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Senate Deal Keeps Most Tax Cuts

Senate Deal Keeps Most Tax Cuts

The White House and Mitch McConnell have reached a tentative deal early New Year’s Day. The measure would raise taxes by about $600 billion over 10 years and delay for two months across-the-board spending cuts otherwise set to begin slashing the budgets of the Pentagon and numerous domestic agencies. Highlights: Income tax rates: Extends tax cuts […]

Senate extends warrantless wiretapping under FISA

Senate extends warrantless wiretapping under FISA

The Senate agreed on Friday to approve an extension of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, legislation that allows the NSA and other US intelligence agencies to wiretap conversations involving foreign citizens without obtaining a warrant. Despite growing opposition to one of the most notorious and secretive US spying programs, the Senate voted 73-23 early Friday […]

Peers in prayer: Israel may review gender inequality at holy site

Peers in prayer: Israel may review gender inequality at holy site

Pressured by rights activists and foreign Jewish diaspora, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has asked for a review of an Orthodox-backed law which restricts the ways how women can pray at the holy site of the Western Wall. The decision comes amid outrage from women rights activists in Israel and across the Jewish Diaspora in other […]

‘Abomination’: Rand Paul slams NDAA as bill passes US Senate

‘Abomination’: Rand Paul slams NDAA as bill passes US Senate

The controversial NDAA bill, which allows for the indefinite detention of US citizens, was approved by the Senate despite White House threats to veto the legislation. Republican Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has decried the law as an “abomination.” The libertarian Republican voiced his concerns to a conference committee following the decision to give the present […]

Depardieu a role model: Belgium welcomes other French tax exiles

Depardieu a role model: Belgium welcomes other French tax exiles

The Belgian Foreign Minister has given carte blanche to anyone planning to follow in Gerard Depardieu’s footsteps and move to Belgium in an attempt to escape higher French taxes. “If other French people want to come to Belgium, I’m not at all opposed,” Didier Reynders said in an interview with Le Figaro. He emphasized that France […]

FBI won’t charge Petraeus mistress

FBI won’t charge Petraeus mistress

The mistress of former CIA head Gen. David Petraeus will not be charged with cyberstalking, the United States Department of Justice confirmed Tuesday. Attorneys for Paula Broadwell say that the woman blamed for bringing down the country’s top intelligence officer won’t face any federal charges related to “alleged acts of cyberstalking,” according to a letter they released […]

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