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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Cheat Sheet - Obama’s Half-Assed Populism

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January 20, 2015

The president is expected to finally take a big stand against wealth inequality tonight in the State of the Union. Daniel Gross writes that Obama still won't touch the tax loophole that benefits some of his biggest donors.


Manhattan's One57 stretches 90 stories into the sky and perfectly encapsulates all that is wrong with America today. The new owner of a $100 million penthouse should pay $28,000 in property taxes per month, but Michael Daly reports the bill might be less than $1,700.


ISIS posted a video online Tuesday threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless it receives a ransom of $200 million in the next 72 hours. Footage reveals two hostages in orange jumpsuits that the jihadi names as Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yukawa. The militant, speaking with a British accent, said Japan was targeted for supporting Western military efforts. "You have proudly donated $100 million to kill our women and children, to destroy the homes of the Muslims," the jihadi said on camera. Speaking in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that ISIS should immediately release the hostages, saying that "their lives are the top priority." Back in Japan, the government's chief spokesman declined to say if a ransom would be paid.


At least 50 U.S. law-enforcement agencies have access to radar devices that enable them to see through walls to detect whether anyone is inside, a practice that was otherwise unknown to the public until it surfaced last month in a federal appeals court. The device, Range-R, has raised new legal concerns over government surveillance and privacy issues. A federal appeals court in Denver said in December that officers had used the device, which was first deployed more than two years ago, before entering a house to arrest a man who violated his parole. The judge said he was alarmed that authorities had used the technology without a search warrant, and that "the government's warrantless use of such a powerful tool to search inside homes poses grave Fourth Amendment questions."


The "smallest Air Force in history" is dealing with more missions than ever. So the flyboys are calling in the military contractors to operate their jets. Dave Madjumdar reports.

China Growth Hits 24-Year Low
As property prices level off.
Pope: No Need to Breed 'Like Rabbits'
Because of church's ban on contraception.
Nine-Month-Old Shot, Killed by Brother
Mother tried to claim it was a paintball gun.
Brown Sanctions 2 Fraternities
For facilitating sexual misconduct.
Seahawks Apologize for MLK Tweet
Invoking his legacy in NFC win.

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