S. V. Date http://wjsu.org en The 10 Biggest Tax Breaks (And How Much They Cost) http://wjsu.org/post/10-biggest-tax-breaks-and-how-much-they-cost The 10 biggest breaks, deductions and credits in the U.S. income tax code are costing the Treasury $900 billion this year, with more than half of that total benefiting the wealthiest 20 percent of taxpayers.<p>This critique is not new — liberals have complained for years that too many exceptions written into what was designed as a progressive income tax instead benefit the most well-off. Wed, 29 May 2013 22:01:00 +0000 S. V. Date 14875 at http://wjsu.org Benghazi Review Leader Offered To Testify On Capitol Hill http://wjsu.org/post/benghazi-review-leader-offered-testify-capitol-hill When the House held its much-anticipated hearing on Benghazi Wednesday, one major figure not at the witness table was Thomas Pickering, the former ambassador and co-chair of the Accountability Review Board that reported on last September's attacks.<p>Why wasn't he there?<p>That's somewhat in dispute. California Republican Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, put the blame squarely on the shoulders of Pickering and report co-author Adm. Mike Mullen.<p>"We asked them to testify about their investigation and findings. They refused," Issa said. Fri, 10 May 2013 20:57:00 +0000 S. V. Date 14267 at http://wjsu.org The Democrats' Final Four On Gay Marriage http://wjsu.org/post/democrats-final-four-gay-marriage In the U.S. Senate, it's down to the Final Four versus the Dynamic Duo.<p>Only four Democratic senators remain who do not support same-sex marriage. Across the aisle, there are now two Republicans who have announced their support.<p>The new alignments mean that a majority — 53 senators — now support a concept that 85 senators voted to ban in 1996 with the Defense of Marriage Act.<p>Indiana's Joe Donnelly and North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp on Friday became the latest Democrats to join what's now the dominant position in their party. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 20:15:00 +0000 S. V. Date 13205 at http://wjsu.org Voter Cast Off Charlie Crist Tops Florida Governors's Race Poll http://wjsu.org/post/voter-cast-charlie-crist-tops-florida-governorss-race-poll Democrats who haven't controlled the governor's mansion in Tallahassee in 14 years could have a good opportunity to win it back next November.<p>Thanks to Republican Gov. Rick Scott's continuing unpopularity, both of the leading Democratic candidates hold double-digit leads in hypothetical matchups in a new <a href="http://www.quinnipiac.edu/images/polling/fl/fl03202013.pdf/">Quinnipiac University poll</a>. Alex Sink, the former state treasurer who narrowly lost to Scott in 2010, leads him by 11 points, 45-34. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 18:47:00 +0000 S. V. Date 12705 at http://wjsu.org In Florida, An Email Trail On Redistricting Raises Questions http://wjsu.org/post/florida-email-trail-redistricting-raises-questions Florida voters in 2010 approved constitutional amendments by nearly 2-to-1 margins that forbade state legislators from coordinating with political parties or favoring incumbents when drawing new congressional districts.<p>So what did lawmakers in Tallahassee do? The Republican leaders in charge of drawing new maps coordinated with Republican Party consultants to protect Republican incumbents.<p>How do we know? Tue, 05 Feb 2013 19:16:00 +0000 S. V. Date 11323 at http://wjsu.org