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The wrong tax?


Implications of Japan opposition leader quitting

Former party leader Katsuya Okada, often cited as a frontrunner, has in the past favoured a hike in the three percent sales tax to fund bulging social security costs, a move Ozawa had ruled out for now.

I’d like to report a factual error.  Your article mentions a ”hike in the three percent sales tax to fund bulging social security costs.”

In fact Japan’s sales tax is currently five percent.

C. A.

Yes. We corrected: GBU Editor

Japanese opposition leader Ichiro Ozawa attends a news conference at the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Japan in Tokyo, May 11, 2009. Japanese opposition leader Ozawa told his party on Monday he will resign to try to restore the party’s prospects in a looming election, after a fundraising scandal dampened its hopes for victory.  REUTERS/Issei Kato

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- Maine Senate passes same-sex marriage bill The bill needs New Hampshire Governor John Lynch’s signature to become law. As a New Hampshire resident, I would encourage you to correct your article about Maine’s Senate passing a same-sex marriage bill in which you wrote that for NH’s bill to pass Gov. Lynch would have to sign it. This is only partly true. Gov. Lynch also has the option of letting the bill pass into law without his signature, by neither signing it nor vetoing it. Maybe next time you should research the legislative process of our state a bit more before you write! Seeker Several readers pointed this out to us. We corrected it: GBU Editor People with opposing viewpoints on Proposition 8 demonstrate outside the California Supreme Court in San Francisco, California March 5, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

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Wrong number for New England

- U.S. House race in New York too close to call
A win by Tedisco would help Republicans prove they can win in northeastern states, where they hold just three of New York’s 29 House seats and none of New England’s 51 seats.

Your article about the congressional election in New York’s 20th congressional district claims the six New England states have a total of 51 congressional seats. Actually the total is 22 seats.


Right. We corrected: GBU Editor

New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker jumps over Arizona Cardinals cornerback Michael Adams in the third quarter of their NFL football game in Foxborough, Massachusetts December 21, 2008. REUTERS/Adam Hunger

Not a country…


U.S., EU eye possible fix to long-standing beef war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will hold off on new retaliatory duties for European products while the two countries work on a possible fix to a dispute over beef trade that dates back to the 1980s, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office said on Thursday.

The European Union is NOT a country.

Ian F.

No, it isn’t. We corrected: GBU Editor

A European Union flag waves in front of the monument of Parthenon on Acropolis hill in Athens March 5, 2009. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Strange job title?


White House names Treasury nominees, needs more

The nominees announced on Sunday were:

– Lawyer David S. Cohen, for the position of assistant Treasury secretary, terrorist financing. I’m think you probably made a mistake on his new title, if not I’d like to know why we’re financing terrorist!

We don’t create the titles, we just report them. I agree this one looks a little strange, but it is correct.

Mike, not Mitch


Obama orders 60-day cybersecurity review

WASHINGTON, Feb 9 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday ordered an immediate 60-day review of federal cyber security efforts and named Melissa Hathaway, a top U.S. intelligence official, to oversee the effort, according to a White House statement.

Hathaway, who served as a top cyber security adviser to Mitch McConnell, the former director of national intelligence, will conduct the review for the White House National Security and Homeland Security Councils.

The wrong result


U.S. House passes DTV delay, ensuring passage

WASHINGTON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill to delay the nationwide switch to digital television signals by about four months, the final step that virtually ensures final passage.

All other news agencies I’m reading say that this vote did NOT pass. Reuters is reporting that it DID pass.

CIA choice?


Obama CIA choice won’t call waterboarding torture

WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s choice to head the CIA declined on Thursday to call waterboarding “torture,” only days after his attorney general nominee condemned the interrogation practice as precisely that.

In this article you state Obama’s choice for head of the CIA, Retired Admiral Dennis Blair, won’t call waterboarding torture. Correction: Dennis Blair is Obama’s choice for Director of National Intelligence, not the Head of the CIA. Leon Panetta is the nominee for head of the CIA.

Not 30 countries…


G30 says broken financial system needs fixing

NEW YORK, Jan 15 (Reuters) – The Group of 30 countries on Thursday called for changes in international financial regulation to help avoid future meltdowns, but its recommendations were vague and non-binding.

Your story incorrectly states that the G30 is a “Group of 30 countries.” It is not. The Group of Thirty is a group of individuals from the private and public sectors and academia from a variety of countries, but not thirty countries.

Wrong name


I think you meant BIDEN.


Ouch. This was an online desking error. We corrected: GBU Editor

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