Oysterman Mitch Jurisich steers a small boat around his family's oyster beds off the coast of Empire, La. He hasn't harvested many oysters since oil from the BP spill drifted into the area in June.
Homeowners can deduct the mortgage interest they pay each year while submitting their taxes, but a new proposal by President Obama's bipartisan deficit commission would eliminate that deduction. Past attempts to cut the incentive have made little headway in Congress.
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Community leaders and homeowners who have lost their homes to foreclosure protest at a rally in Los Angeles last month. Bank of America has acknowledged finding some mistakes in its foreclosure files.