Today in History, March 9



U.N.: Peacekeeper release agreed, but delayed

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A U.N. agency has dispatched a team to collect 21 U.N. peacekeepers from Syrian rebels who detained them earlier this week, but the effort has been called off due to darkness, a U.N. spokeswoman says.

The team will try again Saturday, said U.N. Josephine Guerrero, spokeswoman for the U.N.’s peacekeeping agency.

The peacekeepers, identified by the Philippine government as Filipino, were detained in a Syrian village near the Golan Heights on Wednesday. Syrian opposition coalition President Moaz al-Khatib said Thursday that the rebels took the peacekeepers for the peacekeepers’ own safety due to fighting there.

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Late-Night Laughs: The 5 Best Comedy Clips of the Week

President Clinton’s marriage act reversal

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Brooke Baldwin talks to panel guests about President Bill Clinton’s reversal on the Defense of Marriage Act.

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The Joke of the Day

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Three old pilots are walking on the ramp. First one says, “Windy, isn’t it?”

Second says, “No, its Thursday!”

Third one says, “So am I. Lest go get a beer.”

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Rodman Summit

GOP Austerity Swamp

Robin Hood Tax to Reduce Wall Street Greed

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is calling for a Robin Hood tax. (photo: Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Newscom)
Sen. Bernie Sanders is calling for a Robin Hood tax. (photo: Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Newscom)

Robin Hood Tax to Reduce Wall Street Greed

By Bernie Sanders, Reader Supported News

02 March 13


 tax on Wall Street speculators responsible for the worst recession since the 1930s was proposed today in Congress. Sen. Bernie Sanders cosponsored a bill that Sen. Tom Harkin introduced in the Senate. A companion measure by Rep. Peter DeFazio was filed in the House. “Both the economic crisis and the deficit crisis are a direct result of the greed, recklessness, and illegal behavior on Wall Street,” said Sanders. “This bill will reduce gambling on Wall Street, encourage the financial sector to invest in the job-creating productive economy, and significantly reduce the deficit. At a time when we have a record-breaking national debt, the very least we can do is demand that Wall Street pay its fair share in…

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Robin Hood Tax! Yes!

Valiant Lowitz: Robin Hood: Taxing Men in Suits

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A heroic outlaw prowls the forest with his band of Merry Men, looking for caravans of nobility to loot and plunder for the poor.

While a few individuals controlled the majority of wealth, the poorest people in society slaved away in the harshest of conditions. Someone needed to stand up for the common good and ensure that everyone had a right to live in comfort, free of financial burden. And that person was…Kevin Costner? Wait no, it was Robin Hood.

Whatever you think of Robin Hood, it’s hard to argue his legendary actions were unjustified.

The story harkens back to a simpler time; a time before Collateralized Debt Obligations and whatever other weird financial products bankers dreamed up wrecked the global economy; a time when “socialism” meant a band of thieves roaming around with arrows and swords, taking from the rich and giving to the poor.

But alas…

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