The president's $447 billion jobs bill, which was sent to Congress this week, would end a slew of tax breaks for corporations and those households with annual incomes of more than $250,000. Republicans say there's little chance of Congress accepting the proposal.
At a hearing before the bipartisan deficit-cutting panel on Tuesday, the head of the Congressional Budget Office managed to short-circuit partisan bickering over the debt by laying out some facts: Trimming around the edges is not going to be enough to slash the deficit this fall, Doug Elmendorf warned.
The nation's poverty rate rose last year to 15.1 percent, the highest level in 17 years, according to new data from the Census Bureau. The agency's latest poverty report, released Tuesday, shows that the median income dropped last year by more than 2 percent to about $49,445.
The tornado that destroyed nearly one-third of the city took out homes, schools and businesses. To mitigate the ongoing impact on the local economy, business owners and the area's Chamber of Commerce are finding ways to re-energize the local market.
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