‘The 401(k) industry owns Congress’: How lawmakers quietly passed a $300 billion windfall to the wealthy

[ad_1] Five months before Congress faced a near-catastrophic standoff over the debt ceiling, with Republicans demanding restrictions to food and Medicaid programs to rein in spending, a bill that raised the cost of private retirement savings accounts to $282 billion per year was quietly signed into law. In this era of deeply divided politics, the … Read more

Johnson's turbulent week comes to a soft landing at Mar-a-Lago

[ad_1] PALM BEACH, Florida — Mike Johnson got what he came for on Friday — an appearance shoulder to shoulder with Donald Trump, who criticized efforts to depose the House speaker. “He’s doing about as good as you’re going to do,” Trump said. The former president’s comments may not be enough to persuade Rep. Marjorie … Read more

24 hours in Albany?

[ad_1] With help from Shawn Ness New from New York Happening now: Gov. Kathy Hochul may consider shorter extenders. A new parks attendance record thanks to the eclipse. Some advocates slept in the War Room. The Hochuls’ income in 2023 is out. DAYS THE BUDGET IS LATE: 12 The state budget is stretching into its … Read more

The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics

[ad_1] Every week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills to capture the foibles, memes, hypocrisies and other head-slapping events in the world of politics. The fruits of these labors are hundreds of cartoons that entertain and enrage readers of all political stripes. Here’s an offering of the … Read more

How Donald Trump could ride to Mike Johnson's rescue

[ad_1] There’s been plenty of speculation about how Democrats might save Speaker Mike Johnson’s gavel as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) threatens to oust him. The better bet right now is that if anyone comes to Johnson’s rescue, it will be the most powerful Republican around. Former president Donald Trump is set to appear with … Read more

Tenants and landlords can agree on this

[ad_1] With help from Shawn Ness New from New York Happening now: The fight over good cause evictions. Adams visits NAN. A push to close the Medicaid gap. A law to protect horses is taking effect.  DAYS THE BUDGET IS LATE: 10 UNLIKELY FRIENDS: Negotiations over a state budget are struggling to get to the … Read more

Famed photographer quits Ford board over Liz Cheney snub

[ad_1] A Pulitzer Prize-winning political photographer resigned Tuesday from the board of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, blasting the group for cowardice in rejecting Trump critic Liz Cheney as the recipient of its top yearly award. David Hume Kennerly claimed in a letter to fellow trustees that Cheney’s nomination for the Gerald R. Ford … Read more

Hochul rips Trump on abortion rights

[ad_1] With help from Shawn Ness New from New York Happening now: Gov. Kathy Hochul knocks Trump on abortion rights. Lawmakers leave, again, without a budget deal. Randall’s Island has been safe for migrants, Adams said. Protesters arrested outside of Hochul’s office.  DAYS THE BUDGET IS LATE: 9 HOCHUL TALKS ABORTION RIGHTS: Gov. Kathy Hochul … Read more