In the past day, California, New Jersey and Michigan have all said they're collecting more tax money than they expected.
This fits with a broader trend. Twenty three states are on track to bring in more income-tax revenues than predicted, according to a recent report from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Only three states are bringing in less than predicted.
Putting the federal budget in perspective is always difficult. First because $1 trillion dollars doesn't mean much to most people. The financial author and radio host Dave Ramsey took the the numbers from the federal budget and imagines what it would look like as a household budget:
When it premiered in 1985, Larry Kramer's play, The Normal Heart, seemed ripped from the headlines. A thinly-veiled autobiographical work, it dealt with the early days of the AIDS crisis and elicited both admiration and controversy.
France has entered a period of self-examination after the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn. In particular, people are asking if the long tradition of turning a blind eye to the sexual peccadilloes of the French elite has allowed men in powerful positions to abuse women with impunity.
Reports say that the U.S. is pushing harder to establish negotiations with the biggest faction of the Taliban in hopes of moving toward a political resolution to the war in Afghanistan. Michele Norris talks with Karen DeYoung of the Washington Post about the latest talks.
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Election officials have been predicting low voter turnout for this primary election. But some people -- whether because of their strong belief in civic duty, a voting streak, or because their spouse made them -- found time to cast their ballot Tuesday. Here's what some voters in Lexington had to say, "The leaders will be chosen by the people who care enough to vote."
Three years ago, Winchester dentist Rankin Skinner was reading The New York Times when he came across an article that hit particularly close to home. According to the article, children in Kentucky suffered from more tooth decay than any other state in the country.