The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation has just launched a new website for our summer seminar for teachers, which includes the registration form and scholarship application.

National Seminar for High School Educators
July 16-18 and July 18-20, 2018
Washington, DC

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The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is hosting the 2018 National Seminar for High School Educators on July 16-18 and July 18-20 in Washington, DC.

The 24-hour professional development program is free to middle school and high school educators interested in teaching about the history of communism and its collectivist legacy.

The seminar blends together scholarly lectures, peer discussions, and pedagogical sessions to carefully balance content and pedagogy. These components are supplemented with short biographical films and in-person testimonials from witnesses and dissidents who resided in communist countries both past and present.

Past seminar participants experienced statistically significant growth in their confidence and capability to teach about a wide range of subjects, such as: communist ideology and history; the character of totalitarian governmental systems and practices; and the legacy of communist and post-communist states today, including the personal stories of witnesses, dissidents, and victims.

Seminar participants also receive and have the opportunity to work through the second edition of the Foundation’s curricular supplement—Communism: Its Ideology, Its History, and Its Legacy—developed by Dr. Lee Edwards, Dr. Paul Kengor, and Claire McCaffery Griffin, and used in schools across the nation.

Over 80% of past participants rated the seminar as better than other professional development programs in which they’ve participated.

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is a Washington, DC-based, nonprofit education and human rights organization devoted to commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes.

300 New Jersey Avenue, NW Suite 900, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 629-9500

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H.R.1 – An Act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018.

Summary: H.R.1 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
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There is one summary for H.R.1. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.
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Introduced in House (11/02/2017)

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to reduce tax rates and modify policies, credits, and deductions for individuals and businesses.

With respect to individuals, the bill:

replaces the seven existing tax brackets (10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33%, 35%, and 39.6%) with four brackets (12%, 25%, 35%, and 39.6%),
increases the standard deduction,
repeals the deduction for personal exemptions,
establishes a 25% maximum rate on the business income of individuals,
increases the child tax credit and establishes a new family tax credit,
repeals the overall limitation on certain itemized deductions,
limits the mortgage interest deduction for debt incurred after November 2, 2017, to mortgages of up to $500,000 (currently $1 million),
repeals the deduction for state and local income or sales taxes not paid or accrued in a trade or business,
repeals the deduction for medical expenses,
consolidates and repeals several education-related deductions and credits,
repeals the alternative minimum tax, and
repeals the estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes in six years.

For businesses, the bill:

reduces the corporate tax rate from a maximum of 35% to a flat 20% rate (25% for personal services corporations),
allows increased expensing of the costs of certain property,
limits the deductibility of net interest expenses to 30% of the business’s adjusted taxable income,
repeals the work opportunity tax credit,
terminates the exclusion for interest on private activity bonds,
modifies or repeals various energy-related deductions and credits,
modifies the taxation of foreign income, and
imposes an excise tax on certain payments from domestic corporations to related foreign corporations.

The bill also repeals or modifies several additional credits and deductions for individuals and businesses.

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Pearl Harbor: Hawaii Was Surprised; FDR Was Not

The New American – On Sunday, December 7, 1941, Japan launched a sneak attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, shattering the peace of a beautiful Hawaiian morning and leaving much of the fleet broken and burning. The destruction and death that the Japanese military visited upon Pearl Harbor that day — 18 naval vessels (including eight battleships) sunk or heavily damaged, 188 planes destroyed, over 2,000 servicemen killed — were exacerbated by the fact that American commanders in Hawaii were caught by surprise. But that was not the case in Washington.

Comprehensive research has shown not only that Washington knew in advance of the attack, but that it deliberately withheld its foreknowledge from our commanders in Hawaii in the hope that the “surprise” attack would catapult the U.S. into World War II. Oliver Lyttleton, British Minister of Production, stated in 1944: “Japan was provoked into attacking America at Pearl Harbor. It is a travesty of history to say that America was forced into the war.”

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