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February 7, 2013
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National Pulse 
  • Defense hawks could find spending cuts hard to swallow
    Pentagon officials say that further delaying the "sequestration" spending cuts, as President Barack Obama has proposed, would do little to avert the cuts' long-term impact on U.S. military readiness. Republicans on the House and Senate Armed Service committees are launching a new push to pay down the spending cuts through other means, in a move that some analysts believe could make it harder for the GOP to maintain its unified opposition to tax increases. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (2/7) , Talking Points Memo (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

Agenda Items 
 
  • Karl Rove picks a fight with the tea party
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    Karl Rove has created a new group, the Conservative Victory Project, that will screen potential GOP candidates and coordinate fundraising in a bid to ensure the party doesn't continue to blow winnable elections. The move sparked outrage from tea party groups, who have successfully staged primary challenges to Republican establishment favorites in recent elections. Some predicted that the gambit would inflame the GOP's conservative base, making it easier for right-wing insurgents to win primaries. ABC News (2/7) , The Washington Times (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

Data Points 
  • Study: Oil tax could keep U.S. economy on track
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    Reuters
    Taxing the consumption of oil more heavily might let policymakers mitigate the economic impact of spending cuts and higher income taxation, according to a new analysis from the Council on Foreign Relations. "Raising taxes on something that's under-taxed, like oil, rather than something that's already heavily taxed, like income, can yield good results," says CFR analyst Michael Levi. The Washington Post/Wonkblog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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SmartQuote 
It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive."
--Earl Warren, chief justice of the U.S.
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