Despite Scandals, Joseph Clancy Named Secret Service Director

Feb 18, 2015, 5:48 pm EDT

Joseph Clancy has been named as the new Secret Service director.

President Obama chose the veteran to replace Julia Pierson, who resigned last year. Clancy — who’s been with the agency for 27 years — was appointed after Obama and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson considered a number of internal and external candidates.

Clancy is a controversial choice for the job as a number of security lapses occurred under his command, including a shooting at the White House in 2011. Under his new role, he will be tasked with securing the White House perimeter and securing the safety of the 2016 presidential candidates. Read 

Calling the IRS? Don’t Bother This Weekend

Feb 13, 2015, 5:50 pm EDT

The IRS’ phone lines will be busier than ever this weekend.

Tax filing season is upon us and the organization has warned that the telephone wait may not be worth it on Presidents’ Day weekend. IRS Comissioner John Koskinen said calling in this tax season will probably take 30 minutes or more–especially Saturday and Sunday.

“The entire week of the Presidents Day holiday marks a peak time in the number of calls to the IRS,” Koskinen said in a written statement. The IRS has issued a number of budget cuts this year, including $180 million from the overtime and temporary staff budget. Read 

Pentagon: Vladimir Putin May Suffer From Asperger’s

Feb 5, 2015, 7:06 pm EDT

Vladimir Putin may suffer from Asperger’s, according to an old study.

Research from a Pentagon think tank claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin has Asperger’s syndrome. A brain scan is necessary to prove the theory.

“Putin carries a form of autism,” says University of North Carolina psychiatry professor Stephen Porges. Porges took back his original statement because the report was never conclusive. Read 

IRS News: Dirty Dozen Tax Scams List for 2015

Feb 3, 2015, 3:42 pm EDT

The IRS has collected a list of its Dirty Dozen tax scams for 2015.

The list includes several different ways that people may try to take advantage of the system to avoid having to pay the full amount of taxes they own. It also includes fake services trying to scam people when filing their taxes. Several items on this list have been on previous version of it from earlier years.

Here are the Dirty Dozen tax scams for 2015 that the IRS warns about. Read 

Highlights of Obama’s $4 Trillion Budget Proposal

Feb 2, 2015, 10:51 pm EDT

Barack Obama has issued a budget proposal for the 2016 fiscal year.

The $3.99 trillion plan would relieve the middle class through increased taxes on corporations and high-income individuals. Spending will also be increased with the budget proposal.

“I know there are Republicans who disagree with my approach,” said Obama. “And I’ve said this before: If they have other ideas for how we can keep America safe, grow our economy, while helping middle-class families feel some sense of economic security, I welcome their ideas. Read 

Election 2016: Is George Pataki Running for President?

Feb 2, 2015, 6:12 pm EDT

Republican George Pataki is considering a 2016 presidential run.

The 69-year-old has been flirting with the idea of running for a while but he was not considered to be among the favorites for the Republican vote.

Pataki served as New York Governor for three consecutive terms from 1995 through 2006. “I’m thinking about it very seriously,” he said. Read 

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