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Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning (New Year's Day)

by: lowkell

Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 07:25:27 AM EST

Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, January 1. Oh, and as Del. Rob Krupicka (D-Alexandria, where my wife and I had a great time celebrating "First Night" last night - see video of fireworks over the Potomac River), "Welcome to DC, instead of watching ball drop folks are waiting for CBO score." LOL

*Senate overwhelmingly passes 'fiscal cliff' deal ("Agreement wins approval 89-8 in rare New Year's vote")
*Fiscal cliff bill (full text)
*Senate Roll Call Vote (Senators Webb and Warner vote "yea.")
*Wonkbook: Everything you need to know about the deal ("The agreement primarily targets taxpayers earning more than $450,000 per year, but there's much, much more.")
*Despite last-minute deal, more political drama likely on the way ("The measure will now be turned over to the House, which needs to give its backing and will hold a session on Tuesday starting at noon.")
*Are Democrats Inviting A New Debt Ceiling Debacle? (Good question.)
*A Tepid Fiscal Agreement ("Nonetheless, this deal is a weak brew that remains far too generous to the rich and fails to bring in enough revenue to deal with the nation's deep need for public investments.")
*Clinton Expected to Recover Fully From Blood Clot in Head
*New abortion clinic regulations approved by McDonnell ("Clinics say strict building codes could put them out of business")
*From same-sex marriage to chicken feed, new laws to take effect in Md., Va.
*Cuccinelli names campaign manager for '13 bid
*Odd bills back on agenda for Va. lawmakers
*Group files complaint on U.Va. 'warning'
*Innovative Beach schools chief in running for national honor
*A name without identity or heft ("Perhaps 'Hampton Roads' needs more time. This year, we should also consider the possibility that after 30 years, what this community needs is a new name.")
*New year, new growth on horizon in Southwest Va.
*Homicide rate down across D.C. region
*Redskins might extend Mike Shanahan

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FICA Goes Up (0.00 / 0)
There will be a tax increase for all working Americans in this last-minute "fiscal cliff" compromise: The 2% drop in the employee contribution to Social Security and Medicare (FICA) will reset to its original 6.2% (Social Security tax) plus 1.45% (Medicare tax). Lest the Teahadists scream about how 47% of Americans continue to "pay no taxes," we need to point out that every American who works for a living will also pay more in taxes as their contribution to deficit reduction. This compromise is not simply directed to the wealthy.

It is because workers pay FICA taxes all through their careers that what are derisively termed "entitlements" really are accurately described as "earned benefits."

Great summary by Richard Cohen of conservatism's decline into extremism, idiocy (0.00 / 0)
Nailed it.
Now, though, it is conservatism that is both intellectually exhausted and nearly indefensible. It is the movement of the ideologically ossified, of gun zealots and homophobes, of the immigrant-phobic and the adamantly selfish. It insists that government must be small (an impossibility!), education must be local (a stupidity) and that debt, no matter what the reason, is immoral and reckless. The movement has lost its reliable monster. Godless communists have been replaced by the church ladies of Planned Parenthood. History giggles.

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And the Contemporary World Gasps (0.00 / 0)
as this insignificant minority drives America into a dim rabbit hole from which it must eventually crawl, exhausted; hopefully not spent.

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