Federal taxes for the average American, and more

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the average American pays 20.7 percent of his income in federal taxes.

Federal taxes for the average American

The average American pays 20.7 percent of his income in federal taxes, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Federal taxes have remained essentially flat over the past 30 years.

USA Today

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Federal taxes for the President and his wife

President Obama and his wife, Michelle, reported $5.5 million in income in 2009—most of it from the sale of Obama’s two books. They paid $1.8 million in federal taxes, and gave $329,100 to charity. Obama also donated his $1.4 million Nobel Peace Prize award directly to charity.

Associated Press

Women take to marathons and road races

More than half the people competing in half-marathons and other road races around the country are now women, up from 21 percent in 1987. This year, 42 percent of the runners in the Boston Marathon were women. “Thirty years ago, women weren’t even allowed to run in this race,’’ said Boston Marathon director Dave McGillivray.

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Last March the warmest in 130 years

Based on global temperatures, last month was the warmest March recorded in the 130 years that the National Climatic Data Center has kept records. Warming was particularly notable in northern Canada and the Arctic, where temperatures were 15 degrees higher than normal.

USA Today

Doctors on the run head toward Congress

Partly because of anger over health-care reform, 47 medical doctors (41 of them Republicans) are running for House or Senate seats this November. There are currently 16 doctors in Congress.

USA Today

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