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Tax Prosecutions Surge Under Obama; President Launches Climate Change ‘Hubs’; $6.6 Trillion And Counting; Fluke’s Short-Lived Congress Bid A Fluke; The Army’s Massive Fraud Case — Wednesday Morning News Roundup 2-5-2014

February 5, 2014 by  

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

 

  • The U.S. government has been bringing more criminal tax prosecutions against Americans under President Barack Obama than under President George W. Bush, with a surge in tax refund fraud partly to blame, a non-partisan watchdog said on Tuesday. Source: Reuters… 

 

  • The Obama Administration will announce the establishment of regional hubs focused on mitigating climate change today. The hubs are the first-ever regional centers that will focus solely on risk adaptation and climate change solutions at seven locations across the country. Source: The Hill… 

 

  • The debt of the U.S. government has increased $6.666 trillion since President Barack Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, according to the latest numbers released by the Treasury Department. Source: CNS News… 

 

  • A day after reports surfaced that she had filed papers to run for Congress, contraception activist Sandra Fluke announced she will not be running for California Democratic Representative Henry Waxman’s soon-to-be vacated seat. Instead, the Democratic attorney who made a name for herself advocating for Federal contraception coverage will be running for California State Senate. Source: The Daily Caller…

 

  • Criminal investigators suspect hundreds of U.S. Army soldiers exploited a recruitment program to receive illegal kickbacks worth more than $29 million, lawmakers and officials said. The scale of the potential fraud was “astounding” and ranks as one of the largest criminal probes in the Army’s history, said Senator Claire McCaskill, who held a hearing on the scandal. Source: Agence France-Presse… 

 

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