Reading Days Travel Guide: Chicago

Cloud Gate, a.k.a. the Bean (via Wikimedia Commons)

For those of you tired of pretending going to Columbus counts as a real getaway, here’s a trip that’s a little more advanced. If you’ve got a road trip buddy and can shell out for about 400 miles’ worth of gas each way, Chicago is less than seven hours away! And you’ll be richly rewarded by one of the most modern, beautiful, and dynamic of American cities. Chicago isn’t all dirty politics and massive fires and slaughterhouses anymore — this is a city with charm and class. There’s plenty to do to keep you occupied for way more than three days, but after the jump are a few suggestions to get you started.

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The Monday Catchup

Romney has asserted to have paid an effective tax rate of at least 13% over the last 20 years (Via

Good morning! Here’s the news you may have missed:

The Lead Story: Mitt Romney released his tax records from 2011 on Friday, revealing that his effective tax rate was nearly 14% last year (he paid the IRS with about 950,000 fry pies). Romney’s tax rate could have been lower; however, he decided to forgo $1.75 million in charitable deductions so that he will have paid at least 13% in recent years, an assertion he has made frequently on the campaign trail.

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