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Benjamin Netanyahu was a hit with Republicans on Capitol Hill, but at home, voters appear to be looking for change.  Next Tuesday's election is too close to call and Israeli Arabs could make history by winning enough votes to prevent Bibi from a record fourth term as Prime Minister.

Also, e-filing technology is increasing tax return fraud. On today's Talking Point, are liberals happier than conservatives after all?

Photo: (L-R) Isaac Herzog (Sebastian Widmann) and Benjamin Netanyahu (World Economic Forum)

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Sasa Woodruff

E-filing Technology Increasing Tax Return Fraud 6 MIN, 29 SEC

With April 15 looming, tax-filing software makes paying the US Treasury more convenient — but it's also created a new industry for financial fraud. The IRS says it distributed $5.2 billion in fake tax refunds in 2013 alone. Richard Rubin reports on tax policy for Bloomberg News.

Guests:
Richard Rubin, Bloomberg News (@RichardRubinDC)

More:
Taxpayer Advocate Service

Is "Bibi" on the Ropes in Israel? 33 MIN, 59 SEC

Israel's parliament, called the Knesset, has 120 seats. In Tuesday's election, neither of the two major political parties is expected to win more than 25. That means there won't be a new government until Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud or Isaac Herzog's Zionist Union assembles a coalition big enough to constitute a majority. Recent polls show Netanyahu's in trouble.

If Republicans on Capitol Hill could decide Tuesday's election, Netanyahu would get a record fourth term as Prime Minister. Israeli voters may have other ideas. The latest polls show his conservative Likud Party lagging behind the center-left Zionist Union. But forming a government means assembling a coalition in Israel's parliament of many parties — so nothing is certain. Adding to this year's drama, Israeli Arabs may win enough seats to make a difference.

Guests:
Joel Greenberg, freelance reporter
Sheera Frenkel, BuzzFeed (@sheeraf)
Jafar Farah, Mossawa Center (@MossawaCenter)
Ori Nir, Americans for Peace Now (@OriNir_APN)
Jonathan Tobin, Commentary magazine (@TobinCommentary)

More:
Frenkel on the shift from terrorism to the economy as important in upcoming election
Mossawa Center demand for appropriate representation of Arab citizens during election

Are Liberals Happier than Conservatives, after All? 9 MIN, 24 SEC

Smiling involving facial muscles around the eyes and the use of positive language are signals of happiness, according to social science.

In decades of surveys, more conservatives than liberals have told researchers they're satisfied with their lives. But recent studies show it may really be the other way around. Peter Ditto, professor of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California at Irvine, has more on the "happiness gap" between conservatives and liberals.

Guests:
Peter Ditto, University of California, Irvine (@BizarroPolitix)

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