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July 28, 2014 | NPR · A new salvo has been fired in the fight over teacher tenure. A group led by former TV anchor Campbell Brown filed a complaint in New York state court, arguing that tenure laws are preventing the state from providing every child with the "sound, basic education" its constitution guarantees.
 
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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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Jul 17, 2014 — Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has signaled his intention to push for legislation shutting down "corporate inversions," techniques commonly used by companies to dodge the corporate income tax.
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Apr 15, 2014 — President Obama, like many wealthy Americans, is paying more of his income to the IRS. He and the first lady paid $98,169 in taxes for 2013 on income of $481,098.
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Apr 15, 2014 — Back in the day — say, up until about a decade or so ago — the big news on April 15 was always about last-minute filers lining up at post offices as the clock ticked down. Now? It's a different story.
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Apr 1, 2014 — Michigan Sen. Carl Levin says the Peoria, Ill.-based maker of mining and construction equipment "waved a magic wand" to make its tax liabilities disappear over a 12-year period starting in 2000.
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Mar 12, 2014 — Sure, you thought, I can avoid buying health insurance because the tax penalty is just $95. But some people may be on the hook for thousands of dollars more.
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Feb 20, 2014 — A U.S. law aimed at tax cheats hiding money abroad has had unintended consequences and has complicated life for many Americans living overseas.
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Oct 21, 2013 — Italian police have arrested a former UBS bank executive who is wanted in the United States on charges that he helped wealthy clients evade billions in U.S. taxes. Raoul Weill became a fugitive after a federal grand jury indicted him in 2008.
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Sep 5, 2013 — The rule change, to be enforced beginning next year, will have an impact on restaurants that customarily add tips to the bill for large parties.
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Aug 6, 2013 — Sen. Max Baucus and Rep. Dave Camp skip much of Washington's formality when they're out traveling the country to try to drum up support for simplifying the tax code. They want to convince Americans — and their colleagues in Congress — that it's possible, and worth it.
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Jun 21, 2013 — Among the cities studied, New York City is estimated to have missed out on the most amount of money, at more than $205 million in 2012. The U.S. Mayors' Conference says it's a reason to back the Marketplace Fairness Act; not everyone agrees.
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