Sat, 23 Apr 2005 13:21:52 GMTTo many Americans, particularly those who have waited until the last minute to file their tax returns, this week is the low point in their in their relationship with their government.
Sat, 23 Apr 2005 13:21:52 GMTA House vote to permanently repeal the estate tax would move the Mars candy, Gallo wine and Campbell soup fortunes one step closer to a goal that once seemed quixotic at best: ending all taxation on inheritances.
Sat, 23 Apr 2005 13:21:52 GMTLike many companies in Silicon Valley, Xilinx Inc. liked its cash -- for expansion, for investment and for stock buybacks that boosted its share prices. But when Congress and President Bush slashed the tax rate on dividends in 2003, the San Jose chipmaker had a change of heart.
Sat, 23 Apr 2005 13:21:52 GMTThe government has fallen behind in keeping track of the billions of dollars a year that lobbyists spend, according to a study by the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity.
Sat, 23 Apr 2005 13:21:52 GMTUnited Way's rapid descent -- and problems at other respected charities around the nation --are fueling a regulatory drive to make it clearer to donors what happens to their money.
Sat, 23 Apr 2005 13:21:52 GMTCongressional efforts to toughen government oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac resume Wednesday, with the mortgage finance companies politically weakened by financial scandal and their chief government nemesis leaving the stage.
Sat, 23 Apr 2005 13:21:52 GMTCharities and other nonprofits exempted from taxes because they serve a public purpose have become a hotbed of tax evasion and abuse, according to the head of the IRS.
Sat, 23 Apr 2005 13:21:52 GMTJames F. Battey, chief of NIH's stem-cell program and director of that agency's deafness institute, will retire in September, citing his inability to comply with strict new conflict-of-interest rules that have prompted a backlash.
Sat, 23 Apr 2005 13:21:52 GMTThe board of the World Bank unanimously approved Paul D. Wolfowitz today as the bank's next president, heralding a new era of conservative influence over the giant antipoverty institution.
Sat, 23 Apr 2005 13:21:52 GMTOver this week and last, the nation's largest lobby will have spent more than $5 million on ads attacking Bush's plan -- nearly three times as much as all the supporters of his proposal put together. That's just for starters.
Sat, 23 Apr 2005 13:21:52 GMTPresident Bush's proposal to add private investment accounts to Social Security is beginning to create controversy within the one group that has most forcefully embraced the idea in theory: the conservative intelligentsia.
Sat, 23 Apr 2005 13:21:52 GMTDeputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz closed in on the presidency of the World Bank Monday when Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said Germany would not try to block Wolfowitz's candidacy.
Sat, 23 Apr 2005 13:21:52 GMTLt. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine unveiled a homeowner tax relief plan as one of the cornerstones of his Democratic gubernatorial campaign, calling for a state constitutional amendment to allow local governments to exempt as much as 20 percent of a home's value from real estate taxes.
Sat, 23 Apr 2005 13:21:52 GMTPresident Bush has nominated the controversial deputy secretary of defense, and key architect of the Iraq War, to lead World Bank.
Sat, 23 Apr 2005 13:21:52 GMTThe Environmental Protection Agency will issue a rule to reduce mercury emissions from power plants through a cap-and-trade system that allows some power plants to make deep pollution cuts while others make none.
Sat, 23 Apr 2005 13:21:52 GMTAnother major Wall Street player has dropped out of a business coalition that supports President Bush's restructuring of Social Security.
Sat, 23 Apr 2005 13:21:52 GMTThree months after President Bush launched his drive to create private investment accounts, public support for his program remains weak, according to a new poll.
Sat, 23 Apr 2005 13:21:52 GMTKey members of the House Committee on Financial Services may introduce new federal legislation on so-called predatory lending practices as early as today.
Sat, 23 Apr 2005 13:21:52 GMTArmy's Future Combat System, an ambitious program of land and air vehicles connected by wireless computers, will get fresh scrutiny from Congress starting this week. -The Washington Post
Sat, 23 Apr 2005 13:21:52 GMTThe Federal Trade Commission Friday reached a settlement with CompUSA Inc., requiring it to pay for rebates that a supplier failed to deliver to customers -- an action designed as a warning to retailers that they will be held accountable for rebates they advertise.