- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A new poll shows that Congress is less popular than root canals and colonoscopies, but more popular than the Ebola virus, meth labs and gonorrhea.

Those findings are in a Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday that showed that 9 percent of respondents held a favorable opinion of Congress, while 85 percent held an unfavorable view.

“We all know Congress is unpopular,” said Dean Debnam, PPP president. “But the fact that voters like it even less than cockroaches, lice and Genghis Khan really shows how far its esteem has fallen with the American public over the last few weeks.”

On the bright side, Congress came out of the survey in higher standing than North Korea, the Kardashian family and actress Lindsay Lohan, as well as Cuba’s Fidel Castro and former Sen. John Edwards.

On the not-so-bright side, it lost out in the popularity contest to the rock band Nickelback, real estate magnate Donald Trump, NFL replacement refs and France.


Changing laws create short delay for taxpayers

The Internal Revenue Service says late changes to federal tax laws should mean only a short delay for most taxpayers to file their 2012 returns.

The agency said Tuesday that more than 120 million taxpayers — about 80 percent of all filers — should be able to start filing their federal returns on Jan. 30. Others will have to wait until late February or March to file because the agency needs time to update and test its systems.

Those who will have to wait include people claiming residential energy credits, depreciation of property or general business credits. The filing season had been slated to start Jan. 22, but was delayed because of the big tax package passed by Congress on Jan. 1.


Ex-Rep. Kennedy lobbies against legal marijuana

PROVIDENCE — Former Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, Rhode Island Democrat, said he has established a group to lobby against legalized marijuana.

The ex-congressman said that efforts around the United States to legalize marijuana are well-intentioned, but misguided.

The Providence Journal reports that Mr. Kennedy’s group, Project SAM — for Smart Approaches to Marijuana — will instead lobby for increased treatment for marijuana and drug abuse.

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