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Feingold links Pelosi with Steny Hoyer for supporting Simpson -Bowles "Catfood" proposal
Eric Kingson, co-director of Social Security Works, said last week he was worried that Pelosi was making a dangerous gamble: By publicly backing Simpson-Bowles, she is able to make Republicans look that much more intransigent for not meeting her in the middle. ... But the consequence is that Pelosi is on record in favor of drastic cuts, a difficult position to defend in an election year
Huffington Post (NAT)
Threat Of Hunger Skyrockets Among Seniors Over Last Decade: Report
One in seven seniors in America -- some 8.3 million people -- faced the threat of hunger in 2010, a 78 percent spike since 2001, according to a study released today by Meals On Wheels, the nonprofit that delivers meals to the homebound.
JPMorgan Chief Jamie Dimon Blasts Obama, Asks For Simpson-Bowles Now
The head of JPMorgan Chase sought to ridicule President Obama’s persecution of speculators and expressed support for the Simpson-Bowles bipartisan budget plan, echoing earlier remarks at the event on the latter point made by General Electric chief Jeff Immelt.
Feingold: Pelosi wobbly on Social Security
Former Sen. Russ Feingold is going after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for what he calls “a disturbing potential willingness to adopt a plan that could slash” Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits. In an email to supporters of his group, Progressives United, Feingold — the Democrat who lost his Wisconsin Senate seat...
Democrat and Chronicle (NY)
Social Security, Medicare aren't entitlements
In the April 17 editorial, Social Security and Medicare were grouped in with other entitlements. It should be noted that entitlements are things people seek and get for free with no contribution other than what taxpayers paying their annual tax bills send in. Social Security and Medicare are social contracts authorized by Congress and legislation whereby taxpayers pay in through payroll taxes and when they retire or become disabled they get help back.
The Hill (DC)
GOP nominee for Giffords seat reverses course on entitlements
Jesse Kelly previously said Social Security and Medicare must be phased out but has changed his campaign website. After three years of saying that Social Security and Medicare must be phased out, the Republican nominee to replace former Rep.
Social Security: Information & Updates (Blog)
If it’s not .gov, it’s not Social Security
The official Social Security website is at www.socialsecurity.gov. When travelling, a map is useful so that you arrive at the right place. Going online can be very much the same. Look for the “.gov” at the end of the web address —if it isn’t .gov, it isn’t the real Social Security website — www.socialsecurity.gov.
Tucson Citizen (AZ)
The video: Kelly says Social Security and Medicare are Ponzi schemes, need to be privatized and phased out
The video: Kelly says Social Security and Medicare are Ponzi schemes, need to be privatized and phased out - In The Aggregate – Arizona's political blogs
Washington Times (DC)
Web put off-limits to Social Security claims judges
The Social Security Administration last month told its disability-claims judges they are no longer to seek out information from websites when deciding cases.
Pittsburgh Business Times (PA)
Forbes: National consensus starting to emerge
Forbes said that Obama's defeat would allow more moderate "Clinton-style" Democrats to start working to solve the monumental economic problems facing the United States. Forbes pointed to some Democrats' embrace of tax reform in the Simpson-Bowles deficit-reduction committee, as well as a liberal Democrat's support of the recently announced fiscal plan by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc. Forbes also noted the success of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican chief executive with a Democrat-led legislature as well as bipartisan work toward budget cuts in New York state last year.
The Washington Post (NAT)
April jobs report: The recovery softens
While the last four months have been decent for job growth on average, the numbers still put us many years away from full employment.
The Washington Post (DC)
Washington Post poll: Obama leads Romney as campaigns converge on Virginia
Ben Pershing and Jon Cohen
The Democratic president has a key advantage in his bid for reelection: The coalition of Virginians that helped propel him to victory in 2008 — young voters, suburban Washingtonians, women and African Americans — is largely intact. Yet the survey shows that voters in the state are split on Obama’s signature health-care reform law and that they remain deeply pessimistic about the way things are going in the country, creating a potential opening for Romney.
The New Yorker (NY)
The French Election and Austerity in Europe
Since the financial crisis hit in 2008, the European Community has embraced the self-flagellation of strict economic austerity: cut spending and raise taxes, and you’ll bring down budget deficits and win the confidence of the financial markets, or so...
Yes, the Health-Care Mandate Is About Liberty
Jonathan Cohn and David A. Strauss
Critics of the health-care law say the Affordable Care Act is unprecedented. But, in 1792, President George Washington signed the Militia Act, requiring all men to purchase a gun and knapsack. The goal was defense of liberty. A decision to uphold the health-insurance mandate would be a powerful defense of liberty in the modern age.
The Economist (UK)
America's economy: The pace we've come to expect
FOR the second month in a row, America’s labour market has disappointed, once again raising questions about whether the economic recovery is truly entrenched. Nonfarm payrolls rose just 115,000 in April from March. While the unemployment rate dipped to 8.1%, the lowest since early 2009, from 8.2%, it did so for the wrong reason: the labour force (those working or looking for work) shrank by 342,000.
Local elections 2012: David Cameron warned to return to Tory values after heavy election defeat
Initial estimates from the BBC show Labour with 39 per cent of the vote, the Tories with 31 per cent and the Lib Dems on 16 per cent, with a low turn-out of 32 per cent.
The Christian Science Monitor (NAT)
War over #Julia: Has Obama campaign set a trap for Republicans?
The Obama campaign's 'Life of Julia' Web infographic shows how government helps women from cradle to grave. Republicans have pounced on it as 'nanny state' excess. But the #Julia Internet meme has taken off.
Roll Call (DC)
Indiana: New Independent Poll Gives Mourdock a 10-Point Lead
In what will likely be the final independent survey released before Tuesday’s GOP primary, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) led Lugar, 48 percent to 38 percent, in the Howey/DePauw University Indiana Battleground Poll.
Associated Press (NAT)
Romney, Mormons brace for a mean political season News
From Yahoo! News: As 20,000 Mormons streamed from the church conference center, a ragtag group of protesters stood across the street shouting that the Latter-day Saints were going to hell. Mormon families, who had gathered here for two days of speeches and spiritual guidance called General Conference, ignored the hecklers or laughed and kept walking.