Daily Archives: April 17, 2012

Poll: Obama Leads, Especially Among Women

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President Barack Obama holds a nine-point lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday.

Pres. Obama holds a sixteen-point advantage over his challenger among women and a three-point advantage among men.

Seven in ten Americans favor a proposed change to the federal income tax rate for people who make more than $1 million a year. The proposal is popular among Democrats and independents, but a majority of Republicans also support it.

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European Court of Human Rights: There Is No Right to an Incestuous Relationship

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that German courts did not violate a man’s rights by convicting him for incest with his sister.

Patrick Stuebing came into contact with his biological family in 2000. That year, he began a sexual relationship with his sister. They have four children together.

Mr. Stuebing was sentenced to fourteen months in prison in 2005. The ECHR said the German courts did not convict his sister because she has a personality disorder and was “only partially liable” for her actions. Mr. Stuebing claimed his rights to private and family life were violated; the case prompted calls for Germany to follow France, Turkey, Japan and Brazil in ruling that consensual sexual relations between adult relatives are no longer illegal.

Via The Independent.

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House Republicans to Struggle with Budget

House Republicans return from spring recess next week to face the difficult task of filling the holes in the House-passed budget.

The budget, which the House passed last month, has faced criticism for cuts to federal programs. President Obama called it “thinly veiled social Darwinism.”

Committees will begin drafting legislation to meet a budget-mandated $261 billion in savings over the next decade.

Critics say the budget is less groundbreaking than its supporters say it is. Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, chairman of the House Budget Committee, included few details or instructions to make them happen.

The two biggest question marks are on a tax overhaul and “other mandatory” cuts. On taxes, collapsing the current six tax brackets into two, with the highest bracket dropping to 25% from 35%, would cost the Treasury $4.5 trillion over ten years, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. Paying for that with loophole closings cannot be done.

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