Writer, Actor, Director: Harold Ramis, the man behind some of the funniest movies of my generation, passed away at the too young age of 69. It would be hard to pick only one favorite, I’ve laughed at everything — and that’s a fact, Jack.
|By: wendydavis Monday February 24, 2014 7:15 pm|
While Lofgren is chillingly correct overall, there are a few things to quibble with here. One is that the Democrats could have eliminated the filibuster altogether during their majority had they so chosen, as they did last year for judicial and other executive branch appointments. A lot of ink has been spent discussing why they chose not to.
|By: JP Sottile Monday February 24, 2014 6:30 pm|
Last year, government contracting behemoth Boeing paid an effective tax rate of -1.4%.
Yes, you read that correctly—negative 1.4%.
According to a new report from the Center for Effective Government, one of America’s biggest corporations, with profits ranging from $1.6 to $5.9 billion over the last five years, found ways to whittle down its effective tax rate so much that it became, in effect, a source of revenue as they reaped a whopping $82 million tax refund on $5.9 billion in profits.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday February 24, 2014 4:59 pm|
Next Sunday we’ll be live blogging the Oscars, so tonight we’re discussing the nominees in the major categories. Right now, as I write this the Oddschecker has Twelve Years a Slave as the 4:1 favorite, followed by Gravity at 9:2. American Hustle (18:1), Dallas Buyers Club (25:1) and The Wolf of Wall Street (80:1) rounds out the top the five, with the others (Captain Philips, Her, Nebraska and Philomena, coming in at very poor odds–250:1 for the Tom Hanks piracy movie and 300:1 for the the others).
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday February 24, 2014 4:07 pm|
Ray McGovern is a hell of a guy. An Army veteran, he worked for the CIA from the Kennedy administration up through the first Bush presidency, preparing the president’s daily intel brief and other important stuff. Along the way, McGovern began to see the fraud and evil of much of the government’s work, and has since become an outspoken critic of the intelligence world and an advocate for free speech.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday February 24, 2014 3:15 pm|
Saturday night at the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan, art lovers experienced an intervention action designed to highlight the labor conditions on Saadiyat Island in the United Arab Emirates. A franchise of the New York’s Guggenheim, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, is under construction on the man-made resort island
|By: Jon Walker Monday February 24, 2014 2:22 pm|
The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is slowly but steadily advancing to its goal of 270 electoral votes. The movement has officially gained the support of Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy (D) and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman (D), where the issue is currently being debate in the legislature.
|By: DSWright Monday February 24, 2014 1:34 pm|
When kings make risky bets it is the serfs who pay. According to NBC News the plutocrats have successfully gotten the federal government to make taxpayers liable for the consequences of increasingly likely floods on expensive waterfront homes. The 99% can now not only look in wonder at the ornate plush homes on the beaches, they can underwrite them.
|By: Jon Walker Monday February 24, 2014 12:48 pm|
Ohio becomes the latest state where a majority support marijuana legalization. According to Quinnipiac, 51 percent of registered voters support allowing adults to possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use. The poll found 44 percent still oppose this change.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday February 24, 2014 11:58 am|
Director for National Intelligence James Clapper, who has had to respond to criticisms and concerns about the activities of the US intelligence community as a result of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, fashions himself a victim. He believes the world should know that he does not deserve the trials and tribulations he has been put through.