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On tax returns, Sanders and wife report $200,000 in income — mostly from his Senate post

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who rails against the “billionaire class” on the presidential campaign trail, reported relatively modest income last year: just more than $200,000 on a tax return filed jointly with his wife. The vast majority of the couple’s income came from Sanders’s $174,00 [...]

Screen shot of CNN broadcast spreading fear of imminent July 4th terrorism attacks with no caveats whatsoever (update below) A number of  [...]

Sierra Leone’s Rich and Powerful Are Breaking the Ebola Burial Rules

On a barren hillside outside Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, Alieu Mansaray put on a brave face as strangers in full plastic bodysuits lowered his father’s body into the grave. His 71-year-old father had died of a stroke. Everyone knew that. But in a country where the highly [...]

Jeb Bush Made Millions But Gave Little to Charity

Jeb Bush released 33 years of tax returns on Tuesday evening. So how much did he give to charity over the years? Not that much. Between 2003 and 2013, Bush gave 1.5 percent of his income to charity, according to the lists of charitable deductions in the tax returns. That’s about hal [...]

Presidential Church-Shopping

In his Tilting at Windmills column in the June/July/August issue of the Washington Monthly, Matt Cooper observes that the American habit of church-shopping and denomination-changing is reaching the ranks of presidential candidates, and notes this ironic fact about Episcopalian-turned-Cath [...]

Final Twist for SCOTUS

Don’t know about you, but without checking I assumed the Supreme Court’s October 2014 Term had ended yesterday with the last decisions on tap. But no: the Court stayed in session one more day and issued five more orders granting certioari for cases to be heard in the next Ter [...]

Jeb Bush Just Released 33 Years of His Tax Returns. Read Them Here.

Jeb Bush’s campaign released 33 years of his tax returns on Tuesday. According to his campaign, he has paid an effective tax rate of 36 percent over that period. His taxes also show a significant jump in his net worth in recent years. Since leaving office as Florida’s governor [...]

Too bad so sad that the sky is falling for Christian hypocrites

Rod Dreher, a senior editor and blogger at The American Conservative penned a piece in TIME titled, Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own Country. He’s upset by the SCOTUS decision in Obergefell. He said, It is hard to overstate the significance of the Ober [...]

Jeb Bush’s taxes, by the numbers

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush just dropped 33 years of tax returns on his campaign Web site, the sort of mega data dump that he’s tried to make a hallmark of his campaign. When he first started talking about running for the presidency, he released his e-mails from his time as gov [...]

VA’s embattled watchdog to step down

The chief watchdog for the Department of Veterans Affairs announced Tuesday that he is retiring this week after months of criticism that his office failed to aggressively investigate wrongdoing in the troubled agency. Richard Griffin, who has served as acting inspector general since 2013, [...]

Jeb Bush’s Finances Could Spell Trouble For Him in the GOP Primaries

Jeb Bush is in big trouble: Since leaving the Florida governor’s office in 2007, Jeb Bush has made about $29 million, a considerable increase in his personal wealth since reentering the private sector….The documents show he paid an effective tax rate of more than 36 percent e [...]

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Chris Christie runs for president, vows to turn America into New Jersey

Sir Shoutsalot makes his bid. Yeah, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is running for president. No, I don’t know why either. And yes, his polling numbers are terrible. Negativity toward Christie in the past 18 months has pervaded judgments on Christie as a person (now seen as more bu [...]

Hack, flack, and blowback; one blow after another for federal personnel director

To paraphrase an old blues tune, if it weren’t for bad news, Katherine Archuleta would have no news at all. It must seem that way to the director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), an agency that has been the focus of a steady stream of bad news since it announced, on June 4, [& [...]

If You Don’t Know Who Misty Copeland Is, You Need to Correct That Right Now

On Tuesday, Misty Copeland, the 32-year-old soloist at the renowned American Ballet Theatre, made history as she became the first female black principal dancer in the company’s 75-year life span. The news of her promotion comes at a time of wide discussion about the lack of diversit [...]

With Paris conference looming, Brazil, China and the U.S. pledge more investments in clean energy

A riverboat pushes a barge loaded with logs that were cut illegally from virgin Amazon rain forest and seized by federal police and government inspectors as part of Brazil’s effort to control deforestation. As part of a bilaterial meeting, President Barack Obama and President Dilm [...]

Tonight at midnight, America’s Export-Import Bank will shut its doors because, after 81 years, Congress has failed to reauthorize it  [...]

Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That

“The network thought this was an offensive show,” says lead actor Michael Richards in the DVD commentary for “The Outing,” a famous  episode of the sitcom Seinfeld, wherein Jerry and George are misidentified as a couple by a college reporter. “And hence,” replies Jason Alexande Go to Sour [...]