Obama Calls on Sen. Paul to Drop Objections to Tax Treaties


President Barack Obama on Friday called on Sen. Rand Paul to drop his “quirky” objections to pending international tax treaties so they can move forward in Congress.

Obama said the treaties will help U.S. authorities investigate and crack down on offshore tax evasion.

Paul has argued that they would infringe on Americans’ constitutional right to privacy because their tax data and personal financial information would be shared with other countries. Treaties cannot go into force unless ratified by the Senate, and the objection of any one senator halts action on legislative business pending in that house of Congress, as Paul has done in this case.

“I’m calling on the Senate, in particular Sen. Rand Paul, who’s been a little quirky on this issue, to stop blocking the implementation of tax treaties that have been pending for years,” Obama said at the White House, while promoting new financial rules to force companies to disclose more information about their owners.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/obama-calls-sen-paul-drop-objections-tax-treaties-38934013

Oliver Sacks Dies at 82; Neurologist and Author Explored the Brain’s Quirks


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Dr. Sacks explored some of the brain’s strangest pathways in best-selling case histories like “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” achieving a level of renown rare among scientists.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/31/science/oliver-sacks-dies-at-82-neurologist-and-author-explored-the-brains-quirks.html

Vatican embroiled in Italy’s banned books fray after lesbian author of kids’ books writes pope


The Vatican has gotten embroiled in a modern-day, secular version of the Index of Banned Books.

The Holy See press office had to set the record straight on Friday after the Italian media interpreted a formulaic blessing by Pope Francis of a lesbian children’s book publisher and her partner as an endorsement of their lifestyle.

Author Francesca Pardi had written to Francis in June complaining about how her books — some of which deal with children growing up with gay, single and divorced parents — had been maligned by Catholic groups and politicians.

 A half-dozen of her titles, for example, were among the 49 titles that Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro recently banned from public preschools pending a review of their appropriateness because they deal with gender issues.

Thinking that Francis might appreciate the books’ inclusive message, Pardi sent him copies of her 30 titles, explaining that they had nothing to do with “gender theory” or even sex but merely conveyed a message of tolerance.

http://www.usnews.com/news/entertainment/articles/2015/08/28/vatican-gets-embroiled-in-italys-banned-books-fray

POPE PRAISES LESBIAN AUTHOR FOR SPREADING “CHRISTIAN VALUES”


082815popefrancis I’m concerned the Pope is going to alienate many, many people with this encyclical because of his personal political viewpoints: people who would be faithful Catholics but disagree with his personal politics, but don’t understand the Pope is not infallible on science or politics,” a Catholic with the screen name zz912 wrote on Catholic.com.

http://www.infowars.com/pope-praises-lesbian-author-for-spreading-christian-values/