#My2K Is Now Government’s $2K

Fiscal cliff deal hikes taxes on 77 percent of households
AP

Taxes on virtually all workers are going up after the late fiscal cliff deal between the White House and Senate failed to extend the payroll tax holiday, resulting in a hike of the Social Security payroll tax from 4.2 percent to 6.2 percent.

Inhofe Says No Jets for Morsi

Sen. Jim Inhofe / AP

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R., Okla.) sent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a letter on Monday asking for the delivery of 20 F-16 fighter jets to Egypt to be delayed due to unrest in the country.

Mining For Votes

Republican challenger Tom Smith slaps Democratic incumbent Bob Casey over coal plant closure
Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. / AP

Regulations on the coal industry are driving massive layoffs and the shuttering of coal plants in Pennsylvania, injecting environmental issues into that state’s hotly contested Senate race between incumbent Democrat Bob Casey Jr. and Republican challenger and coal mining executive Tom Smith.

Martin and the Monkey

NM protest focuses on Senate candidate Martin Heinrich’s big-spending ways
Monkey at Albuquerque Protest Screenshot

Supporters of New Mexico’s Republican U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson marched on her opponent Rep. Martin Heinrich’s campaign headquarters in Albuquerque on Thursday armed with complaints about Heinrich’s big-government fiscal record—and with a monkey.

Scott Brown to the Rescue

Massachusetts Senator to Selectmen: Don’t revoke license of taxi driver who went after GOP tracker
Scott Brown / AP

Republican U.S. Senator Scott Brown wrote a letter to the Board of Selectmen of Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, Thursday urging them not to revoke the taxi license of Morgan Reitzas, the Martha’s Vineyard cabbie who was involved in an altercation with a Republican campaign tracker last weekend.