The Politics of Wealth and Poverty in November's Elections

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Republicans in the House and the Senate are moving to cut the inheritance tax while refusing to increase the minimum wage. Some Democrats call that an "obscene" combination, which ought to help them in November. Republican leaders say they're protecting economic expansion and safe-guarding low-level jobs. What do the polls show about issues of rich and poor? Will they unite Americans behind "basic fairness" or divide the electorate by inflaming class-consciousness? We speak with journalists, business experts, economists, pollsters, Democratic and Republican political strategists about what one Democratic leader calls, "the ultimate values debate."
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Kansas v Marsh, US Supreme Court on

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Increase in Federal Minimum Wage (S Amdt 4322)

Permanent Estate Tax Relief Act of 2006 (HR 5638)

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Buffett's interview in Fortune magazine

Buffett's letters regarding his giveaway of stocks

Gates Foundation responds to Buffet's announcement

Buffett and Gates on The Charlie Rose Show



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