Rep. Michele Bachmann, shown speaking at a reception by the anti-tax group Iowans for Tax Relief, was once a prosecutor for the IRS. On the campaign trail, she has made that part of her resume a selling point.

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President Reagan signs the Tax Reform Act of 1986. The bipartisan reform shifted a large part of the tax burden from individuals to corporations and also exempted millions of low-income households from federal income taxes.

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President Obama holds up a copy of his jobs bill as he speaks at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas. Obama is challenging a divided Congress to unite behind the bill or get ready to be run "out of town" by angry voters.

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The debt reduction supercommittee had its first public meeting Tuesday. It would take at least seven of the supercommittee's politically divided members to approve any plan they come up with.

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One part of the president's deficit-reduction plan, the "Buffet rule," is named after billionaire Warren Buffett who says high-income earners like him should pay more in taxes. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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The supercommittee held its first public meeting on Tuesday. Some lawmakers want the panel's members to be more transparent about the campaign contributions they receive. From left: Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA). J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Reps. James Clyburn (D-SC, left) and Fred Upton (R-MI) attend the first organizational meeting of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, the so-called supercommittee, Thursday on Capitol Hill. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) told members of his party that the jobs crisis would be at the top of their agenda this fall. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama pauses as he speaks about the deal to raise the debt limit in the White House briefing room on Sunday. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen (right), the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, spars with Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz as they testify before the House Rules Committee on the Cut, Cap and Balance plan Monday at the Capitol. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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President Obama sits with (from left) House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) during a meeting Wednesday at the White House on raising the debt ceiling. While the president negotiates with congressional leaders to avoid a possible debt default next month, some lawmakers say they won't vote to raise the debt ceiling. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Vice President Biden arrives at the Capitol on Wednesday for a meeting with legislators to work on a framework for deficit reduction. At left is his chief of staff, Bruce Reed. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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