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Best Definition of Irony

The union representing the National Labor Relations Board lawyers is considering filing an unfair labor practices claim against the board. "The union alleges the board has failed to bargain in good faith," according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Both sides have been negotiating since September 2000.

Inflated Self-Worth

Breathe a sigh of relief. Arthur L. Carter's weekly New York Observer is not for sale, we're told in The New York Times. How important is this 50,000 circulation weekly? Just ask Carter: "We're a small organization, but when we lay off three people it's bigger news here than when U.S. Steel lays off 20,000," he told the Times.

Earned-Income Tax Harassment

The working poor accounted for 55 percent of all IRS audits last year. The likelihood of people being audited if they're in this bracket is 1 in 174 returns, as compared to 1 in 208 for people who make over $100,000, according to The New York Times. Audits of the working poor centered on people who use the earned-income tax credit. Audits of large corporations fell to 1 in 6, down from 1 in 4 five years earlier.

C-Notes from Heaven

Reuters reported that U.S. military aircraft dropped $100 bills tucked into envelopes bearing the picture of President Bush over southern Afghanistan. Some of the envelopes, however, fluttered into Pakistan. Both areas are considered strongholds of support for the Taliban and Al Qaeda. "People pushed and fought with each other to get their hands on the envelopes," reported the news service.

Oh, That Explains Everything

New York Magazine media critic Michael Wolff offers this analysis on why some political/media insiders insist ABC newsguy George Stephanopoulos is gay: "I think the gay thing is used to explain why he doesn't act like we might assume he should. He's on his best behavior . …

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