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Morning Headlines - Friday, Dec. 30, 2022

U.S. and World Headlines

2022’s Top 5 Biggest Political Losers Include Senators, A Congresswoman And Even A World Leader

In the full-contact sport of politics, there are always winners and losers and 2022 was no exception. Among the winners this year are House Republicans, who won back the majority in the U.S. House and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who was re-elected with a stunning 59% of the vote in Florida. And then there are the unlucky ones on the other side of the ledger who drew the short straw this year. And to that end, here are the biggest political losers of 2022.  

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What To Look For In Trump’s Tax Returns

On Friday, Trump’s actual tax returns from 2015 to 2020 are set to be released, after Democrats said they needed additional time to redact the documents and remove personal information.

Tax experts aren’t expecting huge revelations from the raw returns, which were summarized in reports from both the Democratic-controlled Ways and Means Committee and the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT). But the more detailed documents could provide additional information on key areas of interest regarding Trump’s businesses and his professional associations.

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Conservatives' Latest McCarthy Ask: A Broad Biden Admin Investigation

House conservatives are upping their demands on Kevin McCarthy as he tries to lock down the speaker’s gavel. Their new price: a select committee with a huge scope of targets.

While the Republican leader and soon-to-be committee chairs have already lined up a laundry list of investigations that will largely command the House GOP’s agenda next year, it’s not enough for some McCarthy critics. Some of those opposing and on the fence about the Californian’s speakership bid want him to start a new panel, one that could direct probes against the entities they’ve castigated for years, including the FBI, the Justice Department, the IRS and Anthony Fauci.

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Think Your Bills Are High Now? All The Tax Hikes Hitting Americans On January 1 Revealed

  • The Inflation Reduction Act includes three major energy taxes that are expected to increase household energy bills
  • One is a regressive tax on American oil and gas development, estimated to increase taxes by $6.5 billion
  • Democrats are proposing a 16.4 cents-per-barrel tax on crude oil likely to be passed on to consumers in the form of higher gas prices
  • It would shred President Biden's promise not to raise taxes for Americans making less than $400,000 per year
  • US inflation is 7.1% for 12 months to November 2022 after rising 7.7% previously
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Biden Signs $1.7T Government Spending Bill, Ensuring Funding For Most Of 2023

President Joe Biden Thursday signed the omnibus spending bill into law while on vacation, extending funding for the government into next year.

Biden, on vacation in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, signed the $1.7 trillion into law to avoid a government shutdown and provide funding for the federal government through September.

The legislation, which provides $773 billion for non-defense discretionary spending and $858 billion for defense spending, marks victories for both parties.

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Wisconsin Headlines

'It Was Complicated': Professors Explain The History And Enforcement Of Abortion In Wisconsin

Historical analyses of abortion vary widely.

Depending on what you read, abortion in early America was commonplace, safe, legal and accepted — or it was dangerous and uncommon.

The abortion history debate was elevated this summer when the United States Supreme Court's majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization asserted "the right to abortion is not deeply rooted in the Nation’s history and tradition." Dobbs overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that had guaranteed abortion rights since 1973.

While legal experts on both sides of the debate have agreed that abortion historically has not been considered a constitutional right, Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion riled up many scholars for a number of reasons — chief among them his claim of an "unbroken tradition" of criminalizing abortion.

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Kolar Retiring As Vets Affairs Secretary

Gov. Tony Evers announced today that Veterans Affairs Secretary Mary Kolar will retire, effective Monday.

Kolar, a former Dane County supervisor, was among Evers’ first cabinet picks after he won election in 2018. Prior to her appointment, she worked with the Dane County Veterans Service Office and was vice president of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Kolar joined the U.S. Navy in 1980 and served on active duty for 28 years.

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Devin LeMahieu On Wisconsin's 2023 Budget, Confirmations

Wisconsin State Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, discusses the prospect of Republicans working with the governor on budgeting and their plans to approach gubernatorial appointments.

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The Best Wisconsin Restaurant Visited By Guy Fieri

Known for his spiked hair and sunglasses, the Mayor of Flavortown is spilling his secrets about one of his favorite restaurants in Wisconsin.

Mashed, which is a multi-platform publication for those who love to eat and cook, rounded up all the locations featured on Guy Fieri’s show, “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” to come up with a list of the top diner, drive-in or dive in every state.

For Wisconsin, Delta Diner in Mason (Bayfield County) is Mashed’s favorite restaurant that appears on Guy Fieri’s show. Located at 14385 CTH H, Delta Diner is everything you’d imagine at a classic roadside diner.

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SMU's Tanner Mordecai Likely Transferring To Wisconsin

SMU quarterback Tanner Mordecai entered the transfer portal Thursday night and is expected to land at Wisconsin, sources told ESPN.

Mordecai had 7,152 passing yards with 72 touchdowns and 22 interceptions the past two seasons for SMU, setting a team record with 13 games of 300 passing yards or more. He began his career at Oklahoma, spending three seasons as a backup before transferring to SMU.

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Last Update: Dec 30, 2022 5:48 am CST

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