NiMB 64: Tuesday 2-13-2018
TODAY: Feds Collect Record Taxes in First Month Under Tax Cut; Run Surplus in January. Byron York: Comey told Congress FBI agents didn’t think Michael Flynn lied. Julian Assange loses bid to overturn arrest warrant, as judge says he appears to consider himself ‘above the law.’ Oxfam scandal deepens with allegations of ‘sex for aid’ and abuse in charity shops. Kim Jong Un eager to mend ties with S. Korea, U.S. hints at talks. Mother of two babies that died suddenly had crippling ice addiction, court told
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CNS News:Feds Collect Record Taxes in First Month Under Tax Cut; Run Surplus in January
The federal government this January ran a surplus while collecting record total tax revenues for that month of the year, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today.
January was the first month under the new tax law that President Donald Trump signed in December.
During January, the Treasury collected approximately $361,038,000,000 in total tax revenues and spent a total of approximately $311,802,000,000 to run a surplus of approximately $49,236,000,000.
Despite the monthly surplus of $49,236,000,000, the federal government is still running a deficit of approximately $175,718,000,000 for fiscal year 2018. That is because the government entered the month with a deficit of approximately $224,955,000,000.
Washington Examiner: Byron York: Comey told Congress FBI agents didn’t think Michael Flynn lied
I linked to this lengthy piece that explores the bizarre timeline of Flynn accusations and Comey’s statements. The reason this is interesting is this is the basis of Trump-Russia case.
Telegraph:Julian Assange loses bid to overturn arrest warrant, as judge says he appears to consider himself ‘above the law’
Mr Assange had argued it was no longer in the public interest to pursue him for failing to answer bail at a police station after moving into the embassy while fighting extradition to face rape charges in Sweden.
The 46 year-old – who says he fears extradition to the United States for questioning over the activities of WikiLeaks if he leaves – accused the UK of a “cover-up” to keep him detained and claimed through his lawyers that his case had exposed “improper conduct” by the Crown Prosecution Service.
But Judge Arbuthnot said that far from being ‘detained’ he had effectively restricted his own freedom.
Telegraph:Oxfam scandal deepens with allegations of ‘sex for aid’ and abuse in charity shops
In some of the most explosive allegations yet against the charity, Helen Evans accused her bosses of ignoring her evidence and her pleas for more resources, forcing her to quit in despair.
Ms Evans said that staff had been accused of rape and that sexual abuse by shop managers in UK stores against young volunteers was covered up.
Ten per cent of staff in some countries had been sexually assaulted by colleagues or witnessed abuse, she added.
Kyodo:Kim Jong Un eager to mend ties with S. Korea, U.S. hints at talks
As the South’s President Moon Jae In has asked the North to resume dialogue with Washington as a condition for a summit between the Koreas, all eyes are on whether Kim, who continues to pursue nuclear weapons, will move in that direction.
“It is important to continue making good results by further livening up the warm climate of reconciliation and dialogue,” the Korean Central News Agency quoted Kim as saying Monday during talks with his country’s high-ranking delegation to the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Kim also expressed “satisfaction” over the delegation’s visit to South Korea, giving “practical instructions” aimed at mending inter-Korean relations, according to the agency. It did not specify the details of the instructions made by the leader.
The delegation, whose members included Kim’s younger sister and close aide Kim Yo Jong and ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam, met with Moon on Saturday during their three-day trip through Sunday.
Sydney Morning Herald:Mother of two babies that died suddenly had crippling ice addiction, court told
The father of BLGN, who is in jail, said his former girlfriend suffered a crippling ice addiction, which would keep her awake for 10 days straight while her kids were “running amok”.
“I’ve probably seen her smoke more times than I’ve seen her go to the toilet,” he told Glebe Coroners Court on Tuesday.
The inquest has previously heard an Asian drug dealer who came to the house the night before the tragedy put his hands on the crying baby’s mouth to make her “shut up”.
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