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Director Ken Loach (L), Palme d'Or award winner for his film "I, Daniel Blake", reacts next to producer Rebecca O'Brien during the closing ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 22, 2016. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Ken Loach Wins Second Cannes Palme d’Or With ‘I, Daniel Blake’

“When there is despair, the people from the far right take advantage,” Loach said. “We must say that another world is possible and necessary.” “I, Daniel Blake”, shows how Britain’s social security system conspires to drive a downtrodden carpenter and a single mother of two into poverty in the northeastern city of Newcastle.

May 22, 2016
Puerto Rico's Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla addresses the audience at

Puerto Rican Bonds And The Small Investor

What prompted ordinary investors to put their savings into Puerto Rican bonds? But first let’s look at who is running the ads.

April 28, 2016
An American flag flutters in the wind next to signage for a U.S. Social Security Administration office in Burbank

Door Closing On Social Security Strategy For Baby Boomers

A popular strategy known as “file and suspend” will be shut down for new participants after April 29.

March 9, 2016
Retirement Plan

Getting Started: Are You Saving Enough For Retirement?

Saving for retirement is no easy task, but a new study says you don’t need to be a Powerball winner to put away enough cash for old age.

January 27, 2016
Social Security, Taxpayers, Taxes, Safetynet, Retirement

Your Birth Date Affects How Social Security Change Affects You

The cuts to a couple of key Social Security claiming strategies — squeezed into federal budget legislation in October — continue to confound seniors, whether or not they’re actually affected by the changes.

January 6, 2016
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How Divorce And Remarriage Affect Your Social Security Benefits

Are you entitled to some of your ex-spouses benefits? Generally, a subsequent remarriage takes away the ability to collect divorced spousal benefits, but there are very limited exceptions.

November 26, 2015
Social Security, Taxpayers, Taxes, Safetynet, Retirement

Taking Social Security At 62: Is It A Good Idea?

I’m turning 62 this fall and looking forward to starting Social Security. My good friend told me it’s better to wait, but I’m eager to supplement my income. How do I decide?

October 23, 2015
Republican 2016 U.S. presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump reacts near the end of the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland

5 Depressing Things To Expect If A GOP President And Congress Win in 2016

If Republicans win in 2016, expect the worst. And if we let this happen after seeing what they did the last time we had a GOP president and Congress — 2001-2006 — know that we deserve it.

October 12, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally held in Ladd-Peebles stadium in Mobile

5 Reasons Republicans Cannot Be Trusted With Power

What is being exposed is a Republican Party intent on proving itself incapable of and unqualified for power, as evidenced by both its acceptance of Trump and its wider embrace of destructive delusions. Here’s how Republicans have proven that they are unfit to lead.

August 24, 2015
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding dinner in Clear Lake

Clinton Tells Organized Labor She Would Enhance Social Security For Some

Hillary Clinton has told the AFL-CIO she wants to improve Social Security benefits for women and lower-income seniors.

August 17, 2015
George W. Bush

Republicans Or Social Security? On 80th Anniversary, Still An Easy Choice

Greed is always in fashion on Wall Street. But working Americans see no reason to hand Social Security over to the banks, as the Republican candidates propose, when its administrative costs amount to well under one percent of its revenues.

August 14, 2015
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley delivered a keynote presentation at Canada 2020 on November 26, 2014 and sat down in conversation with Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. (Canada 2020/Flickr)

An Explosion Of Substance In The 2016 Democratic Race

It took a while but the 2016 Democratic Race finally sprung to life — in all its messy, exciting, and hopefully substantial glory.

April 30, 2015
Hospital paperwork

A Little Homework Can Help You Navigate The Medicare Maze

You’re eligible for Medicare when you turn 65, but these days, the decision to sign up is not a slam-dunk.

April 29, 2015
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5 Horrible Republican Ideas & Beliefs Conservatives Will Never Let Die

In the Republican Party, the life expectancy of a terrible idea is forever.

April 27, 2015

5 Ways Hillary Clinton And Progressives Could Win The Democratic Primary

Unless a viable opponent arises, most Democratic debate will take place inside Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Here are five ways the front-runner can signal that she plans to win with progressives and heed their priorities.

April 20, 2015
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Christie Pitches Social Security Overhaul During New Hampshire Visit

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spent his first day in New Hampshire pitching overhauls to Social Security and federal health care, visiting a pizzeria and courting Republicans during what appeared to be a campaign trip in all but name.

April 15, 2015
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The Real Ted Cruz: Country Music, Harvard Law, And Tea Party ‘Populism’

While Cruz highlights his Tea Party persona to appeal to Republican primary voters, he exposes the fraudulence of ultra-right “populism.”

March 27, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Get What’s Yours: The Secrets To Maxing Out Your Social Security’

Introduced as a New Deal program in 1935, Social Security has been a capstone after a career (or several) — and for many retired Americans, it is the difference between comfort and poverty. Knowing how to navigate and properly execute one’s retirement is imperative as 10,000 Baby Boomers reach retirement age every day. The value of making the “right decisions, […]

March 1, 2015
Mitt Romney speaks to fellow Republicans at a dinner during the Republican National Committee's Annual Winter Meeting aboard the USS Midway on January 16, 2015 in San Diego, California (AFP/Sandy Huffaker)

End Poverty? Reduce Inequality? What Republicans Must Do First

Republican candidates say they want to reduce poverty and inequality. But how can they become the change?

January 27, 2015
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) answers questions during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol Jan. 7, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Boehner discussed priorities of the new U.S. Congress, and the recent attack in Paris during his remarks. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

The Right’s Idea Of ‘Governance’

The new Congress has already proved that it won’t govern responsibly.

January 8, 2015

How Are Federal Dollars Divided Among States?

Find out which states rely the most on government spending.

December 10, 2014
Social Security, Taxpayers, Taxes, Safetynet, Retirement

How The Safety Net Cuts Poverty Rates

The safety net is saving Americans — but Republicans are still obsessed with cutting it.

October 28, 2014

Cyberattacks On State Databases Escalate

Only 24.5 percent of information and security officers are confident they can protect against the prevalent cyber threats made to state databases.

October 6, 2014
Seniors walking

Norway Ranks No. 1, Afghanistan Last, In Quality Of Life For Over-60s

See which other countries take care of their senior citizens — and which ones don’t.

October 2, 2014
Social Security, Taxpayers, Taxes, Safetynet, Retirement

Social Security’s No-Bad-News Day

By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times The annual trustees reports for Social Security and Medicare customarily give rise to an outburst of disinformation from the enemies of social insurance programs — that comes with the territory when you’re putting out hundreds of pages densely packed with graphs, charts and statistics. There may be less of […]

July 31, 2014
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