The debate between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney is seen on a TV in a Korean restaurant Oct. 22 in Los Angeles, Calif.
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November 4, 2012 When the presidential candidates speak about the "middle class," they're making a safe bet that you'll think they're talking to you. The middle class doesn't have an economic definition, and Americans of widely varying income levels identify with it. The class-based term seems to have lost its distinction.
July 9, 2012 Democrats opposed the Bush tax cuts in the early 2000s. But now President Obama is calling for a second extension of the cuts for some Americans, and Republicans are lining up in opposition. So whose tax cut is it anyway?
October 27, 2011 Medicaid, the health program funded jointly by the feds and the states, was devised to cover the poor. But if a provision in last year's federal health law isn't changed, even people with pretty healthy incomes could qualify for Medicaid.
September 16, 2010 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi remained firm that tax cuts should go to incomes of $250,000 or less. This was despite indications that some House Democrats wanted to extend Bush-era tax cuts for everyone, including the wealthy.
February 2, 2010 The term 'middle class' is thrown around a lot. Some NPR listeners wonder just who is the middle class. We set out to find out and learned that it's most of us.
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