Feel The News, April 6, 2012

Federal taxes on middle-income Americans are near historic lows, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy organization).

The United States remains a low-tax country by international standards as well, collecting less in combined federal and state taxes than nearly any other developed country.

The formal end of America’s military presence in Iraq came last December.  Marc Lynch assesses the current situation:

The real story of America’s withdrawal from Iraq is how little impact it has really had on either Iraq or the region. . . This month’s death toll was the lowest on record since the 2003 invasion, while Iraqi oil exports are at their highest level since 1980.

In a survey of swing states by USA TODAY/Gallup, Obama leads Republican front-runner Mitt Romney 51%-42% among registered voters.

The biggest change came among women under 50. Romney’s support among them has dropped by 14 points, to 30%. The president leads him 2-1 in this group.

A study of over 120 adult dolphins in the area of Shark Bay, Western Australia found that male bottlenose dolphins engage in extensive bisexuality, combined with periods of exclusive homosexuality.

Male pairs, or even trios, cooperate to sequester and herd individual females during the mating season. Most males are also members of second order alliances consisting of 4 to 14 males. Such relationships appear to be long lasting, with one known 7-member group still intact after 17 years.

However, researcher and professor Richard Connor said:

“I work on the male dolphins and their social lives are very intense; it seems there is constant drama. I have often thought, as I watched their complicated alliance relationships, that their social lives would be mentally and physically exhausting, and I’m glad I’m not a dolphin.”


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