Treasury And IRS To Crack Down On Super PACs Masquerading As Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Groups | ThinkProgress

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Non-profits designated 501(c)(3) by the IRS abuse their status by conducting partisan practices.

From the IRS:

Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity.  Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.

Further info at Think Progress

Treasury And IRS To Crack Down On Super PACs Masquerading As Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Groups | ThinkProgress.

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Treasury And IRS To Crack Down On Super PACs Masquerading As Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Groups

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service issued proposed guidelines on Tuesday that could force dark-money political groups like Crossroads GPS and the American Future Fund to spend less of their money on campaign advertising and other overt electioneering. If implemented, this guidance would clarify what actions by tax-exempt social welfare organizations are limited “candidate-related political activity” and what actions can count toward their principal purpose.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT FOOD STAMPS

1 VoteI have always known that conservatives were spreading flat-out lies about Food Stamps but I have never had the time to do the research and write an article about these falsehoods. Today I found this article by Dave Johnson and checked his facts but I knew he was correct. Interesting and truthful read! mab Conservatives have widely circulated stories about people using food stamps to buy cigarettes and alcohol. The Blaze trumpets stories like, “THIS 65-YEAR-OLD CLERK WAS FIRED FOR REFUSING TO SELL CIGARETTES TO A FOOD STAMP CUSTOMER” and outlets like Fox echo it. These kinds of stories are everywhere in the right-wing echo chamber.Here are the facts: According to USDA, households may use food stamps to buy foods, such as breads and cereals; fruits and vegetables; meats, fish and poultry; and dairy products. Also they can buy seeds and plants which produce food to eat. (In some areas, restaurants can be authorized to accept SNAP benefits from qualified homeless, elderly, or disabled people in exchange for low-cost meals.)Households may not use food stamps to buy beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco; pet foods; soaps, paper products; household supplies; vitamins and medicines; food that will be eaten in the store; hot foods.

via THE TRUTH ABOUT FOOD STAMPS.

via THE TRUTH ABOUT FOOD STAMPS.

The European Union

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Exceptions to EU-wide rules  

(This is from EU Immigration Portal; a very good site but Lord there sure is a lot of rules; you better have lots of extra time. By this time I am so confused that I forgot how I even got here).

We now I remember. While reading this Daily Mail story I thought that some people were going to ‘head for the hills’. Then I didn’t want to write it without knowing it’s origin and that was a little over 1 hour. I found ‘head for the hills’ and ‘no-brainer’ and a bunch more in the next story.

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EU-wide immigration rules generally apply in 24 out of the EU’s 27 countries. The following exceptions apply:

Denmark does not apply EU-wide rules which relate to immigration, visa and asylum policies.

Ireland and the United Kingdom choose, on a case-by-case basis, whether or not to adopt EU rules on immigration, visa and asylum policies.

For information on immigration and visa rules in any of these three countries, select the country on this map.

More on EU-wide immigration rules

More on EU-wide visa rules
National Immigration Rules

Each EU country alone decides:

  • The total number of migrants that can be admitted to the country to look for work;
  • All final decisions on migrant applications;
  • Rules on long-term visas – stays for periods longer than three months; and
  • Conditions to obtain residence and work permits when no EU-wide rules have been adopted.
Read more:

Is this the future for Britain? German cities plead for help from Berlin as ‘social peace’ is threatened by large number of Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants | Mail Online.

  • German cities facing ‘significant costs’ as a result of poverty migration
  • Dortmund, Hanover, Duisburg, Berlin and Hamburg all struggling to cope
  • Chaos in classrooms with native children being held back, report claims
  • Roma families with ten children ‘receiving payments for each from the state’
  • Reports of Romanian crime gangs sending children and women out to steal

By Keith Gladdis

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Cities in Germany have warned that ‘social peace’ there is at risk due to an influx of economic migrants from Bulgaria and Romania.

In a stark warning to the UK, reports tell of an epidemic of illegal working, chaos in schools because so many children can’t speak German, and an alarming increase in organised crime since the migrants arrived.

Dortmund, Hanover, Berlin and Hamburg say they are struggling to absorb a six-fold increase in economic migration from the two countries since 2006.

A Roma community in Bulgaria. Both Bulgaria and Romania are relatively poor, rendering employment in the Germany and the UK attractive prospects

A Roma community in Bulgaria. Both Bulgaria and Romania are relatively poor, rendering employment in the Germany and the UK attractive prospects. Continue reading

NOAA, USGS: Climate change impacts to U.S. coasts threaten public health, safety and economy

NOAA, USGS: Climate change impacts to U.S. coasts threaten public health, safety and economy.

From NOAA:

A key finding in the report is that all U.S. coasts are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change such as sea-level rise, erosion, storms and flooding, especially in the more populated low-lying parts of the U.S. coast along the Gulf of Mexico, Mid-Atlantic, northern Alaska, Hawaii, and island territories. Another finding indicated the financial risks associated with both private and public hazard insurance are expected to increase dramatically.

“An increase in the intensity of extreme weather events such as storms like Sandy and Katrina, coupled with sea-level rise and the effects of increased human development along the coasts, could affect the sustainability of many existing coastal communities and natural resources,” said Virginia Burkett of the U.S. Geological Survey and co-lead author of the report.

Natural "green barriers."Natural “green barriers” help protect this Florida coastline and infrastructure from severe storms and floods.Download Image. (Credit: NOAA)

The authors also emphasized that storm surge flooding and sea-level rise pose significant threats to public and private infrastructure that provides energy, sewage treatment, clean water and transportation of people and goods. These factors increase threats to public health, safety, and employment in the coastal zone.

More at:

http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2013/20130125_coastalclimateimpacts.html

Conservatives Shut Up About The Debt – Business Insider

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Wow, a conservation who wants the country to succeed and isn’t focusing on having Obama fail.

Fiscal Stimulus…MMT

Conservatives Shut Up About The Debt – Business Insider.

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….In fact, austerity could just about be the silliest thing to do, if Congress wants the debt-to-GDP ratio to fall:

If fiscal austerity is applied too rapidly, US growth will drop and the debt-to-GDP ratio will rise, boosting the nation’s debt burden. If the Fed tries to stem the rise with too much money printing, inflation could rise and drive up interest rates, exacerbating the US debt burden.

Congress and the president need to avoid excessive austerity with respect to changes in fiscal policy this year. Over the past four years, on average, the fiscal boost applied to the American economy has been worth about 3 percent of GDP. This year, with tax increases and sequestration, fiscal drag will be about 1.5 percent of GDP. Continue reading

Papa John’s PR firm targets bloggers – POLITICO.com

Papa John’s PR firm targets bloggers – POLITICO.com.

Papa John’s public relations firm has been tracking down bloggers who write posts about the pizza mogul’s comments on Obamacare for months and asking them to correct or remove their posts.

The national crisis PR firm Sitrick and Co. targets bloggers who have written about Papa John’s founder and CEO John Schnatter saying that because of Obamacare, pizzas would have to go up in price about 11-14 cents and individual franchises would have to close stores and cut jobs. Schnatter did not make either of those claims, Sitrick and Co. chair Mike Sitrick says. Continue reading

Sheryl Sandberg: Firms SHOULD be allowed to ask female staff about their plans for a family, says Facebook head | Mail Online

Sheryl Sandberg: Firms SHOULD be allowed to ask female staff about their plans for a family, says Facebook head | Mail Online.

A Working Mom?

Companies should be able to ask their employees about whether they hope to have children, Sheryl Sandberg, one of the most senior women in Silicon Valley, said.

Ms Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, said that women are held back at work by stereotypes firms are unwilling to talk about. She said employees faced non-overt discrimination as well as overt discrimination and a lack of flexibility. 
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2268697/Sheryl-Sandberg-Firms-SHOULD-allowed-ask-female-staff-plans-family-says-Facebook-head.html#ixzz2J6r1hDTm
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New fee for using your credit card begins this Sunday but most retailers say they won’t charge you | Mail Online

New fee for using your credit card begins this Sunday but most retailers say they won’t charge you | Mail Online.

Credit Card Reform Legislation Would Tighten Rules On Rates And Fees

A new rule going into effect Sunday could cost you more when shopping with a credit card at some stores.

Visa and Mastercard have agreed to let merchants add a service charge equal to the cost of processing a credit transaction to the bottom line. The cost of processing is usually 1.5 to 3 perc cent, and merchants are capped at a 4 per cent fee under the agreement. Continue reading

REINHART: Odds Favor Government Shutdown – Business Insider

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The only chance that this could happen is if Boehner feels that a House revolt against him will succeed. Even then the chance is very remote. He does not want to go down in history as the weakest Speaker of the House who also tanked the US debt rating and our economy to boot.
Shutting the govt down would be very costly and unless you have a chance to win it won’t be done….except if the crazies get control and even the Koch Bros doesn’t want that. Since Dems control the Senate a shutdown would only be an exercise in cutting off your nose….for no good reason.

REINHART: Odds Favor Government Shutdown – Business Insider.

The Capital

The government managed to get us passed the “fiscal cliff.” But they did so by creating three more smaller, but still substantial “cliffs.”

And according to Morgan Stanley’s Vincent Reinhart we’re likely to go over one of those cliffs, and it’s unclear what the consequences will be.

First, let’s review how we got passed the “fiscal cliff.”  Reinhart summarizes in a new research note: Continue reading

A close call for the world’s most advanced warplane? | The Center for Public Integrity

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It takes a strong stomach to read about this. For some people it’s just the waste of money, others can’t stand anything to do with the military. For me it’s the long story of WTF??

How did we end up here, with a plane that has trouble working. With the ‘B’ variant, short take off and landing having weight issues, the ‘C’ variant, carrier based had tail hook issues; and I guess they all have fuel line and lightning causing fire issues.

My issue is with the process which began as the Joint Strike Fighter back in 1996. The concept was to have a competition to develop 1 aircraft that had common parts with 3 different types of aircraft. This was done…no laughs…to save money. There are many more details for you to find out on your own….

The F-35 a Money Saving Boondoggle

The F-35 a Money Saving Boondoggle

A close call for the world’s most advanced warplane? | The Center for Public Integrity.

A test pilot preparing for takeoff in what is billed as the world’s most advanced military aircraft made an unsettling discovery last week: A cockpit signal warned him of a fuel problem and closer inspection revealed a hose that carries jet fuel had come loose in the engine compartment.

The result was a scramble to investigate the incident and the grounding over the weekend of twenty-five F-35  Joint Strike Fighter being tested at air bases in Florida and Arizona, as well as Lockheed Martin’s production factory in Fort Worth, Texas. The decoupled hose was only the latest of many glitches in the costliest weapons program in U.S. history. Continue reading