A coalition of “progressive” lawmakers led by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill., pictured) introduced a proposal to create new tax brackets for millionaires and billionaires that would see almost half of their income absorbed by the federal government, supposedly in an effort to reduce the deficit.

Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill admitted Monday that she had failed to pay about $287,000 in back taxes and will sell a private plane that has created considerable controversy as she prepares to run for a second term in 2012.

Ron PaulRep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) is regarded as one of the most principled noninterventionists in Congress, as he has consistently supported the Founding Fathers’ opposition to entangling alliances, meddling in the affairs of other nations, and swaying internal politics in foreign governments.

Rick Scott, the new governor of Florida, is wasting little time in looking for constitutional and market-oriented ways of reducing the cost of health care. Scott was an executive over corporate hospitals before his current job as the state chief executive of Florida. He has real life experience in healthcare. Governor Scott has ordered a study to be completed before the end of the year analyzing the wisdom of turning public hospitals into private hospitals. 

Yet another instance of anti-Catholic violence reared its ugly head last weekend, as a statue of the Virgin Mary was found desecrated on the grounds of Immaculate Conception Church, in Towson, Maryland (a suburb of Baltimore.)