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Tuesday Think Progress published an article titled “Shell Admits Real Reason Coast Guard Had To Rescue Its Arctic Drilling Rig: Failed Tax Avoidance Scheme.”
The article’s author Ryan Koronowski writes:
The main reason an offshore oil rig ran aground off the coast of Alaska late last year was because oil company Royal Dutch Shell was trying to depart state waters to avoid paying millions in taxes.
Sean Churchfield, operations manager for Royal Dutch Shell in Alaska, testified to the Coast Guard over the weekend that the Kulluk, an Arctic offshore drilling rig, left Dutch Harbor in December “driven by the economic factors.” When the Coast Guard’s legal advisor Lt. Cmdr. Brian McNamara asked why leaving by the end of the year was such a concern, Churchfield said:
“The end of the year to my understanding was when the tax liability potentially would have become effective.”
Yesterday The Raw Story published an AFP article titled “3 Femen women held in Tunis after baring breasts.”
The article reads:
Three young European women with topless protest group Femen were arrested Wednesday after baring their breasts in front of Tunis central courthouse in support of a Tunisian activist, an AFP journalist reported.
The women, two French and the other German, shouted: “Free Amina,” in reference to the young Tunisian woman imprisoned for protesting against hardline Islamists and awaiting trial for illegally possessing pepper spray.
IN OTHER NEWS
Yesterday Slate published an article titled “Michele Bachmann and the Weird Economics of Conservative Politics.”
The article’s author Matthew Yglesias writes:
Minnesota House member and conservative icon Michele Bachmann announced today that she’s stepping down from her House seat to pursue unknown other ventures.
Initial news coverage seems to be linking this to an Ethics Committee investigation into the possible misuse of PAC funds to support her nominal 2012 presidential bid. But I think the relevant precedent here is South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint resigning in order to run the Heritage Foundation. Or perhaps former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee taking a pass at a 2012 presidential bid in favor of working as a Fox News host. Which is to say that for many prominent conservative elected officials, getting out of politics and into the conservative edutainment industry seems like a more appealing and interesting option than continuing to work on politics. You can particularly see this in the case of Bachmann. She’s an unusually famous House member, but becoming a powerful House member is hard work and often takes a long time. The state of Minnesota as a whole isn’t nearly conservative enough for Bachmann to become governor or senator without moderating somewhat, and back-bench House members can’t really run for president. But if Bachmann gets out, I’m sure she can earn plenty of money writing books or making TV or speaking appearances.
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