UPI Almanac for Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

On Nov. 20, 1947, Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen Elizabeth II of England, married Philip Mountbatten. Today is Monday, Nov. 20, the 324th day of 2017 with 41 to follow. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars and Venus. Those born on this date are under the …

Quote of the Day: The Making of a Meltdown

“They haven’t been spending money on the spine. They’ve been spending money on the limbs.” ~ROGER TOUSSAINT, former head of the M.T.A.’s main union, on what he sees as a focus on flashy projects instead of maintenance for the subway. Source: Quotation of the Day: The Making of a Meltdown

Celeb birthdays for Nov. 20, 2017

Actress-comedian Kaye Ballard is 92. Actress Estelle Parsons is 90. Comedian Dick Smothers is 79. Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff is 71. Musician Joe Walsh is 70. Actress Bo Derek is 61. Drummer Jim Brown of UB40 is 60. Drummer Todd Nance of Widespread Panic is 55. Rapper Mike D of …

Myanmar has one of the lowest tax takes in the world

That makes it hard for the new, democratic government to offer decent public services INSIDE a noodle house in central Yangon, business is buzzing. Customers huddle over tables, slurping down chicken soup or gobbling dumplings. Everyone pays in cash. Few customers ask for receipts. When your correspondent does so, one …

Everybody Hates the Trump Tax Plan

Ordinary families would be big losers, and even C.E.O.s aren’t showing much love. Looking at the reactions to Republican tax plans, I found myself remembering what people used to say about former Senator Phil Gramm, whose presidential ambitions never went anywhere but who did help cause the 2008 financial crisis: …