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CHART: As Services For Main Street Are Gutted, Richest Pay Lowest Taxes In A Generation

“Last night President Obama and congressional negotiators cut a deal to keep the government running, cutting “$38.5 billion under current funding levels, per Republican demands,” and $78 billion below what Obama called for in his initial 2011 budget.

Yet as Republicans and Democrats continue to battle over the deficit within a political framing that includes taking aim at Pell Grants for low-income students — which Obama preemptively proposed to cut, calling summer grants “too expensive,” while Republicans want far deeper cuts than that — Head Start funding, and other programs from Main Street Americans, there is one group of Americans that seems to be getting away without having any sacrifices demanded of them: the very richest.”

Read More: Deal To Avert Government Shutdown Saves $38 Billion — Bush Tax Cut Deal Spent $150 Billion

Next Up: The Debt Limit And The 2012 Budget

“With a shutdown averted, two more large budget issues will demand Washington’s attention in the coming months. The U.S. Treasury has told Congress it must vote to raise the debt limit by this summer. And soon, Congress will turn to the 2012 budget.”

Tourists To Congress: Don’t Pat Yourselves On Back

“On the day that the government didn’t shut down, tourists visited monuments and museums as planned. Many were happy about the deal, but they were not so enamored with the lawmakers who brokered it.”

Read More: Budget deal raises Boehner’s stature — at least for now

Paychecks Can’t Keep Up With Rising Prices

“Anyone who has filled a gas tank or shopped for ground beef recently knows that prices are headed higher. Retail prices may be moving up, but workers’ wages are remaining flat. The mismatch between rising prices and stagnant wages is putting a squeeze on workers this year.”

Egyptian army no longer seen as protesters’ friend

“On Saturday, bloodstains, bullet casings and smoldering army trucks littered Cairo’s Tahrir Square, where only two months ago soldiers and protesters celebrated together the ouster of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The military stormed the square in the middle of the night, amateur video showed, beating protesters and firing weapons. One person was killed and more than 70 others wounded.”

Nicaragua is unlikely winner in free trade pact with U.S.

“The United States free-trade agreement with Central America and the Dominican Republic (CAFTA-DR) celebrated its fifth anniversary this week with American officials hailing the pact’s exemplary success in Nicaragua — a country governed by a self-declared socialist who often rails against the evils of “savage capitalism” but Nicaragua has benefited from CAFTA like no other signatory.”

Government Defends Management of Crises in Japan

“A top government official on Sunday said the scale of the earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands and damaged a nuclear power station far surpassed what experts had planned for.”

Iraqis Protest U.S. After Comments From Gates

“After Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates suggested that American troops could stay for years, tens of thousands of protesters allied with Moktada al-Sadr flooded the streets.”


Good News: New Particle, If Proved, Could Be A ‘Huge Revolution’

“Scientists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois have announced a “bump” in their data that could represent a never-before-seen subatomic particle. That data has yet to be verified, but physicist Brian Greene says it might turn the world of physics on its head.”

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