Blog Best of The Week

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | April 18, 2014 | 2:57 PM EDT

A look at the stories that are the ‘Best of The Week.’

Tax Time Numbers

Another deadline for filing your taxes has passed and you may be tired of crunching numbers, but here’s one you should know, 86,429,000.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau that is the number of Americans who in 2012 worked full-time in the private sector.

Meanwhile, there were 108,592,000 people in the fourth quarter of 2011 that lived in a household that included people on one or more government means-tested program.

That 108 million number does not include those on Social Security, receiving veterans’ benefits or unemployment benefits.

The Spending O' The Green

The tax money that comes into the government is used for many purposes, including trips for first lady Michelle Obama.

When President Barack Obama attended the G-8 summit in Ireland last June, first lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters went on the trip but made sightseeing visits in Dublin, attended a production of Riverdance, and toured a national park, activities that cost U.S. taxpayers $251,161.86, according to Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group.

Bring the Whole Family

The Obama daughters aren't the only ones with travel privileges. Vice President Joe Biden told a gathering on Monday that he likes to bring his grandchildren with him when he travels.

Biden said his granddaughters all told him they wanted to go to the World Cup: "It was an honor to be at the last World Cup and watching Spain win," Biden said.

A Moment of Charity

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, reported an adjusted gross income of $407,009 in 2013, from which they contributed 5% to charity, or a total of $20,523, according to their 2013 income tax return, which was released by the White House on Friday.

Among that charity-total -- $20,523 – a sum of $15,300 was royalties earned from Jill Biden’s 2012 children’s book, Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops. Excluding those book royalties, the Bidens’ charitable contributions of $5,223 equaled 1.2% of their income.

NRA Protestors Pontificate

Some people are more charitable with their time than their money, like the group of people giving their time in protest outside the NRA Headquarters this week.

One woman told us that they wanted to tell the NRA that "30,000 people die of gun violence in this country every year, and it's their fault."

Another woman noted that Stand Your Ground laws needed to be changed because they're being "disproportionately enforced by racist people against people of color."


Father Ray Kelly's version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” was taped at a recent wedding in Ireland.

The priest changed the lyrics to make the song more suitable for a wedding. A look at video from the ceremony indicates that the audience loved it.

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