Long Islanders most likely will be forced to cope with an almost totally new federal tax code, one that even Republican congressional tax writers behind the legislation acknowledge creates winners and losers.
Long Island overall loses big, say local business leaders, lawmakers and economists, because the bill eliminates the full deduction for state and local taxes, called SALT — which is why every member of Congress who represents the Island said they will vote no on the bill Tuesday.
How do you feel about the GOP tax overhaul? Tell us below.
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Heading into election night 2016, Hillary Clinton seemed likely to make history as the first woman elected president of the United States. The Democratic nominee and former secretary of state had a resume tailor-made for the job, and faced an unpredictable newcomer to politics, Republican Donald Trump, who made his own rules on the campaign trail.
But the night became historic for a different reason, as Trump won several critical swing states and pulled off one of the biggest upsets ever in U.S. politics.
A year later, here’s a moment-by-moment look back at that dramatic night, as told through photos, videos and the social media feeds of Newsday staff, major news organizations including The Associated Press and the candidates themselves.
Social media posts are timed according to when they were posted.
8:10 p.m. Clinton the clear favorite
Early in the night, major election forecasters The New York Times and FiveThirtyEight heavily predict a Clinton win. The Democrat holds an Electoral College lead over Trump.
With slogans like “I’m with her,” Clinton’s campaign emphasized the historic nature of her campaign. On election night, thousands of her supporters stood under the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center’s actual glass ceiling, hoping their candidate would break the most significant glass ceiling of all, the presidency.
Even with this victory and another that would follow in Colorado, called by the AP at 10:43, Clinton trails Trump in electoral votes 168-131, according to the wire service. Trump has won 19 states to Clinton’s 12 plus Washington, D.C.
President Donald Trump delivered his first speech to Congress on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, where he addressed overhauling health care, increasing defense spending and investing $1 trillion in infrastructure upgrades. If you’re a Trump supporter, did he say anything that surprised you or that you did not like? Or if you’re not a Trump supporter, did he say anything that changed your mind or that you liked?
President Donald Trump signed a new version of his travel ban that:
– Bars new visas for citizens from six Muslim-majority countries. The revised travel order leaves Iraq off the list of banned countries but still affects would-be visitors from Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya.
– Specifies that a 90-day ban on people from the six countries does not apply to those who already have valid visas or people with U.S. green cards.
– Shuts down the U.S. refugee program for 120 days.
– Religious minorities from those six countries, such as Christians, will not be prioritized.
Do you think the new travel order will be good for America?
Since President Donald Trump took office on Jan. 20, 2017, each day of his administration has brought a torrent of headlines.
Numerous executive actions, polarized hearings for key Cabinet nominees and the abrupt resignation of Michael Flynn as national security adviser have been seized upon by critics as examples of a White House in disarray. Supporters and Trump say the news media is focusing on the negative and misrepresenting examples of him delivering on his campaign promises.
What do you think has been the president’s biggest success? Biggest failure? If you’re a Trump supporter, is there something that would make you withdraw your support? If you oppose him, is there something that would make you become a supporter?
Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2017.
As he was sworn into the nation’s highest office, the Republican billionaire businessman completed a journey that began in Trump Tower in June 2015, and ushered in a new era in American politics.
Confrontational and provocative, Trump triumphed in the most contentious presidential campaign in recent memory. He took the same approach during the transition period, while promising great change for the country.