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Christmas Surprise! Senate Gifts The Public With Its Sexual Harassment Numbers On Christmas Day

As the Christmas vacation weekend set in, the Senate Rules and Administration Committee revealed a report showing the Senate has spent $1.5 million on sexual harassment settlements since 1998. The information, supplied by the Office of Compliance, an administrative department that has quietly settled dozens of complaints towards congressional offices, offers little by the use of particulars, past an itemized checklist of violations and the corresponding settlement. Republican Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama, who chairs the Rules Committee, mentioned that additional particulars can’t be made public, as to respect the confidentiality afforded to victims. “While the Rules Committee has been eager… Keep Reading

Economics/Politics

Just In Time For The Holidays, Reckless States Are Coming For Your Online Purchases

If there is anything that gets demagogic politicians and pundits riled up, it’s the closing of tax loopholes, and the tax-hike demagogues might just be getting one of their wishes come December. Bloomberg reports that most online consumers will pay sales taxes in some shape or form in the next few months. Currently, consumers pay taxes on goods purchased straight from Amazon, but they can avoid paying taxes on goods if they purchase them through Amazon’s third-party merchants. By the start of December this could all change, as several merchants are expected to start collecting taxes in return for partial… Keep Reading

Politics/Religion

“It’s a Wonderful Life” In Lieu Of The Nativity Scene

That there is some sense in which Christmas can be said to have become “secularized” over the years is undoubtedly true. Nevertheless, this judgment may be overwrought. Perhaps Christ is more present in “secularized” expressions of Christmas than either Christian or non-Christian is willing to acknowledge. This is borne out by close examination of such “secular” Christmas cinematic classics as A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Miracle on 34th Street. None explicitly mentions Christ, but neither is it a coincidence that of the 365 days and multiple holidays from which Dickens could have chosen to make the backdrop… Keep Reading

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