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Estate-Tax Changes Did Not Make Big Difference to Charities
Gradual increases in the level of the federal estate-tax exemption in several recent years apparently did not cause wealthy people to change the shares of their estates that they left to charity, according to a new report from the Internal Revenue Service.
Washington Post Lets Lobbyists Write Its Stories
The Washington Post’s publication of a “news” article written by an organization created to advance an ideological agenda is a troubling reminder of the declining ethical standards at one of the nation’s most influential newspapers.
Annals of Schadenfreude: How the Super-Rich Are Coping With the Crisis
The super-rich lost a great deal in 2009, with hundreds of unfortunates losing their billionaire status. A Swiss private banker talks about the ugly consequences of the crisis for his elite clientele and the discreet services he is sometimes asked to perform, such as buying secret apartments for clients’ mistresses.
McCain Gets It, Obama Doesn’t
Maybe I got it wrong. During the presidential campaign I wrote columns blasting Sen. John McCain for siding with the big bankers on deregulation, citing his choosing ex-Sen. Phil Gramm, currently a vice chairman of the Swiss-owned banking giant UBS, as his presidential campaign chair.