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Political Quick Hits: April 20th Edition

April 20, 2012 Front Page, Politics No Comments

Here’s your weekly quick look at few developing stories in the political arena:

  • Three U.S. Secret Service members are already out and more resignations are expected soon in the wake of an alleged prostitution scandal that occurred in Columbia. Eleven Secret Service members in total are linked to the scandal, and the eight other members allegedly involved in the scandal are on administrative leave. The Secret Service agents are accused of bringing prostitutes to their hotel in Cartagena Columbia ahead of President Obama’s visit last week for the pan-American summit. (CNN)

  • On Monday, the Senate blocked the Buffett Rule that would have set a minimum 30 percent federal tax rate for the highest earners. The vote was 51-45, short of the 60 needed to advance. President Obama has been campaigning across the country for the legislation arguing that he believe that it is unfair for some high-income taxpayers to be able to use certain deductions and tax treatment to pay a lower tax rate than many in the middle class. A recent CNN poll this week shows that 7 out of 10 Americans support the Buffett Rule, named after billionaire, Warren Buffett, who has argued that it’s unfair that he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary. Tax policy and income inequality will likely be a hot topic between President Obama and Mitt Romney during the general election.
  • In 2012 news, there are six and a half months until November’s election and according to CNN’s poll of polls, it looks to be pretty even between President Obama and Mitt Romney. This poll was taken after Rick Santorum dropped out of the race and Romney became the unofficial Republican presidential nominee. This poll averages four different national surveys of the general election and has President Obama at 47 percent and Mitt Romney at 45 percent, which is basically a statistical dead heat.
  • Finally, conservative rocker/guitarist Ted Nugent was interviewed by the Secret Service on Thursday following his controversial comments about President Obama’s re-election. The Secret Service said that the issue has been resolved. During an annual NRA event this past weekend in St.Louis, Nugent said, “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” Many believe Nugent was alluding to violence against the president, but Nugent said after his meeting with the Secret Service: “I have never made any threats of violence towards anyone. The meeting could not have gone better.”  Future GOP presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, whom Nugent recently endorsed, said through a spokesperson this week that, “Divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from.” (FOX)

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