Tuesday is billed as National Occupy Our Homes Day, and people are being asked to participate in some sort of civil disobedience at foreclosed, bank-owned homes. But a group in Madison, Wis., has been illegally moving people into foreclosed properties for the past couple of years.
East Millinocket, Maine, used to be a booming paper mill town that offered residents what was basically a guaranteed ticket into the middle class. But today young people are scrambling to find a new path. "It's a little scary because it's going to be tough," says high school senior Jared Lyons.
In Detroit, residents are blotting — creating a property between the size of a lot and a city block — by annexing or fencing off vacant land. It's being used to plant gardens, park cars and create suburban-style tracts in a city once packed with working class homes.
Lynn Neary talks to Fred Honerkamp, a graduate from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Michigan and current mall Santa, about the spirit — and strategy — of playing Old Saint Nick in tough economic times.
Having tried and failed to come up with a way to pay for an extension of the payroll tax cut with a tax on millionaires, Senate Democrats came back with a new idea Monday: pay for it with the anticipated savings from ending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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