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Occupy Wall Street, Tea Party: United In Distrust

The movements may disagree on many issues, but they seem to have similar opinions on the bank bailout, the federal deficit and the influence of corporations and money on Congress. Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig says there's good reason both the left and the right agree that there is too much power in too few hands.
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New Virginia Law Offers Utility Assistance

A new Virginia law could give some residents an extended grace period to pay their utilities bills.


Back To Jobs: Obama Reaches Out To 'All Americans'

As President Obama tours the nation ahead of the 2012 election, he's visiting Democratic and Republican territories alike. Amid a time of big news abroad, the president is continuing to push his jobs bill at home.

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.

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.

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.