from Jack Shafer:

How the White House intruder story came out and what we can expect next

By Jack Shafer
October 1, 2014

Members of the Uniformed Division of the Secret Service patrol Pennsylvania Avenue outside the North Lawn of the White House in Washington

No bungling bureaucracy will last very long once insiders start anonymously dishing dirt to the press, a lesson currently being taught to Secret Service Director Julia Pierson. Anonymous sources from the Secret Service, its alumni, and insiders who have been read-in on current investigations are taking the agency apart brick-by-brick this month with their leaks to the Washington Post about the White House fence-jumper and the White House shooter.

from The Great Debate:

Theodore Roosevelt on net neutrality

By Michael Wolraich
May 4, 2014

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“Above all else,” President Theodore Roosevelt admonished Congress in 1905, “we must strive to keep the highways of commerce open to all on equal terms.”

from Tales from the Trail:

If middle class prospers, we all prosper: Obama in Olympics ad

By Eric Johnson
July 27, 2012

A new national television advertisement released by President Obama's campaign and slated to air during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games features the Democratic incumbent delivering an impassioned stump speech in which he ties national prosperity to the success of the middle class.

from Tales from the Trail:

Business comments taken out of context, Obama says in new ad

By Eric Johnson
July 24, 2012

President Barack Obama's campaign released a new television advertisement on Tuesday pushing back against a wave of attacks that followed remarks the Democratic incumbent made that Republicans deemed anti-business.

from Tales from the Trail:

Romney hits Obama’s economic vision in Democrat’s hometown

By Eric Johnson
June 15, 2012

Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney told supporters at a swanky fundraiser in President Barack Obama's hometown on Thursday evening that under his administration they would see an “extraordinary resurgence of America’s economy” because of the former private equity executive's economic prescription of less taxation, regulation, and government meddling.

from Tax Break:

Essential reading: China minister calls for tax changes to boost spending, and more

June 7, 2012

Welcome to the top tax and accounting headlines from Reuters and other sources.

* China minister calls for tax changes to boost spending. Liyan Qi - The Wall Street Journal. China needs to improve its tax system to stimulate spending, Finance Minister Xie Xuren said Thursday. The central government will study measures to expand a value-added tax trial, and improve China's consumption tax to "guide reasonable consumption" more effectively, Mr. Xie said in a statement on the ministry's website. Link

from Tales from the Trail:

Obama campaign TV spot hits Romney as governor

By Eric Johnson
June 5, 2012

As President Barack Obama and presumptive nominee Mitt Romney hit up big-money donors on both coasts on Monday, their respective allies waged a public relations blitz to deride each other's message.

from Tax Break:

Essential reading: How Apple keeps its tax bill low, KPMG inquiry in UK, and more

April 30, 2012
   

Welcome to the top tax and accounting headlines from Reuters and other sources.

* How Apple sidesteps billions in taxes. Charles Duhigg and David Kocieniewski - The New York Times. As it stands, Apple Inc paid cash taxes of $3.3 billion around the world on its reported profits of $34.2 billion last year, a tax rate of 9.8 percent. Apple was a pioneer of an accounting technique known as the "Double Irish With a Dutch Sandwich," which reduces taxes by routing profits through Irish subsidiaries and the Netherlands and then to the Caribbean. Today, that tactic is used by hundreds of other corporations — some of which directly imitated Apple’s methods, say accountants at those companies. Without such tactics, Apple’s federal tax bill in the United States most likely would have been $2.4 billion higher last year. Link  

from Tax Break:

Essential reading: Amazon will collect Nevada sales tax, debating tax cuts, more

April 25, 2012

A rainbow appears over hotels on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, REUTERS/Ethan Miller

from Tax Break:

Essential reading: Cuts debated on tax breaks for retirement savings, Simpson-Bowles vote, more

April 18, 2012

Welcome to the top tax and accounting headlines from Reuters and other sources.

* Lawmakers consider changing tax breaks on retirement savings. Lori Montgomery - The Washington Post. The painful trade-offs of tax reform came into sharper focus on Tuesday as lawmakers began considering reducing or otherwise changing specific tax breaks, starting with laws that allow millions of Americans to avoid taxes while saving for retirement through 401(k) plans, employer pensions, IRAs and other programs. Link