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Erica Payne, founder of Patriotic Millionaires, offers a crash course on economic inequality to residents of Whiteville, N.C. The group wants working-class voters to lobby Congress on raising the minimum wage and taxing the rich. Jennifer Ludden/NPR hide caption

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These millionaires want to tax the rich, and they're lobbying working-class voters

A group called Patriotic Millionaires has failed to get Congress to raise their taxes or boost the minimum wage. Now they're taking their concerns about inequality to swing-state voters.

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Paul McCartney's photos of early Beatlemania are in a book and on display in London

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India is number 1 in global population. This clock board outside the International Institute for Population Sciences in Mumbai keeps track of the numbers. The photo is from June 2, 2023. Punit Paranjpe/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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India's population passes 1.4 billion — and that's not a bad thing

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Mallinckrodt says it is considering its financial alternatives, including a second bankruptcy, and might not make a $200 million opioid payment later this week. Whitney Curtis/AP hide caption

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Drugmaker Mallinckrodt may renege on $1.7 billion opioid settlement

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Erica Payne, founder of Patriotic Millionaires, offers a crash course on economic inequality to residents of Whiteville, N.C. The group wants working-class voters to lobby Congress on raising the minimum wage and taxing the rich. Jennifer Ludden/NPR hide caption

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These millionaires want to tax the rich, and they're lobbying working-class voters

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Robert Worthington, Buddy Tester and Jerry Scarborough, three volunteer firefighters in Maryland, are all over the age of 65. Adam Bearne/NPR hide caption

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Volunteer firefighters are getting older. It could be a life-or-death issue

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