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$99,999 Payout to Homeless Woman Highlights Social Security's Struggles
Wanda Witter, 80, who up until last week was homeless and living on D.C.'s streets, has received $99,999 in Social Security retirement benefits, but she could be just one of many people owed cash due to a "tangled mess" at the Social Security Administration, according to the social worker who
Ruth Riley helps break down myths, misconceptions about food stamps
Late last month, as Ruth Riley was preparing to testify before the U.S. Congress about her experience as a child whose family was in the food stamp program, she went to talk to her mother, Sharon. "It was the first time I think I really understood the circumstances around my childhood from a more
Try-Day Friday: Taking on the Food Stamp Challenge
Five days in to my food stamp challenge, I was seriously hangry. To be clear, I wasn’t hungry -- I’d consumed enough calories and nutrition to fill me. But I had just finished my fifth night in a row of meatloaf, roast potatoes and frozen green beans and I had to literally choke it down. I was full
Long-Term Jobless Benefits Clear Hurdle in Senate With GOP Help
Overcoming GOP opposition, the Senate today cleared the way for a vote on extending long-term unemployment benefits for three months, but still must wrestle over a way to fund the measure. Democrats and Republicans will now negotiate over a final bill and what amendments to...
House GOP Plan: Who Saves, Who Pays If the Medical Device Tax Is Delayed
House Republicans offered a pre-emptive response to a potential bipartisan Senate debt deal today, offering their own tentative plan, which adds a two-year delay to the Affordable Care Act’s medical device tax and a new condition requiring federal elected officials to enter the health care...
Sequester Seems to Have Emboldened, Not Hurt, Some Republicans
The sequester's barely visible economic impact combined with relatively strong economic forecasts doesn't seem to have hurt Republicans politically and may have even made them bolder. Obama warned for months that the layoffs and pay cuts that would result from domestic and military spending cuts
Sequester Cuts Impact Housing Assistance for Most Vulnerable
Housing agencies charged with helping the country's most vulnerable people find places to live are facing budget cuts due to sequestration . The automatic budget cuts are set to reduce federal housing assistance by more than $2 billion this year alone, according to the Center on Budget and Policy
Sequester at Home: Uncertainty in DC Suburb Means Higher Taxes to Come
Residents of Virginia’s most populous county should expect to see a bump in their property tax bill this year, thanks to economic uncertainty fostered by – you guessed it – Washington and the sequester, a county official said Thursday. Fairfax County, a D.C. suburb ranked...
So Long, Farewell
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) and AMY WALTER (@amyewalter) NOTABLES: KARZAI COMES TO WASHINGTON: With the U.S. set to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by 2014, Afghan President Hamid Karzai is in D.C. to talk about it. ABC’s Luis Martinez reports: President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan ...
What Happens If We Go Over the Cliff?
America is swiftly approaching the fiscal cliff. President Obama and congressional leaders have talked for weeks with varying degrees of frequency and success at compromising, and one precept resonates throughout the public statements of politicians and economists: the so-called "fiscal cliff"