Talking Points: 'Lunatic,' RGIII, payroll taxes

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Why did Congress vote against the word 'lunatic'?

The House this week approved legislation that strikes the word "lunatic" from federal law, saying the term was outdated and offensive. Lawmakers removed the term "mental retardation" from the U.S. Code two years ago. The next possible deletion: "mental defective." Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, was the lone vote against deleting "lunatic." He was protesting Congress diverting its attention away from critical financial issues.

Was RGIII already inducted into the Hall of Fame?

Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III gave the Pro Football Hall of Fame the jersey and cleats he wore in Monday night's win over the New York Giants. The gear will hang in Canton, Ohio, to commemorate Griffin breaking the single-season rushing record for a quarterback. Griffin gained 72 yards against the Giants, bringing his 12-game total to 714 yards. That tops the 706 yards that Carolina's Cam Newton ran last season.

What are payroll taxes?

The tax on wages totals 12.4 percent and is used to fund Social Security. Half of the tax is paid by employers. The other half is deducted from each worker's paycheck. The White House and Congress reduced the amount workers pay over the last two years but are expected to allow that rate to rise again next year. That will reduce the paychecks of about 163 million workers by an average of $1,000 each in 2013.

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