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Patriotic Billionaires Want to Pay More Taxes

Ultra-wealthy Americans such as George Soros, Bill Gates and Abigail Disney want to help improve American lives by paying more in taxes.

George Soros wants to contribute more in taxes.

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In February, Buffett told CNBC that “The wealthy are definitely undertaxed relative to the general population.”

California software entrepreneur, Marc Benioff said, “increasing taxes on high-income individuals like myself would help generate the trillions of dollars that we desperately need to improve education and health care and fight climate change.”

As well as paying more taxes, Abigail Disney wants to see all workers rewarded fairly.

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Disney and Soros are among the signatories of An Open Letter to the 2020 Presidential Candidates: It’s Time to Tax Us More. This letter starts out saying:

“We are writing to call on all candidates for President, whether they are Republicans or Democrats,
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 30)

1968: The Doctors' Mike returned home.

1991: Wayne Northrop returned to Days of our Lives as Roman.

2004: General Hospital debuted a new opening.

2010: Atwt's Bob revealed Nancy Hughes had passed away."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1968: On The Doctors, Mike Powers (Peter Burnell in his debut) returned home, much to the delight of his father, Dr. Matt Powers (James Pritchett).

1968: On Dark Shadows, Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) and Willie Loomis (John Karlen) went to the crypt where Tom Jennings (Donald Briscoe) kept his coffin,
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The Campaign Press: Members of the 10 Percent, Reporting for the One Percent

The Campaign Press: Members of the 10 Percent, Reporting for the One Percent
Bernie Sanders Monday gave a speech in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. He took shots at the press, mentioning coverage of his campaign against Amazon:

I talk about (Amazon’s taxes) all of the time… And then I wonder why The Washington Post, which is owned by Jeff Bezos, who owns Amazon, doesn’t write particularly good articles about me. I don’t know why.

Employees of the Post were put out by Sanders’s comments. They insisted they hold no ill will against him for regularly bashing the man who
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Genius Brands Taps Caroline Tyre As Svp International Distribution

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Exclusive: Genius Brands International has tapped veteran content sales and acquisition veteran Caroline Tyre to oversee global content sales as Svp of international distribution. The move comes as the company consolidates the management of its rapidly expanding distribution business. Additionally, Tyre has been named Head of the Genius Brands Network, comprised of the Kid Genius Cartoon Channel and Baby Genius TV. The announcement was made today by Genius Brands’ Chairman and CEO Andy Heyward, to whom she will report.

In her new position, Tyre will be responsible for all aspects of Genius Brands’ global distribution business, including content sales for the company’s library of children’s programming such as Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, which will be on offer for the first time at this year’s MIPJr. market; the hit CGI-animated preschool series, Rainbow Rangers, currently airing season one on Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr. with
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Spotlight: Warren Buffett's Charity Work

The world’s second richest man continues to make his fortune in investment and turn it to philanthropy in the grand tradition of Carnegie and Rockefeller. In 2006 he made American history by making the largest ever charitable donation by an individual – $37bn to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Buffett’s Lincoln Town Car fetched $73,200 in charity auction for Girls Inc.

Charities & foundations supported

Warren Buffett has supported the following charities:

Animal Rescue FoundationBill and Melinda Gates FoundationGirls Inc.GlideJames Redford Institute for Transplant AwarenessMake-a-Wish FoundationMusic RisingNoVo FoundationSmile Train Read more about Warren Buffett's charity work and events. Related articles Bids For Charity Lunch With Warren Buffet Reach $455,000Warren Buffett Gives 85% of Fortune To Bill Gates' FoundationLunch With Buffett Sells For $620kBuffett Goes Broke After 45mins of Charity Poker TournamentBuffett Auctions Celebrity Dinner For Charity

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Four Seasons Restaurant Closing, Lunch Home Of Manhattan’s Power Elite

One of Manhttan’s legendary power dining spots is closing. The Four Seasons Restaurant will end its 60-year run on Tuesday.

The restaurant, which relocated in August 2018, has been known as one of the centers of Manhattan power lunches since it opened in 1959. It served every president in its time but Richard Nixon, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Warren Buffett, many Conde Nast executives, Princess Diana, Martha Stewart…the list of bold-faced names goes on. The news was first reported by the New York Post.

Managing partner Alex Von Bidder acknowledged the closing in a statement. “We have been privileged to work with one of the finest culinary teams and outstanding staff that has stayed with us through some challenging times over the course of our history. We thank our loyal guests for the opportunity and support over the years.”

The restaurant opened in 1959 in Seagram Building on Park Avenue. Two films
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Tron Founder Justin Sun Wins Record-Breaking Bid for Warren Buffett Charity Lunch

Justin Sun, founder of blockchain platform Tron and CEO of peer-to-peer streaming leader BitTorrent, is this year’s winner of the annual eBay charity auction to have lunch with Warren Buffett.

Sun bid a record-setting $4,567,888 to win the auction, which benefits the San Francisco-based non-profit Glide Foundation. Buffett, the billionaire investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, has held the auction for 20 years to support the foundation’s efforts to help the homeless and poor in the Bay Area.

“I’m looking forward to meeting a true pioneer in investing,” Sun said. “I’m excited to talk to Warren Buffett about the promise of blockchain and to get valuable tips and insights from him about entrepreneurship and making bold bets on the future.”

Sun and up to seven invited guests get to attend a private lunch with Buffett. It has previously been at the Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse in New York City.
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Sun Valley Guest List Includes Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Bob Iger, Shari Redstone (Exclusive)

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Sun Valley Guest List Includes Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Bob Iger, Shari Redstone (Exclusive)
Tim Cook, Lachlan Murdoch, Shari Redstone, Brian Roberts, Mark Zuckerberg and Bob Iger are among the media and technology moguls who will be touching down in Sun Valley, Idaho, in July for Allen & Co.’s annual media conference.

The invite-only confab is a chance for the one-percent of the one-percent to break out their windbreakers and jeans, and give the power suits a rest while biking and hiking in alpine splendor. It’s also historically been the locus of deal-making. Comcast’s purchase of NBC/Universal, the Washington Post’s sale to Jeff Bezos and Disney’s pact for Capital Cities/ABC were all hatched at Sun Valley. The conference was also the birthplace of some less successful mergers, namely AOL’s disastrous marriage to Time Warner.

In recent years, as technology and streaming have upended the traditional entertainment business, the biggest stars at Sun Valley have hailed from Silicon Valley.
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Jeff Bezos Applauds Ex-Wife MacKenzie as She Pledges to Donate Half of Her $37 Billion Fortune

MacKenzie Bezos has pledged to donate half of her fortune.

MacKenzie, who is worth about $37 billion after her divorce from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos earlier this year, joined the Giving Pledge, which boasts a list of billionaires who pledge to donate half of their fortune. The initiative was started by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates in 2010. Her ex-husband — who’s the world’s wealthiest man with a net worth of $114 billion — has not yet signed the pledge.

MacKenzie revealed her decision in a letter posted to the initiative’s website.

“I have no doubt that tremendous value comes
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MacKenzie Bezos Pledges Half of Her Nearly $37 Billion to Charity

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9:17 Am Pt -- Jeff is apparently very supportive of MacKenzie's pledge, saying, "MacKenzie is going to be amazing and thoughtful and effective at philanthropy, and I'm proud of her. Her letter is so beautiful. Go get 'em MacKenzie." MacKenzie Bezos is taking her half of her nearly $37 billion divorce settlement with Jeff Bezos, and giving it all away ... to charity. MacKenzie announced on Tuesday morning she was signing The Giving Pledge ... vowing to donate at least $17 billion.
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Glide and eBay Present the 20th Annual Auction for Power Lunch with Warren Buffett

Glide is pleased to announce the annual eBay for Charity Auction for Power Lunch with Warren Buffett, which will begin at 7:30 pm Pdt on Sunday, May 26 and end at 7:30 pm Pdt on Friday, May 31, 2019.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the legendary auction, which to date has provided nearly $30 million to support Glide’s comprehensive suite of social services that help San Francisco’s most vulnerable residents overcome hunger, poverty, homelessness and health challenges as well as social isolation and marginalization.

“It makes a difference, and it translates into human beings finding that there is hope in life and that something better is there,” Warren Buffett said recently about the money raised for Glide over the past 20 years.

The annual Power Lunch with Warren Buffett is made possible through the support of eBay for Charity. The winning bidder and up to seven friends will have the opportunity to dine with Mr.
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That Time the New York Times Panned ‘Game of Thrones’ as ‘Costume-Drama Sexual Hopscotch’

That Time the New York Times Panned ‘Game of Thrones’ as ‘Costume-Drama Sexual Hopscotch’
Game of Thrones” has become such a cultural phenomenon — posting record ratings for HBO and winning scores of awards — that it’s easy to forget that not everybody warmed to the epic fantasy series from the start.

Take the New York Times, which published a scathing review by Ginia Bellafante when the show debuted back in 2011.

“‘Game of Thrones’ is boy fiction patronizingly turned out to reach the population’s other half,” TV critic Ginia Bellafante sniffed in her review, dismissing the adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s series of novels as unworthy of the premium cable network that “distinguished itself” with loftier fare like “The Sopranos,” “Deadwood” and “The Wire.”

Also Read: After the Iron Throne: How HBO Will Move Forward Without 'Game of Thrones'

Never mind that “Game of Thrones” has gone on to win more Emmy Awards than those three classic dramas combined — 38 trophies (out
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Link Tank: 10 Fan Theories About Friends

Spencer Mullen May 7, 2019

Friends, Game of Thrones, Avengers: Endgame, and more in todays daily Link Tank!

Here are seven Game of Thrones characters that we may never see again.

"With only two more episodes left in Game of Thrones, the series is already starting to deliver teary goodbyes between its beloved characters, indicating that this may be the last we’ll see of some fan favorites. As much as we were all looking forward to important reunions this season, it’s the final goodbyes that may prove the most emotional."

Read more at Inverse.

The Russo brothers have revealed Katherine Langford's cut role in Avengers: Endgame.

"I’m now your official expert on all things Morgan Stark. A character that served as an emotional connection to Tony Stark’s new reality, Morgan became someone many fans (including myself) cared deeply about. At just five years old, she has to
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Glide and eBay Present the 20th Annual Power Lunch with Warren Buffett

Glide is pleased to announce the annual eBay for Charity Auction for Power Lunch with Warren Buffett, which will run Sunday, May 26 through Friday, May 31, 2019. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the legendary auction, which to date has provided nearly $30 million to support Glide’s comprehensive suite of social services that help San Francisco’s most vulnerable residents.

“It makes a difference, and it translates into human beings finding that there is hope in life and that something better is there,” Warren Buffett said recently about the money raised for Glide over the past 20 years. “The rest of the society may have given up on them, but Glide is going to give them a chance to find out what their real potential is. And the people that buy lunch feel good about that, I feel good about that. The most important thing, though, is what it does to resurrect
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John Oliver and ‘The Good Place’ Actress D’Arcy Carden on Why Mobile Homes are ‘Financially Catastrophic’

John Oliver and ‘The Good Place’ Actress D’Arcy Carden on Why Mobile Homes are ‘Financially Catastrophic’
Mobile homes have become increasingly poor investments for millions of Americans, with many owners essentially being extorted by shady companies offering financing or operating the parks they’re located in, John Oliver explained on the latest episode of “Last Week Tonight” on Sunday evening.

For years, commercials have made buying mobile homes look more attractive than they really are, Oliver said at the beginning of the segment, before enlisting D’Arcy Carden of “The Good Place” to film a more realistic mobile home ad.

Oliver ripped into Clayton Homes, owned by billionaire investor Warren Buffett, and other private equity firms for buying mobile home parks and raising rents on low-income Americans — exacerbating the chasm between rich and poor even more. “The homes of some the poorest people in America are being snapped up by some of the richest people in America,” he said.

Also Read: John Oliver Compares Brexit 'Disaster'
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John Oliver: How Wealthy Mobile Home Investors Prey on the Poor

John Oliver: How Wealthy Mobile Home Investors Prey on the Poor
On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver examined the disturbing realities of the mobile home industry — notably, a system of land ownership that allows some of America’s richest people to prey upon some of the country’s poorest.

Around 20 million people, one in 18 Americans, live in mobile (or manufactured) homes — and purchasing one can seem like a good investment as they cost up to 50 percent less per square foot than traditional site-built houses. But there are multiple risks involved: Like cars, mobile homes typically decrease in value over time; owners pay through risky,
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Warren Buffett Joins the Tax-the-Rich Chorus

Noted McDonald’s breakfast enthusiast Warren Buffett is no stranger to the American tax debate. He’s famous for endorsing the “Buffett Rule” that proposes no millionaire should pay a lower effective tax rate than a working person. In a new interview that aired on CNBC on Monday, Buffett again injected himself into the politics of inequality insisting: “The wealthy are definitely under-taxed relative to the general population.”

The 88-year-old’s comments add chum to the tax-the-rich waters. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-vt) has proposed increasing the estate tax up to 77 percent for billionaires.
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Michael Cohen Threatened CNBC To Get Donald Trump On List Of Biz World Top Dogs: Report

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President Donald Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen threatened to sue CNBC to get his boss higher placement on the cable network’s list of top business leaders after Cohen’s efforts to rig the polling failed, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Cohen threatened to sue on the dubious legal grounds of “ignoring the will of the people,” WSJ reported, which may explain why the news network did not respond to the threat, and why Trump did not sue, according to the report.

CNBC declined to comment.

The kerfuffle erupted when Trump failed to break into the Top 100 finalists on CNBC’s ranking of people who it determined had the most profound impact on business and finance since 1989, which was the year CNBC went live.

To put this list in perspective, it was curated by a panel CNBC deemed experts on the topic and included an online poll to “guide
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Genius Brands Hires Natalie Setton To Head Global Sales; Company Produces Jennifer Garner-Voiced ‘Llama Llama’

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Exclusive: Genius Brands, the company behind Netflix’s Jennifer Garner-voiced kids series Llama Llama, has appointed Natalie Setton to spearhead its international content sales.

Setton, who was previously Managing Director at Chuggington producer Ludorum, will oversee Genius Brands’ slate of kids shows including Nick Jr.’s Rainbow Rangers, which premiered in November, Llama Llama, which is currently in production for season two and Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club.

Other Genius titles include toddler brand Baby Genius and adventure comedy series Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab.

She will report to Genius Brands Chairman and CEO Andy Heyward and will be based in London.

“I’m honored and excited to be part of the Genius Brands team,” said Setton. “I’ve been very much aware of Genius’s success and achievements with the development of timely and engaging content that not only entertains but imparts value and supportive messages to even the youngest of viewers.
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Spotlight: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Celebrity Supporters

Supporting health and education around the world.

Prior to Warren Buffett's 2006 donation of $37bn, the fund stood at $29.1bn and had made $10.5bn in grants since 1994. 70% of that sum was spent outside the Us, and the largest single grant was $1bn to the United Negro College Fund.

Commenting on Buffett’s donation to the fund, Bill Gates said, “It is a big challenge to make sure this money gets used in the right way, but it is one we are thrilled about.”

Celebrity supporters

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has 19 known supporters, including Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and Salma Hayek

Areas of work ChildrenEducationHealthHomelessnessFamily/Parent Support Read more about Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's work and celebrity supporters. Related articles San Diego School SurpriseGates Open To More Charity WorkWarren Buffett Gives 85% of Fortune To Bill Gates' FoundationBuffett Goes Broke After 45mins of Charity Poker TournamentIdol Gives Back $60m

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