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Jun 12, 2013

More Americans see man who leaked NSA secrets as ‘patriot’ than traitor: Poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Roughly one in three Americans say the former security contractor who leaked details of top-secret U.S. surveillance activity is a patriot and should not be prosecuted, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.

Some 23 percent of those surveyed said former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is a traitor while 31 percent said he is a patriot. Another 46 percent said they did not know.

Jun 12, 2013

One in three Americans say man who leaked NSA secrets is a ‘patriot’ – poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Roughly one in three Americans say the former security contractor who leaked details of top-secret U.S. surveillance activity is a patriot and should not be prosecuted, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.

Some 23 percent of those surveyed said former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is a traitor while 31 percent said he is a patriot. Another 46 percent said they did not know.

Jun 12, 2013

Insight: In Washington, lawmakers’ routines shaped by fundraising

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For lawmakers in Washington, the daily chase for money can begin with a breakfast fundraiser in the side room of a Washington restaurant.

At noon, there might be a $500-per-plate lunch with lobbyists in a Capitol Hill town house. The day might wrap up in an arena sky box in downtown Washington, watching a basketball game with donors.

Jun 12, 2013

In Washington, lawmakers’ routines shaped by fundraising

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For lawmakers in Washington, the daily chase for money can begin with a breakfast fundraiser in the side room of a Washington restaurant.

At noon, there might be a $500-per-plate lunch with lobbyists in a Capitol Hill town house. The day might wrap up in an arena sky box in downtown Washington, watching a basketball game with donors.

Jun 12, 2013

Across U.S., nearly half say government spying OK within limits: Poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly half of all Americans say the U.S. government’s broad surveillance tactics are acceptable within limits, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Tuesday that also found widespread concern about the methods that were revealed last week.

The poll, conducted from Friday to Tuesday, found that few were completely untroubled by the news that the National Security Agency has been secretly monitoring telephone and Internet activity of millions of Americans.

Jun 12, 2013

Across U.S., nearly half say government spying OK within limits: Reuters Poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly half of all Americans say the U.S. government’s broad surveillance tactics are acceptable within limits, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Tuesday that also found widespread concern about the methods that were revealed last week.

The poll, conducted from Friday to Tuesday, found that few were completely untroubled by the news that the National Security Agency has been secretly monitoring telephone and Internet activity of millions of Americans.

May 30, 2013

Insight: How U.S. Treasury’s tax loophole mistake saves companies billions each year

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the U.S. economy crumbled in early 2009, President Barack Obama offered a plan that he said would save American jobs: a crackdown on corporate tax loopholes that encourage companies to send profits abroad to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes each year.

Tax lobbyist Ken Kies was not worried. A decade earlier, he had led a fight to preserve a key loophole – known in Treasury Department shorthand as the “check the box” rule – when another Democratic president, Bill Clinton, had tried to kill it.

May 30, 2013

How U.S. Treasury’s tax loophole mistake saves companies billions each year

WASHINGTON, May 30 (Reuters) – As the U.S. economy crumbled
in early 2009, President Barack Obama offered a plan that he
said would save American jobs: a crackdown on corporate tax
loopholes that encourage companies to send profits abroad to
avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes each year.

Tax lobbyist Ken Kies was not worried. A decade earlier, he
had led a fight to preserve a key loophole – known in Treasury
Department shorthand as the “check the box” rule – when another
Democratic president, Bill Clinton, had tried to kill it.

May 22, 2013

Apple,former Washington wallflower, now at center of tax fight

WASHINGTON, May 22 (Reuters) – For years, Apple Inc
kept a low profile in Washington as it grew into one of the most
valuable companies in the world. Now the iPad maker has taken
the lead, perhaps inadvertently, on a top priority for U.S.
business: simplifying America’s tax code.

Chief Executive Tim Cook, who was called before the Senate
Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations on Tuesday to answer
questions about Apple’s alleged tax avoidance, used his
appearance to plead for an overhaul of corporate taxes. That
marked a sharp turnabout for a company that until now has been
content to let rivals like Google and Microsoft fight Washington
policy battles.

May 18, 2013

IRS chief declines to identify employees involved in scandal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The outgoing head of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service angered Republican lawmakers on Friday by resisting their demands that he identify who at the tax-collection agency had inappropriately targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny.

But during the first hearing into a growing IRS scandal that could preoccupy Washington for months, Republicans did learn that a top official in President Barack Obama’s administration knew that the IRS was looking into targeting by the tax agency nearly a year ago.

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