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A Bid To Bring Foreign Buyers To The Housing Market

Foreigners could get a tourist visa if they spend $500,000 in cash on homes and live in the U.S. for at least half the year, under proposed legislation. Home sales are in decline, so Sens. Mike Lee and Chuck Schumer introduced the bill to attract wealthy people abroad to spend their money in the U.S.
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Cain's Tweaked Tax Plan Raises Taxes For The Poor

GOP presidential contender Herman Cain, who has made his reputation with his 9-9-9 tax plan, introduced the variant 9-0-9 plan for the poor, who would be exempt from the income portion of the plan. Experts said the poor, who pay little if any federal tax now, would still see a tax hike.
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Chicago's 'Congestion Fee' Gets Chilly Reception

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently proposed a $2 fee on weekday parking in downtown public lots and garages to help pay for other transportation improvements like new bus routes and bike lanes. Other cities have had some success with similar plans, but some Chicagoans are skeptical.
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Trade Agreements Help Maryland Poultry

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Maryland and Delaware poultry farmers are expected to see a spike in revenue from their supply of unwanted chicken parts.

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Hamilton's Lesson For Europe: Pay Your Debt

As European leaders meet to decide on a plan to help struggling member nations, they might be helped by some two-century-old advice from America's first Treasury secretary. Alexander Hamilton insisted that paying off Revolutionary War debts would lead to economic greatness.
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Eurozone Debt Crisis Divides France, Germany

European efforts to resolve its debt crisis stand in disarray. France and Germany are divided over how to finance bailout programs for Greece and other highly indebted countries. The question is who will back down first.
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France And Germany: A Love Story

The Franco-German relationship is so dramatic — so theatrical — it's best to tell it in song.

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