Chicago Sun-Times (IL)
Rahm’s pension reform: Freeze retiree pay hikes, up retirement age
Fran Spielman and Dave McKinney
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday proposed raising the retirement age for most city employees to 67, increasing employees’ pension contributions by 1 percent a year over the next five years and suspending yearly cost-of-living adjustments for retirees to help solve the city’s $20 billion pension crisis. His plan was greeted warmly by legislative leaders, but panned by union officials.
Opinion: Europe rejects austerity, will U.S.?
Robert L. Borosage
Both also assume that “shared sacrifice” will define the terms of the deal. Democrats will agree to support cuts in entitlements — Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Republicans will accept tax reforms that end raising net revenue. Both accept continued discretionary spending cuts.
Lugar Concession Speech Tells All About Polarization
In his August 2011 negotiations with Speaker John Boehner, Obama broached raising the eligibility age for Medicare and slowing the growth in Social Security benefits by “chaining” the program to the consumer price index. At the end, those negotiations fell apart not because Obama couldn’t persuade Democrats to sign onto entitlement changes, but because Boehner couldn’t persuade Republicans to sign onto tax increases.
The Wall Street Journal (NAT)
Review & Outlook: Lugar's Ungraceful Exit
The Wall Street Journal argues his final TV ad on Social Security helps explain his defeat.
Business Insider (NAT)
Richard Mourdock Helped The Banks And Thinks Social Security Is Unconstitutional
It is unfortunate that Senator Lugar, not a great man by any means, has been replaced by an odious man as the Republican nominee. Truth is, Richard Mourdock is a fringe guy.
News Hounds (Blog)
Rand Paul Cheerleads For Social Security Cuts – With Neil Cavuto’s Approval
Senator Rand Paul visited Your World yesterday to cheerlead for discuss Republican austerity measures. Neil Cavuto was all ears.
UNC Charlotte: 350,000 social security numbers exposed during in
University officials at UNC Charlotte say they now know exactly what was exposed during an internet breach earlier this year.
The Ledger (FL)
Social Security: Members Of Congress Pay Into The System
Yes, they do. Members of Congress, the president and vice president, federal judges and most political appointees have paid taxes into the Social Security program since January 1984. They pay into the system just like everyone else, no matter how long they have been in office. Learn more about Social Security benefits at
The Morning Call (PA)
Don't tax Social Security benefits
Charles F. Fry
I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Heffelfinger's letter to the editor about Social Security. I have been writing to my congressman and to my senators for years about this inequity. Once or twice, I
Fox News (NAT)
Obama and the polls -- is the president's glass half full or half empty?
A midcourse correction in message strategy appears to be in order for Obama and his campaign to consider. The president can pre-empt the center and turn these independent voters in his direction by endorsing the across-the-board approach of the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction plan. He can do this dramatically in his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, if not before. And he can challenge Romney to do the same.
The New York Times (NAT)
Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States Most Upwardly Mobile
A new study finds that New York, New Jersey and Maryland are the best states at helping residents’ incomes rise. Louisiana, Oklahoma and South Carolina fared worst in the study.
Rolling Stone (NAT)
Austerity Can't Be Just for Regular People Rolling Stone
It didn’t take long to crank up the backlash against European voters. This is inevitable whenever a socialist wins a major election, but particularly now, when new French president François Hollande rode to victory shouting, "Austerity can no longer be inevitable!"
Obama Heads To Hollywood; Conservative Group Mocks 'Celebrity President'
On Thursday, some of Hollywood's top stars and deepest pockets will congregate at the Studio City, Calif., home of actor George Clooney to mingle with President Obama and raise money for his re-election campaign. At least one conservative group is deriding Obama as a "celebrity president."
The Atlantic Wire (NAT)
Today's the Worst Day for Mitt Romney's High School Bullying Story to Come Out
What would be the worst possible news for Mitt Romney to have to deal with the day after President Obama announced he supports gay marriage?
The Atlantic (NAT)
Nicholas Katzenbach, Unsung Hero of America's Desegregation National
The Civil Rights era attorney general died Tuesday night at the age of 90.
Roll Call (DC)
Democrats Still Have Tough Road in Indiana
Since Richard Mourdock s resounding victory Tuesday, Rep. Joe Donnelly and his fellow Democrats have been bullish about their prospects for putting the Indiana Senate seat in play. But Republicans balk at the idea, pointing out that no Democrat not named Bayh has won a Senate seat in Indiana since 1970.
President Obama's seven states of grief over gay marriage
If there’s been one constant over the course of President Barack Obama’s evolution on gay marriage, it’s this: The White House’s keen awareness of the radioactive politics of the issue. Obama aides fretted that delay would dent his new-breed brand, and likewise that plunging in could weigh him down in battleground states. They...
Fox News (NAT)
Justice Department files suit against Arizona sheriff Arpaio
The Obama administration announced Thursday that it is suing Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, accusing him and his Maricopa County office of engaging in a pattern of discrimination against Latinos.