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  • Opinion 6 ways to avoid the 'fiscal cliff'

    Republican congressional leaders and President Obama sharply disagree over how to deal with the impending “fiscal cliff.” But a successful plan shouldn’t be that hard to put in place. Here are six ways Washington can avoid the “fiscal cliff.”

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  • Veterans groups gear up to fight any proposed changes to disability payments

    To help reduce the deficit, President Barack Obama has suggested using a different measure of inflation to calculate Social Security benefits, leading to a slower growth rate. Veterans groups worry such a change could apply to disability payments.

  • Opinion 6 ways to avoid the 'fiscal cliff'

    Republican congressional leaders and President Obama sharply disagree over how to deal with the impending “fiscal cliff.” But a successful plan shouldn’t be that hard to put in place. Here are six ways Washington can avoid the “fiscal cliff.”

  • Opinion Bring back the American Dream? It’s not that hard.

    The problem isn't lack of knowledge on what to do, but partisan arguments that ignore common-sense consensus. America needs an activist government and individual responsibility. It needs immediate job creation, and over the long term, debt reduction and stronger families.

  • Opinion What Obama and Romney aren't talking about: America's class divide

    I am the proud son of a hardworking milkman. I also have a PhD from Yale. Therein lies a story of class mobility, an issue that is crucial for America's future and that ought to be part of the presidential campaign. Yet neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney will address class head on.

  • Opinion Beyond Obamacare: 5 opinions on health care reform

    Health care reform remains a contentious issue in the United States. The Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law, the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. But some Republicans, like presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, hope to repeal the law under the next Congress. Here, writers explore five key aspects of health-care reform.

  • Opinion A health-care plan Ryan, Obama, and Romney should all get behind

    With health-care costs skyrocketing, the US faces a critical fork in the road. Medicare for all isn't viable, but neither is Paul Ryan's privatized system. Thankfully, we don't have to choose. Having both a private and a public plan isn't just political compromise. It's what's best for Americans.
    06/14/2011 12:57 pm

  • US adds 3.8 million more to ranks of the poor as poverty rate jumps

    US poverty rate hit 14.3 percent last year, up from 13.2 percent in 2008. The jump bring the number of the poor to its highest level since 1959, five years before the Johnson-era War on Poverty.
    09/16/2010 05:33 pm

  • Are higher taxes inevitable?

    Obama is in a bind, given his no-tax campaign pledge. But the recession, stimulus spending, and higher interest on national debt are ballooning federal deficits, perhaps to risky levels.
    08/26/2009 01:00 am

  • Obama promises 600,000 new jobs from stimulus spending

    Only $37 billion of the $787 billion has been spent so far. Confusing provisions and the sheer size of the bill have created delays.
    06/08/2009 01:00 am

  • CBO: US deficit ballooning to record $1.7 trillion

    Higher forecast will complicate Obama's bid to push spending plans through Congress.
    03/20/2009 01:00 am

Doing Good

 

What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

 
 
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