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Highest IRS audited communities are black


Trump.twitter account has been silent for last few hours

Trump's approval among repubs willl

In the wake of tax story

Comment of the hour from dailmail article..teen making $9 hr pays more taxes

My teenage nephew paid more taxes than him on his part time $9hr job...This is disgraceful!

Tweet of the hour


Donald jr challenged to take drug test. looking more like Fallwell Jr every day. "Twump"


A Seattle police officer rolled his bike over a protester's head. He's been placed on leave.



The protester has yet to be identified, and his condition following the incident is unclear.

In a statement Thursday, the Seattle Office of Police Accountability, the city's law enforcement watchdog, noted that a review from the department's Force Investigation Team found what unfolded in the video to be "potential violations of SPD policy, as well as potential criminal conduct." The office said it had received more than 30 complaints about the video, and requested a criminal investigation.

The incident, which happened around midnight on Thursday in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, unfolded on a tense night of protests around the nation after a grand jury in Louisville declined to indict officers for the death of Breonna Taylor. In Seattle, multiple officers were injured and 13 people were arrested on charges including property destruction, resisting arrest and failure to disperse. One protester was charged with assault after an officer was struck in the head with a baseball bat, cracking his helmet, police said.

"The SPD is fully committed to the oversight and transparency systems the City has in place," the police department said in a Thursday news release. "The SPD calls on the community to encourage peaceful protests and conversation, and bring an end to continued destruction and violence."

Response to the incident comes amid an ongoing political battle in Seattle over proposed police budget cuts. The city council has pushed for 50% reduction in the department budget, a plan opposed by Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan.

Footage of the incident, filmed by independent journalist C.J. Halliburton, was widely shared, with one video tallying about 3.5 million views as of early Friday. Backlash to the incident was swift.

"@SeattlePD is this how you train your officers?" asked the Twitter user who posted the viral video.

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Rump Faces Challenges Even in Red States, Poll Shows, as Women Favor Biden Close races

rump Faces Challenges Even in Red States, Poll Shows, as Women Favor Biden
Close races in Georgia, Iowa and Texas show President Trumpís vulnerability and suggest that Joseph Biden has assembled a formidable coalition, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll.

Mr. Trumpís vulnerability even in conservative-leaning states underscores just how precarious his political position is, less than six weeks before Election Day. While he and Mr. Biden are competing aggressively for traditional swing states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Florida, the poll suggests that Mr. Biden has assembled a coalition that could be formidable enough to jeopardize Mr. Trump in historically Republican parts of the South and Midwest.

A yawning gender gap in Georgia, Iowa and Texas is working in Mr. Bidenís favor, with the former vice president making inroads into conservative territory with strong support from women. In Iowa, where Mr. Biden is ahead of Mr. Trump, 45 percent to 42 percent, he is up among women by 14 percentage points. Men favor Mr. Trump by eight points.

In Georgia, where the two candidates are tied at 45 percent, Mr. Biden leads among women by 10 points. Mr. Trump is ahead with men by a similar margin of 11 percentage points.

Mr. Trumpís large advantage among men in Texas is enough to give him a small advantage there, 46 percent to 43 percent. Men prefer the president to his Democratic challenger by 16 points, while women favor Mr. Biden by an eight-point margin.

There was a significant gender gap in the 2016 election, too, but at that time it tilted toward Mr. Trump because men supported him so heavily, according to exit polls. In the Times poll, Mr. Biden sharply narrowed Mr. Trumpís advantage with men while improving on Hillary Clintonís 2016 lead with women in Texas and Iowa.

'A eureka moment': The Airbnb for private California swimming pools is booming


ďMaybe itís just me, but I think it would be weird to have people use your pool.Ē

My 10-year-old shouts this from the back of the car as I pull up to a strangerís house to, uh, use their pool.

Iím in Palo Alto with my two oldest daughters on a Wednesday afternoon walking through the side yard of a $2 million-plus home. We walk past an open window and see one of the homeowners sitting on their couch watching TV, and I realize itís not just my 10-year-old who thinks this is odd.

It is weird to use someone elseís pool. Especially while theyíre home.

But letís be honest: everything is weird in 2020. And if you can get past that, renting someone elseís pool is also sorta great.

Which Bunim Laskin is banking on you being able to do.

The New Jersey native launched Swimply ó the Airbnb for swimming pools ó in June of 2019, two summers after he first hatched the idea when his entire Lakewood, New Jersey, neighborhood started paying a nice neighbor to use their pool.

ďIn 2018 I dropped out of school and decided to do a small test in my local town and so I found pools on Google Earth and started knocking on doors,Ē he says via telephone. ďI knocked on 80, and four said yes.Ē

Two years later, his four-pool test is now a legitimate 6,000-pool business thatís spread to 30 states. More than 25 percent of the pools on the site are located in California, and some pool owners are making up to $5,000 a month according to Laskin ó which is a nice chunk of change in the middle of a pandemic.

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