S. V. Date http://wesa.fm en The 10 Biggest Tax Breaks (And How Much They Cost) http://wesa.fm/post/10-biggest-tax-breaks-and-how-much-they-cost The 10 biggest breaks, deductions and credits in the U.S. income tax code are costing the Treasury $900 billion this year, with more than half of that total benefiting the wealthiest 20 percent of taxpayers.<p>This critique is not new — liberals have complained for years that too many exceptions written into what was designed as a progressive income tax instead benefit the most well-off. Wed, 29 May 2013 22:01:00 +0000 S. V. Date 10443 at http://wesa.fm Benghazi Review Leader Offered To Testify On Capitol Hill http://wesa.fm/post/benghazi-review-leader-offered-testify-capitol-hill When the House held its much-anticipated hearing on Benghazi Wednesday, one major figure not at the witness table was Thomas Pickering, the former ambassador and co-chair of the Accountability Review Board that reported on last September's attacks.<p>Why wasn't he there?<p>That's somewhat in dispute. California Republican Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, put the blame squarely on the shoulders of Pickering and report co-author Adm. Mike Mullen.<p>"We asked them to testify about their investigation and findings. They refused," Issa said. Fri, 10 May 2013 20:57:00 +0000 S. V. Date 9350 at http://wesa.fm The Democrats' Final Four On Gay Marriage http://wesa.fm/post/democrats-final-four-gay-marriage In the U.S. Senate, it's down to the Final Four versus the Dynamic Duo.<p>Only four Democratic senators remain who do not support same-sex marriage. Across the aisle, there are now two Republicans who have announced their support.<p>The new alignments mean that a majority — 53 senators — now support a concept that 85 senators voted to ban in 1996 with the Defense of Marriage Act.<p>Indiana's Joe Donnelly and North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp on Friday became the latest Democrats to join what's now the dominant position in their party. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 20:15:00 +0000 S. V. Date 7390 at http://wesa.fm Voter Cast Off Charlie Crist Tops Florida Governors's Race Poll http://wesa.fm/post/voter-cast-charlie-crist-tops-florida-governorss-race-poll Democrats who haven't controlled the governor's mansion in Tallahassee in 14 years could have a good opportunity to win it back next November.<p>Thanks to Republican Gov. Rick Scott's continuing unpopularity, both of the leading Democratic candidates hold double-digit leads in hypothetical matchups in a new <a href="http://www.quinnipiac.edu/images/polling/fl/fl03202013.pdf/">Quinnipiac University poll</a>. Alex Sink, the former state treasurer who narrowly lost to Scott in 2010, leads him by 11 points, 45-34. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 18:47:00 +0000 S. V. Date 4173 at http://wesa.fm In Florida, An Email Trail On Redistricting Raises Questions http://wesa.fm/post/florida-email-trail-redistricting-raises-questions Florida voters in 2010 approved constitutional amendments by nearly 2-to-1 margins that forbade state legislators from coordinating with political parties or favoring incumbents when drawing new congressional districts.<p>So what did lawmakers in Tallahassee do? The Republican leaders in charge of drawing new maps coordinated with Republican Party consultants to protect Republican incumbents.<p>How do we know? Tue, 05 Feb 2013 19:16:00 +0000 S. V. Date 510 at http://wesa.fm Rubio's New York Admirer Isn't Exactly Welcome http://wesa.fm/post/rubios-new-york-admirer-isnt-exactly-welcome Anyone else noticing the love New York Senator Charles Schumer is showing for Marco Rubio? He's been calling Rubio courageous for pushing an immigration overhaul that many in his party's base despise. Wednesday morning he <a href="http://www.politico.com/multimedia/video/2013/01/mccain-schumer-heap-praise-on-rubio.html?hp=s3">likened</a> Rubio's appearance on conservative talk shows to "Daniel in the lion's den."<p>Rubio no doubt appreciates the kind words. Because that's really what a potential Republican presidential candidate wants, is the endorsement of a high-profile, New York liberal. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:16:00 +0000 S. V. Date 174 at http://wesa.fm