Tag: international relations

When can I deduct business meal and entertainment expenses under current tax rules?

The federal income tax treatment of business-related meal and entertainment expenses has been a moving target. If you’re confused about what rules currently apply, I don’t blame you. This column aims to eliminate confusion. That’s an optimistic goal, but here goes. A 2020 COVID-19 relief bill made taxpayer-friendly changes A taxpayer-friendly change in the CAA […]

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Opinion: How deficit spending could hand Congress to the Republicans

President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Recovery Act scored 75% public approval, and it is full of goodies for reliable Democratic constituencies—money for state budgets, union pensions, universities, and the like—often having little to do with the pandemic. Now his infrastructure package is full of spending having little to do with rebuilding America’s roads, bridges […]

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Senate parliamentarian opens door for more Democratic bills to pass

WASHINGTON — The Senate’s nonpartisan parliamentarian Monday ruled in favor of a Democratic effort to pass additional legislation through a process called reconciliation, according to a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., opening the door for Democrats to approve more measures along party lines in the Senate this year. Democrats have used reconciliation once […]

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Biden ‘heartbroken’ over Friday’s U.S. Capitol attack, orders flags at half-staff to honor slain officer

While most members of Congress were away from the Hill on Friday, news of a second violent incident at the Capitol complex in less than three months weighed on Washington officials, including President Joe Biden.  A Capitol Police officer was killed after a man rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside of […]

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