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A growing coalition of progressives tries to expand social security instead of cutting it

In our nation’s capitol, calls for cutting Social Security benefits and shifting the ever-rising costs of health care from Medicare onto the backs of American seniors are ubiquitous. But context matters, and these ideas are nothing short of perverse…  …

‘Old woman’ Colbert tells Maryland Dem.: Stop Obama from taking my Social Security

Stephen Colbert adopted the persona of a senior citizen on Monday to highlight Rep. Donna Edwards’ (D-MD) disagreement with President Barack Obama on whether to cut Social Security benefits. “Imagine I’m an old woman in your district,” Colbert proposed to Edwards, who represents her state’s 4th congressional district. “What do…

Rick Perry: I haven’t backed off anything in my book

Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry said Saturday that he still believes in the views put forth in his book Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington, despite attempts from his presidential campaign to distance itself from the 9-month-old book. “I haven’t backed off anything in my book,” Perry…

Perry campaign continues to disavow Perry’s 9-month-old book

Rick Perry’s campaign has tried to distance itself from Perry’s 9-month-old book Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington for the second time since last week. In response to a query by The Washington Post, spokesman Mark Miner distanced Perry from his book’s proposal to repeal the 16th…

Rick Perry disavows 9-month-old book ‘Fed Up!’

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has disavowed views put forward in his book Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington just one week into his presidential campaign and only 9 months after it was first published in November 2010. In the book, Perry blasted the expansion of the…

Social Security’s disability fund will go broke in 5 years

New congressional estimates show that the account that Social Security disability checks are drawn from will be insolvent by 2017 without intervention, the Associated Press reported. Applications for assistance from the already financially strained program are up 50 percent over the last decade, and cash is dwindling as demand far…

Chicago trader missing since 1979 arrested in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – A former Chicago commodities broker who disappeared in suspicious circumstances in 1979, possibly fleeing the mob, was found working in a Las Vegas casino and arrested on fraud charges, court documents said on Friday. Arthur Gerald Jones, now 72, was found working as a sports book…

Exclusive: Obama may cut Social Security, Sanders tells Raw

One-year payroll tax holiday key to toppling seniors’ safety net, Sanders warns Social Security may be on the White House chopping block, a US Senator recently told Raw Story, expressing deep uneasiness about President Barack Obama’s noncommittal attitude toward staving off cuts to the cherished program. “I have to tell…

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