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IRS: Gay Married Couples Recognized for Tax Purposes


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On Thursday, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced that all married same-sex couples will be recognized as such for federal tax purposes, even if the state does not recognize their union.

It is the broadest rule change to come out of the Supreme Court decision that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.

As of the 2013 tax year, same-sex spouses who are legally married will not be able to file federal tax returns as if either were single. Instead, they must file together as “married filing jointly” or individually as “married filing separately.” Their address or the location of their wedding does not matter, as long as the marriage is legal: a same-sex couple who marry in Albany, N.Y., and move to Alabama are treated the same as a same-sex couple who marry and live in Massachusetts.

Same-sex couples will be able to file amended returns for earlier tax years, meaning that many couples might be eligible for refunds. Couples do not have to file amended returns if they do not want to, meaning that couples who might pay the marriage penalty would not owe back taxes.

The ruling creates complications for same-sex couples who live in any of the thirty-seven states that do not recognize their marriages. Now, they will have to file their federal returns as other married couples do, but may be required to file their state returns as individuals.

Via The New York Times.

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Republicans Want Gingrich, Paul to Stop Running

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Newt Gingrich at a political conference in Orlando, Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Most Republicans would like to see Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul drop their bids for the presidential nomination, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.

Six in 10 Republicans say Mr. Gingrich should drop out of the race. Sixty-one percent say Rep. Paul should drop out.

Most Republicans don’t want former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum to end his campaign for the nomination, the survey reveals.

Mitt Romney continues to be the favorite choice among respondents, with 36% supporting the former governor from Massachusetts, up from 32% in February.

Most Republicans also say their party’s nomination should be determined by the primaries and caucuses and not at the convention in August.

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Santorum Wins Kansas

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Rick Santorum will win the Kansas caucuses, CNN projects.

The state’s forty delegates will be awarded in proportion to the results.

Earlier, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the caucuses in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. The U.S. Virgin Islands also holds caucuses Saturday.

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Romney Wins Alaska

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Mitt Romney has won the Alaska Republican caucuses, CNN projects.

Mr. Romney’s victory in Alaska adds to his wins in Ohio, Virginia, Vermont, Massachusetts and Idaho on Super Tuesday.

Twenty-four of the twenty-seven Alaska delegates are tied to the Super Tuesday contest, and the state will award those delegates proportionally.

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Ohioans Don’t Really Like Romney, But They Like Santorum Even Less

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Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney edged past former senator Rick Santorum to win the critical Ohio Republican primary Tuesday.

The candidates had taken turns showing meager leads late into the night, and both spoke to their supporters without declaring victory.

Both candidates had crisscrossed the Buckeye State in recent days, making their pitches to voters.

 Former House speaker Newt Gingrich focused his energy on Georgia, the state he represented in Congress and that he carried by a large margin Tuesday night.

Texas Representative Ron Paul spent election night in North Dakota.

Despite the uncertainty, Santorum took to the Steubenville High School stage Tuesday evening to declare his campaign was not going away anytime soon.

Mr. Santorum added Tennessee, North Dakota and Oklahoma to his tally of victories Tuesday night and credited his scrappy campaign’s message for the series of victories across the country over the past two months.

Mr. Romney also carried Alaska, Idaho, Vermont, Virginia and Massachusetts.

Ohio, one of ten states that voted on Tuesday, has sixty-six delegates up for grabs.

Mr. Santorum will be ineligible for some of those delegates because he failed to qualify for the ballot in some Ohio congressional districts, including the one where his victory party was held Tuesday night.

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Romney Wins Idaho

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Mitt Romney has won the Idaho Republican caucuses.

Mr. Romney’s victory in Idaho adds to his projected wins in Virginia, Vermont, and Massachusetts on Super Tuesday.

All thirty-two Idaho delegates are tied to the Super Tuesday contest, and the state will award those delegates proportionally.

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Romney Wins Massachusetts

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Mitt Romney has won the Massachusetts Republican primary.

Mr. Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, is also projected to win today’s primaries in Virginia and Vermont.

Thirty-eight of the forty-one Massachusetts delegates are tied to the Super Tuesday contest, and the state will award those delegates proportionally.

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Scores of Dolphins Stranded on Cape Cod

When a single dolphin washed up on Cape Cod on January 12, it was nothing new.

Eight days later, eighty-one more had been found stranded on the coastline. By January 23, the count was eighty-five.

It is common for dolphins to be corralled by the cape’s U-shape and flummoxed by its shallow inlets and extreme tides, but so many dolphins washing up in less than two weeks — sixty-one of which were dead — has baffled researchers and volunteers who work to rescue as many as possible.

Six dolphins turned up on Thursday in “The Gut” of the Herring River, a waterway in the Cape Cod National Seashore that turns into sticky mud at low tide. When researchers arrived, they found five live dolphins gulping for air. The sixth was dead. Hundreds more were being coaxed out another part of Wellfleet Harbor by a small team of rescuers.

The question is why they are all here in the first place.

Some believe it is simply a question of feeding, although the empty stomachs found in the dolphins scientists have dissected suggest otherwise.

There may be a correlation between dolphin strandings and weather oscillations.

In some cases, a sick dolphin can lead its pod off course, but many of the dolphins have so far seemed healthy.

The rescue is slow, backbreaking work. Each animal is rolled on a stretcher and carried by up to nine people to a vehicle.

Volunteers come out in droves to deal with strandings; the animal welfare fund says it has 350 on its rosters. They are needed: by the time each dolphin was driven over the sand dunes and up the road to a medical trailer, where they were given blood tests, hearing tests, ultrasounds and more, the fund scientists were exhausted. Their work would not be finished until they released the dolphins later that night.

Via The New York Times.

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Kerry Honors Bruins at White House

NHL teams visit the White House after winning the Stanley Cup, but it’s a safe bet that never has a Senator shown up more beaten and broken than the hockey players.

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) was part of the ceremony honoring the Boston Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup win, appearing like he had just come from a knock-down, drag-out ruckus.

Sen. Kerry suffered two black eyes and a broken nose during a “friendly game of hockey” over the Christmas break.

When asked by a reporter from the Boston Globe, Sen. Kerry, who plays forward and right wing (oh, the irony), wouldn’t rat out who slammed him with a stick to cause the injuries.

The senior Democrat from Massachusetts is a huge sports fan. He played hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and fencing while attending Yale University in the 1960s.

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BREAKING: Santorum and Romney in Virtual Tie in Iowa

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The Iowa caucuses have begun.

More than 100,000 Iowans are expected to cast ballots at 809 caucus sites, representing 1774 precincts throughout the state.

With 49% of the precincts reporting, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney are virtually tied in the Iowa caucuses.

Mr. Santorum and Mr. Romney each have 24%, while Representative Ron Paul has 22% of the votes. Mr. Santorum has a slight edge in votes, with about 50,000 votes cast so far.

The voting results are similar to those from CNN’s entrance poll of Iowans arriving earlier at caucus sites.

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