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The Foreman Forecast: Cracking the tax code

Aside from accountants and perhaps a few sadistic IRS agents, no one in this country seems overly fond of the federal tax code. It’s ridiculously complicated. It’s laced with loopholes. And for many families, collecting receipts, filling out forms and sifting through the maze of rules...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 5:02am

Trump’s America: Harvey, Irma, Jose and Donald

Irma's slamming Florida. Jose's roiling the Atlantic. Houston's barely started drying out from Harvey. And Hurricane Donald is still wreaking its Category-5 havoc everywhere. The eye is centered in Washington, but the deadly squalls now extend from coast to coast. It has been eerie...

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 6:40pm

Melania Trump was snubbed by Vanity Fair's best-dressed list and her fans are pissed

Melania Trump fans are furious after realizing the first lady was snubbed by Vanity Fair on its “International Best-Dressed List” for 2017. On a list that seems to include the who’s who of world leaders — former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama,...

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 5:43pm

Catalan parliament approves law to call referendum on independence

Catalonia's parliament on Wednesday passed a law to make formal its plans for an Oct. 1 referendum on whether to declare independence from Spain, a vote that the central government says is illegal and that it will stop. A majority of the regional parliament, which is controlled by pro-...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 4:55pm

School is open but Walmart is not

NYC schools are now open, but once again out of work, single income, poor, working and middle class parents looking for reasonable priced clothing and educational supplies had to pay more. This is thanks to elected officials who believe they know what is best for you. ...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 5:00am

The new Chestnut Street protected bike lane: A beginner’s manual

Last week, the city of Philadelphia opened a new parking-protected bike lane along the north side of Chestnut Street in West Philadelphia. It’s 11 blocks long and is part of a much larger goal the city has for safer streets and zero traffic deaths –including 30 miles of...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 5:00am

Trump’s America: DACA Dreamers, DACA nightmares

Dream on this, you little Dreamers: Six months from now, when Paul Ryan still hasn’t corralled his unruly House Republican caucus and Donald Trump’s DACA time bomb is about to go ka-boom, 800,000 of you will suddenly be— What? Where? Swept up in a mass deportation of young...

Monday, September 4, 2017 - 5:42pm

Too soon, Charlie Hebdo? French magazine takes heat for Texas Nazi cover

The French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, that became well-known after attacks on its office attributed to an illustration of the founder of Islam, the prophet Muhammad, is taking heat for its cover depicting the devastation from Hurricane Harvey. The cover features submerged people giving the...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 5:43pm

Columbus Day now Indigenous Peoples' Day in L.A.

Christopher Columbus, the man credited with “discovering” America, is a controversial figure in history. While he accidentally stumbled upon what became known as The United States of America, he also contributed to the death and downfall of the people who already inhabited the land he...

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 9:30pm

The Foreman Forecast: Trump’s higher ground

Amid the record rainfall, scouring floods and human misery in south Texas, there was President Trump doing what presidents do: Offering reassurance, praising first responders and promising the federal government’s help until the suffering has passed. Such visits have become a supremely...

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 5:05am

The Foreman Forecast: The primary issue

As much as people worry about being attacked by a shark, hit by lightning or trapped in a cab with Pauly Shore, such events are thankfully rare. If you are the president of the United States, here is something else you can add to the “long odds” list: Getting challenged for your own...

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 5:02am

Service improvements beat countdown clocks for 7 train

There are better investments the MTA can make to improve service on the No. 7 Flushing subway than the installation of countdown clocks. In March 1953, a super express began operating from Flushing–Main Street to Times Square in the morning rush hour. This 7 express stopped at Main Street and...

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 5:02am

Trump’s America: Why stop the pardons with Sheriff Joe?

Pardon me. No, really. I’d like to be pardoned – wouldn’t you? Pardoned for crimes I’ve already committed, pardoned for crimes I am only now dreaming up. Mark my words: When it comes to Donald Trump’s presidential pardons, Sheriff Joe was just a practice round. Jared...

Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 5:07pm

Philly needs to change its street safety approval process

Essentially, after a chaotic public meeting in July, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson rejected plans for a West Center City safety improvement pilot project. The reason? "Near neighbor" concerns. Essentially, it was decided most people in the vicinity of Lombard Street were worried enough...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 5:00am

The Foreman Forecast: All in

All those patently false statements President Trump has made about – well, all kinds of things? Forget them. The vicious and at times violent words he heaves at his foes? Never mind. His explicitly distasteful statements about women, his disdain for members of his own party, the chaos in the...

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 5:00am

Trump’s America: Total eclipse of Donald’s decency

Aid and comfort to white supremacists. Confederate War statues treated like an oppressed minority group. Steve Bannon, out as Donald Trump’s senior advisor and back in his bunker at Breitbart.com, chortling to his locked-and-loaded comrades on the right: “I’ve got my hands back on...

Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 5:11pm

Trump repeats debunked Pershing pig's blood lie

President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday that the United States should take a page from history. No. 45 (in 140 characters or less) referred to Army Gen. John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing ending “Radical Islamic Terror” for 35 years by dipping bullets in pig’s blood...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 5:18pm

The Foreman Forecast: All the best people

When he was campaigning, Donald Trump constantly bragged about the power of his business contacts – about how he could bring the biggest names in corporate America to his side to spur the economy and promote jobs. “You need people that are truly, truly capable,” he said. Now, he...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 5:00am

There is no such thing as the ‘alt-left,’ say experts

President Trump might do well to take a page from "Mean Girls:" Stop trying to make "alt-left" happen. It's not going to happen. During yesterday's press conference in which Trump defended the white supremacists at Charlottesville, one of his arguments was that the...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 2:38pm

Greater Philadelphia: The future of healthcare

The Greater Philadelphia region has always been a hub for the life sciences. This hub was established hundreds of years ago with the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In 1765, it stood as the first and only medical school in the original 13 colonies of our country. In Surgeon Hall on...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 5:06am