▪ A total of 6,234 Washington l obbyists have reported working on tax issues this year in behalf of their clients. That means there are 11 lobbyists trying to influence tax legislation for every member of Congress.
▪ The recent string of high-profile workplace sex scandals appears to have made employers nervous about their holiday office parties. A survey by Chicago-based consulting company Challenger, Gray & Christmas found that only 49 percent of companies plan to serve alcohol at their holiday events, down from 62 per- cent last year.
▪ Christmas trees are expected to cost 10 percent more than last year’s average of $74.70, due to market forces tied to the 2008 financial crisis. Growers reacted to the Big Recession that year by ting down fewer Christmas s cut- trees to sell, which also led to planting fewer seedlings s in their place. Ten years later, there are fewer trees to sell.
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▪ Chief Justice John Roberts appears to be becoming more liberal. In 2010, the George W. Bush appointee agreed with the positions of conservative Justice Clarence Thomas 89 per- cent of the time, and with liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg only 65 percent of the time. By 2015, he agreed with Thomas only 75 percent of the time, and with Bader Ginsburg 78 percent.