Links for July 12th

  • GitHub: nysenatecio/OpenLegislation
    The New York Senate's online legislative repository is available on Github. Very impressive.
  • Reuters: It pays to be Murdoch. Just ask US gov’t.
    Over the past four years, not only has News Corp. not paid income taxes, they've actually gamed the system to collect $4.8B in tax refunds. Murdoch has 152 subsidiaries spread among tax havens throughout the world, and uses them to make *us* pay *him*, via our government.
  • The Daily Beast: Debt Crisis Deepens as Eric Cantor, GOP Propose New Cuts
    Eric Cantor proposed to the president that college students start making payments on student loans immediately, rather than waiting until graduation. Apparently Cantor doesn't know any actual college students. To his credit, the president responded, "I’m not going to take money from old people and screw students."

2 thoughts on “Links for July 12th”

  1. The github legislation is very cool, but I had imagined that they were posting the bills and senators where using github to comment and collaborate on the edits openly. That is my dream plan for transparent legislative action.

  2. NPR ran a long, detailed correction this morning about the News Corp tax story. I haven’t even had a chance to read it yet, but suffice it to say, the story is wrong. Something about News Corp inverting their use of positive and negative numbers in their financial statements a few years ago, and News Corp being shown the story days ago and not objecting to it. To NPR’s credit, they said they wanted to give as much attention to the correction as they did to the story in the first place.

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