| Oct 4, 2013
| 3:07 PM
It happens every time: Republicans and Democrats get into a standoff over the federal budget, and their best plan for wriggling out of it is to nickel-and-dime people on Social Security and Medicare.
The worst zombie in this package, a terrible idea...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 6:10 AM
Oh. Have I got your attention now?
(Apologies to Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross.)
This may be a case of the worst timing ever, but the question of whether Congress is underpaid actually is on the table right now.
You can thank tin-eared...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 7:51 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A robust recovery for the global economy remains well out of reach.
That's the view that emerges from a survey of economists just as the Federal Reserve is expected this week to reduce its stimulus for the U.S. economy....
| Oct 16, 2013
| 2:52 PM
The glittering new deal to end the government shutdown/debt ceiling crisis has one tiny sop to the Republicans. Let's hope they don't break their arms patting themselves on the back about it.
The sop is a provision to tighten "income verification" for...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 2:41 PM
A couple of well-heeled anchor-reporters for CNBC -- the type of people who need never beg for lunch dates among Wall Street bankers -- Friday batted around the supposed threat to the republic posed by hordes of seniors collecting Social Security...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 3:53 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill giving the National Football League an enormous break -- at the expense of players who get hurt, sometimes devastatingly, entertaining the fans. He should be ashamed.
The measure (AB 1309) may have been the most...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 11:37 PM
Dear Liz: I'm 64 and lost my last full-time job a year ago. I have since exhausted my unemployment benefits and been on and off food stamps. (I'm waiting to get back on them right now because my temporary-to-permanent job didn't become permanent after...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 9:37 AM
Is it possible for a major news organization to produce a story about the Social Security disability program without interviewing a single disabled person or disability advocate?
That's the experiment "60 Minutes" conducted Sunday. The result was...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 1:05 AM
Q What are Social Security mother and father benefits?
A These are Social Security survivor benefits to a surviving spouse or surviving divorced spouse based on having a child of the deceased in their care. Mother and father benefits may be paid to a...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 2:58 PM
You can always identify true ideologues -- their pitch never changes, no matter the weather, political or otherwise. That's the case with Fix the Debt, a lobby group for deficit hawks that's connected umbilically to hedge fund billionaire Peter G....
| Oct 3, 2013
| 6:25 AM
Mickey Kaus, the neoliberal (whatever that is) blogger from L.A.'s Westside, writes in the Daily Caller that he has just discovered he had no taxed income last year.
"I am the 47%," he declares, referring to Mitt Romney's celebrated rant about non-tax-...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 7:18 PM
HOPE MILLS, N.C. — Alberta Currie, the great-granddaughter of slaves, was born in a farmhouse surrounded by tobacco and cotton fields. Her mother, Willie Pearl, gave birth with the assistance of a midwife.
No birth certificate was issued; a...