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President Obama, shown speaking at the University Of Kansas on Jan. 22, defends his budget as an exercise in "middle-class economics." But forecasters at the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center say the 60 percent of Americans at the middle of the income ladder will more or less break even, while most benefits will go to low-income families. Jamie Squire/Getty Images hide caption

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Obama's Budget Proposal Lifts 2013 Caps, Adds Billions In Spending

The president's $3.99 trillion proposal, released Monday, calls for more spending on domestic programs, infrastructure and defense — and includes tax hikes the new Congress is unlikely to approve.

President Obama, shown speaking at the University Of Kansas on Jan. 22, defends his budget as an exercise in "middle-class economics." But forecasters at the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center say the 60 percent of Americans at the middle of the income ladder will more or less break even, while most benefits will go to low-income families. Jamie Squire/Getty Images hide caption

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Obama's Budget Proposal Lifts 2013 Caps, Adds Billions In Spending

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Shazia and Ziaullah Khan's baby boy was stolen from a hospital ward in Islamabad, Pakistan. Abdul Sattar/NPR hide caption

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The Theft Of An Infant Son: In Pakistan, A Not-Uncommon Crime

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In a rare public appearance, Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami receives the Jerusalem Award during the International Book Fair in Jerusalem in 2009. Bernat Armangue/AP hide caption

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Beloved Japanese Author Answers Questions At 'Mr. Murakami's Place'

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Participants in a boxing class designed specifically for people with Parkinson's disease at Fight 2 Fitness gym in Pawtucket, R.I. Joel Hawksley for NPR hide caption

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Fight Parkinson's: Exercise May Be The Best Therapy

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American viewers hoping to catch the last season of the hit British show Foyle's War will have to sign up for the boutique digital portal Acorn.tv. Emily Jan/NPR hide caption

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Fast-Sprouting Acorn Challenges PBS' British TV Dominance

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A cereal rye cover crop grows (at left) in a field where corn was recently harvested. Cover crops can capture nutrients such as nitrate and prevent them from polluting nearby streams. Courtesy of Paul Jasa/University of Nebraska-Lincoln hide caption

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Here's How To End Iowa's Great Nitrate Fight

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Attorney Scott Rynecki and Kimberly Ballinger, the domestic partner of Akai Gurley, filed a lawsuit seeking $50 million against the city, the NYPD and officers Peter Liang and Shaun Landau. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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Grand Jury Awaits Evidence In NYPD Shooting Of Unarmed Black Man

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Critics Worry Visa Waivers Could Allow Foreign Fighters To Slip In

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