WASHINGTON - President Obama will propose a series of changes to the tax code in a budget plan Tuesday that would shift benefits from top earners to middle- and lower-income Americans, the White House said.
In his 2015 budget plan, Obama will propose expanding or making permanent tax credits aimed at the working poor, families with young children, and college students. Obama’s budget would also expand access to retirement savings for people who do not have an employer-sponsored retirement plan.
The new tax breaks would be offset by eliminating tax rules that have benefited top earners.
The White House said the president’s proposal would give 13.5 million Americans a tax cut.
Patrick Rock resigned from his post on 12 February.
Number 10 said it had been made aware of a potential offence and immediately referred it to the National Crime Agency (NCA), which arrested Mr Rock at his home a few hours later on 13 February.
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Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada on Sunday voted for a resolution to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military formations of Ukraine.
The draft of the resolution was tabled by parliament speaker and acting president of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov. It was supported by 300 lawmakers at a parliament meeting held behind closed doors on Sunday, MP from the Batkivschyna faction Andriy Shevchenko said.
read more @ Kyiv Post
(JTA) — A synagogue in eastern Ukraine sustained minor damage from firebombs hurled at it by unidentified individuals.
The firebombs hit the Giymat Rosa Synagogue in Zaporizhia, locateded 250 miles southeast of Kiev, on the night of Feb. 23, according to a report Monday on the news site timenews.in.ua.
The website published photos that showed the traces of a fire on the facade of the balcony of the synagogue, which opened its doors in 2012.
A spokesperson for the Zhovtneviy District where the synagogue is located said no one was hurt in the attack and that police were searching for suspects. Officers found the neck of a glass bottle which was used as a Molotov cocktail, according to the Central Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Several Ukrainian media reported erroneously that the attack happened in Kiev.
The Ukrainian capital and other cities have seen the eruption of a wave of violent demonstrations that culminated this weekend with the apparent ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych.
The country’s new acting government has issued a warrant for his arrest, accusing him of the murder of about 100 protesters who died in street clashes last week.
The unrest began in November over Yanukovych’s refusal to sign a deal which would have tightened Ukraine’s ties with the European Union - a move which many saw as jeopardizing the country’s complicated relationship with Russia.
Several Jewish communities in Kiev have beefed up their security arrangements during the unrest. Other communities put their activities on hold out of safety concerns.
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The PA Turnpike has been shut down because of several jack-knifed tractor trailers. The has caused a very large chain reaction. So far 16 people have been airlifted to Abington Memorial and one has gone to Doylestown Hospital. I will be following this story for the rest of the day and I will include links to local news regarding this horrible chain reaction accident. Many people are reporting very icy conditions. Everyone is pitching in to help each other. Four people are in serious condition. Barriers are being taken down and emergency exits are being opened so that the Turnpike can be cleared. There are lots of human interest stories coming out over the air (local news radio KYW1060).
2:00pm Update: West bound is being opened to allow those stuck on East bound to get off at Willow Grove, PA.
3:30 Update: East bound lanes are open and state troopers are saying that the PA Turnpike may be open by 5:00pm.
4:00pm PA Turnpike is open as per KYW1060 AM.
Thankfully there were no fatalities.
Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment on Sunday. He was 46 years old.
The New York City Police Department have confirmed to “The Insider With Yahoo” that the actor was found dead at 12 p.m. ET in his apartment in the West Village of New York City. The actor’s body is believed to still be in the apartment.
The cause of death is still unknown at this point, however reports are surfacing that he died of a suspected overdose. The actor did struggle with a heroin addiction.
In a dramatic operation displaying unusual international harmony in one of the world’s most remote and inhospitable places, a red-and-white Chinese helicopter on Thursday rescued 52 passengers trapped for more than a week aboard an icebound Russian research ship in Antarctica, ferrying them a dozen at a time to an Australian icebreaker.
The twin-rotored helicopter, based on a Chinese icebreaker, the Xue Long, or Snow Dragon, flew several sorties across miles of packed ice to pluck scientists, tourists and journalists from a makeshift landing zone next to the marooned vessel, the Akademik Shokalskiy.