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The Leona Helmsley Administration

"taxes are for the little people"

Former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk, who is President Obama’s nominee to be the U.S. Trade Representative, failed to pay almost $10,000 in taxes during the past three years 

Washington Post

Treasury secretary nominee Tim Geithner admits he failed to pay $34,000 in taxes

MSNBC

[HHS Nominee Tom Daschle] offered up a timeline to explain how he had overlooked taxes on more than $300,000 worth of income he gained through consulting work, including the use of a car and driver.

ABC News

President Obama’s nominee to be chief performance officer, Nancy Killefer, will withdraw her nomination following the revelation that she had a $946.69 lien on her property in 2005 for failure to pay taxes.

ABC News

In other developments

Investors’ despair about financial companies and the recession has brought the Dow Jones industrial average to another unwanted milestone: its first drop below 7,000 in more than 11 years. The market’s slide Monday, which took the Dow down 300 points, was nowhere near the largest it has seen since last fall, but the tumble below 7,000 was nonetheless painful.

But never fear (susum corda, Doug Kmiec might say), for we have HOPE

At the dinner in the State Dining Room, the Obamas looked comfortable, chatting and smiling with their guests. Afterward, they escorted the governors down the hall to the East Room, which had been arranged with few tables and chairs to encourage dancing to “September,” “Boogie Wonderland” and other hits from a musical group Obama listened to growing up.

The conga line formed after the media were escorted out and, apparently, after Obama had called it a night.

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