European Commission says still no agreement with Poland over court system overhaul

Frans Timmermans, the first vice-president of the European Commission, said Monday that a change of government in Warsaw has led to better dialogue as the two sides seek to resolve a dispute over an overhaul of the court system in Poland. However, there is still no agreement, according to the official. “For too long we […]

Tillerson splurged $12mn on consultants as part of State Dept overhaul plan – report

Consultants costing up to $ 300 an hour were engaged as Rex Tillerson tried to revamp the State Department. With Tillerson gone, the future of the redesign is uncertain, but taxpayers have already picked up the $ 12 million tab. Politico has revealed the figures, citing documents it obtained, and said they were partly confirmed […]

Jared Kushner is reportedly resisting a White House security clearance overhaul

AP Photo/Alex Brandon Jared Kushner is reportedly pushing back on efforts to rein in the flow of information among White House staffers who do not have a full security clearance. The effort by White House chief of staff John Kelly is seen as a potential challenge to Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, who has […]

Congress voted on a massive overhaul of sexual misconduct rules

Mihai Surdu/Shutterstock The House passed legislation Tuesday to overhaul how members of Congress and their staffs report sexual harassment on Capitol Hill. Under the new legislation, lawmakers will be required to reimburse the Treasury within 90 days for any harassment settlements made with taxpayer funds. WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed legislation Tuesday to overhaul […]

Trump’s tax overhaul has slowed Manhattan’s real estate market even before going into full effect

Eduardo Munoz/Reuters Fourth-quarter home sales in Manhattan slumped as buyers considered the impact of the new tax law.  The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act caps the amount of state and local tax deductions at $ 10,000, and rich taxpayers who itemize their deductions benefitted the most when it was uncapped. Homeowners across high-tax states including New York, […]

Post Christmas detox: Five cheap and easy ways to give your body a diet overhaul

You don’t have to check yourself into a spa or invest in a special programme to undergo a detox diet. There are a variety of food and drinks you can have, available from your local supermarket, or quick and easy lifestyle changes you can make which will not only save you money but help you […]

IT’S DONE: MASSIVE REPUBLICAN TAX BILL PASSES CONGRESS IN GENERATIONAL OVERHAUL

Getty Images The House passed the final GOP tax bill for a second time after a glitch forced a small change to the bill in the Senate. The bill now goes to President Donald Trump to sign into law. The bill is set to enact massive changes in the tax code for businesses and average […]