“Six Charts That Help Explain the Republican Tax Plan”

Source: Nytimes House Republicans released a bill on Thursday that would make major changes to the tax code. Some key elements of the proposal: Lower Rates for Households The bill would reduce the current marginal income tax brackets to four from seven – 12, 25, 35 and 39.6 percent – and lower taxes by increasing the income ranges affected by each rate. Read more at: www.nytimes.com

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Common Ground Between North and South Korea: Aging and Shrinking Populations

The birth rate in South Korea, where I live and work, hit a record low this year, leading to concern about the impact an aging (and, eventually, shrinking) population might have on the nation’s society and economy. These charts show the long-term trends, both in actual population and projected changes, according to United Nations data. I’ve added North Korea, which actually has a higher fertility rate today, for context. First,...

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“Spreadsheets:  A winning formula”

“Freshen up your formulas and pamper those pivot tables—International Spreadsheet Day is Oct. 17.” Source: Quartz Via: Elise Hu Spreadsheets: A Quartz Obsession Read more at: qz.com

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“Nine Rounds a Second: How the Las Vegas Gunman Outfitted a Rifle to Fire Faster”

Source: Nytimes Via: Nathan Yau Authorities have not officially released details on the weapons a gunman used to kill at least 59 people and wound 527 more late on Sunday in Las Vegas. But analysis of video posted on social media shows that the gunman, identified by the police as Stephen Paddock, 64, had rifles with rapid-fire capabilities. Read more at: www.nytimes.com

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Visualizing South Korea’s Assailed Trade Relationship With The U.S.

President Trump isn’t happy with the United States’ bilateral trade agreement with South Korea. His main concern, it seems, is that the United States has suffered a “trade deficit”. That means South Korea — a key ally in East Asia on security issues, not just trade — has been exporting more goods to the United States than it has been importing. In 2016, this deficit was about $23.2 billion. That’s a...

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“Hurricane Harvey’s Impact – And How It Compares To Other Storms”

Source: FiveThirtyEight Hurricane Harvey, which dumped an estimated 27 trillion gallons of water on Texas and Louisiana, looks to be one of the most damaging natural disasters in U.S. history. Flooding continues to affect large areas of Houston, Beaumont and other areas of Texas. Read more at: fivethirtyeight.com

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Visualizing North Korea’s Missile Launches

Despite international objections, North Korea has launched four ballistic missiles in the last week, including one that flew over Japan, raising regional tensions about the rogue state’s weapons development even higher. For those of us who live in South Korea, such provocations have become commonplace, especially since the North’s new leader, Kim Jong Un, took over after his father’s death in late 2011. They interrupt Sunday breakfasts or even national...

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Chart: If Ousted, Jeff Sessions Would Have a Historically Short Tenure

If President Trump decides after all to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was approved just 166 days ago, the former Alabama senator would have one of the shortest tenures in history. More than 80 Americans have been the nation’s top law enforcement officer as cabinet members, rather than acting placeholders. That list includes 39 Republicans and 30 Democrats. Another 13 attorneys general from other parties (Whig, Federalist, etc.) have...

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“Income Taxes You Would Pay in Each State”

Source: FlowingData Whether a state is lower or higher for you depends on more than just the high brackets. Income taxes were due last week, and like many, I waited until the last day to pay the remainder of what we owed. Read more at: flowingdata.com

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“How The GOP Bill Could Change Health Care, In 8 Charts”

Source: FiveThirtyEight After years of trying to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, Republicans finally got their chance with the election of President Trump. The House GOP made haste coming up with a bill, releasing the American Health Care Act on March 6. Read more at: fivethirtyeight.com

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