Sheets of $100 bills wait to be cut into singles at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C. In recent decades, the gap between rich and poor has widened in the United States.

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Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry holds up a postcard representing his flat tax plan Tuesday in Gray Court, S.C. Perry toured the factory and then highlighted an optional 20 percent flat tax and a deficit reduction plan.

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President Obama greets people at Fire Station 9 in North Chesterfield, Va., on Wednesday. He was on his three-day bus tour through North Carolina and Virginia to push for his jobs bill. Next, he heads to Colorado and Nevada.

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President Obama speaks in the White House Rose Garden to discuss the death of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

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President Obama speaks at a YMCA in Jamestown, N.C., on Tuesday, during a three-day bus tour to promote his American Jobs Act. During the trip, he has drawn sharp lines between his jobs plan and the competing Republican plan.

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With his bus in the background, President Barack Obama greets people outside of Mast General Store in Boone, N.C., Monday. Obama is on a three-day bus tour promoting the American Jobs Act.

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With shaggy hair and skinny jeans, Jon Huntsman (upper right) strikes a pose with his band, Wizard.

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The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread to Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and other cities. In L.A. Thursday, protesters gathered outside a Wells Fargo downtown, above, and at a Bank of America branch where some were arrested for trying to protest inside.

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A man walks up to an ATM outside a Bank of America branch in Los Angeles. Bank of America has said it will charge customers a $5 monthly fee to use its debit card — a plan that has set off grumbling from consumer advocates at the highest levels.

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Then-Sen. Barack Obama drew enthusiastic crowds at a rally in Columbus, Ohio, just days before the 2008 election. Now, after a few rocky moments with the coalition that helped send him to the White House, and with a re-election battle looming, Obama is trying to re-energize his supporters. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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On Feb. 17, 2009, the same day President Obama signed the first economic stimulus bill, Namaste Solar CEO Blake Jones gave Obama and Vice President Biden a tour of the solar panel installation at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. In the 2 1/2 years since, says Jones, the stimulus "did what it was supposed to do" in the solar sector. Still, he has had to lay off some workers. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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Despite the availability of cheap loans, in some places, people are cautious when it comes to buying new cars. Here, workers display a car at a California Hyundai dealership earlier this year. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama speaks Wednesday at North Carolina State University in Raleigh about the American Jobs Act. Gerry Broome/AP hide caption

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President Obama speaks about his new jobs proposal at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va., on Friday. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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