May 23, 2017

With Comey Gone, How Can Congress Investigate Russia

New York Times reported on May 10 that James Comey was fired after he sought more resources for the F.B.I.’s Russia investigation. (Photo by Rich Girard, CC license)

Research on more than 50 government investigations reveals how partisanship can get in the way of finding answers we all agree on. Read More »

Why We Choose Terrible Passwords, And How to Fix Them

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The first line of cyber defense is having a good password. What does research say about what that actually means? Read More »

One Way Trump Went Big League in His First 100 Days

President Donald Trump at his inauguration in Washington DC on January 20. (Photo via video stream)

The stack of executive orders, proclamations and memoranda Trump has signed makes other presidents' stacks look puny. Read More »

Would Trump’s Tax Cut Be the Biggest Ever? Fat Chance

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announcing massive tax reforms at a briefing in White House on April 26.

The bar for achieving that lofty goal was set almost 150 years ago when Congress cut taxes from as high as 10 percent to zero over two years. Read More »

Why You May Be Paying More Income Tax Than You Should

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The burden of filing our taxes appears to be growing, especially for those who tend to wait until the last minute to fill in their 1040s. Read More »

A Govt. Shutdown May Delay Billions in Tax Refunds

Even if Congress follows the spending levels set by the existing budget deal, a shutdown is still possible. (Photo by Stephen Melkisethian, CC license)

A two-week government shutdown, if Congress and President Trump fail reach an agreement on budget, would hold up the tax refunds of roughly 2.5 million families, delaying nearly $8 billion in refunds. Read More »

US Airstrike on Syria: What Next?

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Was this a one-off intervention – or a sign that Trump will undertake more of an effort to undermine the Assad regime? Read More »

H-1B Visa Cap Reached, Changes to Hurt Indian Techies

Computer programmers from India are most likely to be adversely affected by the changes being introduced to the non-immigrant visa program. (Photo by Rachel Titiriga, CC license)

Changes to H-1B visa program will impact computer programmers from India the most. Read More »

Fortune 500 Companies Hold a Record $2.6 Trillion Offshore

Cayman Island is a known destination for offshore accounts. (Photo by Michael Hicks, CC License)

The limited disclosures made by a handful of Fortune 500 corporations show that corporations are brazenly using tax havens to avoid taxes on significant profits. Read More »

Trump Slams Brakes on Obama’s Climate Plan

A coal train in West Virginia. (Photo by Cori Martin, CC License)

Badly looking for a political win that would both fulfill some campaign promises to his political base and satisfy the demands of rank-and-file Republicans in Congress, President Trump on March 28 signed an expansive Energy Independence and Economic Growth Executive Order.   The executive order signals a sharp shift in federal climate change rules, standards and work procedures. This was ... Read More »