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Obama: Tax Warren Buffett to save Social Security

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Tuesday that Social Security’s long-term solvency can be secured by raising more revenues from wealthy taxpayers like Warren Buffett. “I’ll just give you one example of a change that would make a difference in Social Security,” the president said at a town hall in…

Paul Ryan already benefited from the Social Security fund he now wants to gut

Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP’s most outspoken advocate for cutting and privatizing Social Security, has already benefited from Social Security himself, in the form of survivor benefits he received after his father’s untimely death. From the age of 16, when his 55-year-old father died of a heart attack, until he…

Paul Ryan defends tax breaks for the rich and gets booed at town hall

Constituents in Wisconsin are letting Rep. Paul Ryan (R) know that they aren’t happy with his plan to extend tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. An audience at a town hall in Milton, Wisconsin booed the congressman when he tried to defend his proposal. “The middle class is disappearing right…

Big Pharma set to take over medical marijuana market

Just as the federal government is clamping down on medical marijuana dispensaries, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) may be set to give Big Pharma the clearance to take over the market. In 2007, GW Pharmaceuticals announced that it partnered with Otsuka to bring “Sativex” — or liquefied marijuana — to…

Poll: Majority of Republicans want higher taxes on the rich

WASHINGTON – A majority of self-identified Republicans favor higher taxes on wealthy Americans, according to a new ABC/Washington Post poll published Tuesday. Fifty-four percent of Republicans support calls to raise marginal tax rates on family income higher than $250,000, as President Barack Obama called for last Wednesday in a speech.…

Palin defends Trump’s birther talk, plays coy on candidacy

One-time Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is no stranger to the spotlight — most would say, by choice. She’s also familiar with the spotlight’s frequent companion: criticism. Now, possible GOP presidential contender Donald Trump seems to be following in Palin’s 24/7 media circus footsteps. Trump is all but unavoidable…

GOP claim that tax cuts raise revenues rated ‘False’

WASHINGTON – The Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checker PolitiFact took on the Republican claim that reducing tax rates has always produced higher federal revenues, rating it “false.” “Every time we’ve cut taxes, revenues have gone up, the economy has grown,” Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) said Sunday on ABC’s This Week, making the…

MA court rules marijuana odor is no longer ‘reasonable suspicion’ for cops

BOSTON (Reuters) – The smell of marijuana smoke is no longer enough reason for police to order someone out of a car, now that pot has been decriminalized in Massachusetts, the state’s highest court said in a decision published on Tuesday. The ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court was…

Anti-bomb plan for Pentagon annex posted online

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In what officials admit is a major breach of security, a document describing design features intended to make a new Defense Departmentbuilding bomb-resistant has been posted on a public government website. The document, comprising a 30-page narrative and hundreds of pages of technical data, describes bomb-proofing features which were…

Bachmann: Obama certificate ‘should settle’ birther issue

Tea party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has officially moved to the left of Donald Trump. The Minnesota Republican told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Wednesday that the certificate of live birth released by then-candidate Barack Obama in 2008 should satisfy “birthers” who don’t believe he is a natural born U.S. citizen.…

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