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Romney earned 12 times more than Obama, had nearly half the tax rate

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Tax returns released by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday revealed that his 2010 effective tax rate was almost half of President Barack Obama’s, even though the former Massachusetts governor earned about $20 million more.

According to 2010 tax returns (PDF) released by the White House, the president paid $454,000 in federal taxes on $1.8 million earned — or about 25 percent of his gross income. Over the same time period, Romney paid about $3 million in federal taxes on gross income of $21.7 million, a rate of about 13.8 percent.

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Estimates released by the campaign showed that Romney expected to pay $3.2 million in taxes for 2011 on $20.9 million income, an effective 15.4 percent rate.

“I pay all the taxes that are legally required, not a dollar more,” the candidate boasted during a debate on NBC News Monday. “I’m proud of the fact that I pay a lot of taxes.”

Romney’s returns revealed that he gave $7.1 million in charitable contributions over two years, which included at least $4.1 million to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The nearly 550 pages of documents released Tuesday also showed that Romney had a bank account in Switzerland, as well as investments in other tax havens like Luxembourg, Ireland and the Cayman Islands.

On a conference call Tuesday, a spokesman for the Romney campaign told reporters that the Swiss account was closed in 2010 and the candidate did not directly make decisions regarding any of the offshore accounts.

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“The income earned on that account is taxed just as any other domestic or other bank account owned by the blind trust,” Brad Malt, Romney’s trustee, explained. “These entities are not evading one dime of taxes.”

(H/T: Politico)

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North Carolina is a delegate prize on Super Tuesday. But it’s a complicated one

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Only two states have more Democratic delegates at stake than North Carolina on Super Tuesday. But who will get them?Well, it’s complicated.— It depends not just on how many votes a candidate gets but where he or she gets them.— In a sense, candidates still in the race will be competing with those who’ve dropped out.— And regardless of the primary outcome, so-called automatic delegates — once known as superdelegates — can support whoever they want.“Of course it’s complicated,” said University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato. “It doesn’t have to be that complicated... (more…)

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Swing State poll shows Trump beating every Democrat in Wisconsin

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A new swing state poll released Thursday shows President Donald Trump beating every Democratic candidate in a head-to-head match-up in Wisconsin, but trailing behind in Michigan and Pennsylvania.In Wisconsin, Trump leads each candidate 7-11%:Trump/former Vice President Joe Biden — 49% to 42%Trump/billionaire Mike Bloomberg – 49% to 41%Trump/former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg — 49% to 41%Trump/Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) — 50% to 39%Trump/Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) — 50% to 43%Trump/Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) — 51% to 41%In Pennsylvania, Trump trails the candidates by... (more…)

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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.

As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.

Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:

1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."

Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR

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