Your Look At Things You Need To Know For Your Sunday

As you face your day, Smile Often, Think Positively, Give Thanks, Laugh Loudly, Love Others ,Dream Big, Remember, Life is like a Camera, Focus on What’s  Important, Capture The Good Times, Develop From The Negative and If Things Don’t Work out, Take Another Shot. Difficult Roads Often Lead To Beautiful Destinations.

Many find that their anxiety levels will go up when they watch cable news, which causes many to avoid cable news or information that would otherwise help or hurt our society. ” The Government of the people, by the people, shall not perish from the Earth.” Abraham Lincoln.

Stay engaged in the business of OUR SOCIETY, take a break if you get overwhelmed. But equipped yourself with information so that you can make a educated decision that will impact OUR SOCIETY. TAKE A BREAK, BUT,  Don’t Quit.

here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed

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 Moore and Jones make final push before Election Day
The Roy Moore campaign on Sunday began sending out robocalls featuring the voice of President Trump touting Moore’s record on key issues. If “Alabama elects liberal Democrat Doug Jones,” Trump warns, “all of our progress will be stopped full.” The Jones campaign is also marshaling its allies for the final 48 hours before the special Senate election. Jones has promoted endorsements from celebrities including Keegan-Michael Key and Connie Britton, and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and former Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.) have traveled to Alabama to help Jones court the black voters he needs to win. Final polls show a close race, though Moore has regained some of his early lead as most GOP voters remain loyal despite the sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him by multiple women.

Source: ABC NewsPolitico

Trump visits Civil Rights Museum
President Trump attended the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson on Saturday, touring the facility and making brief remarks. “The Civil Rights Museum records the oppression, cruelty, and injustice inflicted on the African-American community, the fight to end slavery, to break down Jim Crow, to end segregation, to gain the right to vote, and to achieve the sacred birthright of equality,” Trump said, adding, “That’s big stuff. That’s big stuff. Those are very big phrases, very big words.” His presence at the museum opening was protested by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a Civil Rights leader, and Derrick Johnson, the NAACP president, among others. Lewis and Johnson boycotted the event because of Trump’s presence.

Source: The HillNBC News

 California governor says wildfires are the ‘new normal’
“This is kind of the new normal,” California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said Saturday of the massive wildfires in Southern California that have claimed at least one life and burned tens of thousands of acres. “With climate change, some scientists are saying that Southern California is literally burning up,” Brown continued. “So we have to have the resources to combat the fires and we also have to invest in managing the vegetation and forests … in a place that’s getting hotter.” Fires in the northern part of the state this fall killed more than 40 people and burned more than 8,000 structures. Dry, windy conditions have made the blazes now burning near Los Angeles difficult to contain.

Source: Los Angeles TimesCNN

 Arab League states demand Trump retract Jerusalem decision
Foreign ministers from 22 Arab League nations issued a statement Sunday saying President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel this past week is a “dangerous development that places the United States at a position of bias in favor of the occupation [of Palestine] and the violation of international law and resolutions.” The statement asks Trump to make a retraction. Failing that, signatory states will petition the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution denouncing the decision, which critics say will impede the Israel-Palestine peace process.

Source: NBC NewsBBC News

 Swedish synagogue attacked with firebombs
A synagogue in the city of Gothenburg, Sweden, was attacked with firebombs late Saturday evening while a youth event was happening inside. No one was injured, and the building was not damaged. Swedish authorities have arrested three people in connection to the attack, and eyewitnesses report the flaming objects were thrown by a group of about a dozen young men. The attack has been linked in news reports to Friday protests in Malmo, Sweden, in which critics of President Trump’s decision to acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s capital shouted anti-Semitic slogans.

Source: The Associated PressThe Hill

 Violence erupts near U.S. Embassy in Lebanon
Lebanese security forces deployed tear gas and water cannons against protesters outside the U.S. Embassy near Beirut, Lebanon, on Sunday. The demonstrators, who threw rocks and set fires in the road, were protesting President Trump’s announcement that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “There is a lot of anger here,” said Al Jazeera reporter Zeina Khodr, who was on the scene. “What they’re chanting is, ‘Palestine forgive us, they closed the door on us,’ clearly in reference to Arab leaders.”

Source: Al JazeeraBBC News

 Mueller filing says Manafort violated gag order with Ukraine op-ed
Court documents filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Fridaypresent evidence that former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, who was indicted in connection to Mueller’s Russia probe in October, violated a gag order by heavily editing an op-ed defending political work he did in Ukraine. Manafort’s attorney claimed earlier this week he was not significantly involved in crafting the article, but Mueller’s 41-page filing presented evidence including “emails, drafts with tracked edits, and records showing that a computer user named ‘paul manafort’ created a version of the op-ed and made numerous changes,” Reutersreports. Prosecutors used this discovery to bolster their case against lifting Manafort’s house arrest.

Source: NBC NewsReuters

 Appeals court judge accused of sexual harassment
Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has been accused of sexual harassment by a former clerk, Heidi Bond, in a Washington Post report. Bond alleges Kozinski showed her pornography on multiple occasions, asking what she thought of it and whether it made her aroused. Five other women have made similar accusations against Kozinski; all are former clerks or externs of the court. Kozinski said he does not “remember ever showing pornographic material” to staff, that he “would never intentionally do anything to offend anyone,” and that it is “regrettable that a handful have been offended by something” he “may” have done.

Source: CNNThe Washington Post

 Trump tangles with Washington Post reporter over rally crowd photo
President Trump took aim at a Washington Post reporter, Dave Weigel, on Twitter Saturday evening after Weigel posted a photo questioning the president’s claim that his Florida rally for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore was “packed to the rafters.” By the time of Trump’s post, Weigel had deleted the offending photo, which he originally believed showed a half-empty arena at the start of Trump’s talk. Trump demanded an apology, retraction, and that Weigel be fired. Weigel quickly obliged the first two requests but has retained his job.

Source: The HillDeadline

 SNL‘s Santa faces tough questions about the news
Saturday Night Live‘s mall Santa Claus (Kenan Thompson) and his elf sidekick (Kate McKinnon) face some tough questions in the cold open from children who are more interested in benefiting from Santa’s ethical omniscience than from his gift-giving capacities. After a couple present requests, a kid named Tyler cuts right to the point: “What did Al Franken do?” “Well, Tyler,” Santa answers after a failed attempt to shove this question over to the elf, “I guess you could say that Al Franken is on Santa’s naughty list this year.” “And what about Roy Moore? Which list is he on?” Tyler responds. “It’s not really a list,” McKinnon’s elf interjects. “It’s more of a registry.” Even Santa’s standard threat of coal in the stocking isn’t what it used to be for news-savvy kids. As little Jessica scoffs, “We both know coal is a dying industry.”

Source: NBC NewsSaturday Night Live

 

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When the Senate and House finish their “reconciliation” and the new law is signed by President Trump, we’ll give you a detailed summary as to how it will impact you and your business. Until then, no new news and it’s still a moving target.  STAY TUNED…

Upcoming Important Deadlines- 

 

November 1st – December 15: Insurance Enrollment Period …If it’s your time to renew your health insurance or you want to change your health care strategy this is your chance. For more information on possible strategies, watch my annual Health Care Webinar.

December 31st –  ROTH Conversion Deadline…If you want to ‘convert’ some IRA money to ROTH you have to do it by Dec 31…however, keep in mind you can always undo it by the time you file your return. Hazy on the reasons why a ROTH is awesome read this.

 

December 31st –  Health Reimbursement Arrangement payment Deadline…If you had an HRA in 2017, you have to reimburse your employees/spouse or yourself before the December 31st if you want the write-off. The max contribution is 10k and if you need a refresher check out this article.

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