My new Think Again column, called "History Isn’t a Dirty Word," about the incredible amnesia shown by the MSM regarding the Bush presidency is here.
My new Nation column, on Marty Peretz’s New Republic being "Bad for the Jews" is here.
This week on Moyers:
This week in 1) craziness and 2) corruption:
1) SC offering shoppers tax-free weekend on guns
By SEANNA ADCOX
South Carolina shoppers will get a second chance to buy tax-free guns.The state Revenue Department sent out a reminder Wednesday of the upcoming "Second Amendment Weekend." The 48-hour tax break begins just after midnight the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Shoppers will pay no state or local sales taxes on handguns, rifles and shotguns, which can tally 9 percent. Taxes still apply to ammunition and accessories.
from WSJ.com: Washington Wire
By Brody Mullins
The skies just got a bit friendlier for lawmakers, courtesy of the Federal Election Commission.
Today’s FEC vote largely guts rules imposed by Democrats to ban lawmakers from flying on corporate jets for cut-rate prices.
The ban had been a key element of Democrats’ pledge to break the close ties between corporate lobbyists and lawmakers. One way they tried to do that was by adopting tough ethics rules that, among other things, reduced lawmakers’ ability to borrow corporate jets and reimburse the company by paying only the cost of a commercial airline ticket for a similar route. Instead, lawmakers had to pay the "pro rata share of the fair market value of the flight," often several thousand dollars.
Just in time for next year’s midterm election, the commission today essentially struck down much of that travel rule, deciding that the rule doesn’t apply when lawmakers are traveling to campaign or raise money for other candidates or political parties.
The FEC’s move lets lawmakers return to the days of paying cut-rate prices for some flights on corporate jets.
The move left government watchdogs growling. "The FEC’s new rule illegally contradicts the plain meaning of the statute," said Paul Ryan with the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center.
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