Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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WASHINGTON - The rich aren't taxed enough and the middle class is taxed too much. As for your taxes, you probably think they're too high as well.

Those are the results of an Associated Press-GfK poll that found that most people in the United States support President Barack Obama's proposal to raise investment taxes on high-income families.

The findings echo the populist messages of two liberal senators - Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont - being courted by the progressive wing of the Democratic Party to run for president in 2016. The results also add weight to Mr. Obama's new push to raise taxes on the rich and use some of the revenue to lower taxes on the middle class.

According to the poll, 68 percent of those questioned said wealthy households pay too little in federal taxes; only 11 percent said the wealthy pay too much.

Also, 60 percent said middle-class households pay too much in federal taxes, while 7 percent said they paid too little.


WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is open to negotiating with Congress on his request for new authorization for military force against Islamic State militants, including his proposed three-year time limit on U.S. military action and the use of American troops, according to the White House.

After a weeklong holiday break, lawmakers return to Washington today and start work on Mr. Obama's request. Some Republicans say Mr. Obama's proposal is too restrictive for the mission to succeed.

On the other side, some Democrats want more limitations on Mr. Obama's authority so the United States doesn't sign on for another open-ended war.

White House officials said Mr. Obama is firmly opposed to any geographic restrictions on where the U.S. military can pursue Islamic State militants, who have strongholds in Iraq and Syria but have been operating across international boundaries.

But they said he is open to debate on much of the rest of his offer and is willing to discuss the three-year time limit in Mr. Obama's draft and the hotly debated section on ground troops. …

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