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Pakistani Democrat Congressional IT Worker Awan Arrested Trying to Flee | July 25, 2017

WASSERMAN-SCHULTZ IT AIDE ARRESTED AT DULLES AIRPORT WHILE ATTEMPTING TO FLEE COUNTRY

|| InfoWars

“Just a day after reports emerged that the FBI had seized a number of “smashed hard drives” and other computer equipment from the residence Imran Awan, the former IT aide of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, we learn that Awan has been captured at the Dulles airport while attempted to flee the country. According to Fox News, Awan has been charged with bank fraud.

For those who have managed to avoid this story, which wouldn’t be difficult given that the mainstream media has made every attempt to ignore it, the Pakistani-born brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan are at the center of a criminal investigation by U.S. Capital Hill Police and the FBI. Up until now, allegations of wrong doing have varied from simply overcharging taxpayers for congressional IT equipment to blackmailing members of Congress with secrets captured from the emails of their Democrat employers.”

…Continue reading more @ Infowars

 

Awan Brothers: Wasserman Schultz’s IT Aide Arrested Trying To Flee The Country

|| True Pundit

“Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s right-hand information technology (IT) aide was arrested attempting to leave the country just a few hours after The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group revealed that he is the target of an FBI investigation.

The employees had wired $283,000 from a House office building to two individuals in Pakistan, and carried $12,000 in cash on him at the airport.

“On January 18, 2017 at 12:09 pm, an international wire transfer request form was submitted [at the Congressional Federal Credit Union] at the Longworth House Office Building in the District of Columbia, in the amount of $283,000.00, to two individuals in Faisalabad, Pakistan,” according to a 10-page affidavit obtained by TheDCNF.

Imran Awan, a Pakistani-born IT aide, had access to all emails and files of dozens of members of Congress, as well as the password to the iPad that Wasserman Schultz used for Democratic National Committee business before she resigned as its head in July 2016. He was apprehended while attempting to flee the U.S., Fox News first reported.

Soon after Imran began working for Wasserman Schultz in 2005, four of his relatives appeared on the payroll of other Democrats — many from Wasserman Schultz’s home state of Florida — at inflated salaries, but Democratic staffers said they were rarely seen at work. They collected $4 million in total.

House authorities told members in February that Awan and his relatives were suspects in a criminal investigation into theft and IT abuses, and they were banned from the Capitol network.

Wasserman Schultz has refused to fire Awan, despite being a known criminal suspect in a cybersecurity probe for months, and has blocked Capitol Police from searching a laptop they confiscated because it was tied to Awan.

TheDCNF reported Sunday night that the FBI had joined the investigation and seized smashed hard drives from Awan’s home. The next day, the FBI apprehended him at Dulles Airport after noticing that he had purchased a ticket to Pakistan, routed through Qutar.

The affidavit says he was charged with bank fraud due to a mortgage scheme, which was one of several financial schemes TheDCNF has detailed. It appears to be a placeholder for future charges, spurred because of the attempt to leave the country, and does not mention his work for Congress, which is the investigation’s primary focus.

As TheDCNF has reported, the Awans own numerous rental properties that often have multiple mortgages taken out on them, and they have told renters they want payments in untraceable ways. The charging documents say Imran’s wife Hina Alvi, who also made $165,000 working for House Democrats, took out a second mortgage against a house from the Congressional Federal Credit Union by falsely claiming it was her “principal residence” and that she will “occupy” the property, and also fraudulently reported no rental income on her taxes.

A renter told the FBI “they paid approximately $2,000 per month for rent and that the rent check was written to Suriaya Begum. Based on information and belief, I know that Begum is Alvia’s mother,” an FBI agent wrote.

The agent also said Imran appears to have applied for the loan in his wife’s name.

Democratic members of Congress, including Rep. Gregory Meeks of New York, have suggested that police had framed the Pakistani-born brothers out of Islamophobia. Yet his own stepmother, a devout Muslim, filed court documents accusing him of using high-tech devices to wiretap her and extorting her (see p. 23 of court documents in that case). A dozen people who have dealt with Imran painted a picture in interviews with TheDCNF of a charming, “cunning” extrovert who bragged about his power among Democratic officials and who seemed to have an unquenchable thirst for cash.

Bill Miller, spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, told TheDCNF that Awan “was arraigned today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on one count of bank fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1344. He pled not guilty and was released pursuant to a high-intensity supervision program. The conditions of release are that he receive a GPS monitor, he abide by a curfew of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., and that he not leave a 50-mile radius of his residence in Virginia. Awan was also ordered to turn over all of his passports.”

Wasserman Schultz’s spokesman, David Damron, did not immediately return a request for comment.”

….Continue reading more @ TruePundit

 

Bernie Sanders Has Reportedly Been Stealing His Neighbor’s Newspaper

|| Mediaite

“It can get expensive to purchase a newspaper subscription for multiple homes, even if you’re as rich as Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Sanders, a man who was once reportedly kicked out of a hippie commune for being too lazy, is now being accused of helping himself to someone else’s property.

According to a recent report, the socialist Senator has decided that the process of redistributing wealth should extend to his neighbor’s Washington Post becoming his Washington Post.

It would appear as though Bernie believes that, like health care, having access to the news of the day in print is a basic human right and not a privilege.

While discussing a potential 2020 Sanders’ White House bid, WMAL radio host Chris Plante told the following story about the Senator’s newspaper snatching habits.

And The Post did investigate and claimed that the delivery person said that a man came out and grabbed the paper every Sunday morning, almost immediately upon delivery.

The neighbor objected to the claim at which point the paper’s representative mentioned that they even had a description of the man.

“You are an older man with gray hair, balding, and little round glasses…;” they reportedly told the man who responded, “I’m in my 50s, I’ve got a full head of dark hair. But, my neighbor is Bernie Sanders.”

To be fair, just because his neighbor bought the subscription with money he worked for does not mean that the paper should belong to him. And it’s comforting to know that Sanders at least practices what he preaches on rare occasions.”

….Continue reading more @ Mediaite

Bernie Sanders and Wife Under FBI Investigation | June 27, 2017

A Reporter Finally Asked Bernie Sanders About That Pesky FBI Investigation

|| Daily Caller

“A Fox News reporter asked Sen. Bernie Sanders about the ongoing FBI investigation into him and his wife, and he did not look pleased.

Jane Sanders, the wife of the Vermont senator and former president of a small Vermont college, is accused of relocating school donations in order to have a bank approve her loan.

The senator’s office is also under investigation for pressuring the bank into approving the loan.

Both husband and wife have hired attorneys for the investigation.

Fox News Senate producer and reporter Kara Rowland caught up with Sen. Sanders outside of the Capitol and inquired about the FBI probe.

After the senator asked which news organization Rowland was with, he quickly began walking away.

Rowland insisted, asking if Sanders still believed the probe was “politically motivated?”

“Well, I’m glad that you’re interested in the fact that the Republican leadership is proposing legislation which would throw millions of people off of health insurance,” Sanders responded.”

….Continue reading more @ Daily Caller

 

CNN Producer John Bonifield  caught on hidden-camera admitting no proof to CNN’s Russia narrative

|| Project Veritas

More @ Project Veritas

 

Sebastian Gorka on O’Keefe CNN Tapes: “Complete Vindication For The President”

|| theGatewayPundit

 

“National Security editor for Breitbart, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, was asked during an interview today to give his thoughts on the series of O’Keefe’s CNN tapes. In the series of tapes, a CNN producer can be clearly heard admitting that Trump/Russia collusion is “bullshit” and that the entire thing is a witch hunt” to help CNN’s ratings. Gorka did not mince words when addressing the ramifications of these released tapes, and the (now public) exposure of CNN knowingly pushing false stories.

Via Breitbart:

“I think this is the day when the Left rues ever coming up with the phrase ‘Fake News’ because now we have the evidence. We have the consequences of systematic generation of Fake News, happening at the epicenter of one of the places that was producing the most of it,” he said.

“It’s just a testament to the determination of the president,” Gorka continued. “He sticks with what he knows to be true. He hangs in there doggedly and finally. Thanks to intrepid people like James O’Keefe, we have the evidence, and people are getting fired.”

….Continue reading more @ TGP

 

Bernie Backer Won’t Support Globalist Hillary Clinton in 2016 | Aug 2016

I’m a Bernie backer and I refuse to support Hillary

– the Hill  |  Opinion

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“I used to think that the Democrats were the good guys and the Republicans were the bad guys. That’s why I’ve only ever been registered and identified as a Democrat. The Democratic Party is the party of social justice that looks out for the less fortunate, right? The party of the middle class, advocating for equality and progress, while the Republican Party, is … well … stuck in the distant past.

I was correct about the Republican Party. But I was incredibly wrong about the Democratic Party. Yes, I’m a Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) supporter — specifically, I was a California delegate to the national convention. Yes, I’m also a millennial. No, I will not be supporting Hillary Clinton this November.

And also, let me clarify, no, I’m not a man. So don’t call me sexist.

And now, the question on many progressives’ minds: Can Clinton, the Democratic nominee, represent progressive voters and issues important to progressives?

No. She can’t.

What is so un-progressive about Clinton, you ask?

Where do I even begin?

She won’t ban fracking or implement a carbon tax. She formerly enthusiastically pushed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), once calling it the “gold standard.” She is funded by lobbyists for private prisons. She led the charge for violent, deadly and destructive regime change in Libya and Syria and supported the coup in Honduras.

She is against reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act. She is not a transparent politician; if she were, she would have released the transcripts of her speeches that she gave to Wall Street events — which by the way, must have been sheer, utter genius, considering how much she was paid to give those speeches.

She supported the 2008 Wall Street bailout. She supports the former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.). She is not only pandering to Republicans for their support, but she is seeking the endorsement of President Nixon’s former secretary of State, Henry Kissinger. She favors a federal $12 minimum wage, rather than $15.

She is pro-death-penalty. She appointed pro-TPP, pro-fracking former senator, Ken Salazar(Colo.), as chair of her presidential transition team. She is open to constitutional restrictions on abortion. She has deep ties to Wal-Mart, and served on its corporate board during the ’90s. Wal-mart has also been a big campaign donor.

She has ties to Monsanto, which has made oh-so generous donations to the Clinton Foundation, and is a supporter of genetically modified organisms.

The list goes on: Her international arms deals as secretary of State. Her campaign finance scheme where some state parties are “essentially … money laundering conduits,” as Politico reported. Her campaign’s involvement with the Correct the Record super-PAC.

Her support of the war in Iraq (and let me be very clear: she is a war hawk); her advocacy of a no-fly zone in Syria, and her call for more U.S. special forces there. Her refusal to embrace single-payer universal healthcare and her acceptance of donations from pharmaceutical and health insurance companies.

I mean, why pick a pro-life, pro-offshore-drilling, pro-TPP white male as your vice president if you want to unify with Sanders supporters?

It’s clear why: Because Clinton cannot represent the progressive vote and, guess what? Neither can the Democratic Party. Not anymore.

Now, maybe you’re thinking that it’s Clinton and her crony politics that are the problem, not the entire Democratic Party. I’ll give you that. It’s not the entire party. It’s just too much of the party to make staying and fighting worth it.

It’s like a good friend of mine says: It’s an abusive relationship. You know it is so unhealthy to stay with this abusive person and that you deserve better. You know in reality that this person are not going to change. Yet, you stay.

Why? Fear is at the core.

You stay, that is, until that magical day when enough is enough. Well guess what, my friends? That day has come. Hope can be a beautiful thing. Hope can also be extremely destructive and blinding.

For me, that moment came when the DNC and Wasserman Schultz colluded against Sanders, stacking the deck against him and manipulating the odds in favor of Clinton during the Democratic primary. That was the moment when enough really became enough. Clinton and the entire Democratic establishment are antithetical to the foundation of the United States and to true progressive values.

Now, don’t get me wrong. By all means, support your down-ticket Berniecrats and progressives. However, I really think it’s time that we revolutionaries shift away from the two-party system, because honestly, both parties are just destructive tidal waves of corruption — tidal waves that, this time, climate change is not responsible for.

That is why, this November, I will reject the lesser of two evils and I will fight for the greater good. I will support Green Party nominee Jill Stein, not because she’s a woman or because I’m scared of GOP nominee Donald Trump, but because she’s a true champion of progressive values.”

….Continue reading @ the Hill

 

 

 

‘Hillary Won Fair and Square’ – Real Lies with Bill Maher | June 2016

‘She Did Win Fair and Square’ or Did She?

– Real Time with Bill Maher

– No, Bill, Hillary isn’t just used to fooling rubes in the hinterland, she’s used to fooling rubes like you in Hollywood, who then cover for her.

This election fraud didn’t occur in Rubeville, it occurred on his own turf in California./CJ

 

After Frustrating Democratic Primary, Millions of Ballots in California Remain Uncounted

– CommonDreams.org

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The uncounted ballots would put the total number of voters at around 8.5 million, or around 47 percent of all registered voters

“More than 2.5 million ballots from California’s June 7 primary are still uncounted, sparking questions about the results of the presidential contest in which Hillary Clinton emerged the winner and leaving the fate of local races in the air as poll workers continue to grapple with reports of voter difficulties.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the uncounted ballots would put the total voter turnout at around 8.5 million, or around 47 percent of all registered voters. While the results are unlikely to impact Clinton’s win in the state, Bernie Sanders said Thursday he expected the final tally would show a closer race—one more in keeping with polls that predicted a nail-biter.

“I look forward to the full counting of the votes in California, which I suspect will show a much closer vote than the current vote tally,” Sanders said after a meeting with President Barack Obama, who then went on to endorse Clinton.

Los Angeles County, which on Tuesday voted 57 percent for Clinton versus 42 for Sanders, reported more unprocessed ballots than any region at roughly 616,000. San Diego County, where Clinton won 55 percent to Sanders’ 44, had 285,000 uncounted ballots.

Many of those were ‘provisional’ ballots, which are given to voters whose party registration cannot be determined on the day of the election. The LA Times wrote on Tuesday:

Instead of a quick in-and-out vote, many California voters were handed the dreaded pink provisional ballot — which takes longer to fill out, longer for election officials to verify and which tends to leave voters wondering whether their votes will be counted…. hundreds of Californians complained of voting problems to the national nonpartisan voter hotline run by the Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law.

Dissatisfaction with the voting system has become widespread this election cycle, as Sanders supporters rail against convoluted election rules and his treatment by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the corporate media, which came under fire earlier this week for claiming Clinton had clinched the party’s nomination before Californians—and voters in five other states—even had a chance to cast their ballots.

But as Freedom of the Press Foundation co-founder Trevor Timm wrote in an op-ed on Wednesday, it’s not just the Sanders supporters who feel disenfranchised by the system. “Virtually every major campaign in both parties griped about how the other was winning at some point during this campaign, and along the way almost all of them were right,” he wrote.”

….Read more including the comments @ Commondreams.org

 

More on California’s Primary Election Fraud on June 7th:  Here @ CaliforniaJimmy.com

 

And this from Bernie’s side:

 

Bernie Sanders Wins California Landslide But 2/3 of his Votes Aren’t Counted

– justicegazette.org

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June 7, 2016.  California.  The Justice Gazette reporters and others are conducting an investigation into voting irregularities and the theft of Bernie Sanders’s apparent California landslide victory by those supporting Hillary Clinton.  According to popular actress Frances Fisher, a lawsuit is being prepared to require the counting of all the provisional ballots.  If this lawsuit is successful, the actual vote count is expected to become known and Sanders will likely have a landslide victory in California.

The theft of California hasn’t deterred Sanders from his course.  He has promised to fight on while noting it is a steep uphill climb.   Given all the states where vote fraud in favor of Hillary Clinton has been allowed to swing primaries from Sanders to Clinton, it is in fact a steep uphill climb to restore democracy and force the now undemocratic Democratic Party to nominate the man the vast majority of American voters  have voted for or tried to vote for.

It has been learned from poll workers that 50% to 90% of voters who were supposed to have been eligible to vote in the Democratic primary were told they would have to vote provisional ballots.

There were two irregularities leading to the forced use of provisional ballots instead of regular ballots.  The first was that previously registered voters’ names had been removed from the rolls.  The second was that someone (in most cases, not the voter) had marked them as vote by mail voters but they had received no ballot in the mail.   Oddly, virtually all of those not allowed to vote and forced to vote provisional ballots were Bernie Sanders supporters.

The next oddity is even more curious.  Poll workers in Los Angeles and Orange County report that Bernie won the electronic votes in their precincts by well over a 2 to 1 margin, the opposite of the result of the vote count.  The contrast between this and the outcome is indicative of vote-flipping.  Also the outcome.. outcome does not match what anyone who has conducted polling in this state knows:  Below the election night video is a video about black box voting (Hacking Democracy) ,   The Democratic Party has essentially endorsed this video, showing it at various conventions and another video of a computer programmer confessing to creating a vote-flipping program.”

…Continue reading @ JusticeGazette.org

 

Hugh Thompson on How Easy it is to Change Voting Tabulations on Computer Voting Systems

– Youtube

Video Detour Here:

Vote Fraud Smoking Gun Banned From CNN, FOX & NBC – Bev Harris on Lou Dobbs

– Youtube  |  Fox Business

…More @ Youtube

Bev Harris – Hacking Democracy

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– Full length documentary  |

Eye-opening documentary of Bev Harris’s amazing journey into ‘voter’ fraud in Ohio.

More on voting fraud and computer alterations of voting totals, aka ‘vote flipping’ @ Handcountedpaperballots.org

Question: How did Bernie’s perceived landslide turn into a Hillary rout of Sanders? Vote flipping?/CJ

 

 

June 2016

The Challenges of Digital Voting

– Scientific American

Information security expert Avi Rubin explains why we won’t be voting on our smartphones anytime soon

“In researching my Scientific American column about the dismal prospects for online voting, I interviewed Avi Rubin, Professor of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University, technical director of Johns Hopkins’s Information Security Institute, and author of Brave New Ballot: The Battle to Safeguard Democracy in the Age of Electronic Voting. He’s been deeply immersed in the research surrounding electronic voting for decades.

Since I have more room on the Web than I do on the printed page, I would like to share more of our conversation here.

David Pogue: Are there any steps that would make you, a security researcher, comfortable with electronic voting?

Avi Rubin: In principle, I think that paper ballots are far superior to electronic voting machines. Even if the machines are high quality (and none of the current ones on the market have proven to be that), the inability to manually recount, to audit, and to prevent rigging and the potential for widespread, wholesale fraud are deal breakers for purely electronic voting. Paper ballots are not a panacea, but without them there is an opportunity for fraud that is much more widespread.

DP: What if the software in these machines is open source and can be inspected publicly?

AR: Just because software is open source does not mean that it will be subjected to many eyeballs. Voting machine software should most definitely be made publicly available, but we need to realize that it may still have security vulnerabilities. Furthermore, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to have an assurance the actual bits that are running inside of a voting machine on election day match the software that was publicly available.

DP: What if voters could look over a printed receipt before leaving the electronic machine?

AR: A voter-inspected paper record can overcome many of the weaknesses of electronic voting. There is no perfect voting system, but the best one that I know is where a touchscreen ballot marking machine is used for voters to make their selections. The machine then prints out a filled-out paper ballot. The voter takes this ballot, inspects it, challenges it and starts over if it is wrong (and reports it), and when a correct ballot is produced, submits it to the polls where it can be optically scanned.

Some random sample of ballot boxes is counted manually and compared to the scanned results, and if there are problems, more stations are manually compared. In case of a very close election or any hint of foul play, the ballots can be counted by hand or by a different brand of optical scanner.

We will never get this perfect. It’s too hard a problem. But we can do a lot better than we have so far.

DP: Seems like the prospect of voting by smartphone would be even more vulnerable than the in-person methods, right?

AR: Yes, voting over the Internet or smartphones is a non-starter. You can’t control the security of the platform. Remember that you don’t even trust the manufacturer of the voting system. You don’t want to put control of the outcome of a presidential election in the hands of Samsung or Apple, or millions of app developers.”

….More @ Scientific American


Society at the Seams | May 2016

South American Misery is Good Sport for John Oliver on HBO

– Youtube

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– Last weekend the comedian John Oliver went on a long rant about the dire situation in Venezuela, which in his world safe in NYC, must seem quite hilarious.

Sadly people are dying and truly suffering. Oliver went on to blame the societal meltdown of the socialist nation on the falling price of oil, curiously failing to mention the other major issues you will see below. Unfortunately Mr. Oliver blocks youtube playback on other sites, so you’ll have to see it there.

Unfortunately, the socialist situation there is a bit more complex than John Oliver will allow, a “country you think about so little….” Really John?

See the video here @ HBO

 

 

Meanwhile Bernie Sanders Goes to the Happiest Place on Earth

– Youtube

– For the record:

“Disneyland has a larger cumulative attendance than any other theme park in the world, with over 650 million guests since it opened. In 2013, the park hosted approximately 16.2 million guests, making it the third most visited park in the world that calendar year.[2][3] According to a March 2005 Disney Company report, 65,700 jobs are supported by the Disneyland Resort, including about 20,000 direct Disney employees and 3,800 third-party employees (independent contractors or their employees.”

…continue reading @ wikipedia.org

 

Our Story – Venezuela’s Secret & 21st Century Socialism

– Youtube

– A detailed and heartrending statement on behalf of the students of Venezuela suffering under the Chavez imposed socialism of the past 17 years.

None of this was even alluded to by John Olivers’ odd piece, and while Bernie talks about Danish socialism as a model for the United States, he never seems to mention Venezuela, nor its students who are fighting the socialist regime.

See the whole video here @ Youtube

 

Man Hurls Fire at Albuquerque Police During Anti-Trump Rally

– Youtube

 

American students play at socialist ‘revolution’ in Albuquerque

– Youtube

 

 

 

 

It’s No Joke: Venezuela Cracks Down On Comedians

– NPR

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Venezuelan comedian Laureano Marquez performs a stand-up routine at a theater in Caracas last year. Marquez says the government is now cracking down on comedians who make jokes about the government and the country’s economic problems.
Photo credit: Christian Veron/Reuters/Landov

“Laureano Marquez was performing a benefit at his old high school in the Venezuelan city of Maracay. The comedian dwelled on the absurdities of life in this oil-rich nation, where gas is cheaper than water but it’s hard to find milk, toilet paper and many other everyday goods.

In the supermarket, Marquez said, desperate customers will steal scarce items right out of your shopping cart.

“In Venezuela, you get robbed of stuff that isn’t even yours yet,” he said to a round of laughs.

Turning serious, Marquez tells the crowd that the socialist revolution, launched 16 years ago by the late Hugo Chavez, is collapsing under the weight of bad policies and corrupt public officials.

That message doesn’t sit well with Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro. Besides jailing opposition leaders and cracking down on protesters, the Maduro government is now going after comics.

Marquez says that three of his recent shows were canceled after all three clubs that booked him were suddenly closed down for alleged tax evasion. He’s also been shut out of government-run theaters and hotels.”

…continue reading @ NPR

 

 

 

 

 

Two Thirds of US Corps Pay No Income Tax | Apr 2016

Many U.S. corporations pay little in federal income taxes: report

– Yahoo News

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“By Alana Wise WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At least two-thirds of all active U.S. corporations paid nothing in federal income taxes during the 2006-12 period, despite an income-dependent statutory tax rate of 15 percent to 35 percent, the Government Accountability Office said in a recent report.

Among large, profitable entities, 19.5 percent paid nothing in federal income taxes in 2012, said the report, which came at the behest of Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders, whose campaign circulated the study.

The report from the nonpartisan federal auditing agency said profitable corporations were able to use tax deductions and incentives to lessen their federal tax burdens in a given year, sometimes bringing their amount paid to zero.

Profitable corporations, on average, from 2008 to 2012, paid just 14 percent of their earnings in federal income taxes.”

…Continue reading @ Yahoo News

What GAO Found:

“In each year from 2006 to 2012, at least two-thirds of all active corporations had no federal income tax liability. Larger corporations were more likely to owe tax. Among large corporations (generally those with at least $10 million in assets) less than half—42.3 percent—paid no federal income tax in 2012. Of those large corporations whose financial statements reported a profit, 19.5 percent paid no federal income tax that year. Reasons why even profitable corporations may have paid no federal tax in a given year include the use of tax deductions for losses carried forward from prior years and tax incentives, such as depreciation allowances that are more generous in the federal tax code than those allowed for financial accounting purposes. Corporations that did have a federal corporate income tax liability for tax year 2012 owed $267.5 billion.”

…from the Government Accoutability Office Report found here @ GAO.gov

 

Bernie vs. Hillary on NYC Nuke | Apr 2016

New York nuclear plant’s future further divides Bernie Sanders and Clinton

– Guardian UK

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“The Indian Point Energy Center, a controversial and ageing nuclear plant near New York City, has split the Democratic presidential candidates .

As campaigning continued before the New York primary on 19 April, Bernie Sanders called the facility “a catastrophe waiting to happen”. Hillary Clinton said only that it needed more oversight.

A senior member of the Union of Concerned Scientists told the Guardian “the whole New York metropolitan area is potentially imperiled by an accident at Indian Point”.

Last week, the company that runs Indian Point revealed that 227 bolts holding the interior of a nuclear reactor at the site have “degraded” or gone missing. In February, the plant reported that a radioactive material, tritium, had leaked into groundwater.

The plant, about 40 miles north of midtown Manhattan on the eastern bank of the Hudson river, has a 40-year history of accidents, fires and complaints. Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered an investigation into February’s “unacceptable” leak. He has called for the plant to close.

“In my view, we cannot sit idly by and hope that the unthinkable will never happen,” Sanders said in a statement. “It makes no sense to me to continue to operate a decaying nuclear reactor within 25 miles of New York City where nearly 10 million people live.”

…Continue reading @ The Guardian