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What You Need to Know Before Reading New Social Security Statements

Jason Alderman | Posted 01.19.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

When was the last time you took a close look at your Social Security benefit statement? It was probably around 2011, when the Social Security Admini...

Friday Talking Points -- A Democratic Economic Platform for Next Time

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in Congress just won a smashing electoral success by essentially doing nothing but mercilessly block Obama's agenda. That, to put it another way, is a winning formula for them with their base voters.

The Budget Passed: How Military Families Can Take the High Road

Molly Blake | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Molly Blake

military families and service members are famous for overcoming challenges, doing more with less, running in boots with packs on, moving to unfamiliar towns, being told to deploy on a moment's notice. Lead by example yet again, fellow military families.

Blind Taste Test: Ranking 9 Classic Colas, From Mexican Coke To Zevia

Thrillist | Posted 11.11.2013 | Taste
Thrillist

Snap on your safety goggles before proceeding.

Chained-CPI Supporters Believe This Year's Tiny Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Is Too Generous

Nancy Altman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Nancy Altman

No one is getting rich from Social Security. Social Security beneficiaries have little flexibility in their household budgets. They paid into Social Security throughout their working lives, and have earned a COLA that should keep their benefits at pace with inflation.

Ryan Grim

Republicans Tell Constituents They're Defending Social Security

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two House Republicans have told constituents they oppose proposed cuts to Social Security and veterans benefits by reducing the cost of ...

Chained CPI Cuts Average Social Security Benefits by $15,615 - Even With Bump-Up for Older Retirees

Ben Veghte | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
Ben Veghte

Seventy-seven million baby boomers have entered or are approaching retirement. Social Security will make up the bulk of the income most of these seniors will have at their disposal. As our private retirement system continues to underperform and Medicare premiums rise, cutting Social Security COLAs based on a false premise is bad policy.

Chained CPI Is a Fraud: Set Constant Dollar COLA, Not Percent COLA

Susan Rhea | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Susan Rhea

The president is asking Congress to change the way cost of living adjustments are determined so corporations, Wall Street financiers, and others in the top 10 percent don't see an income tax increase, closure of tax loopholes, or reduced income deductions.

A Whole New Definition of "Luxury"

David Macaray | Posted 05.25.2013 | Business
David Macaray

Union membership is a luxury. A middle-class income is a luxury. In fact, everything north of genteel poverty is a luxury. In some ways, it feels like the storied American Labor Movement never happened.

AARP Kinda Hates Chained CPI

Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Arthur Delaney

AARP CEO A. Barry Rand said during a speech today at the National Press Club that he's no fan of the "chained CPI" -- the alternate measure of inflati...

Dear Congress: A Vote for the Chained CPI Is a Vote to Cut Social Security Benefits

Eric Kingson | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics
Eric Kingson

A typical Social Security retiree would lose roughly $500 in benefits at age 75 under the chained CPI as compared to the current law; $1,000 in their 85th year and $1,500 at age 90.

The Terrible Timing of "Chained Cola":: Benefits Decline as Cash Needs Increase, Especially for Widows

Merton Bernstein | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Merton Bernstein

Chained COLA (cost-of-living adjustments) would purposely reduce Social Security benefits every year. As time goes on, the reductions -- initially small -- accumulate, constantly reducing the purchasing power of Social Security benefits.

The Latest Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA): Is It Accurate?

Dana Bell | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Dana Bell

Social Security's benefits are modest by virtually any measure, but vital to the millions of seniors, people with disabilities, and survivors who rely on them. The annual Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) is not a benefit increase, but a part of the basic benefit.

Arthur Delaney

Small Social Security Cost Of Living Adjustments Could Get Smaller

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A coalition of 96 organizations representing veterans, the elderly, minorities and labor unions on Tuesday used the occasion of the annu...

Attention All Journalists: 8 Things You Need to Know Before Reporting on the Social Security COLA

Eric Kingson | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Eric Kingson

Tomorrow morning, the Social Security Administration will post on its website the size of the Cost of Living Adjustment for 2013. Here are eight things that journalists -- newspaper, radio and TV reporters, editors, bloggers and TV anchors -- need to know.

I'm With Stupid: Artificially Creating Pepsi's Next Big Mess

Todd Hartley | Posted 06.09.2012 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I predict that Pepsi Next will be a colossal failure for Pepsi. It won't be as big a flop as New Coke was, but that's just because Pepsi's not as big as Coke.

In Social Security Cuts, Look for the Chained CPI

Daniel Marans | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Daniel Marans

There are a number of reasons why the Social Security cuts are sure to include the chained CPI. Chief among them is that it has been known for weeks now to be "on the table" in debt-ceiling negotiations.

Alex Becker

Social Security Advocates Slam Proposed COLA Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Alex Becker | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Prominent Social Security advocates expressed deep concern Friday at news that lawmakers may change the way the government measures infl...

Why 'Unfiltered' Ginger Ale Tastes Better

Liza de Guia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Liza de Guia

Meet Bruce Cost, the founder of Fresh Ginger Ginger Ale by Bruce Cost, an unfiltered, pure cane sugar ginger ale made in Brooklyn, NY.

An All-Natural, Old-Fashioned Soda Syrup Company

Liza de Guia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Liza de Guia

shared from food. curated. "Not only is it creating a really good beverage, but it's also helping the motion of people getting off the artificial stu...

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Oligarchy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas Ev'rywhere you go; Take a look in Tiffany's store, glistening once again With Wall Street bonus trinkets a...

Obama to Seniors: Here's Some Money. Now Go Away.

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

"Hey, Gordo!" cried Myron the Mailman, who'd known Gordon Goldenage forever. "I've got some government checks here for you and the little lady." (That would be Gladys.)

Forget a "Fat Tax." Tax the Fat.

John Ridley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Ridley

With all the talk -- and screaming and gun-toting -- that's going on around the health care reform debate, maybe the answer is orbiting our ever-expanding guts.

Vanishing Social Security COLA Adjustment Will Squeeze Some Seniors

Mark Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mark Miller

The vanishing COLA will squeeze many retirees hard. Social Security provides, on average, about 39 percent of income for retired households and more than 50 million people receive benefits.

Is L.A. Fashion Week Dead?

Victoria Namkung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Victoria Namkung

Fashion Week in Los Angeles has undoubtedly changed, but my bet is that things will be back, and perhaps better than ever.