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Charlie Rangel Crashes Secret Rick Perry Event In New York

One of the biggest personalities in New York politics wasn’t going to let one of the biggest names in Republican politics show up in his neighborhood without stealing a little of the limelight.

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) crashed a hush-hush visit between Rick Perry and some Hispanic Republicans in New York, Ben Smith reports.

Tea Party Rep. Apparently Spends $200K To ‘Feed His Family’

Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) told MSNBC’s Chris Jansing that President Obama’s deficit-reduction plan — which calls for increased taxes on wealthy Americans — only “hurts” the economy.

Fleming — a businessman who owns Subway sandwich shops and is responsible for more than 100 UPS stores across the south — said that taxing wealthier people hurts job creation. Jansing pointed out that, as the Wall Street Journal estimated, Fleming raked in more than $6 million last year. Chump change, Fleming said!

Paul Ryan Endorses ‘Unemployment Reform’ That Asks The Jobless To Work More For Less

In an interview yesterday with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) had almost nothing but criticism for President Obama’s jobs plan. “This looks like to me not a very good sign, because it looks like the president wants to move down the class warfare path,” he commented. Ryan did, however, express his support for a program that asks the unemployed to work for no wages while receiving unemployment benefits.

FBI: Violent Crime Down By 6 Percent in 2010

Violent crime dropped 6 percent in 2010, marking the fourth straight year-to-year decline, while property crime was down for the eighth straight year, falling 2.7 percent, the FBI said Monday, referring to crimes reported to authorities.

Obama’s prescription: $320 billion in cuts to Medicare, Medicaid

WASHINGTON — In his plan to trim the federal deficit, President Barack Obama on Monday proposed $320 billion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, largely by changing how the federal government pays health providers, by slashing payments to drug companies and by dramatically changing the way the government splits the costs of Medicaid with the states.

Obama proposes a bailout of Postal Service, cutting deliveries

WASHINGTON — Warning of an imminent financial crisis, President Barack Obama on Monday proposed bailing out the United States Postal Service, urging that it be allowed to cut mail delivery to five days a week and raise the price of stamps.

Key Context on Obama’s Vague Proposed Millionaires’ Tax

This morning, as part of his broader deficit reduction plan, President Obama called for a new rule that would raise taxes on the the wealthiest Americans. The proposal was quick to spark reaction from Republicans, who labeled it “class warfare.”

But politics aside, we thought it would be helpful to run through what’s actually known about the proposal, the impact it might have on the deficit, and the history behind it all.

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