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The Buffett Rule, Poet Kathleen Flenniken, And Around The Watercooler

Steve Scher
04/16/2012 at 10:00 a.m.

Tax The (Very) Rich? One day before taxes are due, lawmakers are voting on a bill that Democrats say would increase fairness in the tax code. Republicans call it a gimmick. The debate is over the tax–the–rich proposal named after Warren Buffett. The "Buffett Rule" would require anyone making over $1 million to pay at least 30 percent of their income in taxes. It has little chance of passing, but interesting political plays are unfolding on both sides of the aisle. We'll take a deeper look with CBS's Capitol Hill producer Jill Jackson.

Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken: Kathleen Flenniken is the recently appointed Poet Laureate of Washington state. Her book "Famous" was a finalist for the Washington state Book Award. Her second collection, "Plume," is based on her life growing up in Richland and her work as an engineer at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Kathleen Flenniken reads two poems and talks to Steve Scher about her desire as poet laureate to introduce more readers to Washington state poets.

Around The Watercooler: We gather around the virtual radio watercooler to talk over the news beyond the main headlines. Today, we'll tackle the Catholic church's support for Referendum 74 to overturn gay marriage, Seattle's new ferris wheel, the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and the addictive games on your smartphone. And are "The Simpsons" from Springfield, Oregon? Share your thoughts at 1.800.289.KUOW (5869).

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Jill Jackson is a Capitol Hill producer for CBS News.

Kathleen Flenniken is the Poet Laureate of Washington state. She teaches poetry through Seattle's Writers in the Schools program, Jack Straw and other arts agencies. She is also co–editor and president of Floating Bridge Press, and president of the board at Jack Straw.

Wendy Sykes is owner of Four and 20 Blackbirds baking school.

Peter Steinbrueck is an architect and former Seattle City councilmember.

David Schmader is associate editor at The Stranger and author of solo plays "Letter to Axl," "Straight," and his latest, "A Short–Term Solution To A Long–Term Problem."

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