House Votes To Repeal Tax On Richest 0.2 Percent Of Americans

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted Thursday to give a tax break worth $269 billion to the richest few thousand estates in the country, and add that cost to the federal debt.

Called the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, the bill would end the nearly 100-year-old federal estate tax. All but three Republicans voted in favor, while all but seven Democrats voted against. The legislation passed 239 to 179.

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ESPN Reporter Britt McHenry Berates A Towing Company Employee [Updates]

A video has popped up on LiveLeak of a woman who appears to be ESPN reporter Britt McHenry dressing down a towing company employee, making fun of the woman’s features, and using the “do you know who I am?” argument.

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Michele Bachmann explains ‘God’s time clock’: Iran nuclear deal makes ‘Christ’s return imminent’

Former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) predicted in a recent interview that President Barack Obama’s handling of the Middle East was a sign of the End Times and that Jesus Christ would soon return to Earth.

“If we actually turn our back on Israel as we have seen Barack Obama do today, if that happens then I think we will see a scale and a level of push back in the United States, negative consequences,” Bachmann told Understanding the Times radio host Jan Markell on Sunday. “I don’t know what they are, but I believe that the Bible is true. And believe what the Bible says is that our nation and the people of our nation will reap a whirlwind, and we could see economic disasters, natural disasters.”

“The United States does not want to be in that position and unfortunately the people put into office Barack Obama,” she opined. “Not only once, but twice. And the people have to rise up against his actions and demand that their leaders take steps accordingly.”

But even though Bachmann lamented that Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran was “pro the goals of Islamic jihad,” she said that the coming End Times were a reason to celebrate.

“These are not fearful times, these are the most exciting days in history,” she insisted. “Talk about what you see in the newspaper. We can talk about God’s time clock and the fact that Jesus Christ’s return is imminent. Is there anything more important to talk about?”

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Remembering Reagan: If the Government Is Broken, Why Don’t We Fix It? –

On a drab January day Ronald Reagan stood before the nation he had been elected to lead and outlined his grand vision for a new America. Many of the words he spoke were adroit and on target, America was facing massive inflation, unemployment was high, and unwise deficit spending allowed people to live in excess by mortgaging their children’s future. Still, it was a simple and slightly vitriolic line among many that would have the most significant impact on America’s future politics:

“Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

These few words, repeated so many countless times since by the politicians and pundits who have followed in President Reagan’s footsteps, have come to typify the growing and obstinate hate for our government, and have become a rallying cry for all things anti-government. And while Reagan may have been speaking about the challenges of his particular time, these words have lived on timelessly, marking the government as public enemy #1 in the eyes of many.

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A New Phase in Anti-Obama Attacks – NYTimes.com

It is a peculiar, but unmistakable, phenomenon: As Barack Obama’s presidency heads into its twilight, the rage of the Republican establishment toward him is growing louder, angrier and more destructive.

Republican lawmakers in Washington and around the country have been focused on blocking Mr. Obama’s agenda and denigrating him personally since the day he took office in 2009. But even against that backdrop, and even by the dismal standards of political discourse today, the tone of the current attacks is disturbing. So is their evident intent — to undermine not just Mr. Obama’s policies, but his very legitimacy as president.

It is a line of attack that echoes Republicans’ earlier questioning of Mr. Obama’s American citizenship. Those attacks were blatantly racist in their message — reminding people that Mr. Obama was black, suggesting he was African, and planting the equally false idea that he was secretly Muslim. The current offensive is slightly more subtle, but it is impossible to dismiss the notion that race plays a role in it.

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US Capitol locked down for two hours after apparent suicide | TheHill

The U.S. Capitol and visitor center went into lockdown for about two hours after an apparent suicide on the west side of the building, the U.S. Capitol Police said Saturday afternoon.

Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine said that the shooting took place just after 1 p.m. Saturday.

The man suffered “a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Dine said.

Dine said no shots were fired by police officers or any other law enforcement.

The man had a backpack and roller case, according to police, which they handled as a suspicious package to lock down the area.

The DC Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the death.

Police are not releasing the name of the man until notification of next of kin, Dine said, though authorities “potentially know who he is.”

Police confirmed the man did have a sign along with his other possessions.

“It was just a social sign about social justice,” the police chief said, declining to elaborate.

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