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Politics Dec 12Trump and Carson have months to weigh third-party runs
State filing deadlines would give the two Republicans until about March to launch independent or third-party campaigns, experts said. That would give a well-financed campaign enough time to gather sufficient signatures on petitions so the candidate could appear on the…
Nation Oct 15No benefit hike for Social Security next year
WASHINGTON — There will be no benefit increase next year for millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees, the government said Thursday.
Nation Oct 11Social Security recipients can expect no benefit increase next year
For just the third time in 40 years, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect no increase in benefits next year, unwelcome news for more than one-fifth of the nation's population.
Politics Oct 01Senators reach deal to reduce prison time for some offenders
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators unveiled legislation on Thursday that would overhaul the nation's criminal justice system, allowing some nonviolent drug offenders to get reduced prison sentences and giving judges greater discretion in sentencing.
Economy Sep 14Pay your taxes, but don’t send IRS that $100 million check
No checks, please. Starting next year, your check won't be any good at the IRS — if you're making a tax payment of $100 million or more.
Politics Aug 17IRS says thieves stole tax info from additional 220,000
WASHINGTON -- A computer breach at the IRS in which thieves stole tax information from thousands of taxpayers is much bigger than the agency originally disclosed.
Politics Aug 14Social Security at 80: Is it time for an overhaul?
Social Security turns 80 on Friday, and the massive retirement and disability program is showing its age.
Politics Aug 09Gridlock on needed reforms as Social Security turns 80
Relatively modest changes to taxes and benefits could still save it for generations of Americans to come, but Congress must act quickly, and even limited changes are politically difficult.
Politics Jul 23Poor oversight at IRS increases risk of unfairly auditing political groups, watchdog group says
WASHINGTON — Lax oversight at the IRS increases the risk that political and religious groups could be unfairly targeted for audits, government investigators say in a report that raises concerns about an IRS division that has been under scrutiny for…
Politics Jul 21Businesses one step closer to keeping tax breaks, thanks to Senate committee vote
Businesses big and small would get to keep claiming dozens of tax breaks that expired at the start of the year under a bill that overwhelmingly passed the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday.