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Egyptians Go To Polls With Opposition Largely Silenced

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-14 04:00

Arrests and other intimidation have kept critics from being able to organize and speak out. The interim government's message: If you're really an Egyptian than you'll vote yes. Opponents say the new constitution further enshrines the military's role in Egyptian life.

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UK inflation rate hits 2% target

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-14 03:58
The UK's inflation rate fell to the Bank of England's target of 2% last month for the first time since November 2009, helped by a slowdown in the increase of fruit prices.

Congress snubs IMF's request for resources

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-01-14 03:54

Funding for the IMF was left out of a trillion dollar compromise to fund the federal government for the next eight months. Negotiations are continuing, but when domestic programs are on the line, funding for international programs is harder to justify.

Marketplace's Nancy Marshall-Genzer joins Morning Report host David Brancaccio to discuss. 

Police 'failed' missing man who died

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-14 03:45
Police are criticised for the way they handled the case of a 52-year-old man found dead after he had been reported missing.

US journalist barred from Russia

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-14 03:39
A US journalist, accused of visa violations, is barred from Russia, in what his employers say is a "fundamental violation of the right of free speech".

'Making us play in 42C was inhumane'

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-14 03:39
Australian Open organisers are criticised for forcing players to compete in intense heat as temperatures hit 42C.

Man bailed in murder investigation

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-14 03:38
A 26-year-old arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a man in Caerphilly county is released on bail.

Reprieve for school facing closure

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-14 03:33
Education Minister John O'Dowd announces plans for seven secondary schools in Belfast and Holywood.

Mexico starts disarming vigilantes

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-14 03:30
Police in Mexico say they are disarming groups of vigilantes which have taken control of a number of towns in western Michoacan state.

VIDEO: Were MPs better in good old days?

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-14 03:26
Polling shows there was a golden age when MPs were seen as upstanding men and women of integrity, who had respect from the voters.

BBC news boss defends local coverage

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-14 03:18
News director James Harding speaks out against the "mistaken view" that the BBC should "rein in" local news coverage for fear of damaging local newspapers.

France's Barnier seeks top EU job

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-14 03:17
The French politician steering the EU's banking reforms, Michel Barnier, says he is ready to run for the post of European Commission president.

Viewpoints: How to curb obesity

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-14 03:14
Viewpoints on whether there can be one simple solution

Patience plea over Stonehenge centre

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-14 02:58
English Heritage asks people to "be patient" while it "irons out" issues with the new £27m visitor centre at Stonehenge.

Supreme Court to decide: Is severance pay taxed?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-01-14 02:50

Today, the Supreme Court hears arguments in the United States v. Quality Stores. The respondent is a company that declared bankruptcy in 2001. At issue is whether severance payments are subject to payroll taxes.

Severance is considered compensation, so it is subject to income tax. This case deals with about a million dollars worth of payroll taxes -- what are called FICA taxes.

"It is the taxes that the federal government imposes to fund Social Security and Medicare," explains Sean Anderson, a lecturer at the University of Illinois.

So are severance payments wages? Alan Viard, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, says that is at the heart of this case: "A vagueness, I guess, that is built into the definition of what it means for something to be remuneration for employment."

Quality Stores says severance payments don’t amount to wages, because the recipient has been let go. The Obama administration disagrees, noting that, if it loses, the government would owe money to employees and companies beyond Quality Stores to the tune of $1 billion.

"A billion dollars, of course, sounds like a lot of money, and it is a lot of money," says Bill Gale, a fellow at The Brookings Institution. "But not in the context of the federal budget."

This is another ambiguity in a tax code that is now more than 70,000 pages long.

VIDEO: UK inflation rate falls to 2%

BBC - Tue, 2014-01-14 02:44
The UK's inflation rate, as measured by the Consumer Prices Index, falls to 2% for the first time in four years.

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