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 Corporate Tax Policy and the White House Tax Cut Calculator

So I'm working for the White House again. It's a big time season for Obama: He's just announced his candidacy for 2012, he's launched his new energy security policy and now that tax time is upon us he's looking to point out the silver lining to that dull, gray cloud which hangs over the U.S. This is something of an optimistic attempt; the news cycles are brimming with reports of how the giant corporations operating in the U.S. have paid virtually zero percent in taxes on profits made in this country. See more »

 Is the U.S. a banana republic? No. No, it's not.

Business Insider has an unsettling announcement. America has slipped into one of the defining characteristics of a banana republic: The wealthiest 1 percent make 20 percent or more of the wealth in the country. It's 24 percent, actually. Geez, I was almost taken in. It turns out there's no such criteria for a banana republic; the New York Times' Nicholas Kristoff drew a comparison between the U.S. and banana republics he's visited based on the wealth gap. See more »

 A Brief, Violent and Painful Look at Kneecapping

A group of four kids coming home from the bars near my neighborhood last weekend were held up by some other kids, one of whom had a gun. While three (including two girls) were pistol whipped, one was shot in the knee or kneecapped in other parlance. I was running a search for news of the shooting, which soon turned into an investigation of the custom and effects of kneecapping. See more »

 YOU LIE: Congressman Gets Medieval on President Obama

Boy oh boy, things have gotten pretty ugly in Washington. As most of you have probably heard, many of you live as it happened, a Republican House member last night shouted "YOU LIE" at President Obama during his speech on health care reform. See more »

 Man Legally Carries Assault Rifle to Obama Protest

This one is sure to provoke some strong opinions. An Arizona man brought his assault rifle to a protest against President Obama's health care plan yesterday in Phoenix. The President was there giving a speech to a veterans group. The rifle toting man also had a handgun holstered at his hip and a full clip sticking out of his back pocket. And he wasn't alone. Apparently there were about a dozen armed protesters. While they were protesting the health care plan, they decided to kill two birds with one Uzi and make a statement about the right to bear arms. Since there's no longer a law against assault rifles and no law against carrying a non-concealed weapon without a permit in Arizona, no charges or arrests were made. I think this can best be described as a slippery slope. The right to bear arms is one of the fundamental rights Americans have. And boy do we love our guns. See more »

 President Obama Hosts Sudsy Sit Down

I'm sure most of you have heard about the recent incident involving a Harvard professor and the Cambridge Police Dept. If not, in a nutshell: A woman reported to police that two men seemed to be breaking into a house. The home belonged to renowned Harvard prof Henry Louis Gates Jr. See more »

 What the heck is an earmark, anyway?

Smell that stank in the air? That porky smell means it's appropriation bill season, fiscal year '09! Yeah! The season came late this year. It didn't seem like it would come at all. Congress waited until George Bush went back to Texas to begin the task of figuring out how to fund the vast bureaucracy that is the United States government. The bill was supposed to have been passed last September, making the bill a full six months late. Why would Congress wait for Bush to leave Washington? Earmarks. George Bush became one of the first chief executives Congress believed might actually veto any spending bills with earmarks attached. And as a lame duck president when the 110th was deliberating the FY09 spending bill last September, he very well may have, as he had absolutely nothing to lose. So Congress left it for the next guy to deal with, and... See more »