Comparison: Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton on the economy

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton laid out competing visions for the American economy during a pair of speeches this week, pitching a variety of ideas to accelerate job creation and economic growth. The proposals they unveiled - some new, some familiar - ran the gamut from tax and wage reforms to national investments in infrastructure and manufacturing. Here's a look at how their plans compare and contrast. Taxes Trump *Trump has proposed to abolish the estate tax, which he calls the death tax, saying people who have been taxed all their lives shouldn't also be taxed when they die. *To reform personal income taxes, Trump has embraced the House Republican plan, which proposes eliminating the current seven income brackets and replacing them with three brackets - individuals with annual incomes up to $37,650 would pay 12 percent. Individuals earning between $37,650 and $190,150 would pay 25 percent, and individuals earning more than $190,150 would pay 33 percent. For many low-income people, Trump emphasizes, deductions would bring their total federal income tax burden close to zero. *The current federal corporate tax rate is 35 percent, though many companies pay far less than 35 percent due to deductions and loopholes. Trump would slash the corporate tax rate to 15 percent and eliminate a variety of deductions and loopholes in the tax code to fill some of the resultant revenue shortfall. * Trump's latest tax plan has been revised from a previous version, but an analysis of the previous version by the left-leaning Tax Policy Center concluded it would reduce revenues by roughly $9 trillion. Trump has said the growth his plan would create would offset that shortfall, but beyond that, his team has offered little specifics on how a President Trump would prevent the deficit from exploding. Clinton *Clinton would like to expand the estate tax. Currently, the first $5.45 million of an individual's estate is untaxed, and beyond that threshold, the government collects 40 Continue Reading

Every ‘SNL’ Alec Baldwin Donald Trump Sketch Ranked, From Least to Most Retweetable (Photos)

Get ready for three more years of this Phil Hornshaw, provided by Published 12:17 pm, Monday, February 5, 2018 Alec Baldwin not only played Trump, but also Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, on this week’s SNL. Saturday Night Live could have enlisted this week’s host, Louis C.K., to play Bill O’Reilly in a sketch that came late in this week’s show about the Fox News host’s escalating sexual harassment scandal. Media: WochIt Media We’re in for at least four years of Donald Trump as President of the United States. That means one particularly great thing: We’re in for a lot more Alec Baldwin impersonations of Trump on “SNL.” From the often ridiculous phrases to the weird outbursts, “SNL” has captured all of it. In fact, the sketches often seem to struggle to surpass reality in terms of absurdity. But they get there. Here’s a list of every Baldwin-as-Trump “SNL” sketch, ranked from least to most hilarious. 23. Trump’s Classroom Cold Open (Dec. 3): Trump retweets ridiculous people, like a 16-year-old and a white supremacist. This one’s sadder than it is funny, though, because most of it doesn’t even require jokes. You can watch that sketch here. 22. Donald Trump Prepares Cold Open (Nov. 19): Fresh off winning the election, Trump’s completely unprepared. We already know that Mike Pence will do everything, but good effort, “SNL.” You can watch that sketch here. 21. Trump’s Christmas Cold Open (Dec. 17): Vladimir Putin drops by Trump Tower for Christmas. This one definitely brings to mind the phrase, “No puppet, no puppet.” You can watch that sketch here. window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); Continue Reading

Doug Jones Alabama Win: Breaking Down Election Victory After Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton

In perhaps the biggest Senate race upset in decades, Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore on Tuesday to fill the Alabama seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore, who was accused of sexual misconduct by nine women, lost by over 20,000 votes. Just 13 months earlier, President Donald Trump won the traditionally right-leaning state by 588,708 votes and with 62 percent of the vote. Jones' success with flipping counties that supported Trump in the 2016 election, along with winning some Democrat-leaning counties by a higher margin, was crucial to securing a victory. Amazing work in the special election in Alabama last night!  Look at those colors change!Pic on left is election map from Nov 2016 729k for Hilary 1.3m for Trump. Pic on right is from Senate race Dec 2017 671k Jones 650k Moore. #GOTV #BlackGirlsRock #changemakers #LoveWins — Union Thug Wife (@union_wife) December 13, 2017 Jones defeated Moore in Alabama's most populated counties. Jones' strong showing in Jefferson County, which has a population of over 658,000, was perhaps his biggest accomplishment, defeating Moore, 149,522 to 66,309. In comparison, Clinton defeated Trump in Jefferson, but by a much slimmer margin: 156,873 to 134,768. In Mobile County, Alabama's second most populous county, Jones defeated Moore by under 16,000 votes, while Clinton lost by roughly 23,000 votes. Jones won Madison County, which is home to Huntsville and is the third most populated county, with 57 percent of the vote, compared to Clinton's 38 percent, receiving 26,000 more votes than Clinton.  Clinton carried Montgomery County, 58,916 to Trump's 34,003, but Jones carried it over Moore by a much higher margin: 48,186 to 17,705. One of Jones' most notable wins was in Tuscaloosa County, which is home to the University of Alabama, Shelton State Community College and the historically black liberal arts Stillman College. Trump defeated Continue Reading

It’s Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton! Time to play ‘The Debating Game’

Who needs the standard, issue-oriented preview for tonight’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump when we all know issues are the last thing that will sway the electorate at this point. We want politics as sport. So welcome to “The Debating Game.” Print out the ballot below and play with your friends. Each correct answer is worth three points. The winner gets to be president! Here we go: Hillary and Donald: mano a mano, finally. 1. What color power tie will Donald Trump wear? a) Red b) Blue c) White d) Blood coming out of her whatever 2. What country will Donald Trump blame most for our nation’s problems? China or Mexico? a) Mexico b) China c) Kenya (because it’s where Obama was born) d) Switzerland (because it’s time for them to pick sides already) 3. What body part will Donald Trump say is far grander than it actually is? a) Penis b) Hands c) Brain d) The part where he stores all the “best words” that he has. 4. Which military action will Donald Trump again flip-flop on, and then blame Hillary Clinton for being on the wrong side of what he once said was the right side? Aleppo or John McCain? a) Libya b) Iraq c) Syria d) That time cowardly John McCain got captured by North Vietnam. 5. What Clinton-era scandal will Donald Trump mention most? a) Bill’s infidelity (which Trump has also done) b) Bill’s cozying up to dictators (which Trump has also done) c) Bill’s hostile policies towards African-Americans (which Trump also advocates) d) Hillary winning big with investments because the system was gamed in her favor (which Trump has also done) 6. What obscure government agency will Hillary Clinton mention casually as a way of showing that she knows more about government than Donald Trump does? a) BSCAA (Bureau of South and Central Asian Continue Reading

Readers sound off on presidential debate, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

Senseless debater Donald Trump Williamsburg, Va.: Trump did not prepare. Clinton overprepared. Trump did not follow up on so many issues that could have put the last nail in Clinton’s coffin. Perhaps Mark Cuban and Donny Deutsch are right that Trump wants to lose the election by a narrow margin and then blame the loss on a rigged and corrupt system. By then, his following will be astronomical and he can start his own cable network, where he can pontificate 24 hours a day. This is what more and more followers are beginning to believe — among them, myself. John Lemandri Manhattan: Dumb Donald is so dumb. How dumb is he? Dumb enough to think he can build big businesses with a “small” ($14 million) loan from his dad and on the backs of all the little guys he has stiffed; pay no federal taxes on his billions; insult every race, color, creed and sector, and then present a plan to give his wealthy 1% cohorts an even bigger tax break. And we the American people will make him President so he can run this country likes he runs his businesses, corrupt or bankrupt. Not gonna happen, Donald. America is not that dumb! Sorry. Pamela Carter Brooklyn: Why is there so much significance attached as to whether a presidential candidate “sounds presidential”? I’d rather have a President who sounds asinine and will bring meaningful change to our country, than a presidential-sounding President who will give us four more years of asinine policies that have been destroying our country. Robert Moskovitz Ethically bankrupt Manhattan: During Monday night’s debate, Donald Trump justified his discriminatory practices during the 1970s by saying that he and his family were among many who the Department of Justice sued. In Trump’s world, if others commit a wrongdoing, that makes it all right to commit. This is all we need to know about this man’s morals and ethics. Rich Kahn Where’s the real thing? West Islip, L.I.: When Continue Reading

Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton is dividing NFL locker rooms along racial lines: poll

NFL players’ support for a presidential candidate this election season is almost strictly divided on racial lines, according to one poll. Bleacher Report polled 43 NFL players and found that all 21 white players it spoke with intended to vote for Donald Trump while 20 of 22 black players were planning on voting for Hillary Clinton. The other two black players supported Trump. While the sample size of the poll is small, the results are stark. In some ways it is also unsurprising, given that Trump is polling at just 6.4 percent among black voters according to the RealClearPolitics polling average. That white NFL players also are wealthy possibly contributes to them skewing more Republican as well. The Bleacher Report story indicated that the political divisions among players have caused tensions in the locker room. After Rex Ryan publicly supported Donald Trump at a rally, one black player on the Bills told Bleacher Report: “I see Trump as someone who is hostile to people of color, and the fact that Rex supports him made me look at him completely differently, and not in a positive way.” Two players on an NFC team that had been friends for years - one white, one black - no longer were close after the white player revealed he was voting for Trump. That player, an offensive lineman, was told by the other, a linebacker, that they couldn’t be friends because of the lineman’s support for Trump, according to the story. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Famed Italian model Fabio gains U.S. citizenship, says Trump vs. Hillary election would be ‘brutal’

"I can't believe" he hasn't made up his mind yet. Italian-born model Fabio Lanzoni — known as just Fabio — who just became a U.S. citizen told the Daily News on Thursday he’s ready to vote, but hasn't decided on a presidential candidate yet. However, he said that Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton would be the best reality. "It's going to get really, really brutal," he said. HAIR APPARENT: FABIO IS NOW AN AMERICAN CITIZEN! As for his pick, the newly minted U.S. citizen said "it's too early, we don’t know the nominations yet.” "I have to see him (Trump) against Hillary," he added. "I want to see the two candidates and that's why you have debates." Generally, people all over the world are upset about politics, not just in America, Fabio explained. FABIO RE-IMAGINED AS THE STAR OF MODERN ROMANTIC FILMS LIKE ‘THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY’ AND ‘TITANIC’ ON HIS 57TH BIRTHDAY "This world is always fed up with politicians… It doesn't matter where you go. I’ve been all over the world," he said. “People don’t trust anyone.” He went on to say that no country is perfect and it's not the country, it's the people. "Perfection doesn't exist," he said. "People make mistakes." They also make the best of what they can. Fabio said he’s the perfect example of the American dream. He came to this country at 19 with no money and made it. The model, who popularly graced the cover of countless romance novels — didn't go back to Europe for about 18 years after he arrived in New York as a teen. "I totally felt at home. There's no country like America," Fabio, 57, said. He added that no other country uses "God bless our country" — and there's a reason for it. "I really believe this country has been blessed," he explained. Although the long-haired Italian lived in the country for more than 30 years, he waited on his paperwork Continue Reading

HIGHLIGHTS, CLIPS: Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton in Final Debate

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton face off in the third and final presidential debate of the 2016 campaign, moderated by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace.We're keeping you updated here with video highlights of all of the key moments as the big event unfolds in Las Vegas. When it's all over, stay with Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier for complete analysis, followed at 11:00pm ET by The Kelly File and a two-hour Hannity at midnight ET. SUPREME COURTAsked about the Supreme Court, Donald Trump said he would like to see a court that is "going to uphold the Second Amendment, which is absolutely under siege," adding that Clinton would perceptibly appoint justices that would leave the right to bear arms as a "very small replica of what it is now." WIKILEAKS DOCUMENTS & POSSIBLE RUSSIAN PARTICIPATION IN HACKSHillary Clinton and Donald Trump sparred over the release of hacked emails by WikiLeaks.Responding to a question about immigration policy, Trump contended that, through leaked Clinton speech transcripts, her public statements run counter to what she has said in private.Clinton called for Trump to disavow "interference" in the American election by Vladimir Putin and the Russian government who are allegedly linked to the hacks of Clinton speeches and emails.Trump said she was more upset at Putin for "outsmarting her and Obama" on foreign affairs.Clinton countered by calling the WikiLeaks ordeal "an unprecedented situation [with a] foreign government trying to interfere in our election." CLINTON'S ECONOMIC PLAN"When the middle class thrives, America thrives," Hillary Clinton said.She said she is planning to execute the "biggest jobs program since World War II."Clinton also criticized Trump's economic plan--which features "massive tax cuts"--as "trickle-down [economics] on steroids." WOMEN'S ACCUSATIONS AGAINST TRUMP & DEMOCRAT OPERATIVES ON UNDERCOVER VIDEORegarding accusations by multiple women that Trump sexually assaulted them, the Republican Continue Reading

Trump Interjects After Clinton Barb: ‘Such a Nasty Woman’

Trump Accuses Clinton Campaign of Being Behind Sexual Assault Claims Pundits React: Who Won the Final Trump-Clinton Debate? HIGHLIGHTS, CLIPS: Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton in Final Debate Donald Trump interjected during Hillary Clinton's response to a question about entitlement reform.Moderator Chris Wallace asked whether Clinton would pursue a "grand bargain [of] tax increases and benefit cuts" for the wealthy to keep the Social Security trust fund and Medicare program from running out of money.""I am on record as saying we need to put more money into the social security trust fund, [and] raise taxes on the wealthy.""My social security payroll contribution will go up, as will Donald's--assuming he can't figure out how to get out of it."That remark--referring to the New York Times report that, due to a multi-million dollar loss in FY-1995, Trump may have credited such a loss toward paying future income taxes for up to 18 years--apparently incensed Trump, who interrupted: "such a nasty woman."Prior to the "nasty woman" comment, Trump said that "nobody respects women more than me."What do you think? Let us know in the comments below. Debate Moment: Trump, Clinton Spar on Late-Term Abortions Debate Moment: Trump & Clinton in Heated Exchange Over Putin Can the Candidates Enact Their Immigration Plans Without Congress? Continue Reading

President Trump vs. President Clinton: What it means for your money

Americans could see their financial positions — on some pocketbook issues, if not others — change plenty over the next four years based on who gets elected president.Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have put out notable tax proposals, but they've largely been silent on many other issues that affect Americans' personal wealth. Here's a look at what might, and might not, be altered significantly by the next president. Notable change: Individual taxesThe tax code is the one personal-finance area that both candidates want to reshape significantly, especially for wealthy Americans. For example, Clinton would add a 4% "fair share surcharge" on those earning over $5 million and ensure a 30% minimum tax rate for those making more than $1 million.Americans of moderate income wouldn't feel as much impact, though Clinton would add complexity (and possibly higher rates) to capital-gains taxes, affecting mainstream Americans, too. Under Clinton, capital-gains rates would depend not just on income brackets but on the length of time investments were held — with the lowest rate requiring a six-year holding period.Trump could alter things even more. For example, he would compress the seven current individual brackets to three rates of 12%, 25% and 33%. He also would repeal the alternative minimum tax and the net investment income tax (which affects high-wage earners) and more than double the standard deduction to $15,000 for singles and $30,000 for married couples (Clinton also would limit the value of itemized deductions, for upper-bracket taxpayers.) Little change: Tax simplificationTrump's plan to eliminate the AMT could be an important step toward simplification. So, too, for his proposal to increase the standard deduction. "Most taxpayers will have no need to itemize, simplifying their tax returns and making it Continue Reading