Senator Scott Brown has a firm command over contributions from financial services firms and other big businesses in Massachusetts, while his challenger, Elizabeth Warren, has drawn support primarily from the political group Emily’s List, as well as universities and law firms.
The basic ingredients of Mitt Romney’s plan to slash tax rates are steeped in doctrine that has inspired Republican conservatives for decades. The basic idea: Dramatically cut tax rates, especially on the wealthy and corporations, and America’s entrepreneurial fortunes will soar. The economy, unleashed from the drag of excess taxes, will grow. Government deficits will shrink. The trouble with this so-called “supply-side’’ approach to tax policy is that it remains unproven, a weaknesses President Obama has successfully exploited.
Felix Baumgartner, the professional daredevil, became the first sky diver Sunday to break the speed of sound. Brian Utley of the FAI, the international federation that certifies aerospace records, told reporters at a news conference that according to a preliminary analysis, Baumgartner reached a maximum speed of 833.9 mph during his jump from more than 24 miles over the New Mexico desert. That is a speed of Mach 1.24.
Although the “Death with Dignity” ballot question has so far generated little fanfare, Massachusetts voters in November will confront a decision with far-reaching ethical, medical, and personal repercussions: Should physicians be allowed to prescribe drugs to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives? Local and national organizations have taken sides on Question 2. Since 1997, the option has been available in Oregon. Washington voters passed a similar initiative in 2008.
Opposition populists and leftists in crisis-worn Lithuania hinted they were prepared to form a government coalition after an exit poll Sunday indicated their parties would take first and second place in the country’s parliamentary elections.