Congressman’s Rape Comments Stir Outcry

Aug 20, 2012, 12:18 pm EDT

Missouri Congressman and current Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin set off a firestorm yesterday when he said women’s bodies can prevent pregnancy in the case of “legitimate rape” and that pregnancies from rapes were rare.

Akin’s gaffe looms large for the November elections, since he is running against vulnerable Democrat Claire McCaskill for that Senate seat. She narrowly won her seat in 2006, and polls conducted prior to Akin’s comments showed him with a comfortable lead that was continuing to grow. Many pundits have said McCaskill’s seat is the most vulnerable one that Democrats currently hold.

Akin’s comments brought swift condemnation from all sides, including Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. According to the Romney campaign, “Gov. Romney and Congressman (Paul) Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape.” McCaskill called the comments “offensive”, and said “It is beyond comprehension that someone can be so ignorant about the emotional and physical trauma brought on by rape.” Read 

Paul Ryan Releases Tax Returns

Aug 20, 2012, 9:46 am EDT
Paul Ryan Releases Tax Returns

Not long after the Mitt Romney and Barack Obama camps sparred over the release of more of Romney’s tax returns, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan released his own tax returns.

These returns reveal that Ryan paid a higher effective tax rate on his income than Romney did over those two years. In 2010, Ryan paid an effective rate of 15.9%, earning $215,417 and paying $34,233 in taxes. In 2011, Ryan’s rate rose to 20%, with taxes of $64,7664 on income of $323,416.

Romney, by comparison, paid a 13.9% tax rate in 2010 and expected to pay a 15.4% rate in 2011. In 2010, Romney and his wife reported $21.7 million in income. In 2011, the Romneys earned $20.9 million. Read 

Paul Ryan’s Economic Policy: Who Pays?

Aug 20, 2012, 8:30 am EDT
Paul Ryan’s Economic Policy: Who Pays?

Gallup revealed last week that the expected bounce in popularity of the Republican ticket thanks to the addition of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s running mate failed to materialize. Americans yawned at the news.

Ryan, whose budget plan the Los Angeles Times has said will destroy the middle class, should make certain companies apprehensive about the prospects of Ryan in the White House. Let’s take a look: The Basis

Ryan’s major platform is widening the tax base. I think we all can agree on this basic premise. However, the way in which he intends to do this is a big concern. Read 

Romney Refuses Obama Deal on Tax Returns

Aug 17, 2012, 12:07 pm EDT

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has refused a deal by President Barack Obama in which the Obama campaign would request no more tax returns from Romney if he released his last five years of returns.

Romney’s campaign said Obama’s deal was nothing more than a political ploy. In a response to the offer from Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, Romney’s own campaign manager Matt Rhoades had the following to say:

“It is clear that President Obama wants nothing more than to talk about Governor Romney’s tax returns instead of the issues that matter to voters, like putting Americans back to work, fixing the economy and reining in spending.” Read 

Megadeth Singer Makes Wild Obama Accusations

Aug 17, 2012, 10:26 am EDT

Move over, Ted Nugent. As crazy as the Motor City Madman’s comments earlier this year were, they’re nothing compared to what Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine said at a recent concert in Singapore.

During a Megadeth show in the southeast Asian country, Mustaine accused President Barack Obama of faking the mass shootings that happened in Aurora, Co. and Oak Creek, Wisc. in order to push a ban on guns in the United States. The concert happened August 7, but it wasn’t until a week later that a video of Mustaine’s remarks was published by TMZ.

In addition, Mustaine said that he was considering a move to Singapore. “I don’t know where I’m gonna live if America keeps going the way it’s going because it looks like it’s turning into Nazi America,” he said. Read 

INFOGRAPHIC: How Big Is the Government’s Ballooning Debt?

Aug 17, 2012, 7:00 am EDT
INFOGRAPHIC: How Big Is the Government’s Ballooning Debt?

They say “time is money,” and it seems that no one understands that better than the U.S. government.

The government’s debt already exceeds $15 trillion and that number is still growing — rapidly. Every minute, another $10 million gets tacked onto the total, and those mounds of money add up pretty fast.

How fast? Well, here’s a quick look at how much ticks away in a day, as well as some examples to show just what that kind of money can buy. Read 

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