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Report: US Tax Debate Employing More Than Half of Washington’s Lobbyists

More than half of the registered lobbyists in Washington have worked on tax issues in 2017, a report showed on Friday, as lawmakers in the U.S. capital scramble to conclude a year-long effort to pass a tax reform bill before Christmas.

About 6,200 lobbyists, or 57 percent of those who reported activity in 2017, have been listed on disclosure forms as working on issues involving “tax” this year, the advocacy group Public Citizen said in the report.

Twenty companies and trade groups each hired 50 lobbyists to work on tax issues, the report said, with U.S. Chamber of Commerce hiring 100 and …read more

General Vance: Why focusing on missile defence from North Korea is ‘not useful’

A year-end interview with Global News on Friday had the general share his views on why he says focusing on ballistic missile defence is “not useful,” what could happen if North Korea launched a missile strike against an ally like Japan to how the massive #MeToo movement will help the military in its efforts to knock out sexual misconduct in its ranks.
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This heavy metal music made by a machine will rock your human face off

An artificial intelligence recently released a death metal album created entirely by algorithms. This isn’t the first time someone’s programmed a machine to create new music. But this time is different. Because it’s actually quite good. And that’s pretty spooky. DADABOTS’ debut album was created, musically, by a neural-network studying the work of a human metal band called Krallice. Basically the AI listened to all the sounds it was fed and started trying to guess what more of the same would sound like it. It did this a few million times before it was able to create its own original… …read more

Top 5 Songs for Week Ending Dec. 2

We’re gathering the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles chart, for the week ending December 2, 2017.

The hit list seems comfortable with offering one new song a week, because that’s what we have once more.

Number 5: Cardi B. “Bodak Yellow Money Moves”

Let’s start in fifth place, where Cardi B slides two slots with “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves).”

The 2018 Grammy nominations came out on November 28, and Cardi competes in two categories. “Bodak Yellow” is nominated for both Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. The 60th annual Grammy Awards ceremony will take place on …read more