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Obama: Pledge to America Benefits ‘Millionaires and Billionaires,’ Increases Deficit

President Obama slammed the Republican “Pledge to America” that was unveiled last month as a plan that would increase the national debt by extending the Bush-era tax cuts to all earners. In an address to Philadelphians at his “Moving America Forward” rally yesterday, Obama condemned the Pledge as an unoriginal document, characterizing it as a return to “failed” economic policies of the previous administration.

The president ignored one of the Pledge’s central points, which involves capping government spending at pre-bailout 2008 levels, representing a 10 percent slimming down of federal spending as part of a plan to return to a balanced budget.

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Jussie Smollett’s story has always sounded a little . . . extraordinary. Smollett, who appears on the television series Empire, says he was attacked on the streets of Chicago at 2 a.m. by two men who shouted racial and homophobic abuses at him, beat him, doused him with bleach, and fastened a noose around ... Read More
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Let’s Chill about Hate Crimes

‘Jussie Smollett, one of the stars of the television show ‘Empire,’ was attacked in Chicago by 2 assailants who yelled racial and homophobic slurs,” tweeted the New York Times on January 29. Mark the tone of absolute certainty about an unconfirmed claim. Many other news outlets took the same tack. ... Read More