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Paul Krugman: How About A Clinton-Warren Ticket Instead Of A Matchup?

Nobel Prize-winning New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has an interesting vision of the 2016 Democratic presidential ticket: Hillary Clinton for president and Sen. Elizabeth Warren “looking over her shoulder so she doesn't stray too far."

Speaking on HuffPost Live Wednesday about Clinton’s domestic policy, Krugman said, “When she talks now, she sounds substantially to the left of the old Hillary Clinton.”

“If she becomes president and then turns ... (and) runs back to the right, that’s going to be a problem. ... I guess part of one's hope, if she becomes president, (is that) she will in fact feel some need to avoid alienating the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party, which is for all practical purposes led by Elizabeth Warren right now,” Krugman said.

As for a presidential bid from the Democratic senator from Massachusetts, he said it “would be an interesting thing” but predicted it would be unsuccessful.

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Congressman Steve King Doesn’t Expect To Find Gay People When He Gets To Heaven

The Herald initially asked King whether he thought divorce or cohabitation are sins. “I think that I’ll not comment on that part,” he replied, choosing to focus his remarks entirely on homosexuality. “I’ll just say that what was a sin 2,000 years ago is a sin today, and people that were condemned to hell 2,000 years ago, I don’t expect to meet them should I make it to heaven. So let’s stick with that principle.”



IRS Whistle-Blowers: Agency Executives Behind Multibillion-Dollar Corporate Tax Giveaways

IRS Whistle-Blowers: Agency Executives Behind Multibillion-Dollar Corporate Tax Giveaways

A veteran Internal Revenue Service attorney demands a congressional audit of the IRS to investigate the agency's alleged role in allowing US corporations to illegally avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes even as it cracks down on individuals and small businesses.

A 10-year veteran Internal Revenue Service (IRS) attorney has demanded a congressional audit of the IRS to investigate the agency's alleged role in allowing US corporations to illegally avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes even as it cracks down on individuals and small businesses.

In a letter to Treasury secretary Jacob Lew, IRS commissioner John A. Koskinen and IRS chief counsel William Wilkins, Jane J. Kim, an attorney in the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel in New York, accused IRS executives of "deliberately" facilitating multibillion-dollar tax giveaways. The letter, dated October 19, will add further pressure on the agency, which is under fire for allegedly targeting conservative and Tea Party groups.

Kim, who has previously blown the whistle on "gross waste of government resources" in the IRS New York field offices, wrote in her new letter that senior IRS officials have "intentionally undermined the authority of the IRS Whistleblower Office (WO)" to avoid taking action "in cases involving billions in corporate taxes due." The IRS also refuses to enforce laws for "large corporate taxpayers," resulting in giveaways of further billions, despite applying the same laws with "draconian strictness to small business, the self-employed, and wage-earning individuals."

The IRS attorney's letter was copied to Jason Foster, chief investigative counsel for the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, as well as several other senators and House representatives, including Elizabeth Warren, Maxine Waters, Alan Grayson, Bernie Sanders, Charles Grassley, Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. They could not be reached for comment.

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US vs Canada: Exceptionally hysterical


In light of this week, Canada may have to change. But whatever changes we choose to make should be done carefully and calmly, with an understanding of the limited scale of the threat, and the nature of the tradeoffs between freedom and safety. Any changes made, from security at public buildings to a long-standing system of laws that criminalize action but not thought, should be done only for the benefit of millions of law-abiding Canadians – and not as a panicky reaction to a very small number of men who, unlike some dangers that Canada has faced before, pose no threat whatsoever to the survival of Canada.


McConnell Paid His Ex-Campaign Manager $117K over 2-Month Period AFTER Bribery Scandal Broke

McConnell paid former campaign manager tied to bribery scandal nearly $100,000 after his role diminished and disappeared

When Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager Jesse Benton abruptly resigned in late August amidst revelations of apparent ties to an Iowa bribery scandal, the campaign assured reporters that Benton had not been very involved with the campaign since that May’s primary. However, according to new a FEC filing, Benton was paid nearly $100,000 by McConnell’s committees in a two-month period this summer, including a payment the day before his resignation and several days afterward. Additionally, over this same period, Benton was paid more than three times that of Josh Holmes, who was supposedly the top official of the McConnell campaign during this time.

Benton was paid $46,197 by McConnell’s campaign and $5,000 by his Bluegrass Committee on July 1, well after the May 20 primary, and another $15,000 on Aug. 4. On Aug. 28, a day after the scandal broke that detailed Benton’s involvement and one day before his resignation, McConnell’s campaign paid him an additional $11,100. On Sept. 2, the McConnell campaign paid Benton $10,000, and the next day McConnell’s Bluegrass Committee paid Benton another $5,000. During this same period, Holmes was paid $30,000. Additionally, the Republican Party of Kentucky paid Benton $15,000 in July and early August, and $5,000 on the day he resigned. Altogether, these committees paid him $112,297 over the two-month period.

After news broke of Benton’s possible ties to the bribery of Iowa state Sen. Ken Sorenson during Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign for which he worked, McConnell’s campaign initially told Politico Benton’s role was limited since before the May primary, and that “The truth is that Josh Holmes has been doing the top job on McConnell’s campaign since April.” The Courier-Journal’s Joe Gerth at the time reported that Holmes was said to have run the campaign even prior to April.


The author of this article, Joe Sonka (who has written for The Nation, ThinkProgress.org, and been a guest on the Rachel Maddow Show), later tweeted this correction to the payment numbers:

Whoops, discovered I underreported Jesse Benton's payment over 2-mnth period this summer after "done" w/ McConnell. Actually > $117k. #kysen

The money in question was paid during July and August, though news of Benton's possible involvement in the Ron Paul bribery scandal had broken as far back as early April, as evidenced by this April 2nd article in Mother Jones:


What could these payments have been, if not hush money? Benton could not have plausibly been worth three times the value of the Campaign Manager, especially after his work for the McConnell campaign was "done".


CIA agents impersonated Senate staffers in order to gain access to Senate communications & drafts

According to sources familiar with the CIA inspector general report that details the alleged abuses by agency officials, CIA agents impersonated Senate staffers in order to gain access to Senate communications and drafts of the Intelligence Committee investigation. These sources requested anonymity because the details of the agency's inspector general report remain classified.

"If people knew the details of what they actually did to hack into the Senate computers to go search for the torture document, jaws would drop. It's straight out of a movie," said one Senate source familiar with the document.


The Escalator Gif - Skeptics vs Realists on Global Warming

and yes, Al Gore was right
just look around....(with your eyes OPEN, please)


Economists Say We Should Tax The Rich At 90 Percent

America has been doing income taxes wrong for more than 50 years.

All Americans, including the rich, would be better off if top tax rates went back to Eisenhower-era levels when the top federal income tax rate was 91 percent, according to a new working paper by Fabian Kindermann from the University of Bonn and Dirk Krueger from the University of Pennsylvania.

The top tax rate that makes all citizens, including the highest 1 percent of earners, the best off is “somewhere between 85 and 90 percent,” Krueger told The Huffington Post. Currently, the top rate of 39.6 percent is paid on income above $406,750 for individuals and $457,600 for couples.

Fewer than 1 percent of Americans, or about 1.3 million people, reach that top bracket.

Here is the conclusion from the report, charted:

.....Kindermann and Krueger say that a top marginal tax rate in the range of 90 percent would decrease both income and wealth inequality, bring in more money for the government and increase everyone’s well-being -- even those subject to the new, much higher income tax rate.


Fox News Hosts Tell Young Women Not To Vote: "They Don't Get It"

Right-Wing Media Discourage Young Women From Voting

Fox News is discouraging young people from voting again, but this time the target is more specific: young women.

"The Five" co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle said Tuesday that young women should excuse themselves from voting in the upcoming midterm elections because they don't share the same "life experience" as older women and should just go back to playing around on Tinder and Match.com.

"It's the same reason why young women on juries are not a good idea," Guilfoyle said. "They don't get it!"

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