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GOP presidential candidates Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich all favor flat taxes, which have been criticized for putting a greater burden on middle-income people while cutting taxes for the rich. How have they played out in countries that adopted them?

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Mike Lofgren retired this summer after 28 years as a congressional staffer, 16 of which he spent on the Republican side working with the House and Senate budget committees, and he wants to tell you something about the nature of the current Republican Party. (more)

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George Clooney is a big-time movie star. Cate Blanchett is a big-time movie star. But Tyler Perry's new movie did more box office on its opening weekend than Clooney's and Blanchett's new movies combined -- which makes Perry a big-time movie star, too, and also a phenomenon.

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Merck raised suspicions about its cancer-fighting HPV vaccine with a cluelessly aggressive lobbying campaign, but a lifesaving drug is still a lifesaving drug.

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