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Money: Give Me A (Tax) Break!

Funny how congress keeps ranting about the need to streamline the income-tax code. Yet whenever legislators hunker down in the back rooms with lobbyists, they make things worse. Every interest group expects a special indulgence. Every congressman brags to voters about the clever new tax cuts passed. Last month a tax-reform panel proposed a raft of good ideas for simplifying returns, but don't hold your breath. Cleaning up subclauses in the tax code always takes someone's favorite deduction...

Holiday Countdown

The reason we loved holidays is kids isn't just because we got all those presents. It's because we didn't have to do anything! Children don't have to stay up writing cards while baking 12 dozen cookies for 13 different social events and wrapping gifts between batches. But neither do you. We're not going to tell that our Holiday Countdown is all-inclusive or a surefire way to take the stress out of getting your chores done, but it will help you get a little done every day and still have time to...

Technology: High Speed On The Go

Sorry, but your mobile phone is so yesterday. When it comes to the most coveted wireless gadget, it's no longer the slimness of the handset that matters but the speed of the network. With Verizon and Sprint rolling out new "evolution-data only" (EV-DO) broadband service, TIP SHEET tested each one. Verizon's network (it adds about $15 to your monthly bill), which we tried on a Motorola E815 phone, makes watching clips from NBC News on the carrier's V Cast service a satisfying experience, though...

Love Me, Love My Hogs

John Price is six feet tall and ruggedly handsome. With a quick wit and successful career, the 35-year-old bachelor would be a prize on the urban dating circuit. But when it comes to romance, he's missing in action. On his job--tending hogs and hauling manure on the family farm in Ohio--he just doesn't get a chance to meet women. And he's not a drinker, so the bar scene is out. The nights can get lonely for Price, a former college basketball player and an avid cyclist who is divorced and hasn't...

The Gospel According to Anne

Sometimes Anne Rice won't leave her bedroom for days on end--and neither would you. Glass doors open onto a terrace that looks over the red-tiled roofs of La Jolla, Calif., to the Pacific Ocean. A live-in staffer brings meals to the table at the foot of her ornately carved wooden bed, which faces an ornately carved stone fireplace. She exercises in a huge bike-in closet. She's got two computers and enough books to last her a year. Splendid isolation? Splendid, sure. But she's often got family...

Harriet's Hail Mary

For 25 years, Tom Rath has been the Bush family's New Hampshire go-to guy: an affable lawyer, member of the Republican National Committee--and prize catch for any would-be contender in the GOP's next presidential race. It was no surprise, then, that when George W. Bush's political team wanted to send ambitious Republican senators a firm message about Harriet Miers (crude summary: "Lay off her if you ever want our help"), they chose Rath to deliver it. On his own, or through an allied group...

A Movie Classic For a New Age

Given his fondness for movies, it's not surprising that Reed Hastings thinks about the future of home entertainment in terms that sound like they're drawn straight from "Star Wars." The story line, according to the founder of the DVDs-by-mail pioneer Netflix, goes something like this: as DVDs slowly give way to online movies, consumers will face a stark choice. Will they side with the "Forces of Control" or the "Forces of Freedom"? The Forces of Control are the cable and satellite companies,...

Just The Ticket

Given his fondness for movies, it's not surprising that Reed Hastings thinks about the future of home entertainment in terms that sound like they're drawn straight from "Star Wars." The story line, according to the founder of the DVDs-by-mail pioneer Netflix, goes something like this: as DVDs slowly give way to online movies, consumers will face a stark choice. Will they side with the "Forces of Control" or the "Forces of Freedom"? The Forces of Control are the cable and satellite companies,...

GETTING MORE BRRING! FOR YOUR BUCK

Sure, e-mailing drunken photos from your cell phone can be fun. But not when you're blowing your semester's budget on the bill. To save, follow these tips:^ Go for a deal that lets you rack up daytime minutes, since you're not likely to limit your calls to nights and weekends. Sprint's Fair and Flexible Plan (from 300 minutes for $35; sprint.com) adds extra daytime minutes at a lower rate for those who go over their allowance, while T-Mobile's Get More Plus (1,000 minutes for $45.99;...

MAIL CALL: PROTECTING YOUR PRIVACY IN A DIGITAL W

For some readers, our July 4 cover story on identity theft hit all too close to home. One who said the article "brought back bitter memories of my brush with this crime" added that his "worst experience was the callous attitude shown by the local police and my bank, which allowed my checking account to be drained of all my money." For such reasons, many readers suggested new legislation mandating stiff penalties for banks and credit-card companies. "If companies are not held financially liable...

QUICK READ

Why Business People Speak Like Idiots: A Bullfighter's Guide by Brian Fugere, Chelsea Hardaway and Jon WarshawskyAnyone who's read a corporate report knows how boring business jargon can be. Whether it's just sloppy or really intentional ("restructuring" instead of "layoffs"), the authors say "bull has become the language of business." In this 192-page guide, they offer tips on navigating around common miscommunication traps (obscurity, anonymity, the hard sell) that befall business people....

BOUND, TORTURED, KILLED--AND CAPTURED?

He called himself BTK--short for "bind, torture and kill." It was a gruesomely accurate description of the serial killer's method of murder. For more than three decades, he remained at large in and around Wichita, Kans., where investigators say he took the lives of at least eight people, and possibly two more. He toyed with police, mailing reporters artifacts of his crimes: a copy of the victim's driver's license, a photo of the dead. Other times he sent letters in which he claimed...

MONEY: THE TOUGH NEW JOB HUNT

Robert Reid is looking forward to spending his upcoming 50th birthday at work. After 19 months of unemployment and more than 1,000 applications, he landed the job he wanted, as a technician for a Silicon Valley firm. "My biggest birthday present is going to be sitting at my desk," he says. And after all the angst, he ended up getting two offers within days.Things are looking up for job seekers in 2005. Last week the Labor Department reported 157,000 new jobs in December; that figure...

Living Politics: The 'Media Party' Is Over

Now the AMMP is reeling, and not just from the humiliation of CBS News. We have a president who feels it's almost a point of honor not to hold more press conferences--he's held far fewer than any modern predecessor--and doesn't seem to agree that the media has any "right" to know what's really going in inside his administration. The AMMP, meanwhile, is regarded with ever growing suspicion by American voters, viewers and readers, who increasingly turn for information and analysis only to...

'I'M GOING TO LEARN'

It was a little after 7 p.m. on election night 2004. The network exit polls showed John Kerry leading George Bush in both Florida and Ohio by three points. Kerry's aides were confident that the Democratic candidate would carry these key swings states; Bush had not broken 48 percent in Kerry's recent tracking polls. The aides were a little hesitant to interrupt Kerry as he was fielding satellite TV interviews in a last get-out-the-vote push. Still, the 7 o'clock exit polls were considered to be...

Extreme Measures

One boy's struggle to lose weight and the new surgical procedure he hopes can save his life

MAIL CALL: YASIR ARAFAT'S LONG AND COMPLICATED LE

Readers wrote of renewed hope for Mideast peace with the passing of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, profiled in our Nov. 22 cover story. One lamented his methods. "How could Arafat's policies of teaching hate in schools and preaching a culture of death to the youth possibly establish the future for a real state?" Another speculated on his people's reactions. "They are crying because he took $3 billion of their money to the grave or left it to his wife. I suspect many are crying for joy, for...

FACE TO FACE

The BC04 high command, Karl Rove and Karen Hughes and their top aides, watched the first debate on TV monitors set up inside a racquetball court at the University of Miami's Wellness Center. They failed to see that their candidate was losing. Mostly, they were waiting, and hoping, for Kerry to say something that could be used against him. When, late in the debate, the Democratic candidate accommodated by rambling on about a "global test" that America must pass before intervening abroad, Rove...

TALKING THE TALK

The BC04 high command, Karl Rove and Karen Hughes and their top aides, watched the first debate on TV monitors set up inside a racquetball court at the University of Miami's Wellness Center. They failed to see that their candidate was losing. Mostly, they were waiting, and hoping, for Kerry to say something that could be used against him. When, late in the debate, the Democratic candidate accommodated by rambling on about a "global test" that America must pass before intervening abroad, Rove...

Exorcising the Demons

For a sign of how fired up Florida's voters are on Election Day, consider Eddie Denson. He arrived at First Methodist Church of South Miami at 5 a.m.--two hours before the polls opened--as a half-moon gleamed in the velvet night. "I didn't want to be caught in line," said Denson, 42, a law-enforcement officer. "I have to get to work shortly."He was soon joined by other early-risers equipped with lawn chairs and books to pass the time. The mood was jovial. Queuemates struck up conversation about...

SWIMMING UPSTREAM

For shopaholics, the village of Freeport, Maine, spells danger. The main street is lined with merchants offering all manner of temptations, from $285 Allen Edmonds shoes at one end to the $2,500 Thos. Moser rocking chairs at the other. But the primary attraction lies smack in the middle: the 160,000-square-foot L.L. Bean store, a retailing Disneyland luring 3 million visitors annually. Inside are acres of backpacks, cross-country skis, fleece vests, chamois shirts and hand-sewn moccasins, along...

A CLEAN COUNT?

It's just about impossible to stop Claude Hawkins from voting. The 24-year-old supply store clerk from Kansas City, Mo., was so enthusiastic about this year's election that he registered to vote three times, just to make sure his application wasn't lost. But when he showed up to vote in the state's Democratic primary last August, the poll worker told him he wasn't on the list. She offered to check with the board of elections. Instead, he decided to leave and go to the local union hall, where...

Perspectives

"This will be Arkansas if you don't vote." Text from a Republican National Committee mailing sent to Arkansas and West Virginia residents stating "liberals" would seek to ban the Bible if elected"I've never seen anything like it. It was a scene from hell." Argentine Army Capt. Hernan Nantillo, on witnessing Gonaives, Haiti, being flooded by Tropical Storm Jeanne. As many as 2,000 Haitians are feared to have died, and some 30,000 are homeless."The whole thing is totally ridiculous. Everybody...

RED STATE, BLUE STATE: IT'S ALL IN THE FAMILY

No president since Abraham Lincoln has had to put up with so much personal abuse as has George Bush.""The only thing Bush has in common with Lincoln is his party.""You and others who believe as you do are so far out, there is no logic of any type that can prevail.""I can only conclude that you live behind a huge wall of denial. WHY DO YOU DEFEND GEORGE BUSH? WHAT HAS HE DONE RIGHT?""Gotta go. I'm taking your mother out for dinner tonight."When I find myself typing angry sentences all in caps, I...

McGreevey: Affair to Regret

HE WANTED TO CLEAN UP POLITICS IN THE JERSEY CAPITAL. IT DIDN'T WORK OUT THAT WAY. A SERIES OF SCANDALS, AND A GAY SECRET LIFE, CUT JAMES MCGREEVEY'S CAREER SHORT

FALL FROM GRACE

New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey had stayed a step ahead of the rumors for years. In down-and-dirty New Jersey politics, Republican opponents had tried to hint at his double life, sometimes none too subtly. One Republican opponent in a local election sent out a mass mailing with photographs of McGreevey's car getting late-night parking tickets in a particularly seedy area near New York City's Times Square.McGreevey was nervous about exposure. When his opponent in the 2001 governor's race, Bret...

Boston Blog

Saturday, July 31 | 4:45 p.m. ETPat Wingert: Before Kerry's speech Thursday night, a select group of Democratic Party bigwigs were corralled into a holding room in the Fleet Center to watch the nominee's speech--and await their cue to head to the stage for the party's big show of unity amidst a shower of balloons and confetti. The group included all the usual suspects: Democratic senators, governors, key congressmen, mayors, rising stars like Barack Obama as well as the wannabe nominees like Al...

CHENEY FAMILY VALUES

Around Bush-Cheney headquarters, they are known, respectfully but also with a certain amount of eye-rolling, as The Family. Vice President Dick Cheney's wife, Lynne, and daughters Liz and Mary can be intense, insular and prickly as they protect their man, his reputation and his place on the GOP ticket. For White House and campaign staffers, the Cheney family can be dangerous to cross and easy to disappoint. Since taking office, Cheney is on his fourth press secretary, and all of them have...

They Might Be Onto Something

The quickest way to get familiar with They Might Be Giants is to dial 718-387-6962. More often than not, the caller will get a busy signal. But patience and perseverance are rewarded with a new free song every day, as it has been since the early 1980s. Of course, the quirky pop duo puts out CDs too--their eighth studio album, "The Spine," was released this week and is a return to rock after a couple of well-received children's projects. But it's their novel embrace of technology as much as...

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