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“I’m happy to pay more taxes, though. I’m here to pay more taxes. I want education, I want health care … all these people are here because they want more community effort from this country.”

Mr. Simmons, a New York City native, is one of the first superrich celebrities to take after Warren Buffet and ask for more taxes.

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Rihanna on Chris Brown: ‘I’ve always been a fan’

Does time heal all wounds? For Rihanna, it appears it might.

The singer, named “Sexiest Woman Alive in 2011” by Esquire magazine, who was beaten by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown in early 2009, apparently has set aside her resentment toward the young man and even become a “fan” of his work again.

Rihanna, 23, told Esquire that she has put the past behind her and let go of the animosity she felt toward her violent former flame. The negative feelings, she said, were zapping her time.

“Obviously, I had some resentment toward him for a while, for obvious reasons,” the Barbados bombshell told the magazine. “But I’ve put that behind me. It was taking up too much of my time. It was too much anger.”

In the same interview, Rihanna demonstrated amazement over Mr. Brown’s musical comeback. Many expected the shamed crooner’s outburst to cost him record sales and popularity, but in late 2009, his first single since the altercation, “I Can Transform Ya,” landed on the Billboard Hot 100 list.

“It’s incredible to see how he pulled out of it the way he did,” Rihanna said. “Even when the world seemed like it was against him, you know? I really like the music he’s putting out. I’m a fan of his stuff. I’ve always been a fan.

“I’m really excited to see the breakthrough he’s had in his career. I would never wish anything horrible for him. Never. I never have.”

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Compiled by Laura Donovan and Betsi Fores © 2011 The Daily Caller