The campaign season is now over but Vice President Joe Biden is still making his usual near-daily gaffe, and, unsurprisingly, the self-described “mainstream” media is continuing to cover them up.
On Nov. 19, the vice president sent a congratulatory letter to Eric Bodenweiser, a Republican state Senate candidate who withdrew from Delaware’s 19th District race in October after he was charged with 113 felony counts of raping a boy 39 times between 1987 and 1990.
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During ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption,” co-host Michael Wilbon verbally gave NBC Sports’ Bob Costas “a standing and loud ovation” for his stance on gun control.
Costas used his platform during Sunday Night Football to lecture his audience about his views on gun control following the shocking murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Javon Belcher. Costas read from sports columnist Jason Whitlock’s column in which he advocates for stronger gun control and suggests that no one would have died if there wasn’t a gun involved.
“Bob Costas, I want to give a standing and loud ovation to Bob Costas for his stance on gun control,” Wilbon said.
“And I don’t care who is watching this show and angry at me for bringing this up. Because there is too much happy talk around sports and this is not a happy issue,” he added. “I want to applaud Jason Whitlock for his stance and Bob Costas for repeating it and bravo to them for doing so.”
Wilbon’s co-host Tony Kornheiser avoided taking sides on the gun control debate and got right back into the initial question regarding whether the Kansas City Chiefs should’ve played their Sunday game following Belcher’s death.
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This episode in moral relativism is brought to you by the letter “M” – for Maria.
Sonia Manzano, who plays Maria on the long-running PBS series “Sesame Street,” is bashing Israel via her Twitter feed.
The actress sent out two pro-Palestinian messages relating to the latest unrest in the Middle East, first calling Israel bullies and then comparing the Jewish state to early American settlers who wiped out Native Americans.
Israelis retaliate the simple recognition of Palestinians by UN by deciding to build 3,000 more settlements. Bullies!
Why do Israelis need to be “recognized” by Palestinians. Did Native Americans need to “recognize” their tormentors?
On Monday’s CBS This Morning, Cheesecake Factory CEO David Overton spotlighted the looming economic impact of Obamacare’s implementation, especially on small enterprises: “For those businesses that don’t cover their employees, they’ll be in for a very expensive situation.” Overton also warned that the cost of the law would be passed on to customers.
Anchor Norah O’Donnell raised the issue of the still-controversial health care law: “One of the things that’s going to change, of course, in the new year is ObamaCare, or the Affordable Care Act. How do you implement that at Cheesecake Factory, and how will you pay for health care for all of your employees?”
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The Internal Revenue Service has released new rules for investment income taxes on capital gains and dividends earned by high-income individuals that passed Congress as part of the 2010 healthcare reform law.
The 3.8 percent surtax on investment income, meant to help pay for healthcare, goes into effect in 2013. It is the first surtax to be applied to capital gains and dividend income.
The tax affects only individuals with more than $200,000 in modified adjusted gross income (MAGI), and married couples filing jointly with more than $250,000 of MAGI.
The tax applies to a broad range of investment securities ranging from stocks and bonds to commodity securities and specialized derivatives.
The 159 pages of rules spell out when the tax applies to trusts and annuities, as well as to individual securities traders.
Released late on Friday, the new regulations include a 0.9 percent healthcare tax on wages for high-income individuals.
Both sets of rules will be published on Wednesday in the Federal Register.
The proposed rules are effective starting January 1. Before making the rules final, the IRS will take public comments and hold hearings in April.
Together, the two taxes are estimated to raise $317.7 billion over 10 years, according to a Joint Committee on Taxation analysis released in June.
To illustrate when the tax applies, the IRS offered an example of a taxpayer filing as a single individual who makes $180,000 in wage income plus $90,000 from investment income. The individual’s modified adjusted gross income is $270,000.
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During Monday’s edition of “The Cycle” on MSNBC, TheBlaze’s S.E. Cupp blasted NBC Sports’ Bob Costas for lecturing his audience about gun control during Sunday Night Football, calling it a “shameful” and “irresponsible” act. Costas was responding to Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher’s recent murder-suicide.
Cupp sparred with fellow co-host Steve Kornacki over whether guns or individuals are to blame for such tragedies, particularly involving domestic disputes.
“When we’re talking about the weapons, we’re not talking about domestic violence,” Cupp said. “And that does a huge disservice to a woman who is in that situation.”
Cupp said it was irresponsible for Costas to tell “millions of NFL viewers that they have permission to blame guns instead of the person who pulled the trigger.” She went on to say that giving an “inanimate object” human capabilities is “absolutely absurd.”
Costas, reading from sports columnist Jason Whitlock’s column, said:
“Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it.”
“Bob Costas has, I think, done something shameful and irresponsible and is going to have some blood on his hands if we continue to talk about the wrong problem, what is not the problem: handguns,” Cupp said.
Kornacki jumped in and immediately attempted to discredit Cupp’s argument.
“I wish you’d grapple with some of the statistics that are out there, S.E., before you say something like that,” Kornacki replied.
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Despite Chris Matthews having worked for former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill, his grasp of how the United States government works is tenuous at best.
On Monday’s Hardball, the host repeatedly said current Speaker John Boehner (R-Oh.) “lost” on Election Day despite the Congressman winning 99.9 percent of the votes in his district while his Party retained control of the House.
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Up to two million people are to have their credit files secretly checked under a crackdown on tax evasion to be unveiled by George Osborne to help raise another £10 billion.
Credit reference agencies will cross-check details of the income people declare on their tax returns against their spending patterns to identify “high” and “medium” risks of both illegal and legal tax avoidance.
People identified to HM Revenue and Customs will then be subject to more detailed investigations. About two million people are expected to be scrutinised under the programme, which may lead to privacy concerns.
HMRC will today unveil the “successful” results of a pilot programme involving about 20,000 people which will now be extended nationally.
Many of those who are expected to be identified are likely to be self-employed workers who have under-declared their income to the authorities.
However, those who have benefited from secret windfalls – such as an inheritance or a bonus – and people with secret offshore accounts could also be highlighted.
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Since Nov. 6, there has been no shortage of opinions as to why challenger Mitt Romney and the Republican Party failed to ouster President Barack Obama. Pre-election divisions in the Republican Party between moderates and conservatives have only widened since Romney’s defeat and the party’s strategy for the future remains unclear, a source of contention and heated internal & external debate.
Specifically, many now wonder what the sobering 2012 election results means for the right-leaning Tea Party, the champions of personal freedom and smaller government who exploded on the political scene in the 2010 midterm elections. The re-election of a progressive like Barack Obama would seem to signal the end of the conservative Tea Party, but the movement’s conservative leaders insist that last month’s election results only vindicate the group’s message.
“The Tea Party is not a political party; it’s an informal community of Americans who support a set of fiscally conservative issues,” says FreedomWorks’ Matt Kibbe. “And when you take a look at the roster of new fiscal conservatives being sent to Congress next year, it’s clear our issues are winning.”
Indeed, although the Tea Party may be focusing the vast majority of its ongoing efforts on local issues, the conservative movement has left an undeniable mark on the national GOP establishment. The group’s mantra of uncompromising fiscal conservatism and limited government has remained a driving force in shaping Republican platform.
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The kid was going to play football.
But seven black kids beat him before he got there.
It was only a few blocks from his house. The kids at his school didn’t like him because he was white.
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