Sharyl Attkisson Quits CBS News Over Liberal Bias

Mar 11, 2014, 2:18 pm EDT

Sharyl Attkisson is resigning from CBS News over what she considers to be a liberal bias by the network.

The Republican reporter had been talking to the network about getting out of her contract since last April and they finally granted her wish. Attkisson said that she no longer felt supported by CBS News after two decades with the network. Source: Flickr

She says that CBS News’ liberal bias along with “the outsize influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting” led to her decision. Read 

Marijuana News: Colorado Makes $2M in Taxes in First Month

Mar 11, 2014, 10:44 am EDT

Marijuana taxes brought Colorado $2 million in January. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

The amount of marijuana sold for recreational use in January totaled up to $14.02 million. The $2 million in taxes comes from both a 12.9% sales tax and a 15% excise tax. Local government has the ability to levy marijuana taxes, which would affect 160 legal marijuana shops, reports Fox News.

State officials are working to dictate how the money from the marijuana taxes will be spent. Officials are already planning to spend the first $40 million for school construction. Other options include using some of the money to fund PSAs warning kids not to take the drug or drive while high, Fox News notes. Read 

Massachusetts Signs ‘Upskirt Photos’ Ban Into Law

Mar 7, 2014, 4:41 pm EDT

Taking upskirt photos in Massachusetts is now banned after the state’s Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Wednesday that the photos are legal in the state. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

Governor Deval Patrick signed the proposed bill on Friday morning that bans taking upskirt photos, also known as “upskirting.” State lawmakers passed the bill unanimously which outlaws photographs of “sexual or other intimate parts” of women or children in public on Thursday.

The original Massachusetts law only banned taking “nude or partial nude” photos of people in dressing rooms and bathrooms. Read 

Court: Upskirt Photos Are Legal in Massachusetts

Mar 6, 2014, 10:47 am EDT

Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court, ruled on Wednesday, that upskirt photos are legal in the state. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

The court’s ruling wasn’t a result of the judges’ moral beliefs on the subject of upskirt photos, but was instead the result of poor wording in the state’s law. According to Massachusetts law, people are only protected by Peeping Tom laws concerning photographs if they are “nude or partially nude” in a dressing room or bathroom. As such, the law does not protect women in public who have upskirt photos taken of them due to the fact that they are fully dressed, reports The Kansas City Star.

“There could be challenges, saying, ‘You know what? They were not really nude in that part of the picture,’” Anne Bremner, a legal expert from Seattle, Wash., told ABC News. “That statute really talks about somebody’s nudity and not their privacy.” Read 

Edward Snowden to Speak at SWSX Interactive

Mar 5, 2014, 10:44 am EDT

This year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival will feature a particularly controversial speaker.

Edward Snowden, the American security contractor who leaked documents showing massive spying operations by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), will address the SXSW meeting on Monday. Since Edward Snowden is considered a wanted fugitive by U.S. authorities and remains in Russia, which has granted him asylum, he will speak by teleconference, CNN notes.

During the conference, Edward Snowden will discuss government spying with a representative of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Read 

Obama Budget Would Expand Tax Credit to 13.5M Childless Workers

Mar 4, 2014, 9:30 am EDT

The annual U.S. budget proposal to be unveiled by President Barack Obama on Tuesday will include higher tax credits for childless workers.

Under the proposed Obama budget, the annual income level needed for childless workers to qualify the earned-income tax credit would rise to $18,000. The maximum tax credit for childless workers in the Obama budget would double to $1,000 per year. The Obama budget would also lower the age at which childless workers can qualify for the tax credit from 24 to 21, the New York Times notes.

The proposed Obama budget also calls for an expansion of full-time childcare expense tax credits for full-time workers, as well as a permanent tax credit covering college tuition. Together, the White House says the expanded tax breaks would give a financial boost to roughly 13.5 million workers with low incomes. Read 

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