It's All Politics
3:06 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Will Cain's New 9-0-9 Tax Plan Really Help The Poor?

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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks on Friday while unveiling his "Opportunity Zone" economic plan in front of the Michigan Central Station, an abandoned train depot in Detroit.

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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan has taken a lot of heat recently. One of the biggest criticisms: several independent analysts have found that under the plan, poor and middle class families would pay higher taxes while the richest of the rich would see a substantial tax cut. Today in Detroit, Cain unveiled his response.

"If you're at or below the poverty level, your plan isn't 9-9-9," said Cain with the abandoned Michigan Central Station in the background. "It's 9-0-9."

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It's All Politics
3:04 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

With Revised Tax Plan, Cain Faces Questions About Consistency

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On the day he revised his tax plan to 9-0-9, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain signs a supporter's "999" sign after unveiling his "Opportunity Zone" economic plan in front of the Michigan Central Station, an abandoned train depot in Detroit.

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Originally published on Fri October 21, 2011 3:29 pm

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain's much discussed 9-9-9 tax plan just got a major facelift after intensifying criticism that it would shift the tax burden to the least fortunate Americans.

In a Detroit speech Friday, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO created another numbers scheme for those "at or below poverty level."

"Your plan isn't 9-9-9," Cain said, addressing low-income voters. "It is 9-0-9."

"Say amen y'all," said Cain, also a Baptist minister. "9-0-9."

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David Welna is NPR's congressional correspondent.

Serving in this role since the final days of the Clinton administration and primarily following the Senate, Welna reports on many issues he covered earlier in his career reporting both inside and outside of the United States. In addition he's covered the September 11, 2001 attacks, the wars that followed, and the economic downturn and recession. Prior to this position, Welna covered the 2000 presidential election and the post-election vote count battle in Florida.

The Two-Way
2:29 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

For Poor, Cain Says His 9-9-9 Plan Is Now 9-0-9

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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain steps out of his campaign bus to at a rally where he unveiled his "Opportunity Zone" economic plan in front of the Michigan Central Station, an abandoned train depot in Detroit.

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Originally published on Fri October 21, 2011 2:33 pm

This past week, republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has been hit hard over his 9-9-9 tax overhaul plan. During the last Republican debate, Cain's plan was attacked as regressive, meaning that it would hit the middle-class and poor Americans hardest.

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Job 1: Careers That Shaped The GOP Candidates
2:17 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Bachmann Once Prosecuted Tax Evaders For The IRS

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Rep. Michele Bachmann, shown speaking at a reception by the anti-tax group Iowans for Tax Relief, was once a prosecutor for the IRS. On the campaign trail, she's made that part of her resume a selling point. "I went to the inside to learn how they work, because I want to defeat them," she said in South Carolina.

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Perhaps more than any other Republican running for president this year, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has railed against taxes. She says they're too high, and that the current tax code should be repealed.

But Bachmann had a somewhat surprising early career: going after tax evaders as a prosecutor for the Internal Revenue Service.

'Know Your Enemy'?

At times, the congresswoman and former state senator has seemed to deny that for nearly her entire professional life, she's been on the public payroll.

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Politics
2:00 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Roig-Franzia Discusses Questions About Rubio's Background

Robert Siegel speaks Washington Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia about Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's background — and why it is being questioned.

World
2:00 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Why Has Gadhafi's Burial Been Delayed?

Libyan leaders debate what to do with the body of former dictator Moammar Gadhafi — amid calls from a U.N. commission for an investigation into the circumstances of his death Thursday. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Grant Clark for more.

Election 2012
2:00 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Bachmann's N.H. Campaign Staff Quits

Originally published on Fri October 21, 2011 8:42 pm

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And I'm Melissa Block. There was a shakeup today in the campaign of Minnesota congresswoman and Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. Several members of her New Hampshire staff have resigned. The departures are just the latest setback for a campaign that has already lost top aides, closed down a northern Virginia campaign office and spent more money last quarter than it raised.

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National Security
2:00 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Obama Announces Troop Withdrawal From Iraq

Originally published on Sat October 22, 2011 11:33 am

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And I'm Robert Siegel.

All U.S. troops will leave Iraq by the end of December. President Obama made the announcement today. After nearly nine years, he said, the war will be over. The president spoke after a video conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The White House says the two men agreed this is the best way forward for both countries.

NPR's Scott Horsley begins our coverage.

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NPR Story
2:00 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Several NFL Teams Switch Quarterback Starters

Injury and ineptitude forced several NFL teams to make a change of quarterback this week. Minnesota, Oakland and Washington all have new starters at the position. But the change that has most football fans talking is in Denver. Robert Siegel and sportswriter Stefan Fatsis talk about the NFL and the Rugby World Cup.

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