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Of interest to those who revere their dad’s 8th Air Force patches, a flag that went to war and other symbols of American mettle: “Combat Cash” is a four-part series on the Discovery Channel that introduces viewers to the rarified world of military artifacts and combat collectibles, aka “militaria.”

Hosts Bob Chatt and Owen Thornton say the artifacts are personal, visceral links to family members who served. And, oh yes. Some are valuable. The items range from $400,000 tanks to rare GI Joe figures, paratrooper bicycles, World War II flame-throwers, 18th-century muskets, and Saddam Hussein propaganda banners. See back-to-back episodes of “Combat Cash” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.


“There’s a simple question that middle-class families should ask themselves that reveals the true state of our union. Are you better off than you were $4 trillion ago?”

Sen. Jim Demint, South Carolina Republican, regarding the State of the Union address.


• 55 percent of Americans feel the wealthy pay less than their share of federal income taxes; 37 percent of Republicans, 17 percent of Democrats and 21 percent of independents agree.

• 24 percent overall feel the amount the wealthy pay is “about right”; 35 percent of Republicans, 36 percent of Democrats and 43 percent of independents agree.

• 52 percent overall feel they pay an appropriate amount of federal income taxes; 53 percent of Republicans, 57 percent of Democrats and 49 percent of independents agree.

• 40 percent overall say they pay more than their fair share; 39 percent of Republicans, 36 percent of Democrats and 43 percent of independents agree.

• 52 percent overall say capital gains and dividends should be taxed the same as work income; 33 percent of Republicans, 66 percent of Democrats and 54 percent of independents agree.

• 36 percent approve the current policy that allows capital gains to be taxed at a lower rate; 55 percent of Republicans, 23 percent of Democrats and 32 percent of independents agree.

Source: A CBS News/New York Times poll of 1,185 U.S. adults conducted Jan. 20-23.

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