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Here’s Where Your Tax Dollars Go

JIM WATSON

It’s the $2.8 trillion-dollar question on Tax Day: Where—exactly—does my money go?

—By CNBC’s John Schoen. It’s the $2.8 trillion-dollar question many people ponder when they write that check payable to the U.S. Treasury. Where does all that money come from? And where—exactly—does my money go?If you have trouble balancing your checkbook, imagine trying to keep track of where $2.8 trillion goes every year. Even with armies of government accountants and auditors, it’s hard to know with certainty exactly where each dollar of your income taxes ends up.

Fraternity

Boston, NYC Bonded by Tragedy

Michael Dwyer

A relationship that started on 9/11 was strengthened by the Boston Marathon bombings and endures through smaller but no less painful moments.

For all the raucous rivalry between Red Sox and Yankee fans, there is a bond between Boston and New York that is as strong as both cities proved to be when terrorism struck.A soul-stirring reminder of that came on March 26, as members of the FDNY Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band were preparing to return from playing at a Burn Association gathering in Boston.As they departed the hotel, the New York firefighters paid a noontime visit to a firehouse around the corner, the quarters of BFD’s Engine 33/ Ladder 15.

NO ANSWERS

Who Radicalized Boston Bombers?

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It seems the FBI have made little progress on why the Tsarnaev brothers bombed the Boston marathon. The mystery deepens: who radicalized Tamerlan Tsarnaev?

One year ago today, two backpack bombs were detonated at the Boston Marathon, killing three people. More than 260 others were wounded or maimed. In the months since, many man-hours have been spent investigating the accused perpetrators of the bombings, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. However, a key question remains unanswered: did the brothers have any substantive ties to terrorists abroad?  The extent of the confusion surrounding this basic question is troubling.

Interactive Map

Who Pays the Most Income Taxes?

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It’s April 15 and your taxes are done—or at least they should be. Check out an interactive Brookings Institution map for more about tax rates at the county level across the nation.

How much does the average tax filer in your county pay in income taxes, and how does your county stack up to the rest of the nation? An interactive map from the Brookings Institution allows users to explore income tax rates at the county level nationwide. Click a county to zoom in, and click it again to zoom out. Darker colors indicate higher values; gray shading indicates unavailable data.For more, read “The U.S. income tax burden, county by county,” by Ben Harris.

Hated by Haters

White Supremacists Reject Miller

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Don Black, founder of the online hate forum Stormfront.org, says white nationalists have long shunned the alleged killer—and it’s people like him who give the movement a bad name.

Of all the people and organizations decrying the shootings Sunday that killed three people at two Jewish centers outside Kansas City, perhaps the most unlikely is Stormfront.org, one of the oldest and largest white nationalist forums on the internet.“We have enough of a problem with how we are portrayed without some homicidal whack job coming along and reinforcing that,” Stormfront founder Don Black told The Daily Beast.Black has known the alleged shooter, Frazier Glenn Miller, since the early 1980s, when they were both prominent leaders in the white nationalist movement.

Turncoat

Killer Klansman Was Federal Snitch

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White supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller, arrested in three killings Sunday, turned white opportunist when facing decades in prison, testifying against his fellow haters in two trials.

A quarter-century before he was charged with Sunday’s three hate murders outside Kansas City, Frazier Glenn Miller figured prominently in a triple hate homicide in North Carolina.People intimately familiar with the earlier case say Miller, founder of a Ku Klux Klan chapter and a white political party, should have been a prime suspect in those killings, as well.Instead Miller became a star witness in both that murder trial and in a sedition case against 13 fellow white supremacists.

Really?!

You Pay Higher Taxes Than Boeing

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Feeling the sting of Tax Day today? Prepare to feel even worse—with a look at the 26 U.S. corporations who pay no federal corporate income tax at all.

You may be among the 95 percent of Americans who believe it’s their civic duty to pay their fair share of taxes, but sending a portion of your salary to the IRS still smarts. Even for the more than 100 million who will receive refunds, no day is more agonizing than April 15.If only we could all be corporations. Although they all start with a flat 35 percent federal tax rate, most employ a team of clever accountants to whittle down their liability—sometimes to nothing at all.

TARGET

Frazier Glenn Miller Would Kill Me

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Growing up in the Jewish community that was attacked Sunday means I can’t pretend the alleged murderer was just some hick. This was terrorism.

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas — I was in the car, leaving a movie theater after seeing Captain America: The Winter Soldier, when a friend called to tell me that shots had been fired at the Jewish Community Center. I knew this was different from other mass shootings. I knew this was not a “random act” of violence but a targeted killing—and that my own seemingly safe community was the target. We hung up. I called my mom. She lives in Overland Park, barely a mile from where the shooting took place.

SNOWDEN

Guardian and WaPo Share Pulitzer

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For their work exposing the revelations of former CIA contractor Edward Snowden, the Guardian US and Washington Post share journalism’s top honor.

Two newspapers that uncovered the vast scope and sweep of the nation’s surveillance apparatus were awarded journalism’s highest honor today when they were named winners of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in public service journalism.The Guardian US and The Washington Post both received the award for the revelations provided by former CIA contractor Edward Snowden; those revelations, especially around the workings of the National Security Agency (NSA), sparked global outrage for much of the past year as it became apparent that the national security state was far more invasive than even many lawmakers in the U.

Ignore Antisemitism: Get Violence

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Sunday’s shooting reminds us that violence, genocide, and even the Holocaust, begins with words. We must respond powerfully to shouts of “Heil Hitler” in Kansas.

“Heil Hitler” was screamed by 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross, aka Frazier Glenn Miller, the former “grand dragon” of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, when he was being arrested on Sunday after targeting Jews with a shotgun, killing three innocent people at a Jewish community center and an assisted living facility for the elderly, in Overland Park, Kansas. Late Sunday, as his identity and the details of his heinous crime emerged, Miller might have been chagrined to learn that of the three people he shot dead, only one was Jewish, the elderly woman he killed at the Shalom Village, an assisted living facility.

Who Is Frazier Glenn Miller?

Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon dissects the story of Miller, a 'nightmare image' of 'hate groups nestled in the heartland' who went on a Kansas killing spree on Sunday.

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