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Only a 1.5 percent increase for Social Security

Only a 1.5 percent increase for Social Security

Social Security benefits for nearly 58 million people will increase by 1.5 percent next year, the government announced Wednesday. The increase is among the smallest since automatic adjustments were adopted in 1975. It is small because consumer prices haven’t gone up much in the past year. The annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, is based on […]

Medicare boss apologizes for Obamacare fiasco

Medicare boss apologizes for Obamacare fiasco

Stressing that improvements are happening daily, the senior Obama official closest to the administration’s malfunctioning health care website apologized Tuesday for problems that have kept Americans from successfully signing up for coverage. “I want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should,” Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner said as […]

Say what? America may stop spying on its allies?

Say what? America may stop spying on its allies?

Faced with a flood of revelations about U.S. spying practices, the White House is considering ending its eavesdropping on friendly foreign leaders, a senior administration official said. A final decision has not been made and the move is still under review, the official said. But the fact that it is even being considered underscores the […]

Judge rules Texas abortion limits unconstitutional

Judge rules Texas abortion limits unconstitutional

A federal judge has determined that new Texas abortion restrictions violate the U.S. Constitution, a ruling that keeps open — at least for now — dozens of abortion clinics that were set to halt operations Tuesday had key parts of the law taken effect. In a decision released Monday that the state is certain to […]

Make government shutdowns illegal? A tough sale

Make government shutdowns illegal? A tough sale

There is a way to prevent government shutdowns. A change in U.S. law would keep federal workers on the job and ensure that treasured sites like the Statue of Liberty and Yosemite stay open during a budget fight, instead of becoming political pawns. The idea’s been around for three decades, but even after a 16-day […]

Unhappy at work? Grow older and it gets worse

Unhappy at work? Grow older and it gets worse

Not happy with your job? Just wait. A study by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 9 in 10 workers who are age 50 or older say they are very or somewhat satisfied with their job. Older workers reported satisfaction regardless of gender, race, educational level, political ideology and income level. […]

Another Obamacare glitch shuts down enrollments

Another Obamacare glitch shuts down enrollments

A data center critical for allowing uninsured Americans to buy health coverage under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law went down on Sunday, halting online enrollment for all 50 states in the latest problem to hit the program’s troubled rollout. The data center operated by Verizon’s Terremark experienced a connectivity issue that caused it to shut […]

America is losing its way in war against terrorism

America is losing its way in war against terrorism

Three disclosures this week show that the United States is losing its way in the struggle against terrorism. Sweeping government efforts to stop attacks are backfiring abroad and infringing on basic rights at home. CIA drone strikes are killing scores of civilians in Pakistan and Yemen.  The National Security Agency is eavesdropping on tens of […]

Health care info not used for immigration enforcement

Health care info not used for immigration enforcement

The Obama administration is stressing that information submitted while signing up for coverage under the new health care law will not be used to enforce immigration law. That’s always been the practice, but lingering fear among some immigrants that personal details could be used against them led the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to […]