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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Kerry will pay taxes, Gore quizzed by Ore. cops, Rangel's 80th-b'day gala NOT?

Sen. John Kerry moved to end a controversy over his decision to base his new $7 million yacht in tax-free Rhode Island, informing the Massachusetts Department of Revenue yesterday that he would "promptly" pay taxes as if the vessel were docked in his home state.

In a statement, the Democrat said, "As we've said from the beginning, we have always complied with tax laws and we always will . . . The payment is being made promptly."

The 2004 Democratic presidential nominee has been dogged by charges of tax evasion since last week, when the Boston Herald first reported about his decision to dock the 76-foot sloop Isabel in Newport, RI.   Read more

Former Vice President Al Gore reportedly has been questioned by cops in Portland, Ore., over allegations he sexually assaulted a masseuse in a hotel room in 2006.

Gore was interviewed last Thursday but no other details were released, said KATU-TV in Portland.

The investigation was reopened after Molly Hagerty claimed in a National Enquirer interview that Gore grabbed at her and said, "You know you want it."
Cops initially halted the probe after Hagerty refused to be interviewed. SOURCE

It might not be much of a birthday party after all.

Mayor Bloomberg suggested yesterday that Rep. Charles Rangel's gala 80th birthday party and fund-raiser -- long planned for Aug. 11 at The Plaza hotel -- may not be happening in light of the Harlem Democrat's ethical problems.

"I don't know whether Charlie Rangel is going to have a fund-raiser," Bloomberg, who's on the list of invitees, said in a surprising response when asked if he'd be attending the glittery event.
"I don't know what the facts are. We'll just have to wait and see."
"I had planned to go," conceded the mayor.  Read more

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