Sunday, February 3, is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Sixteenth Amendment, which makes it the one hundredth birthday of the income tax. (Snip) Americans for Tax Reform commemorated the occasion by publishing a few fun facts about the income tax. Among other interesting statistics, the initial top tax bracket was only 7 percent, and it didn’t kick in until income reached a whopping $11.6 million in 2013 dollars. Only 358,000 people had to fill out 1040 forms at first, because the standard family deduction was an adjusted $93,000. Over the past hundred years,
Fidel Castro has made a rare public appearance after he voted in the country´s parliamentary elections. Millions of Cubans joined the 86-year-old former leader of Cuba to vote in what critics have branded a ´closed´ election that offers no real competition. The revolutionary icon, who appears in public only occasionally now since he fell ill in 2006, was among those voting in Havana yesterday. The government has defended. the process, saying it is a show of grass-roots democracy. Headline split, info corrected by staff
With the surprise announcement of Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-Iowa) retirement, the Senate is fast closing the book on post-Watergate politics that produced a generation of liberal Democrats. Harkin’s announcement came the same week that five-term Massachusetts Senator John Kerry left the body to become secretary of State. Earlier this month, another Senate five-termer, West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller, said he doesn’t plan to run for re-election in 2014. Last month, 8-term Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii died. Since the deaths of Massachusetts’s Ted Kennedy and Minnesota’s Paul Wellstone, the Senate has not had a signal, outstanding liberal voice.
If you watched the Super Bowl last night then you noticed the 35-minute long power outage that happened right in the middle of the game. But it wasn´t the weather that caused the power outage, rather a lack of power feeding into the stadium. The Super Bowl, the biggest U.S. sports event of the year, was interrupted by a 35-minute power outage at the Superdome on Sunday, and officials said the problem appeared to be with the electrical load coming into the stadium. (Snip) Just one day before the big game, the Department of Energy was happily touting
Gas prices have been on the rise for weeks, and they’re set to spike in the months ahead. Does this sound at all familiar? Thus far in 2013, drivers have been paying less for gas, on average, than they were a year ago. During the first week of January, for instance, the national average was $3.30 per gallon, or 7¢ less than it was 12 months beforehand. But prices are rising, and the difference between current prices and 2012 counterparts is shrinking. Lately, according to AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report, the average gallon costs $3.42 nationally
Tagg Romney is considering a run in the special Senate election now that Scott Brown has opted out, the Truth Squad has learned. Calls for Romney, 42, to join in the short campaign to replace Secretary of State John F. Kerry have increased since the Herald first reported heavyweight Republicans are urging both Romney and his mother, Ann, to get in. The father of six was a regular on the campaign trail in both of his father’s failed races for president in 2008 and 2012, which would give him some political know-how while working to win over Bay State
The current debate over guns has revealed the National Rifle Association as an “insane organization,” Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman said on Sunday. The New York Times columnist said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday political roundtable that some pro-gun advocates “have this vision we’re living in a ‘Mad Max’ movie.”
Under a bipartisan Senate framework, Democrats say, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano would have final say over whether the border is secure enough to put 11 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship. If Napolitano does not provide the green light for putting illegal immigrants on a pathway to citizenship, the responsibility for judging whether the metrics for border security have been met will be given to her successor. The early debate over immigration reform has yielded two thorny questions: What metrics will be used to determine whether the goals for
Immediately after his team’s nail-biting Super Bowl victory against the San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco dropped a big ol’ celebratory f-bomb while hugging his teammates amidst a sea of confetti. “F****’ awesome!” Flacco shouted within earshot of the CBS boom mic, as he embraced teammate Marshal Yanda. Why is this news? Because evidently the two-second delay wasn’t working on CBS? Or they let it slide because, well… dude just won the Super Bowl. Congrats to Baltimore fans. Watch below, via CBS (the f-bomb in question gets dropped at around the 1:05 mark):
Politics can have a very long reach. Today the federal tax system is a national disgrace: 4 million words, tens of thousands of special favors to rent-seeking individuals and companies, hopeless complexity. It is contradictory, arbitrary, duplicative, and deeply injurious to the federal fisc, American democracy, and our place in the world. But had Rufus King, a delegate from Massachusetts to the Constitutional Convention, received an answer to a reasonable question in 1787, or had a Supreme Court justice not changed his mind...
On Fox News Sunday, following the segment featuring Mark Kelly, Chris Wallace interviewed National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre about various issues surrounding gun control — ranging from background checks to mental health concerns to armed security at schools. Pressing LaPierre on his arguments, Wallace challenged him on some of his opposition to gun control. Wallace began with background checks, citing the 1.7 million people who’ve been denied because of the checks — but LaPierre argued that most of those people weren’t prosecuted, and we can’t say they “were stopped from getting a gun at all.”
The dictionary tells us that a constitution is a law, or compilation of laws, determining the fundamental political principles of a government. The people of the United States have a constitution. Now, I know this will come as a shock to many, but we actually DO have a constitution, which was written at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 and subsequently ratified by the original thirteen states.
New York Times columnist David Brooks said Chuck Hagel’s ability to effectively lead the Pentagon may be so compromised as a result of his confirmation hearings that he should offer to withdraw his nomination Sunday on “Meet the Press:” CHUCK TODD: David, I want to start with Chuck Hagel. You heard what Leon Panetta said. The political knives were out. How much of it was politics and how much of it was a poor performance by Chuck Hagel? DAVID BROOKS: It was him. You ever had this nightmare you’re back in college,
Former terrorists held at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo, Cuba were detected by U.S. intelligence agencies recently working with Islamist rebels in Syria, according to U.S. officials. The al Qaeda-linked terrorists in Syria are part of a group called the Al Nusrah Front that is fighting alongside the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the rebels opposing the Bashar al-Assad regime in the civil war. The number and names of the former Guantanamo inmates were not disclosed. A Pentagon spokesman declined to comment, citing a policy of not discussing intelligence matters on Syria.
Newark — The lone survivor of the Newark schoolyard slayings is expected to take the stand this morning to tell jurors of the horrific events that unfolded the night of Aug. 4, 2007. Natasha Aeriel has told jurors in three previous criminal trials how she arrived at the yard around 11 p.m. with her brother Terrance Aeriel and their friends Dashon Harvey and Iofemi Hightower. After a few minutes hanging around and dancing they were set upon by members of the violent MS-13 street gang, robbed, tortured and shot. Natasha survived being attacked with a knife and a gunshot wound
Is there a master plan for the subjugation of the human race? If so, it must perforce include a strategy for the removal of the single most influential figure in history—the Father. Complete sabotage of families and marriage would also be necessary to pull off this coup. From a purely secular standpoint, the health of a society can be measured by the vitality of fatherhood, according to relevant statistics. More importantly, the health of a society can be best measured from its ability to grasp the concept of God, the Father.
Voter integrity group True the Vote (TTV) filed a federal lawsuit Monday against St. Lucie County Florida Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker for failing to uphold election law and for failing to enforce record inspection rights under the National Voter Registration Act and the Florida Constitution. The lawsuit has been filed in light of the gross mishandling of the recount between Rep. Allen West and now Rep. Patrick Murphy by St. Lucie County election officials. "True the Vote´s lawsuit will provide information kept from the public. It will allow for a public debate on exactly what happened,
New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez (D) is facing pressure from his state’s largest newspaper to address a cloud of scandalous allegations.In an editorial Sunday, the Newark Star-Ledger said the scandal surrounding the senator raised “serious doubts about his fitness to serve as chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee.” “Before he takes that post, Menendez needs to break his silence and explain himself,” wrote the editorial board. Menendez is facing a Senate ethics probe and an FBI investigation into a donor, who is suspected of providing him with free trips on his private jet and underage prostitutes during visits
On Friday, Hillary Rodham Clinton left the Harry S. Truman Building of the State Department after doing a grand media tour of every media outlet with a camera and a microphone. Meanwhile in Benghazi, where it was twenty degrees warmer, foreign organizations were fleeing the city while the killers who stayed behind still walked the streets. In her joint appearance with Obama on 60 Minutes, Clinton claimed that her critics were not living in an “evidence-based world”. This is the same world of which she wrote in her goodbye letter to her State Department
On Friday, Hillary Rodham Clinton left the Harry S. Truman Building of the State Department after doing a grand media tour of every media outlet with a camera and a microphone. Meanwhile in Benghazi, where it was twenty degrees warmer, foreign organizations were fleeing the city while the killers who stayed behind still walked the streets. In her joint appearance with Obama on 60 Minutes, Clinton claimed that her critics were not living in an “evidence-based world”. This is the same world of which she wrote in her goodbye letter to her State Department colleagues; “I am proud Headline split by staff
Sarah Palin´s profile might not be as high as it was a few years ago, but she apparently still serves as a convenient punching bag for the left. On today´s Morning Joe, as Joe Scarborough railed against the allegedly "stupid" arguments NRA leader Wayne LaPierre made on Fox News Sunday yesterday, Mika Brzezinski muttered "something Sarah Palin would say." Consider that Palin had been in no way quoted, nor had her position on gun control been discussed. This was nothing more than a gratuitious shot at Palin, obviously still a bogeyman for the MSM.
The lesson is that huge budget deficits and ultra-low interest rates — the basics of stimulus — have limits and can be self-defeating. To use a well-worn metaphor: Stimulus becomes a narcotic. People feel better for a while, but the effect wears off. The economy then needs a new fix. Too many fixes may spawn new problems (examples: excessive debt, asset “bubbles,” inflation). That’s already happened in Japan. It’s caught in a trap. On the one hand, it needs stimulus to grow. On the other, the debt from past stimulus measures threatens future growth.
There’s just something about Nancy Pelosi and Islam. As Front Page reported last year, Nancy Pelosi hired Faiz Shakir from Think Progress, despite his troubling past, which included aiding in fundraising for a terrorist front group, to be her senior adviser and Director of New Media. Now Pelosi has appointed Nadeam Elshami as her Chief of Staff. Elshami formerly worked for ultra-leftist Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and socialist Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL). Schakowsky is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, a gaggle of socialists who work feverishly to convert America into a dismal European welfare state.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following text is adapted from Secretary Bennett’s speech delivered at National Review Institute’s summit on the future of conservatism on January 27, 2013. Good evening. It was National Review’s eminence, Bill Buckley, who described conservatism as the politics of reality. Let’s look reality square in the eye. Let me tell you some things that I think are true. 1. First, two honest looks back and a word of encouragement.