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For Most Gays, The Golden Years Are Looking Something Less Than Golden: VIDEO

4 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Kathy Murphy stands to lose $600 a month because the Social Security Administration refuses to recognize her marriage to her late wife. Murphy, who recently lost her wife to breast cancer, lives in Texas, and the SSA currently bases eligibility...

How Retirement Benefits Will Change in 2015

ShutterstockFrom larger benefits payments to a new account option, here's what retirement savers can expect in the new year. By Emily Brandon Social Security and Medicare will be making important changes to their programs next year. Individual retirement accounts and 401(k)s will also be tweaked in significant ways. Show More Summary

ISIS Threatens to Behead Former Homeland Security Advisor Over Twitter

A self-described ISIS sympathizer and extremist threatened to behead former Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor to President George W. Bush and President of the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) Fran Townsend over social media site Twitter on Friday. Show More Summary

Seven Reasons Why Obama's Executive Action on Immigration Is Great Policy and Great Politics

Ten years ago, following President George Bush's 2004 re-election victory, Progressives were back on their heels. Bush decided to press his advantage by launching a campaign to privatize Social Security, seeking to eliminate the crown...Show More Summary

What happens when your pregnant sister-in-law is paralyzed in an accident — and has no insurance.

MIT political scientist Andrea Campbell is known for her research on Social Security, Medicare, and other safety-net policies. Yet when Campbell’s pregnant sister-in-law suffered a spinal cord injury, their family’s on-the-ground experience was more bewildering and difficult than Campbell expected. Show More Summary

The 1 Thing That Could Save America's Financial Future

Social Security reforms, tax breaks, and better access to affordable loans won't do nearly as much to solve our biggest money problems as educating our kids about money will.

Personal Finance Q&A: Is partner eligible for Social Security benefits?

Dear Liz: My partner of 30 years recently died. Am I eligible for Social Security survivor benefits? I don't want anything I don't deserve, but if I'm entitled to something, every penny would be appreciated. I am 54 and make minimum wage.

Why 4.7 Million Children Receive Social Security Benefits

The program provides supplemental help to the children of deceased, disabled, or retired workers, and to children who themselves are disabled or blind.

ALABAMA: Social Security Administration Denies Death Benefits To Gay Widower

2 days agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

JMG reader Paul Hard has received the above letter from the Social Security Administration which advises him that since he and his late husband were not married "under the laws of Alabama," he is not eligible for federal death benefits. Show More Summary

Former FBI Agent: Social Media Pivotal to ISIS Success

Speaking to German newspaper Der Spiegel, a former FBI agent and security expert warned that the Islamic State's success on social media has helped strengthen the numbers of the organization. Former FBI agent and CEO of The Soufan Group...Show More Summary

Nothing Unites Congress Like Fighting Nazis

Lawmakers have rushed to close a loophole that allows suspected war criminals to claim millions in Social Security, but they're not going to get taxpayers' money back.

How to Maximize Social Security for Your Retirement

Alamy By Ellen Chang NEW YORK -- Investors who are ready to retire should start considering when they should begin claiming their Social Security. Choosing the right time to begin claiming your Social Security will maximize the amount of money you will receive to supplement your retirement funds. Show More Summary

Guess Who Doesn't Want Social Security's Offices Closed -- and Who Does

Some surprising new polling results underscore the unpopularity - and long-term destructiveness - of Congress' ongoing attacks on the Social Security system. The new Republican Congress is expected to force additional office closures...Show More Summary

Snapchat Launches Snapcash, A New Feature That Allows Users to Send Cash to Others

5 days agoOdd : Laughing Squid

Snapchat has partnered with Square Cash to launch Snapcash, a new feature of the popular social messaging app that allows users to send cash to others. Essentially Square stores the details of a user’s debit card securely, and pressing a green button sends cash to anyone else with a filed debit card’s bank account. The […]

Senate shoots down bill curtailing NSA

Senate squashes bill that would restrict the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of American telecommunications. Social NSA senate surveillance Mitch McConnell

Social Security: Why the Nazi Controversy Matters More Than You Think

A new proposal to take away Social Security benefits for alleged Nazi war criminals has broader implications.

What the New Congress Means For Elders

5 days agoHealth / Aging : Time Goes By

[EDITORIAL NOTE: Ha! This started out to be a short, little warning about what's ahead for Social Security and Medicare and it somehow turned into a rambling political discourse. Sorry about that. The whole thing just got away from me...

Social Security and Paid-Up Workers

Americans are living longer and retiring earlier. But how, as an individual or as a country, can you finance a 30-year retirement with a 40-year career? Stanford Professor John Shoven recently visited UCSD and presented some interesting policy suggestions. Professor Shoven noted that the current structure of Social Security in some cases amounts to a […]

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