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Higher state taxes on the rich won’t drive them out: study

The threat that wealthy people will simply pull up stakes and move if their taxes are raised has often been deployed in an effort to prevent states from doing just that. However, a new paper (pdf) suggests that the threat has been greatly exaggerated. The study, by Universeity of Massachusetts…

Two ninjas rob medical marijuana from driver

A man delivering medical marijuana in West Covina, California claimed that two ninjas attacked and robbed him Friday evening, according to The San Gabriel Valley. West Covina Police Lieutenant Alan Henley described what the man told authorities. “As he was going back to his vehicle, he was approached by two…

Attorney: Zimmerman used ‘term of endearment’ before killing Trayvon Martin

A friend of the self-appointed neighborhood watch leader who killed an unarmed black Florida teen says that reports that his pal uttered a racial slur before the slaying are simply wrong. After reviewing a 911 call George Zimmerman made before gunning down Trayvon Martin, many believe they hear the shooter…

Obama’s disbelief after staring into North Korea

DEMILITARISED ZONE, South Korea — After squinting through binoculars into a nation frozen in time, US President Barack Obama reeled off a contempt-laden and startlingly frank indictment of North Korea. The Stalinist remnant of the Cold War was, in Obama’s eyes, nothing but a nation which cannot make “anything of…

Lindsey Graham: ‘Primary is over; Romney will be the nominee’

Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday declared that the GOP presidential primary was effectively over and called for his party to united behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. “I think that the primary is over,” Graham told CNN’s Candy Crowley. “Romney will be the nominee. Fiscal and social…

Fmr. Bush strategist: Conservative Christians passing un-Christian gun laws

Matthew Dowd, President George W. Bush’s former chief strategist, on Sunday observed that the same conservative legislatures and governors who are championing so-called Christian values like prayer in schools are also pushing for dangerous gun laws that are counter to Christian teachings. During a panel on ABC, “Nightline” anchor Terry…

Plouffe: Romney the ‘godfather’ of Obama health reforms

White House senior adviser David Plouffe is making the most direct attempt yet to tie Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to President Barack Obama’s health care reforms by referring to him the “godfather” of the law. Speaking to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Plouffe dismissed low approval ratings for the…

Plouffe says GOP primary a ‘clown show’ for Trayvon Martin comments

White House senior advisor David Plouffe on Sunday blasted several Republican presidential candidates after they claimed President Barack Obama was trying to divide America by speaking about an unarmed African American teen in Florida who was gunned down by a neighborhood watch enthusiast. Responding to a reporter on Friday, Obama…

U.S. pays $50,000 per person to Afghan families for Bales’ shooting

The United States has paid $50,000 in compensation for each Afghan person killed by Staff Sergeant Robert Bales in southern Afghanistan two weeks ago, according to The Associated Press. Kandahar provincial council member Agha Lalai and community Jan Agha confirmed that the victim’s families received payments Saturday, with those who…

Paul Ryan would ‘consider’ Romney-Ryan ticket

House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) says that he would be willing to “consider” accepting a nomination to be his party’s vice presidential nominee. Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday asked Ryan if he would accept the VP slot if the Republican presidential nominee wanted him to be…

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