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Americans Favor “Buffett Rule” by 60% to 37%

Six in 10 Americans favor Congress passing the so-called “Buffett Rule,” which would mandate a minimum 30% tax rate for Americans with a household income of $1 million per year or more. Majorities of both Democrats and independents favor the policy, while a majority of. …

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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new budget plan specifies a long-term spending path under which, by 2050, most of the federal government aside from Social Security, health care, and defense would cease to exist, according to figures in a Congressional Budget Office analysis released …

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Romney Says His Tax Rate Is Around 15 Percent – NYTimes.com

Under growing pressure from rival Republicans to release his tax returns, Mitt Romney said on Tuesday that he paid a tax rate approaching 15 percent on his millions of dollars in annual income but said he would not make public his …

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Consolidation Authority Would Empower Obama, Successors : Roll Call News

For much of the past year, President Barack Obama has been playing defense on spending cuts with the GOP, but his latest plan gives him — and potentially future presidents — a new way to go on …

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Insight: The two faces of Jon Corzine | Reuters

Sometimes it seems there are two Jon Corzines.

There’s the statesman-like former senator and governor, who while serving this past year as a visiting professor at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, has championed the need for stiffer regulation of …

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Study: Cain 9-9-9 plan raises taxes on 84 percent

Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan would raise taxes on 84 percent of U.S. households, according to an independent analysis released Tuesday, contradicting claims by the Republican presidential candidate that most Americans would see …

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Washington Considers Sale of Spare Properties to Raise Revenue – NYTimes.com

Like Americans trying to raise quick cash by unloading their unwanted goods, the federal government is considering a novel way to reduce the deficit: holding the equivalent of a …

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Why the Black Caucus is becoming relevant again

For the record, I’ve never been a fan of the Congressional Black Caucus. I worried about their relative silence when the Clinton administration championed so-called welfare reform, perpetuated drug sentencing disparities and instituted three strikes laws that kept far too many …

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The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines – The Washington Post

The probes of companies suspected of paying bribes overseas are so costly and wide-ranging that the Justice Department and SEC often let the firms investigate…

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A pattern of HUD projects stalled or abandoned – The Washington Post

The federal government’s largest housing construction program for the poor has squandered hundreds of millions of dollars on stalled or abandoned…

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