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Tax on rich will pay for Obama jobs plan: Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. millionaires would be hit with a new 5 percent surtax to pay for President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs program under a new funding plan unveiled Wednesday by his fellow Democrats in the Senate. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said he aims to hold votes within…

Senator Joe Lieberman announces plan to retire in 2012

Democrat-turned-independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut announced Wednesday he would retire from the Senate in 2012, ending a tenure that began in 1989. Lieberman, Connecticut’s state’s former Attorney General who rose to become the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nominee in 2000, spoke to reporters during a press conference and depicted…

Under the radar: Republicans now control redistricting in sixteen states

Most of the national spotlight following Tuesday’s midterm elections has been on Republicans taking control of the House of Representatives — but the party may have had an even bigger victory in state legislatures. Republicans took the majority in at least 14 state legislatures. They now have control of both…

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