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Jimmy Carter, 39th US President, Enters Hospice Care At Home

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ATLANTA, Ga. — Former President Jimmy Carter, the longest-living American president at 98 years old, has entered home hospice care in Plains, Georgia, according to a statement from The Carter Center on Saturday.

Carter “decided to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care instead of additional medical intervention” after a series of short hospital stays, according to the statement.

The 39th president has the full support of his medical team and family, who “ask for privacy at this time and are grateful for the concern shown by his many admirers,” according to the statement.

Jimmy Carter was a little-known Georgia governor when he launched his presidential campaign ahead of the 1976 election. He went on to defeat then-President Gerald R. Ford, capitalizing on his status as a Washington outsider in the aftermath of the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal, which forced Richard Nixon out of office in 1974.

Jimmy Carter served a single turbulent term before being defeated by Republican Ronald Reagan in 1980, paving the way for his decades of global advocacy for democracy, public health, and human rights through The Carter Center.

The Center was founded in 1982 by the former president and his wife, Rosalynn, 95. In 2002, his work there earned him the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Jimmy Carter, Who Spent Most Of His Life In the Plains

Jason Carter, the couple’s grandson who now chairs The Carter Center’s governing board, tweeted on Saturday that he “saw both of my grandparents yesterday. They are at peace, and their home is full of love, as always.”

Jimmy Carter, who spent most of his life in the Plains, traveled extensively into his 80s and early 90s, including annual trips to Habitat for Humanity and frequent trips abroad as part of the Carter Center’s election monitoring and efforts to eradicate the Guinea worm parasite in developing countries. However, the former president’s health has deteriorated in his tenth decade, particularly as the coronavirus pandemic has limited his public appearances, including at his beloved Maranatha Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School lessons for decades to standing-room-only crowds.

Former President Jimmy Carter is receiving hospice care at the Carter Center.

Carter had a small cancerous mass removed from his liver in August 2015. Carter said the next year that he didn’t need any more treatment because an experimental drug had taken care of all the cancer.

Carter’s most recent birthday was celebrated in October with family and friends in Plains, the small town where he and Rosalynn were born between World War I and the Great Depression.

Last year, the Carter Center celebrated 40 years of promoting its human rights agenda.

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Jimmy Carter Was Born In Rural South Georgia

Since 1989, the Center has been a leader in the field of election observation. At least 113 elections in Africa, Latin America, and Asia have been watched by the Center. The organization recently said that there were only 14 cases of Guinea worm disease in humans in all of 2021. This is the result of years of public health campaigns in Africa to make it easier for people to get clean drinking water.

This is a dramatic reduction from when The Carter Center took the lead on global eradication efforts in 1986 when the parasitic disease infected 3.5 million people. Carter once stated that he hoped to outlive the last Guinea worm parasite.

Carter was born in rural south Georgia on October 1, 1924, to a prominent family. During WWII, he attended the United States Naval Academy and served as a Cold War Naval officer before returning to Plains, Georgia, with Rosalynn and their young family to take over the peanut business after Earl Carter’s death in the 1950s.

The younger Carter, a moderate Democrat, rose quickly from the local school board to the state Senate and then to the governorship of Georgia. He launched his presidential campaign as an underdog with a broad smile, outspoken Baptist beliefs, and policy proposals that reflected his engineering education. He was popular among many Americans because he promised not to deceive the American people following Nixon’s disgrace and defeat in Southeast Asia.

“Don’t vote for me if I lie or make a false statement. “I would not deserve to be your president,” Carter frequently said during his campaign.

Jimmy Carter, who came of age politically during the civil rights movement, was the last Democratic presidential nominee to sweep the Deep South before Reagan and the Republicans swept the region in subsequent elections.

He governed amid Cold War tensions, volatile oil markets, social unrest over racism, women’s rights, and America’s global role.

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At 100 Years Old, The Man Is Still An Active Volunteer

Jimmy Carter’s foreign policy triumphs included keeping Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin at the negotiating table for 13 days in 1978. That Camp David experience inspired the post-presidential Center where Carter would leave his imprint. Domestically, Jimmy Carter deregulated the airline, railroad, and trucking industries and established the departments of Education and Energy and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He established national parks and wildlife refuges on millions of acres in Alaska. He appointed a record number of women and non-whites to federal positions. He never received a Supreme Court nomination, but he did appoint civil rights lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the nation’s ≥second-highest court, putting her in line for a promotion in 1993.

Jimmy Carter also expanded on Nixon’s opening to China, and while tolerating autocrats in Asia, he pushed Latin America away from dictatorships and toward democracy.

Despite this, Jimmy Carter’s electoral coalition splintered due to double-digit inflation, gasoline lines, and Iran’s 444-day hostage crisis. In April 1980, eight Americans were killed in a failed hostage rescue, contributing to his landslide defeat.

Jimmy Carter largely disappeared from electoral politics in the years following his defeat. Democrats were wary of embracing him. Republicans used him as a punchline, portraying him as a helpless liberal. In reality, Jimmy Carter governed as a technocrat, more progressive on race and gender equality than he had campaigned, but a budget hawk who frequently irritated more liberal Democrats, including Ted Kennedy, the Massachusetts senator who ran a damaging primary campaign against the sitting president in 1980.

Carter said after he left office that he had underestimated how important it was to deal with Washington power brokers, such as the media and lobbying groups in the nation’s capital. However, he insisted that his overall strategy was sound and that he had achieved his primary goals — to “protect our nation’s security and interests peacefully” and “enhance human rights here and abroad” — despite falling dramatically short of a second term.

Years later, when he was 100 and was told he had cancer, he said he was happy with his long life.

“I’m perfectly fine with whatever happens,” he said in 2015. “I’ve had an exciting, adventurous, and rewarding life.”

SOURCE – (AP)

 

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Supreme Court Upholds Trump-Era Foreign Earnings TAX

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On Thursday, the US Supreme Court upheld an obscure tax established as part of Trump’s big 2017 reform package that targets U.S. taxpayers who own shares in certain foreign firms.

The Supreme Court concluded 7-2 that the so-called mandatory repatriation tax, or MRT, is constitutional under Article I and the 16th Amendment, rejecting a lawsuit by a Washington couple, Charles and Kathleen Moore, who claimed the provision violated the Constitution. Justice Brett Kavanaugh authored the majority opinion. Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch dissented.

The Supreme Court’s decision was narrow, but by declining to overturn the tax, the justices avoided closing the door on Democrats’ proposals to levy taxes on the nation’s richest earnings. Kavanaugh emphasized that the court’s analysis ignores the difficulties created by holdings, wealth, or net worth taxes, as well as appreciation taxes.

“Those are potential issues for another day, and we do not address or resolve any of those issues here,” the Supreme Court judge’s counsel wrote. “In the Moores’ instance, Congress has long taxed an entity’s shareholders on its undistributed revenue, as it did with the MRT. This Court has long sustained such taxes, and we continue to do so with the MRT.

The high court opinion is also expected to allay fears about the impact of a sweeping decision rejecting the required repatriation tax on other elements of the tax legislation. Kavanaugh acknowledged the potential repercussions of such a finding, stating that if the Moores’ argument is adopted, “vast swaths” of the Internal Revenue Code may be declared unconstitutional.

“And those tax provisions, if suddenly eliminated, would deprive the U. S. government and the American people of trillions in lost tax revenue,” he wrote on behalf of the coalition. “The logical ramifications of the Moores’ thesis would thus oblige Congress to either dramatically slash important national programs or significantly increase taxes on the remaining sources available to it—including, of course, ordinary Americans. The Constitution does not need such a fiscal disaster.”

Dan Greenberg, general counsel of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which represented the Moores, expressed disappointment with the verdict, which allows the government to collect income taxes on overseas stockholders who have never earned income.

“We think that is unfair, because the Constitution authorizes Congress to tax people on their income, not the income of foreign businesses that they do not control,” according to a press release.

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The tax at the center of the case, known as Moore v. U.S., is imposed one time on U.S. taxpayers who hold shares of certain foreign corporations. The Moores challenged the measure after they were hit with a nearly $15,000 tax bill for 2017 as a result of the law, which required them to pay levies on their share of reinvested lifetime earnings from an India-based company called KisanKraft Tools.

The Moores had invested $40,000 in the company in 2006 in exchange for a 13% stake, and did not receive any distributions, dividends or other payments from it.

But the mandatory repatriation tax, enacted through the Tax Cut and Jobs Act that was signed into law by former President Donald Trump, taxed U.S. taxpayers who owned at least 10% of a foreign company on their proportionate share of that company’s earnings after 1986. The tax was projected to generate roughly $340 billion in revenue over 10 years.

Though KisanKraft reinvested its earnings in the years after its founding, rather than distributing dividends to shareholders, the tax still applied to the Moores.

The Moores paid, but filed a lawsuit against the federal government to obtain a refund and challenge the constitutionality of the mandatory repatriation tax.

A federal district court ruled for the government and dismissed the case, finding that the mandatory repatriation tax is permitted under the 16th Amendment, which grants Congress the authority to tax “incomes, from whatever source derived.”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld the lower court’s decision, ruling that nothing in the Constitution prohibits Congress from “attributing a corporation’s income pro-rata to its shareholders.” The 9th Circuit noted that courts have consistently upheld other similar taxes, and warned that finding the measure unconstitutional would call into question many other long-standing tax provisions.

The Supreme Court affirmed the 9th Circuit’s ruling and found that by 1938, its precedents had established a rule that contradicted the Moores’ argument in their case. That line of prior decisions, Kavanaugh wrote for the court, “remains good law to this day.”

Citing those earlier rulings and the similarities between the mandatory repatriation tax and other tax provisions, the court concluded that the measure “falls squarely within Congress’s constitutional authority to tax.”

Justice Amy Coney Barrett issued a concurring opinion, joined by Justice Samuel Alito, in which she agreed with the outcome of the case, but split with the majority’s reasoning. Addressing the question that was before the court, Barrett said that the 16th Amendment does not authorize Congress to tax unrealized sums without apportionment to the states.

In a dissenting opinion joined by Gorsuch, Thomas said the Moores were correct in challenging the mandatory repatriation tax as unconstitutional. Because the couple never actually received gains from their investment, those unrealized gains couldn’t be taxed as income under the 16th Amendment, he wrote.

“The fact that the MRT has novel features does not mean that it is unconstitutional. But, the MRT is undeniably novel when compared to older income taxes, and many of those differences are constitutionally relevant,” he wrote. “Because the MRT is imposed merely based on ownership of shares in a corporation, it does not operate as a tax on income.”

Thomas criticized the majority over its concerns about the impact a broad decision would have on other longstanding taxes, writing that “if Congress invites calamity by building the tax base on constitutional quicksand, ‘the judicial power’ afforded to this court does not include the power to fashion an emergency escape.”

He also rebuffed the majority’s contention that its ruling does not speak to the constitutionality of other taxes that may be passed by Congress, such as a wealth tax.

“Sensing that upholding the MRT cedes additional ground to Congress, the majority arms itself with dicta to tell Congress ‘no’ in the future,” Thomas wrote. “But, if the court is not willing to uphold limitations on the taxing power in expensive cases, cheap dicta will make no difference.”

During oral arguments in December, the justices seemed sympathetic to concerns about how a sweeping ruling would reverberate across the U.S. tax system and threaten existing tax laws.

But some of the justices sought clarity on the limits of Congress’ taxing power. Lawyers for the Moores had warned the court that allowing a tax on income that has not yet been realized, or received, would pave the way for lawmakers to levy taxes on all manner of things, such as retirement accounts or gains in the value of real estate.

Justice Samuel Alito had faced pressure from some congressional Democrats to recuse himself from the case because of interviews he participated in with an editor at the Wall Street Journal and David Rivkin, a lawyer who represented the Moores.

The justice declined to step aside from the case, arguing there was “no valid reason” for him to do so.

Source: CBS News

 

 

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Half A Million Immigrants Could Eventually Get US Citizenship Under A New Plan From Biden

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Washington — President Joe Biden is taking a broad election-year step to provide relief to potentially hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the United States, seeking to balance his aggressive crackdown on the southern border earlier this month, which enraged advocates and many Democratic lawmakers.

The White House said on Tuesday that the Biden administration will allow select spouses of US citizens without legal status to apply for permanent residency and, eventually, citizenship. Senior government officials estimate that the move might affect up to half a million immigrants.

To qualify, an immigrant must have been in the United States for ten years as of Monday and be married to a US citizen. If a qualifying immigrant’s application is approved, he or she will have three years to apply for a green card and a temporary work permit while avoiding deportation.

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Half A Million Immigrants Could Eventually Get US Citizenship Under A New Plan From Biden

According to senior administration officials who briefed reporters on anonymity, approximately 50,000 noncitizen children with parents married to U.S. citizens may also be eligible for the process. No criteria exist for how long the pair has been married, but no one is eligible after Monday. That implies that immigrants who reach the 10-year milestone after Monday will not be eligible for the programme, according to officials.

Senior administration officials expect the procedure to be available for applicants by the end of the summer. The application fees have yet to be determined.

Biden will discuss his plans at a White House event on Tuesday. The event will also commemorate the 12-year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a popular Obama-era directive that provided deportation protections and temporary work permits to young immigrants without legal status.

Democrats, despite the president’s efforts to limit refuge earlier this month, seek to contrast Biden with probable Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his campaign promise to deport millions if reelected. Trump has leaned into his extreme ideas as Biden has received criticism for his handling of immigration during his term; on Tuesday, Trump’s campaign accused the incumbent president of presenting “another invitation for illegal immigration.”

“Biden only cares about one thing — power — and that’s why he is giving mass amnesty and citizenship to hundreds of thousands of illegals who he knows will ultimately vote for him and the Open Border Democrat Party,” Karoline Leavitt, a spokeswoman for the

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Half A Million Immigrants Could Eventually Get US Citizenship Under A New Plan From Biden

Because the prospect of a second Trump administration hangs over Biden’s new policy, Tuesday’s moves will kick off a months-long scramble by Latino organizations to recruit as many individuals as possible to apply for the program. If Trump is reelected, he has the authority to end the program, but immigrants granted parole status will remain protected.

Gustavo Torres, executive director of CASA, said Biden’s statement would energize Latino communities to show their support.

“This is what our communities have needed to rally behind President Biden for reelection,” he stated.

The Democratic president will also unveil new regulations that would make it easier for certain DACA recipients and other young immigrants to apply for long-term work permits. That would provide qualifying immigrants with more protection than the work permits granted under DACA, which is now facing legal challenges and is no longer accepting new applications.

Biden’s announcement for wives on Tuesday does not represent a fresh exercise of power. Andrea Flores, a former policy adviser in the Obama and Biden administrations and now a vice president at FWD.us, an immigration advocacy organization, said the policy would expand on the authority used by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama to allow “parole in place” for family members of military members.

The parole-in-place process allows qualified immigrants to begin obtaining permanent residency in the United States without leaving the country, removing a common obstacle for people without legal status who are married to Americans. Flores described it as “the biggest win for the immigrant rights movement since the announcement of DACA 12 years ago.”

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Half A Million Immigrants Could Eventually Get US Citizenship Under A New Plan From Biden

Tuesday’s news came two weeks after Biden announced a broad crackdown at the US-Mexico border, effectively halting asylum requests for anybody traveling between legally recognized ports of entry. Immigrant rights groups have sued the Biden administration over the policy, which, according to a senior administration official, has resulted in fewer border crossings between ports.

The same leftists who were outraged by Biden’s asylum order praised the president on Tuesday. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., who chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus, praised Biden’s actions, saying they would help keep American families together.

“Many Americans would be shocked to hear that when a U.S. citizen marries an undocumented person, their spouse is not automatically eligible for citizenship,” she stated. “”Imagine falling in love with someone, marrying them, and then being afraid of losing them.

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Trump Fears Biden Moving the US Closer to Nuclear War with Russia

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Former President Donald Trump stated in an interview that he was far more concerned about the possibility of nuclear war than global warming in an interview with Fox’s Sean Hannity.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee spoke with the Fox News host Sean Hanity on the election and his recent guilty verdict in a New York court over hush money payments to Stormy Daniels, but he also explored what a second Trump term might entail, particularly on foreign policy.

Trump, who has previously discounted the possible impact of global warming, brought up the parallel while critiquing President Joe Biden’s comments on climate change.

He said: “I love this country. I don’t want to see this country get into a nuclear war and be so badly damaged. What we say won’t matter, this place won’t matter, nothing will matter because practically nothing is going to be here any more. The level of power in weaponry, that’s real weaponry. That’s worse than the weaponry we were talking about a little while ago.

“This is obliteration, maybe world obliteration, and we have a man is not capable of discussing it. The only global warming that matters to me is nuclear global warming. Because that’s the real deal.

Biden taking us closer to nuclear war

“He [Biden] said it’s an existential threat. And he doesn’t know why! What is it, it’s weather. And in a certain way, and in a very powerful way, I’m an environmentalist. I want clean air, I want clean water. But this is not an existential threat.

“Tomorrow, we could have a war that could be so devastating that you could never recover from it. Nobody can, the whole world won’t be able to recover from it. And he’s talking about something happening 400 years from now.”

During the 2024 campaign, Trump has been particularly critical of Biden’s foreign policy, claiming that the Russia-Ukraine crisis would not have occurred if he had won a second term in 2020. He has also stated that if elected president again, he will be able to resolve the conflict in less than 24 hours.

More than two years of conflict in Ukraine have heightened fears of a nuclear clash between Russia and NATO members that support Kyiv.

High-ranking Russian officials have hinted at the potential of a nuclear battle, and Poland has offered to host NATO nuclear weapons following Moscow’s delivery of tactical nuclear armaments to Belarus, a crucial Kremlin ally.

US is failing to maintain its nuclear arsenal

Meanwhile, according to the Heritage Foundation, the United States’ ability to discourage adversaries from attacking us and our closest allies and partners has reached a low point since the Cold War ended.

China and Russia’s nuclear arsenals and ambitions are expanding unabated, while America’s ineffective response leaves it vulnerable to blackmail. Despite a clear and expanding list of dangers, the United States is failing to maintain its nuclear weapons or plan for the future.

These failures will have serious implications if not corrected immediately. President Joe Biden must make restoring the nation’s strategic nuclear deterrent his top priority.

The president should direct the Pentagon to conduct formal feasibility and utility studies on a number of new nuclear systems, including potentially hypersonic nuclear delivery systems, ground-launched options, and variations on existing air- and sea-launched cruise missiles.

He should then urge the secretaries of state and defense to begin talks and planning to increase the United States’ nuclear force footprint, including the prospective stationing of nonstrategic nuclear weapons in the Pacific, major Asian countries, and Europe.

Deterring a strategic attack on the United States is the government’s primary objective. There is no bigger mission, and America’s nuclear arsenal is its most powerful weapons of deterrence.

Source: NewsWeek, Heritage Foundation

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