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Trump Tax Break That Benefited the Rich Is Being Investigated

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A federal tax break meant to help poor communities that became a windfall for wealthy investors is being investigated by the Treasury Department, the agency’s deputy inspector general said on Wednesday.

The inquiry is being conducted at the request of three Democratic lawmakers, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, Representative Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri and Representative Ron Kind of Wisconsin.

The lawmakers made their request after articles in The New York Times and ProPublica raised questions about the Opportunity Zone tax break.

The legislation, part of the 2017 tax overhaul, is supposed to encourage new investment in poor neighborhoods, leading to new housing, businesses and jobs. However, wealthy investors are piling into the initiative, including developers with ties to the Trump administration.

Last year, The Times reported how money eligible for the tax break — supported by both Democrats and Republicans — was going to luxury projects in affluent neighborhoods, including deals that were underway long before the tax break took effect.

In October, The Times described how the financier Michael Milken stood to benefit from a move the Treasury Department made over the objections of some agency officials to permit a census tract in Nevada to qualify for the Opportunity Zone tax break. Mr. Milken is a longtime friend of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s.

“Despite these warnings from staff, Secretary Mnuchin instructed Treasury officials to allow the otherwise ineligible tract to qualify for the incentive,” the lawmakers wrote in seeking the inquiry. “If the Treasury Department provided a stamp of approval as a political favor, it is not only unacceptable, but in complete violation of the congressional intent of the Opportunity Zones.”

The Treasury’s internal watchdog expects “to complete our work and respond to the congressional requesters in early spring,” Rich Delmar, the department’s deputy inspector general, said in a statement.

Other potential beneficiaries of the Opportunity Zone tax break, The Times reported last year, were billionaire financiers like Leon Cooperman; Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor; Richard LeFrak, a New York real estate titan who is close to the president; and the family of Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser.

The initiative allows people to sell stocks or other investments and delay capital gains taxes for years — as long as they put the proceeds into projects in federally certified opportunity zones. Investors can avoid federal taxes on any profits from those projects.

In late December, the administration finished the program’s regulations. Officials said the regulations gave investors more clarity and flexibility on how to deploy their money, and push more funds into designated areas.

NBC News earlier reported the news of the inquiry.

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Megathread: Lev Parnas States In Interview ‘Trump Knew Exactly What Was Going On’

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Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian associate of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, in an exclusive interview airing Wednesday, that the president was aware of and involved with his actions connected to a pressure campaign in Ukraine at every step of the way.

Specifically, Parnas and Giuliani were instrumental in Trump’s efforts to strong-arm Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into publicly committing to investigations that would be beneficial to Trump’s reelection campaign.

Parnas and one of Giuliani’s other associates, Igor Fruman, were arrested and charged last year with violating campaign-finance laws connected to their work for Giuliani. They pleaded not guilty to the charges against them, and Parnas has since embarked on a media campaign to cooperate with the ongoing impeachment proceedings against the president.


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Oprah Winfrey on realizing she didn’t want to be married: ‘I didn’t want the sacrifices’

Oprah Winfrey has a unique view on marriage.

In an essay published Wednesday in O Magazine, the media mogul, 65, revealed that there is a good reason behind her and longtime partner Stedman Graham never marrying.

“I realized I didn’t actually want a marriage. I wanted to be asked,” Winfrey recalled after accepting Graham’s 1993 proposal. “I wanted to know he felt I was worthy of being his missus, but I didn’t want the sacrifices, the compromises, the day-in-day-out commitment required to make a marriage work.”

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Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham have dated since 1983. (Reuters)

“He and I agree that had we tied the marital knot, we would not still be together,” Winfrey said, explaining that she and Graham are both aware that her work is her priority.

Winfrey said that the relationship, which began in 1986, has worked for decades because he has an identity beyond “Oprah’s man,” as well as the fact that they “relish seeing the other fulfill and manifest their destiny and purpose.”

Winfrey said they have instead opted for a “spiritual partnership,” citing Gary Zukav’s definition of the term — “partnership between equals for the purpose of spiritual growth” — as a descriptor of their relationship.

Marriage or no marriage, Winfrey couldn’t help but gush about her beau.

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“Anyone who’s ever met him is always amazed by what a genuine gentleman he is,” she said. “He’s so positive. Wants the best for me and everyone he knows. Truly wishes people well. Doesn’t curse… Never have I heard him gossip or say a negative thing about anyone.”

She added: “He’s appropriately named because he’s steady as a mountain. Even-tempered, accountable, trustworthy, patient.”

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After Debate, Warren Told Sanders: ‘I Think You Called Me A Liar’

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Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders shared a tense moment after Tuesday night’s Democratic debate. Warren shunned Sanders’ attempt to shake her hand, and they exchanged words that were inaudible on the broadcast. Then, Sanders turned and walked away.

Now CNN, an organizer of the debate, has released the audio from their microphones.

“I think you called me a liar on national TV,” Warren says to Sanders in the recorded audio. During the televised portion of the debate, Sanders denied reports that he said he didn’t believe a woman could win the presidential election.

“What?” Sanders replies.

“I think you called me a liar on national TV,” Warren repeats.

Sanders replies, “You know, let’s not do it right now. If you want to have that discussion, we’ll have that discussion,” Sanders said.

“Anytime,” Warren replied. Sanders started to say, “you called me a …” and then turned and walked away from her.

During the debate, the two candidates addressed a report that during a private meeting at Warren’s house, Sanders said he did not believe a woman could win the presidential election.

Sanders flatly denied the claim. “I didn’t say it. How could anybody in a million years think that a woman couldn’t be president?” he said. Warren insisted Sanders had made the statement.

Warren maintained that Sanders had made that statement, but added “I’m not here to fight with Bernie.”

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Pelosi impeachment manager is calling for McConnell’s recusal from Trump Senate trial

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Sen. Kennedy: Pelosi ‘swollen with partisan rage’ as she sends Trump impeachment articles to Senate

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Senate Judiciary Committee member John Kennedy, R-La., said Wednesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is “swollen with partisan rage,” after watching the California Democrat shepherd the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate through her formal “engrossment ceremony.”

Kennedy told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that Pelosi’s impeachment proceedings in her chamber were “rigged” against President Trump and that as a sitting senator, he intends to treat both prosecuting Democrats and the president’s team fairly.

“You don’t have to be Mensa material to see that Speaker Pelosi is swollen with partisan rage. The whole process in the House was rigged,” said Kennedy, who added that he wants the American people to view the Senate trial differently than the House proceeding.

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“I don’t want the American people to look at the Senate’s work and say, ‘Well, we just got run over by the same truck twice,'” he remarked.

Regarding whether the Senate should allow both sides to call witnesses, Kennedy said such conversation was “premature.”

He said that the details of the Democrats’ prosecution, as well as the White House’s defense, is unclear.

If witnesses are allowed, he said, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., should be allowed to call who he wants, as should Trump’s team.

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However, he warned that Schumer could put the prosecution in an awkward predicament.

“We could end up in a very odd circumstance where Senator Schumer, he caught the car,”‘ Kennedy said. “He asked for his witnesses, they’re all White House aides, the president claims ‘executive privilege’ — and in fairness, the president gets his witnesses.”

In a case such as that, Kennedy claimed, Schumer’s witnesses would be restricted from testifying and Trump’s defense team could call Joe and Hunter Biden as well as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., to the witness stand unimpeded.

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Megathread: Lev Parnas States In Interview ‘Trump Knew Exactly What Was Going On’

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Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian associate of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, in an exclusive interview airing Wednesday, that the president was aware of and involved with his actions connected to a pressure campaign in Ukraine at every step of the way.

Specifically, Parnas and Giuliani were instrumental in Trump’s efforts to strong-arm Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into publicly committing to investigations that would be beneficial to Trump’s reelection campaign.

Parnas and one of Giuliani’s other associates, Igor Fruman, were arrested and charged last year with violating campaign-finance laws connected to their work for Giuliani. They pleaded not guilty to the charges against them, and Parnas has since embarked on a media campaign to cooperate with the ongoing impeachment proceedings against the president.


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Warren Told Sanders After Debate, ‘I Think You Called Me a Liar on National TV’

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DES MOINES — The nonaggression pact between the Democratic presidential campaign’s two leading liberals blew up on the debate stage Tuesday night, with Senator Elizabeth Warren accusing Senator Bernie Sanders after the event of calling her “a liar on national TV.”

The tense remarks, which became public only a day later, represent a startling break between Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders, who had often been united against the campaign’s leading moderates, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.

Coming less than three weeks before the Iowa caucuses, where the four Democrats are in close competition, the rupture has the potential to anger supporters of both Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders and inject negativity into a still-fluid race in a state that often rewards positive behavior from presidential candidates.

“I think you called me a liar on national TV,” Ms. Warren told Mr. Sanders after the debate, referring to their earlier dispute onstage over whether he told her in a private 2018 meeting that a woman could not be president. The New York Times described details of their exchange on Wednesday afternoon, and CNN broadcast an audio recording on Wednesday night.

According to the audio, Mr. Sanders responded, “What?”

“I think you called me a liar on national TV,” she said again.

“You know, let’s not do it right now,” he said. “If you want to have that discussion, we’ll have that discussion.”

Ms. Warren replied, “Anytime.”

“You called me a liar,” Mr. Sanders said. “You told me — all right, let’s not do it now.”

Tom Steyer, the billionaire businessman, approached Mr. Sanders in the middle of the exchange.

“I don’t want to get in the middle,” Mr. Steyer said. “I just want to say, ‘Hi, Bernie.’”

The exchange onstage between the two progressives, surrounded by onlookers but wrapped up in their intensely personal rivalry, marked their most direct confrontation in the entire 2020 election. And in some respects, it represented a kind of inevitable concession to reality: If Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders share an ideological cause, up to a point, they cannot ultimately share a presidential nomination. In Des Moines, the dream of the left, that both of them could compete to the end without ever clashing in a way that might damage either, was exposed as a fanciful aspiration.

But for that dream to break down amid allegations of sexism and mendacity could be a particularly perilous demise. For Ms. Warren, taking on Mr. Sanders face-to-face risked further enraging the far left, loud sections of which have already turned on her bitterly for her rivalry with Mr. Sanders. And while Ms. Warren appeared to win a positive reception for addressing the subject of gender head-on during the debate, even Democrats supportive of her campaign acknowledge that so prominently tackling sexism could risk leaving timid primary voters uneasy about the implications of nominating a woman.

The rift has already roiled progressives, who fear the public division will benefit the moderates in the race — and, more broadly, threatens the movement they have tried so hard to build. Leading progressive groups spent hours Wednesday trying to craft joint statements of unity among themselves while their leading political figures were in the most bitter public fight of their professional lives.

“I am hoping that volunteers and grass-roots groups can help bridge the gap that has opened between Warren and Sanders around their 2018 conversation,” said Larry Cohen, a longtime friend and adviser to Mr. Sanders who serves as chairman of Our Revolution, the organization that spun out of the 2016 Sanders campaign. “We remain focused on racial and gender justice, health care, climate crisis, good jobs, student debt and free college, the spiraling military budget and more. I don’t see a path forward on those issues in the Senate or at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee without cooperation when the time comes.”

Many progressive leaders pointed to the 2004 primary as a cautionary tale, when feuding between the more liberal candidacies of Representative Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri and former Gov. Howard Dean of Vermont helped the more moderate Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts win the Iowa caucus after a summer slump.

“It’s absolutely critical that progressives focus their fire on the corporate wing of the party to not allow a repeat of the 2004 election,” said Neil Sroka, communications director for Democracy for America, a liberal group founded by Mr. Dean after his unsuccessful primary run.

For Mr. Sanders, there might be even less upside to a drawn-out clash with Ms. Warren, particularly over matters of gender and sexism. While Mr. Sanders’s hard-core base has rallied to his side, much of the Democratic electorate still harbors feelings of resentment toward Mr. Sanders for his conduct toward Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential primaries. For him to be accused now, by one of the party’s most prominent women, of mounting an attack on her honesty could revive those grievances and narrow Mr. Sanders’s already tenuous path to winning acceptance from voters closer to the middle.

It is unclear whether either candidate might be inclined to perpetuate the feud in public. It is telling that Ms. Warren’s most pointed comment to Mr. Sanders came after the formal debate concluded, and that Mr. Sanders responded not by escalating the fight but by deferring it to another time.

Still, the last few days may already have taken a severe toll on the prospect that either Mr. Sanders or Ms. Warren might emerge from the primaries as a unity candidate of the left, with the weaker of the two yielding to the stronger after the first few rounds of voting. At the moment, there is little evidence that either is inclined toward that kind of self-effacing ideological solidarity.

Both the Warren and Sanders campaigns declined to comment on Wednesday. By the time CNN aired the footage, the two candidates had not spoken about the exchange, people familiar with their whereabouts said, though they are expected to be in close contact when the Senate convenes Friday.

CNN executives initially said they did not believe the exchange had been captured by the network’s microphones. The network said its journalists located a recording late on Wednesday after reviewing audio from the microphones that Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren had been wearing onstage.

Over the weekend, Ms. Warren said she was “disappointed” in Mr. Sanders after Politico reported that his campaign had distributed a script to volunteers suggesting she appealed mainly to highly educated voters. On Monday, CNN reported that Mr. Sanders had told Ms. Warren in a private meeting in 2018 that he thought a woman could not win the presidency; Mr. Sanders vehemently denied it.

“I thought a woman could win; he disagreed,” Ms. Warren said in a statement on Monday.

On Tuesday, the issue burst forth onto the debate stage in a remarkable moment before a national audience that captured the recent friction between the two senators.

“I didn’t say it,” Mr. Sanders insisted, about her characterization of his 2018 remarks. Ms. Warren disputed that, then called him her friend before pivoting to make the case that of the six candidates onstage, only the women had won all of their elections.

After the debate, Mr. Steyer repeatedly insisted he did not hear the back-and-forth between the two liberals.

“I was just saying good night to the two of them,” he told reporters during a brief exchange in the debate spin room at Drake University. “I didn’t hear anything.”

Reid J. Epstein and Sydney Ember reported from Des Moines, and Alexander Burns from New York. Reporting was contributed by Michael M. Grynbaum and Astead W. Herndon from New York, and Lisa Lerer from Washington.

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‘Friends’ reunion special still a maybe at HBO Max despite ‘interest all around’

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Don’t hold your breath, “Friends” fans.

It appears that the highly anticipated reunion special featuring the cast and creators of the hit sitcom, announced in November, is still up in the air.

HBO Max, where the special is scheduled to air, held a presentation on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, where chief content officer Kevin Reilly said that he’s still waiting on a green light.

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“There’s interest all the way around, and yet we can’t seem to quite get that interest all aligned to push the button on it, so today, unfortunately, it’s still a maybe,” said Reilly said when asked about the unscripted special.

When the special was announced, it was reported that Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc would all participate, as well as the show’s original creators, David Crane and Marta Kauffman.

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Aniston, 50, first hinted at the reunion in an October visit to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” where she was pressed for details about a possible reboot of the iconic comedy.

“Listen, we would love for there to be something but we don’t know what that something is,” said the actress. “We’re working on something.”

While on the show, Aniston would not confirm that a recent meeting between the cast members recently took place to discuss what that “something” might be.

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“We are always trying to think of something to do, but we have to figure out what the right thing is,” Aniston previously told “Entertainment Tonight“. “But we will.”

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FAA: Delta didn’t inform us about California fuel dump ahead of time

The Delta Air Lines pilots who dumped fuel over elementary schoolyards and neighborhoods in and around Los Angeles on Tuesday didn’t inform air traffic control before they did so and failed to get rid of the fuel at a proper altitude, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.

The agency said Wednesday that dumping the fuel at an optimal altitude would have allowed it to “atomize properly” before it was dumped over scores of people on the ground. Air traffic controllers will typically direct planes to appropriate areas to dispose of the fuel.

“The FAA is continuing to investigate the circumstances behind this incident,” the agency said.

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In this photo from video, Delta Air Lines Flight 89 to Shanghai, China dumps fuel over Los Angeles before returning to Los Angeles International Airport for an emergency landing Tuesday. Fire officials say fuel apparently dumped by the aircraft returning to LAX fell onto an elementary school playground. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman)

More than 50 people were treated for skin and eye irritation after Shanghai-bound Delta Flight 89 released the fuel while returning to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) shortly after takeoff because of a mechanical issue. The pilots dumped the fuel to reach a safe landing weight, the airline said in a statement.

Dozens of people on the ground were impacted but no injuries were reported, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. The Boeing 777-200 landed safely at the airport.

The FAA said its procedures call for fuel to be dumped over designated unpopulated areas, typically at higher altitudes so it disperses before it reaches the ground. According to recorded radio communications, air traffic control asked the Delta crew if they wanted to return to LAX immediately or linger over the ocean “to hold and burn fuel.”

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A map shows Delta Flight 89 path over Los Angeles.

“We’re going to go ahead,” the pilot or copilot responded. “We’ve got it back under control. … We’re not critical.”

“OK, so you don’t need to hold or dump fuel or anything like that?” the controller asked.

“Ah, negative,” was the response. But the plane dumped fuel anyway.

“I know that there are a lot of questions about the process that was followed and those kinds of things,” Dana Debel, Delta’s managing director of government affairs, said during a press conference Wednesday. “There is an ongoing investigation that was opened immediately after the flight landed back.”

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The airline sent 13 cleaning crews to work with the Los Angeles Unified School District on Wednesday to clean the outside areas of the schools impacted by the incident, it said in a statement.

The schools remained open.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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