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  • Some Of The Rich Ask For Higher Taxes
    Some wealthy individuals are on a public relations campaign to see their own tax bills go up. A recent poll suggests that nearly two-thirds of those with household incomes of more than $250,000 a year support raising their own taxes to reduce the federal deficit.
  • Tea Party Finds Inspiration In Boston History
    The Tea Party movement has been staging rallies around the country to protest taxes and government spending, including a protest in Boston, where the original Tea Party took place. Historians say that the Tea Party in 1773 was sparked not by a tax, but by a British government bailout.
  • When Students Ignited A Change In Racial Politics
    In the 1960s, a group of student activists headed to the Mississippi Delta to help empower impoverished blacks cowed by the violence and oppression that dominated in the Jim Crow-era South. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, whose members gather for their 50th reunion this weekend, became one of the most powerful forces of the civil rights movement.
  • Absent From Nuclear Summit, Iran Still Present
    President Obama's nuclear security summit was about keeping nuclear material away from terrorists. On the sidelines of the meeting, the talk was about Iran. With leaders from nearly 50 countries present in the convention center, there was a rare opportunity for Western powers to lobby other nations to join the international campaign against Iran's nuclear program.
  • Protesters Keep Pressure On Thai Government
    In Thailand, anti-government protesters are regrouping. They canceled a march on a military camp, where the prime minister has been staying during their month-old campaign to oust him. Over the weekend, security forces and protesters clashed — killing 21 people. It was Thailand's worst political violence in nearly two decades.
  • India's Rag Pickers Compete For Lucrative Trash
    In India's capital New Delhi, many impoverished people spend their days picking through garbage — looking for anything that can be recycled and sold. But now there is competition. A battle between rag pickers and new corporate "waste managers" is raging over the trash of the affluent.
  • Report: Obama Foreclosure Plan Leaves Many Out
    The government is still not having much impact on its effort to help people in trouble with their mortgages. That's the gist of a report from a congressional watchdog released Tuesday. The Treasury Department has allotted tens of billions of dollars to prevent foreclosures. But the Congressional Oversight Panel — which monitors bailout spending — says that by the end of March, only 230,000 households had been helped.
  • Banks Disagree Over Plan On Principal Reduction
    Administration officials have been encouraging banks to go beyond what they've done so far and reduce the principal on home loans that are "underwater." Bank of America has embraced the idea. But other banks have a different message. David Lowman of JPMorgan Chase told lawmakers Tuesday that principal reductions could cost the industry up to $900 billion.
  • Some 'Energy Star' Appliances May Not Be That Green
    At tax time, many consumers are cashing in on tax benefits that come with Energy Star appliances. But Consumer Reports says those products aren't always as energy-efficient as billed.
  • Puma Launches Eco-Friendly Packaging
    Sneaker maker Puma is coming out with more environmentally friendly packaging for its shoes. Puma says the new packaging will save thousands of tons of paper a year, plus hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel needed for for manufacturing and shipping.

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