Whoops! IRS Mistake Exposes Thousands of SSNs

Jul 9, 2013, 1:11 pm EST
Whoops! IRS Mistake Exposes Thousands of SSNs

The IRS confirmed Monday that it had accidentally posted Social Security numbers on a government site.

The mistake was brought to the IRS’ attention by watchdog group Public.Resource.org, who learned of the leaked numbers while working on an unrelated audit of an “improperly vetted shipment” of IRS data on DVDs, reports Fox News.

Public.Resource.org. founder Carl Malamud told Fox News that nearly 100,000 Social Security numbers were shown on the site before the IRS took it down. Read 

Eliot Spitzer Seeks Office Despite Prostitution Scandal

Jul 8, 2013, 3:26 pm EST
Eliot Spitzer Seeks Office Despite Prostitution Scandal

Eliot Spitzer resigned as governor of New York five years ago during a prostitution scandal, but is now asking for forgiveness as he re-enters politics with a run for the office of comptroller of New York City.

“I’m hopeful there will be forgiveness, I am asking for it,” Spitzer told The New York Times.

Spitzer’s return to politics is well timed. Representative Mark Sanford of South Carolina and the New York mayoral contender Anthony D. Weiner have both shown that public disapproval over sexual scandals doesn’t have to be the end of a politician, reports NYT. Read 

John Kerry’s Wife, Heinz Heir in Critical Condition

Jul 8, 2013, 11:21 am EST
John Kerry’s Wife, Heinz Heir in Critical Condition

On Sunday, the wife of the U.S. Secretary of State was rushed to a Boston hospital.

Teresa Heinz Kerry, who is 74 years old, was first treated at the Nantucket Cottage Hospital before being transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where she remains in critical condition, the Associated Press notes.

Details regarding her condition were not disclosed by the family. The heir to the Heinz ketchup fortune was vacationing with her husband, former Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, in Nantucket. On Sunday evening an ambulance was called to the home where they were staying. Heinz Kerry received breast cancer treatments in 2009. Read 

Obamacare: Businesses Get 1-Year Delay to Provide Coverage

Jul 3, 2013, 9:43 am EST
Obamacare: Businesses Get 1-Year Delay to Provide Coverage

The Obama administration announced Tuesday that part of the Affordable Care Act would be delayed until 2015.

The part being delayed requires employers with over 50 workers to provide healthcare for employees or pay a fine.

“As we make these changes, we believe we need to give employers more time to comply with the new rules,” Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Obama, told USA Today. “Since employer responsibility payments can only be assessed based on this new reporting, payments won’t be collected for 2014.” Read 

Student Loan Rates Double Over Night

Jul 1, 2013, 10:03 am EST

College students who plan to finance their education through government-back student loans are about to pay more for their degrees.

On Monday, the interest rate on new subsidized Stafford loans jumped from 3.4% to 6.8%. The rate hike could increase the cost of a loan by about $1,000 for most students, the Washington Post notes.

The rate hike only applies to new student loans obtained after it went into affect. Loans taken out prior to Monday will retain the lower rate. Read 

Score One for Hobby Lobby in Obamacare Fight

Jul 1, 2013, 9:29 am EST

Hobby Lobby, the arts and craft supply stores whose Christian owners are resisting President Barack Obama’s mandate forcing employers include emergency contraception coverage in insurance provided to employees have been handed at least a temporary victory by a federal judge.

On Thursday, a federal appeals court ruled that the company had legal grounds to challenge the mandate. The appeals court indicated that there was merit to Hobby Lobby’s contention that its owners’ religious freedom was infringed by the mandate and signaled that the chain might prevail in its suit against the government, Reuters noted.

Following the appeals court ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Joe Heaton, who is overseeing Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit against the government, said that Hobby Lobby would avoid incurring daily fines while it contests the mandate. The chain, which operates 550 stores, had warned that fines against it would total $1.3 million per day, beginning in July 1. Read 

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