networks or streaming platforms. Given that Miller wants the series to rate a hard "R," streaming seems the most likely option. Miller cut his teeth in the 1980s on Marvel Comics' Daredevil series and DC Comics' The Dark Knight Returns. A longtime fan of film noir, especially the films of James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart, Miller wanted to bring that same tone ..

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The science of audio: How a podcast reveals the pleasant mysteries of hearing

EnlargeGetty Images / Aurich Lawson The first episode of audio-obsessed podcast Reasonably Sound that made me stop and think was an early entry called "Whisper Quiet." As my introduction to Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR), and the specific auditory cues related to its reported physical reactions, I felt like someone had taken the top off my head, rummaged around in my brain, and found something overlooked inside that was suddenly useful. And not just in an ASMR sense, though the sample clips of Bob Ross hit all the right notes for that, as did host Mike Rugnetta getting into the spirit of ASMR by whispering the end credits. Reasonably Sound is a podcast about audio and about the historical and cultural context of particular sounds and sonic experiences. In his episode about ASMR, Rugnetta not only introduces his audiences to what ASMR is, but he also contextualizes the rise of ASMR culture on YouTube within the broader history of communication technology, starting with an..

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Tapestry: Has the mythical “2-hour civ-building board game” arrived?

Enlarge / Gettin' ready for some two-hour civ building.Dan Thurot Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. As a longtime player of cardboard civilization games, Im always looking for titles that break the mold. From the moment it was revealed, Jamey Stegmaiers Tapestry looked like it might fit the bill. With its pre-painted buildings, non-historical civilizations, and the hieroglyphic script that runs the perimeter of the board, it seemed to promise a civilization game that wasnt quite like any other. And, well, it certainly delivers on that front. Tapestry is indeed unlike most of its civ-game peers. But not everyone loves it. A couple months after its release, the game has proved surprisingly divisive. And theres a reason for that—it just happens to be more complicated than “this game is good” or “this game is bad.” A (non-traditional) civilization game EnlargeStonemaier Games L..

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Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez Unveil Plan to Push Green New Deal in Public Housing Sector

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) unveiled their Green New Deal for housing plan on Thursday outside the Capitol. The proposal calls for an investment of $180 billion over 10 years to retrofit public housing with sustainable energy and eliminate all carbon emissions. The housing units would meet the zero-emissions goal through the use of solar panels and renewable energy sources. The socialist lawmakers say the legislation would cut the carbon footprint of the countrys public housing units and improve quality of life for almost two million people. “Today we are focusing on an issue that is too often is neglected,” Sanders said. “We are gonna be making massive cuts in carbon emissions by retrofitting and rebuilding public housing in this country. That is housing occupied by low-income and working-class Americans, occupied by senior citizens, occupied by people with disabilties,” Sanders said. The bill is the socialist lawmakers newest announcement..

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Biden leads Democratic Caucus Field in Nevada, Poll Shows

A new poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden with a lead in Nevada over fellow frontrunners Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). The Fox News poll was conducted by Beacon Research and Shaw & Company from Nov. 10 to Nov. 13 among 1,056 Nevada voters, including 627 potential Democratic caucus voters. Some 24 percent of respondents said theyd vote for Biden, versus 18 percent who said they support Sanders and 18 percent who said theyd vote for Warren. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg was fourth with 8 percent, followed by billionaire Tom Steyer with 5 percent, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) with 4 percent, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang with 3 percent. No other candidate got over 2 percent. Biden saw high support among whites and Hispanics, while Warren saw high white support but low support with Hispanics, the same as Buttigieg. Sanders saw much higher support among Hispanics than whites. “Sanders is the clear choice for those under age 45, while those 45..

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Army First Lieutenant Clint Lorance Released From Jail After Getting Clemency From President Trump

Army First Lieutenant Clint Lorance was released from prison late Nov. 15 after President Donald Trump granted him clemency. Trump granted Lorance and Army Major Mathew Golsteyn clemency and restored the rank of Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher. Video footage showed Lorance leaving Leavenworth Prison in Kansas and reuniting with his family. “Number one is just, Id like to say thanks to President Trump. I had the opportunity to talk to him today on the phone with Vice President Pence. He sounds just like he sounds on TV on the phone, hes actually pretty funny too when you talk to him on the phone,” Lorance told reporters. “Its very clear to me that Vice President Pence and President Trump are very much in support of our military and I appreciate the whole country for everything that all of you have done.” Army First Lieutenant Clint Lorance reunites with his family after being released from prison. (CNN) “This is only the beginning, I wont spoil it but this is only the beginning. Theres..

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The version of Star Wars on Disney+ changes the canon once again

Enlarge / Who shot first?Lucasfilm Ltd. | Disney Drew Stewart got the call at around 2 am: They broke the universe again, you should check it out. So Stewart did something hes done countless times before; he has no idea how many. He turned on Star Wars. But this time was different—literally. The galaxy had changed, like a glitch in the Matrix (if youll allow a mixed cinematic metaphor). And it wasnt the first time. As the person behind a Twitter account called Star Wars Visual Comparison, Stewart is a kind of unofficial keeper of apocrypha, of the sometimes subtle, sometimes extraordinary changes wrought by their makers upon three Star Wars movies: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi. These alterations to the canon are the stuff of many nerd debates, and Stewart has followed them closely. Thats why, at 2:50 am on the day Disney+ launched with the whole Star Wars catalog in 4K resolution (pretty!), he found himself watching A New Hope yet again. What he fou..

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Australias Parliamentary IT System Hacked Earlier This Year: Report

SYDNEY—The computer network of Australias parliament was hacked earlier this year and data was stolen from the computers of several elected officials, the Australian Broadcasting Corp reported. Security agencies discovered the attack on Jan. 31 this year and monitored it for a week before shutting down the network, Senate President Scott Ryan told a parliamentary committee, according to the ABC. During the time the network was compromised, two senators and a small number of lower house members had “non-sensitive” data stolen, the ABC reported without giving detail of the theft. “A small number of users visited a legitimate external website that had been compromised,” the broadcaster quoted Ryan as telling the parliamentary committee on Thursday. “This caused malware to be injected into the parliamentary computer network.” The parliaments cybersecurity team stopped another attempted attack in late October, sending an email to users saying that malware had been detected in the system..

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Trump Grants Pardons to 2 Military Members, Restores Rank to Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher

President Donald Trump has granted full pardons to two U.S. service members accused of war crimes, and restored the rank of Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement late Friday that Trump had signed an Executive Grant of Clemency for Army First Lieutenant Clint Lorance and Army Major Mathew Golsteyn. Moreover, the statement said the commander-in-chief had also signed an order restoring the rank of Gallagher before he was tried and found not guilty of the charges against him. “The president, as commander-in-chief, is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the law is enforced and when appropriate, that mercy is granted,” Grisham said in the statement. “For more than 200 years, presidents have used their authority to offer second chances to deserving individuals, including those in uniform who have served our country.” “These actions are in keeping with this long history. As the president has stated, When our soldiers have to fight..

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