A government shutdown is less than a week away as congressional negotiators have reached an impasse
The source who leaked Jeff Bezos’s texts to the National Enquirer was the brother of his mistress, Lauren Sanchez.
The Daily Beast reports Michael Sanchez, who has ties to a number of people in Donald Trump’s orbit, was the source of the leaked messages.
No one who spoke to The Daily Beast implied that Michael Sanchez in any way hacked his sister’s phone, and he has not been charged with any crime. In fact, three people familiar with the Bezos-funded probe told The Daily Beast in late January that it had found no evidence of a hack. However, Bezos’ investigators have strongly suspected Sanchez was the leaker since at least last week, according to two people familiar with the investigation. “There is no one inside this inquiry process who doesn’t believe he’s ground zero,” one of those sources said.
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The Republican tax bill of 2017 is going to have a major impact on whether Americans receive refunds this year.
Although the legislation cut taxes, it may have reduced tax refunds as well.
While the vast majority of Americans received a tax cut in 2018, refunds are a different matter. Some refunds have decreased because of changes in the law, such as a new limit on property and local income tax deductions, and some have decreased because of how the IRS has altered withholding in paychecks.
The average tax refund check is down 8 percent ($170) this year compared to last, the IRS reported Friday, and the number of people receiving a refund so far has dropped by almost a quarter.