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"High School Musical 3: Senior Year," the first big-screen adaptation of Walt Disney Co's popular TV movie franchise, rocked movie theaters around the world during its first weekend of release, the company said on Sunday. The movie sold $42 million worth of tickets across North America for the three days beginning on Friday, and grossed $40 million internationally. It was No. 1 by both counts, becoming the first worldwide chart-topper since the Batman sequel "The Dark Knight" in July, Disney said. The "High School Musical" franchise has generated two smash TV movies, two chart-topping albums, and made teen idols out of its stars, Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale. The plot of the new film brings the cast back to their fictional New Mexico high school, where Troy (Efron) must decide between pursuing a basketball scholarship or his song-and-dance dreams. The usual teen-angst issues ensue. Elsewhere at the North American box office, "Saw V" came in at No. 2 with $30.5 million, in line with the previous three installments in the horror franchise. The series was released by Lionsgate, a unit of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. Last weekend's champ, the Mark Wahlberg thriller "Max Payne," slipped to No. 3 with $7.6 million, taking its 10-day haul to $29.7 million. The film was released by 20th Century Fox, a unit of News Corp. (Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Bill Trott, yahoo)
Obama dances for Ellen.Barack Obama tells Ellen DeGeneres he's a better dancer than John McCain.Michelle Obama dancing.
"This weekend," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said today, "a plumber concerned that Senator Obama was going to raise his taxes asked him directly about his plan. The response was telling. Senator Obama explained to him that he was going to raise his taxes to quote 'spread the wealth around.'" Is that what happened? Judge for yourself -- here's the exchange.(Watch the video)Outside Toledo, Ohio, on Sunday, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was approached by plumber Joe Wurzelbacher, a big, bald man with a goatee who asked Obama if he believes in the American dream. "I'm getting ready to buy a company that makes 250 to 280 thousand dollars a year," Wurzelbacher said. "Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn't it?" Obama said, "First off, you would get a 50% tax credit so you'd get a tax cut for your healthcare costsâ€¦.. if your revenue is above 250 â€“ then from 250 down, your taxes are going to stay the same. It is true that from 250 up â€“ from 250 â€“ 300 or so, so for that additional amount, youâ€™d go from 36 to 39%, which is what it was under Bill Clinton. And the reason why weâ€™re doing that is because 95% of small businesses make less than 250. So what I want to do is give them a tax cut. I want to give all these folks who are bus drivers, teachers, auto workers who make less, I want to give them a tax cut. And so what weâ€™re doing is, we are saying that folks who make more than 250 that that marginal amount above 250 â€“ theyâ€™re gonna be taxed at a 39 instead of a 36% rate.â€ Responded Wurzelbacher, "the reason I ask you about the American dream, I mean I've worked hard. I'm a plumber. I work 10-12 hours a day and I'm buying this company and I'm going to continue working that way. I'm getting taxed more and more while fulfilling the American dream." "Well," said Obama, "here's a way of thinking about it. How long have been a plumber?" Wurzelbacher said 15 years. Obama says, â€œOver the last 15 years, when you werenâ€™t making 250, you would have been given a tax cut from me, so youâ€™d actually have more money, which means you would have saved more, which means you would have gotten to the point where you could build your small business quicker than under the current tax code. So there are two ways of looking at it â€“ I mean one way of looking at it is, now that youâ€™ve become more successful through hard work â€“ you donâ€™t want to be taxed as much.â€ â€œExactly," Wurzelbacher said. Obama continued, â€œBut another way of looking at it is 95% of folks who are making less than 250, they may be working hard too, but theyâ€™re being taxed at a higher rate than they would be under mine. So what Iâ€™m doing is, put yourself back 10 years ago when you were only making whatever, 60 or 70. Under my tax plan you would be keeping more of your paycheck, youâ€™d be paying lower taxes, which means you would have savedâ€¦Now look, nobody likes high taxes." "No," said Wurzelbacher. "Of course not," said Obama. "But whatâ€™s happened is that we end up â€“ weâ€™ve cut taxes a lot for folks like me who make a lot more than 250. We havenâ€™t given a break to folks who make less, and as a consequence, the average wage and income for ordinary folks, the vast majority of Americans, has actually gone down over the last eight years. So all I want to do is â€“ Iâ€™ve got a tax cut. The only thing that changes, is Iâ€™m gonna cut taxes a little bit more for the folks who are most in need and for the 5% of the folks who are doing very well - even though theyâ€™ve been working hard and I appreciate that â€“ I just want to make sure theyâ€™re paying a little bit more in order to pay for those other tax cuts. Now, I respect the disagreement. I just want you to be clear â€“ itâ€™s not that I want to punish your success â€“ I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you â€“ that theyâ€™ve got a chance at success too.â€ Wurzelbacher said it seemed as though Obama might support a flat tax. Obama says, â€œyou know, I would be open to it except hereâ€™s the problem with a flat tax is that if you actually put a flat tax together, in order for it to work and replace all the revenue that weâ€™ve got, youâ€™d probably end up having to make it like about a 40% sales tax. I mean thatâ€™s the value added, making it up. Now some people say 23 or 25, but in truth when you add up all the revenue that would need to be raised, youâ€™d have to slap on a whole bunch of sales taxes on. And I do believe for folks like me who have worked hard, but frankly also been lucky, I donâ€™t mind paying just a little bit more than the waitress that I just met over there whoâ€™s things are slow and she can barely make the rent." Obama said, "My attitude is that if the economyâ€™s good for folks from the bottom up, itâ€™s gonna be good for everybody. If youâ€™ve got a plumbing business, youâ€™re gonna be better off if youâ€™re gonna be better off if youâ€™ve got a whole bunch of customers who can afford to hire you, and right now everybodyâ€™s so pinched that business is bad for everybody and I think when you spread the wealth around, itâ€™s good for everybody." That's the key moment McCain is jumping outâ€¦"when you spread the wealth around it's good for everybody." "But listen," Obama said, shaking Wurzelbacher's hand, "I respect what you do and I respect your question, and even if I donâ€™t get your vote, Iâ€™m still gonna be working hard on your behalf, because small businesses are what creates jobs in this country and I want to encourage it.â€ "Guys I gotta get out of here and go prepare for the debate," Obama said, "but that was pretty good practice right there."From ABC NEWS:By:Jake Tapper - He is ABC News' Senior National Correspondent based in the network's Washington bureau. He writes about politics and popular culture and covers a range of national stories.
Vice Presidential Debate 2008 -Between Senator Joe Biden (Democrat) and Governor Sarah Palin (Republican)
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