The long-awaited simplification of the tax code being drafted by House Republicans would slash the top income tax rate to 25 percent from 39.6 percent and impose a surtax on some of the nation’s wealthiest households.
Labor has confirmed it will not join the Greens to prevent the government from revoking carbon permit auctions in which no one was likely to bid anyway.
Three Republican Arizona state senators who voted for a bill allowing business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gay people sent a letter to governor Jan Brewer on Monday urging her to veto the legislation.
Watching the Ukrainian revolution unfolding, especially in Lviv, my mind goes back to 1960s Edinburgh and my elderly Polish landlady telling me about growing up in what was then Lemberg in Austro-Hungarian Galicia. When the Emperor Franz Josef died, her primary-school teacher put black crepe round his portrait on the classroom wall and she cried because he reminded her of her grandfather. After the first world war, she found herself a citizen of Lwów in the new republic of Poland, but it reverted to Lemberg in 1940 when the Nazis marched in. By the time the Russians arrived and turned it into Lvov, she was reunited with her soldier husband in Scotland. She didn't live to see it become the Ukrainian city of Lviv.Read More >
Matteo Renzi, Italy's new prime minister, asked MPs in the upper house of parliament on Monday to back his fresh-faced government, insisting the chance for change in the economically struggling country was "real, concrete and immediate".Read More >
A former FBI agent who believes that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the US government and that John Brennan, the director of the CIA, is a secret follower of Islam is poised to begin three days of counter-terrorism training with law enforcers in northern Virginia.