Herman Cain waves before a GOP debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., in June. Pollster Andy Smith says most New Hampshire residents prefer having no broad-based income tax or sales tax.

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Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., arrive for a closed-door meeting of the deficit reduction committee on Oct. 27 on Capitol Hill.

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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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A drop house raid yielded several suspected illegal immigrants on April 29, 2010, in Phoenix. Northwestern University political science professor Jacqueline Stevens says some of the nearly 400,000 people deported during the past fiscal year weren't illegal immigrants.

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Luoisiana Harris, 7, marches with Occupy Wall Street protesters from their base in Zuccotti Park toward Washington Square last Saturday. Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig says the Occupy Wall Street movement and the Tea Party share some similar concerns.

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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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