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A one-sided Social Security reform proposal

Quite a few readers have asked me to comment on a bill sponsored by Representative Sam Johnson, R.-Texas, that he calls The Social Security Reform Act of 2016. I would call it the One-Sided Social Security Reform Act of 2016. And that's because, like just about every Social Security reform proposal I have seen sponsored by a Republican, it is lopsided. It proposes an array of benefit cuts and not a single suggestion to raise revenues.

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


A one-sided Social Security reform proposal

Quite a few readers have asked me to comment on a bill sponsored by Representative Sam Johnson, R.-Texas, that he calls The Social Security Reform Act of 2016. I would call it the One-Sided Social Security Reform Act of 2016. And that's because, like just about every Social Security reform proposal I have seen sponsored by a Republican, it is lopsided. It proposes an array of benefit cuts and not a single suggestion to raise revenues.

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


After fiery derailment Union Pacific OKs changes

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The nation's largest freight railroad has agreed to more thorough inspections and maintenance improvements after a fiery oil train derailment in Oregon and the discovery of more than 800 potential safety violations across its sprawling network.

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


Congress targets labeling almond milk as milk per se

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Got milk? Twenty-five bipartisan members of Congress say if it's from soybeans, almond or rice, it should not be labeled as milk.

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


Stocks higher in slow pre- holiday trading

NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street traders sometimes root for year-end "Santa Claus rallies," but on Friday, hardly a creature was stirring as stocks finished slightly higher on the quietest full day of trading in more than a year. Health care companies brought in most of the gains.

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


Another Trump tweet jab, again in the defense private sector

NEW YORK (AP) - Shares Lockheed Martin slipped while rival Boeing's rose Friday after a tweet from President-elect Donald Trump appeared to pit the two defense industry giants against one another in a bid to lower prices for government contracts.

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


Splurging not an option for many workers scraping by

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - At the brightly lit mall, clothing stores highlight holiday sweaters and big signs tout the sales, while Duquan Allen keeps his expectations in check.

December 23, 2016 | | Nation


The dictionary folks at Merriam- Webster sum up 2016: surreal

NEW YORK (AP) - Was 2016 a dream or a nightmare?

December 19, 2016 | | Nation


Homeless fall victim to synthetic pot

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The nation's homeless are proving to be especially susceptible to a new, dirt-cheap version of synthetic marijuana, which leaves users glassy-eyed, aimless, sprawled on streets and sidewalks oblivious to their surroundings or wandering into traffic.

December 18, 2016 | | Nation


Trump: Michelle Obama’s ‘no hope’ comment about the past

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump said first lady Michelle Obama "must have been talking about the past" when she said there's no sense of hope after his election.

December 18, 2016 | | Nation


China says it will give drone back, Trump says ‘keep it’

BEIJING (AP) - China says its military seized a U.S. Navy unmanned underwater glider in the South China Sea, but that it will give it back. President-elect Donald Trump, however, says the Chinese government should be told "we don't want the drone they stole back" and "let them keep it!"

December 18, 2016 | | Nation


Trump aides ask of Russian meddling: Does it matter?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump's top aides on Sunday said the president-elect isn't ready to accept the finding by intelligence officials that Moscow hacked Democratic emails in a bid to elevate Trump. Even if it's true, they said, Trump still won the White House fair and square.

December 18, 2016 | | Nation


Heimlich, life-saving maneuver creator, dies at 96

CINCINNATI (AP) - The surgeon who created the life-saving Heimlich maneuver for choking victims died early Saturday in Cincinnati. Dr. Henry Heimlich was 96.

December 18, 2016 | | Nation


Role of first daughter may evolve

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - With Ivanka Trump, the typically minor role of a first daughter could get a major makeover.

December 18, 2016 | | Nation


Trump Cabinet excites his voters noting ‘We have to trust him’

NEW YORK (AP) - As each Cabinet announcement draws fresh criticism of the wealth, connections or opinions of Donald Trump's latest appointees, many Americans who voted for him say the president-elect is doing what he promised to do: draining the swamp.

December 18, 2016 | | Nation


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Nevada biologist sues activists for defamation

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A longtime Nevada biologist is suing bear protection advocates at Lake Tahoe he accuses of harassing and threatening him through a "vicious ...

May 07, 2017 | | Nation


Texas adoption agencies could ban Jews, gays, Muslims

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Parents seeking to adopt children in Texas could soon be rejected by state-funded or private agencies with religious objections to them being ...

May 07, 2017 | | Nation


Texas governor signs ‘sanctuary cities’ ban

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday signed a law targeting so-called "sanctuary cities" that allows police to ask about a person's ...

May 07, 2017 | | Nation


Trump pushes Senate GOP

BRANCHBURG, N.J. (AP) - President Donald Trump urged Senate Republicans on Sunday to "not let the American people down," as the contentious debate over overhauling ...

May 07, 2017 | | Nation


Old tech, passwords galore hurt tracking of visa holders

LOS ANGELES (AP) - U.S. immigration agents waste their time logging in and out of archaic computer systems while trying to track down foreigners suspected ...

May 05, 2017 | | Nation


Couple held in deadly random shooting spree

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A couple driving around in a stolen car took turns randomly shooting at 14 people in California last weekend, killing a man ...

May 05, 2017 | | Nation


Trump trading in White House, Palm Beach for New Jersey

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) - The quiet swath of rolling hills and horse farms President Donald Trump is expected to use as a weekend summertime retreat ...

May 05, 2017 | | Nation


Marches in protest of Trump

NEW YORK (AP) - Immigrant and union groups will march in cities across the United States today to mark May Day and protest against President Donald ...

April 30, 2017 | | Nation


School vouchers rising in many GOP states

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gary VanDeaver describes himself as a conservative less than a minute into many conversations. The Texas state representative blames "unelected federal judges ...

April 30, 2017 | | Nation


NYC mayor wants free preschool for 3-year-olds

NEW YORK (AP) - Free preschool for 4-year-olds was a signature issue that helped New York City's mayor win office in 2013.

April 30, 2017 | | Nation


Trump warning North Korea’s missiles will eventually get better

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - President Donald Trump said after North Korea's latest failed rocket launch that communist leader Kim Jong-Un will eventually develop better ...

April 30, 2017 | | Nation


Washington state school district halts international student trips

KENT, Wash. (AP) - A school district in Washington state has halted all international field trips over concerns students in the country illegally wouldn't be ...

April 30, 2017 | | Nation


At 100 days in, Trump rallies backers in PA

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - President Donald Trump on Saturday marked his 100th day in office by claiming historic action on his agenda, renewing promises on health ...

April 30, 2017 | | Nation


11 killed by storms, in South & Midwest

CANTON, Texas (AP) - At least 11 people have been killed by tornadoes or flooding in the South and Midwest by a storm that also dumped ...

April 30, 2017 | | Nation


Is this the future of college: Online classes, but no degree

WASHINGTON (AP) - Connor Mitchell's university classes take place online, he doesn't have any exams and he studies in a different country every year.

April 30, 2017 | | Nation


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