Photo: Dave Coutts (2nd R) of Huntington Beach, hangs an U.S. flag with surfboards reading "Surfers 4 Trump" before the Southern California Make America Great Again march in support of President Trump, the military and first responders at Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach, California, U.S. March 25, 2017. (Patrick T. Fallon/Reuters)
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Donald Trump billed his presidential win as a triumph of Middle America over coastal liberalism -- made possible by the forgotten people of the Midwest and the South. But California served as a major incubator for the hard-line conservative thinking that helped propel him to the White House. It’s an ideology birthed out of opposition to the liberal politics and multiculturalism that now dominate the state.
President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that affects H1-B visas. Used often by the tech sector, they allow U.S. companies to employ high-skilled foreign workers. The Trump administration argues that the program displaces American workers and drives down wages. About 85,000 foreign workers get an H1B visa each year. And there’s been a downtick in the number of visa applications for the next fiscal year.
Most scientists will tell you psychokinesis -- the ability to move things with your mind -- is nonsense. But the American military and CIA have been trying to find ways to use these mental powers for decades.
It’s tax day. That means some of you are sweating it with TurboTax or paper forms, trying to get your income tax returns filed by the end of the day. While you’re working on that, we talk about some of the crazy ways our tax system works.
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