Britons would pay more tax for a fairer society as COVID-19 exposes inequality

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Britons would be happy to pay higher taxes for a fairer, more caring and gender-equal society as the coronavirus pandemic transforms people’s views about the world they want to live in, economists said on Wednesday.

In a major report to be presented to parliamentarians, regional governments and business leaders, they laid out a radical roadmap for building a “caring economy” that puts people and the planet first.

“This is an idea whose time has come,” said Mary-Ann Stephenson, director of feminist think-tank the Women’s Budget Group which published the report.

“People don’t want to return to business as usual. We’re calling for a fundamental change in the way we approach the economy. It’s about a vision for doing things differently,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

At the heart of the new economy is a recognition of society’s reliance on paid and unpaid care work

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Atheist Richard Dawkins canceled by oldest student debate society

Famed atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins’ invitation to speak at the oldest student debate society in the world was canceled over what the society’s auditor deemed as his offensive views on Islam and sexual assault.

Richard Dawkins says although Islam is the “most evil” religion, not all Muslims are evil. | (PHOTO: REUTERS FILE)

Bríd O’Donnell, the auditor of Trinity College Dublin’s College Historical Society (The Hist) in Ireland, announced on Instagram Sunday night that she was “unaware of Richard Dawkins’ opinions on Islam and sexual assault until this evening” and that the society “will not be moving ahead with his address as we value our members’ comfort above all else,” according to The University Times.  Her post was made on her personal Instagram page and is not available for public viewing.

According to O’Donnell, Dawkins was invited

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Britons would pay more tax for a fairer society as COVID-19 …

By Emma Batha

LONDON, Sept 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Britons would be happy to pay higher taxes for a fairer, more caring and gender-equal society as the coronavirus pandemic transforms people’s views about the world they want to live in, economists said on Wednesday.

In a major report to be presented to parliamentarians, regional governments and business leaders, they laid out a radical roadmap for building a “caring economy” that puts people and the planet first.

“This is an idea whose time has come,” said Mary-Ann Stephenson, director of feminist think-tank the Women’s Budget Group which published the report.

“People don’t want to return to business as usual. We’re calling for a fundamental change in the way we approach the economy. It’s about a vision for doing things differently,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

At the heart of the new economy is a recognition of society’s reliance on

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Grassley says disclosing Trump’s tax records without authorization could violate law

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Tuesday suggested that any effort by the Senate to obtain and disclose President Trump’s tax records so soon before the election could violate the internal revenue code.



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Grassley says disclosing Trump’s tax records without authorization could violate law

Grassley, when pressed by a reporter over whether he would seek to obtain Trump’s tax records, indicated that he’s worried about them being used for “political purposes” before Election Day.

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Senate Republicans are under pressure to delve into Trump’s tax records after The New York Times published a bombshell report Sunday that Trump paid no federal income taxes in 11 of 18 years and that he claimed a $72.9 million tax refund that is now the subject of an IRS audit.

The Times also reported that Trump owes $421 million in loans that are coming due within four years,

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Victorian Society risk list: Auf Wiedersehen, Pet pub added

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A derelict pub in Middlesbrough is among the top 10 most endangered buildings, according to The Victorian Society

A circus theatre and a pub featured in Auf Wiedersehen Pet are among the country’s most endangered buildings, the Victorian Society has said.

The society has listed 10 Victorian and Edwardian buildings in England or Wales it deemed to be of national importance but at serious risk of being lost.

A church, hospital, police station and brewery have also been included.

Society president Griff Rhys Jones said the annually-updated list was “both upsetting and enlightening”.

“Many of our Victorian gems have a depressing recent story,” he said.

“Often buildings are neglected until they have reached a complete state of dereliction.”

The 10 endangered buildings are:

Samaritan Hospital for Women, Marylebone, London

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The hospital opened in 1889 and was built specifically

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Senate advances bill to fund government into December

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to fund the federal government cleared a key Senate procedural hurdle Tuesday as lawmakers sought to accomplish the bare minimum before they depart Washington to campaign — preventing a shutdown when the new fiscal year begins.



Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, and Vice President Mike Pence, right, walk to hold a private meeting with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, and Vice President Mike Pence, right, walk to hold a private meeting with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The measure to keep the government running through Dec. 11 advanced by a 82-6 tally. A final vote on Wednesday would send the stopgap spending bill to President Donald Trump in time for his signature before the new budget year starts Thursday.

The funding measure advanced while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made

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Moms 4 Housing-inspired bill becomes California law

A bill signed into law this week prevents corporations from scooping up too much of California’s valuable housing stock — a shift that could help shape how the state’s housing market weathers the COVID-fueled economic crisis.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 1079 into law this week — one of several housing protection or production-focused bills to make it off his desk. SB 1079, which was inspired by the Oakland activist group Moms 4 Housing, prevents corporations from snapping up bundles of homes during foreclosure auctions. Instead, it gives tenants and families an opportunity to buy them individually.

With the coronavirus pandemic pushing national mortgage default rates higher than they’ve been in years, the new state law could prove especially impactful.

“SB 1079 sends a clear message to Wall Street: California homes are not yours to gobble up; we won’t tolerate another corporate takeover of housing,” the bill’s author, Sen. Nancy

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Scout’s Honor establishes a post-apocalyptic society around a scouting manual

Writer David Pepose and artists Luca Casalanguida and Matt Milla have teamed up to create Scout’s Honor, a new AfterShock Comics creator-owned title focusing on a post-apocalyptic future where an old scouting manual has become the foundation of a strict new doctrine.



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“Years after a nuclear apocalypse, a new society has risen from the ashes…and their bible is an old Ranger Scout manual,” reads AfterShock’s official description of the series.

“A young Ranger Scout named Kit has endured the harsh survivalist upbringing needed to conquer the irradiated Colorado Badlands,” it continues. “But after discovering a terrible secret once lost to history, Kit must risk everything on a dangerous quest to uncover the truth behind the Ranger Scouts’ doctrine.”

Scout’s Honor is the latest series from Pepose, who is also the writer of Action Lab’s Spencer & Locke and Going to the Chapel, as well

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No action against man who ended Texas church shooting: Grand Jury


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Jack Wilson, 71, poses for a photo at a firing range outside his home in Granbury, Texas, on Monday. (Photo: Jake Bleiberg, AP)

FORT WORTH, Texas — A grand jury in Texas decided Monday to take no action against a man who fatally shot an armed man who killed two people at a Fort Worth-area church in late December, prosecutors said.

Jack Wilson, a firearms instructor who trained a volunteer security team at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, fatally shot Keith Thomas Kinnunen during a Dec. 29 service after Kinnunen shot and killed 67-year-old Richard White, another security volunteer, and 64-year-old Anton “Tony” Wallace, a server. 

As the attacker shot the two men, congregants scrambled for cover. The gunman was heading to the front of the sanctuary as Wilson searched for a clear line of fire.

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Trump administration to allow undocumented teens in government custody to get abortions

The Trump administration’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) on Tuesday changed its policy banning pregnant undocumented teenagers in federal custody from obtaining abortions, marking an end to a three-year legal battle. 

The ORR, a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that oversees undocumented minors and others in federal immigration custody, now directs that pregnant teenagers in its custody must be allowed access to an abortion.  

In 2017, the Trump administration effectively adopted a policy that prevented undocumented pregnant teenagers in federal custody from seeking abortions, even during the earlier months of their pregnancies. A series of court rulings against the administration’s policy has forced them to reverse this practice. 

On Tuesday, the Trump administration filed papers in a lawsuit filed against it notifying the court that it would reverse the policy on abortions and pay $336,710 to the American Civil Liberties Union to cover its legal

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