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Someone anonymously claims to have stolen Romney’s tax returns, sends data to Republican and Democratic leaders, and threatens to release the information publicly unless Romney pays $1 million. The U.S. Secret Service is looking into claims that this unknown person has hacked PriceWaterhouseCooper (PWC) to obtained the tax returns of the presidential nominee and the  [ Read More ]

Note: This was co-authored by Sens. John D. Rockefeller IV, (D-W.Va.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). In February, these four senators jointly sponsored the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, a bill that has been in the works for more than three years. Every day, rival nations, criminal syndicates and maybe even  [ Read More ]

This is a pretty telling description of why PIPA/SOPA was going so smoothly through Congress. West-coast tech companies don’t really pay much attention to east-coast politics … unless it starts meddling in their business. I could understand their initial reaction — when I read these bills, I thought they’d be dead in the water because  [ Read More ]

Jon Stewart on SOPA

Posted by Mario Stylianou Categories: News, Politics, Technology

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Why ask a bunch of “nerds” what the right thing to do is?

Red State Socialism

Posted by Mario Stylianou Categories: Politics

A social scientist’s dream is to be able to do experiments with policy. One of my personal favorite ideas has been to cut all entitlements for 12 months. Especially if done by a Democratic President during his second year in office, I imagine that there might be a dramatic change in electorate¬†opinion. Republicans can tout  [ Read More ]

SOPA Strike

Posted by Mario Stylianou Categories: Cybersecurity, News, Politics, Technology

Winners & Losers of Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 Plan

Posted by Mario Stylianou Categories: Politics

Do you like Herman Cain’s tax plan? Maybe you should figure out what income bracket you’re in first. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities made a chart showing how Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan would affect taxpayers. There are essentially two important takeaways: Taxes for the bottom 80% of people would increase Taxes for the  [ Read More ]

Downfall of the Two Party System

Posted by Mario Stylianou Categories: Politics

As mentioned in an earlier post, the ranks of evangelicals are growing in the Republican party. To accommodate this, the GOP’s platform has swung dramatically toward being more socially conservative at the cost of alienating its moderate members. A party so polarized cannot stay that way forever. It risks breaking at the seams. Literally. The  [ Read More ]

Republican and “Republican”

Posted by Mario Stylianou Categories: Politics

One of the legacies of the George W. Bush administration is an escalation in partisanship in politics. Jokes about Congress used to be based on the premise that everyone compromises or nothing gets done — and the compromise leaves everyone wanting more. Now, it seems that one side, liberals or conservatives, gets what they want  [ Read More ]

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