The truth about the Fast and Furious scandal

Dave Voth

A Fortune investigation reveals that the ATF never intentionally allowed guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. How the world came to believe just the opposite is a tale of rivalry, murder, and political bloodlust.…

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How Apple Sidesteps Billions in Taxes

Apple Uncut

NY Times - Charles Duhigg / David Kocieniewski - Apple serves as a window on how technology giants have taken advantage of tax codes written for an industrial age and ill suited to today’s digital economy.…

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TOP STORIES: Economy – April 27, 2012

Top Stories - Economy

*U.S. Economic Growth Slows to 2.2% Rate *Death of a Fairy Tale (Paul Krugman) *House approves student loan plan; White House vows veto *Cooling Job Market Takes Toll on U.S. Confidence *After Bubble, Florida Is Growing Again… (More Inside)…

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Death of a Fairy Tale

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Paul Krugman – The New York Times – This was the month the confidence fairy died. For the past two years most policy makers in Europe and many politicians and pundits in America have been in thrall to a destructive economic doctrine. According to this doctrine, governments should respond to a severely depressed economy not……

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VAWA – Violence Against Women Act Passes US Senate

Al Franken speaks up for VAWA

(Leigh Ann Caldwell, CBS News)  In a rare election-year moment of bipartisanship, the Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on Thursday afternoon, legislation that gives women protections and recourse against violence and abuse.…

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The Syrian conundrum: Time to get tougher

Bashar El Assad

[The Economist] Kofi Annan’s plan is worth trying. But if it fails, a safe haven should swiftly be set up… Outsiders have many good reasons for not wading militarily into Syria’s steadily bloodier mire.…

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TOP STORIES: Nat’l Security / Foreign Affairs – April 26, 2012

World Map of Happiness

HIGHLIGHTS: * French Front-Runner Says He’d Seek to Renegotiate Fiscal Treaty if Elected * France: Military Action May Be Needed In Syria * Anger at Sarkozy Fuels Far-Right Party in France * Israeli Army Chief Says He Believes Iran Won’t Build Bomb * CIA Is Given More Leeway With Drones in Yemen [Read Below]…

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TOP STORIES: Economy – April 26, 2012

Top Stories - Economy

* Obama to Oil Speculators: Cut It Out! - Rana Foroohar, Time * NJ’s Christie Hurt Entire East Coast by Rejecting Tunnel - Boston Globe Editorial  * Romer Knows Tax Increases Will Kill the Recovery - Charles Kadlec, Forbes * Is ‘Fiscal Cliff’ a Keynesian Gaffe? - Caroline Baum, Bloomberg * Obama: Climate Change a 2012 Issue -…

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