CAPITOL LOVE FEAST

BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A PAYROLL CUT?

Everybody loves the workin' stiff, especially with an election year coming up. Which is why Washington witnessed a rare political alignment last week as leaders from both parties pushed credits, reductions or deductions of the tax that hits the lunch-box crowd hardest: the payroll tax. While many Republicans talk about lowering income-tax rates, Senate majority leader TRENT LOTT last week named making payroll taxes deductible as a more likely reform. And, hey, Democrat TED KENNEDY's a big fan too, listing a cut as a top priority for next year. In a private make-nice meeting last week with House Democratic minority leader...

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