Bob Jones

I pronounce you 'joint filers'

National | TAXES: Unless the Senate acts, the so-called marriage penalty in the tax code will be restored-boosting average tax bills almost $400
by Bob Jones
Posted 5/08/04, 12:00 am

Do moderate Republicans in the Senate really make a difference? That's the $369 question.

On April 28, the House of Representatives voted 323-95 to fix permanently the inequities in the U.S. tax code that force some 30 million married couples to pay higher taxes than their single counterparts. Without congressional intervention, the so-called marriage penalty-temporarily eliminated just last year-would once again rear its ugly head in 2005, forcing many married couples to pay an extra $369 in taxes, according to statistics from the Tax Foundation.

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Supreme Court or Supreme Commander?

National | LAW: In a trio of historic, end-of-term cases, the Supreme Court will decide the legal limits on how the war on terror is waged in criminal courts
by Bob Jones
Posted 5/01/04, 12:00 am

They make an unlikely band of brothers, the nine justices of the Supreme Court. There's octogenarian John Paul Stevens; diminutive Ruth Bader Ginsburg; rotund, cigar-chomping Antonin Scalia; and William Rehnquist, a 79-year-old with a back so bad he can't sit through an hour-long oral argument.

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| President Bush makes his case for staying the course in Iraq-even as his critics and political opponents successfully begin planting doubts in the minds of voters about staying the course in Washington
by Bob Jones
Posted 4/24/04, 12:00 am

If love means never having to say you're sorry, then President Bush is looking for a whole lot of love from voters.

He certainly isn't getting it from the press. On April 13, in only the third prime-time press conference of his administration, Mr. Bush was challenged repeatedly to apologize to the American public for failing to prevent the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks or for taking the country to war with Iraq.

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