President Obama is trying to increase taxes for millionaires to help close the national deficit. Currently, many wealthy Americans pay a smaller percentage of their income in taxes than the middle class. Warren Buffett, the third wealthiest person in the world, recently said that he wants to pay more taxes. Republicans in Congress, however, point out that the total amount that the rich pay is more than the middle class. They don't think tax increases are a good idea. Do you think Congress should increase the tax rate for the wealthy? Learn more .
Tragedy struck at a Reno air race last week. A plane from the 1940s crashed into the VIP section of the stands. The crash left a dozen people dead and a crater in the ground. Though 20 pilots have been killed in the last 47 years of the race, this is the first time that spectators were killed. Considering the clear dangers of the sport, why do you think pilots continue to compete? Learn more .
A typhoon is the name for a hurricane that happens in the Pacific rather than the Atlantic. Typhoon Roke hit Tokyo on Wednesday, disrupting city life with blackouts and flooding. The storm moved on toward Fukushima, where a tsunami caused nuclear distruction earlier this year. But the typhoon isn't expected to cause further harm to the recovery efforts in Fukushima. How can major cities like Tokyo prepare for natural disasters? Learn more .
Protesters stormed a military base on Monday in an effort to gain power from the current Yemen government. Though the protesters were unarmed, government forces fired on the crowds killing at least 50 people and injuring 1,000. The international community denounced President Ali Abdullah Saleh's decision to fire on the protesters, and many believe that his regime will soon crumble. Why do you think protesters are willing to risk their lives to change the government? Learn more .
Palestinians are planning to submit an application to become a full member of the United Nations on Friday. If the U.N. approves their membership, Palestine will be one step closer to becoming an official state. A U.N. membership is unlikely, however, because the United States is planning to veto the application. The U.S. and Israel have argued that Palestine must negotiate directly with Israel to become a state. Do you think Palestine should become a state? Learn more .
The U.S. military ended its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on Tuesday. Before the repeal, gay and lesbian service members could be discharged from the military for revealing their sexual orientation. After years of fighting the discriminatory policy, gay and lesbian troops can now serve openly without fear of losing their jobs. Why do you think it took so long to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"? Learn more .
We've been covering this story for the last few Week in Raps, and we're happy to report that the two American hikers were freed from jail in Iran. They were arrested two years ago as alleged spies when they mistakenly crossed the Iranian border while hiking. After two years of political turmoil over their arrest and imprisonment, they were finally able to greet their families. The families said in a statement, "Today can only be described as the best day of our lives." What challenges do you think the two freed hikers will face in the days ahead? Learn more .
Lexi Thompson, a sixteen-year-old golfer, won the Navistar LPGA Classic on Sunday, making her the youngest LPGA tournament winner ever. But because she isn't yet 18, the LPGA says she needs to complete qualifying school to become an official member. Do you think Lexi Thompson should be required to complete qualifying school to gain a full membership to the LPGA? Learn more .
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