Obama's Budget: The White House Infographic Version

The government's plan for your tax dollars: See how much of Obama's 2012 budget will go to defense, debt interest, pollution control, and other stuff.

President Barack Obama has released his $3.729 trillion budget for 2012. The negotiating and haggling are already under way. Republicans say he didn't cut enough. Democrats will defend some of the programs Obama suggests cutting, like higher education, which will see an $89 billion spending drop over 10 years.

In an admirable move to make the daunting scale of the budget comprehensible, the White House has made and interactive infographic showing where the money goes in broad strokes. That big blue box for the military is growing by $671 billion to fund short term war costs in Afghanistan, if you were wondering.

There are a few tax increases in the budget, including allowing the Bush-era tax cuts expire for people making more than $200,000 year, as well as an increase on coal, oil and gas producers. That might go toward natural resources spending, appropriately the bright green box, representing 1.12 percent of the budget.

But the really scary color up there is deep purple. Net interest on our debt is 6.3 percent of the total budget and rising. That's what everyone wants to shrink. The White House estimates this budget would reduce the deficit by $1.1 trillion over ten years.

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An estimated eight million people in the U.S. have started a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for their own or a member of their household's healthcare costs, according to a survey released Wednesday.

The poll, which was conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, also found that in addition to the millions who have launched crowdfunding efforts for themselves or a member of their household, at least 12 million more Americans have started crowdfunding efforts for someone else.

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In the months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the military to move Japanese-Americans into internment camps to defend the West Coast from spies.

From 1942 to 1946, an estimated 120,000 Japanese Americans, of which a vast majority were second- and third-generation citizens, were taken from their homes and forced to live in camps surrounded by armed military and barbed wire.

After the war, the decision was seen as a cruel act of racist paranoia by the American government against its own citizens.

The internment caused most of the Japanese-Americans to lose their money and homes.

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