The Talk of Connecticut
Show Rundown for Thursday, July 16 ,2015
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SENATOR SCOTT FRANZ (Greenwich Republican State Senator) Connecticut estates over $2 million are taxed at different rates. The rates range from 7.2 percent for estates over $2 million to the top of 12 percent for estates over $10.1 million. The first $2 million is tax free. To see the effect of the two tax schemes, we need to consider the size of the estate. Individuals with estates below $2 million will pay nothing to Connecticut and nothing to the IRS. Individuals with estates above $5.25 million will pay taxes to both the IRS and Connecticut.

NICOLEE AMBROSE (Political Analyst) DEMS SKEPTICAL ON IRAN DEAL, WHITE HOUSE DISPATCHES BIDEN TO SELL IT The White House dispatched Vice President Joe Biden to Capitol Hill Wednesday to sell Democrats on the newly announced Iran nuclear deal, as several influential members voiced reservations about giving it their seal of approval in a vital vote this fall. Biden was meeting first with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, though the tougher lift may be on the Senate side. In the aftermath of the deal announcement in Vienna, senior Democratic senators made clear they were withholding judgment. "We're basically legitimizing Iran's nuclear program," Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., told Fox News, voicing concerns about what Tehran gets in return, including the likely lifting of an arms embargo and leverage over the timing of nuclear inspections. "At the end of the day, the challenge here is that 10 to 12 years from now, does Iran have a pathway towards a full industrial-sized nuclear program and the possibility of breaking out to a weapon? And if so, all you've done is delayed the question of Iran's nuclear ambitions." Menendez is a leading skeptic but plenty more are staying on the sidelines and could face more pressure from constituents during the August recess. Biden started calling his Democratic colleagues on Capitol Hill Tuesday before making house calls Wednesday morning.

Fox News Radio's EBEN BROWN CUBA’S PARLIAMENT MEETS/LIVE TWEETS THE SESSION Live from Miami, FL Raul Castro said Wednesday that Cuba and the United States are entering a new era as the countries prepare to restart diplomatic relations next week, though he insisted more changes in U.S. policy toward the communist-run island are necessary. In his first public comments since the two governments announced that their diplomatic missions currently known as "interests sections" will enjoy full embassy status beginning July 20, Castro's remarks to Cuba's parliament sounded both a welcoming and cautious tone. Will the Cuban government become more transparent?

Fox News Radio's SIMON OWEN (Live From London) Rioters hurled petrol bombs at police who responded with tear gas during an anti-austerity demonstration outside parliament Wednesday, as Greek lawmakers began debating contentious measures needed to start negotiations on a new bailout and avoid financial collapse. Groups of youths among the more than 12,000 demonstrators smashed storefronts and set at least one vehicle alight during the hour long clashes. It was the first significant violence since the left-wing Syriza government came to power in January promising to repeal bailout austerity. Police said at least 50 people were detained. The protest was timed to coincide with the start of debate on the bill, which includes consumer tax increases and pension reforms that will condemn Greeks to years of more economic hardship. The bill has fueled anger among the governing left-wing Syriza party and led to a revolt by many party members against Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who has insisted the deal forged early Monday after a marathon weekend eurozone summit was the best he could do to prevent Greece from crashing out of Europe's joint currency.

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