An icy rain is pelting about 30 protesters who’ve converged at the gate of a natural gas drilling site near Manchester, England. On the other side of a fence topped with razor wire, a 10-story-high rig is boring into shale to determine if it’s suitable for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The demonstrators unfurl a banner: “Fracking will poison our children.”
Bertrand Badre, managing director and chief financial officer of the World Bank, and Representative Carolyn Maloney, New York Democrat, dined last night at the French-American Cultural Foundation’s 15th anniversary gala.
Israeli officials’ jibes at U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have intensified as he works on a blueprint for a final Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, forcing him to defend a mission already burdened by wide gaps.
A rewrite of the nation’s tax laws should be considered separately from the budget debate dominating Capitol Hill, the leaders of the last major tax code overhaul told the chief tax-writers in U.S. Congress.
A citizen’s privacy board will consider whether opponents of U.S. spying programs should be represented before a secret court overseeing government surveillance -- as recommended by a former judge on that court.
Republican Representative Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and the party’s top congressional tax-writer, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that the U.S. tax systems for individuals and corporations should be revamped together.