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Late-life economic inequality has risen sharply in recent decades

As Washington lawmakers consider various measures that could add to the financial hardship suffered by some older Americans, a study last year shed light on the economic inequality middle and lower class retirees already face.

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Are Republicans planning to overhaul Social Security?

Rep. Sam Johnson of Texas introduced legislation just before the end of the congressional session last week that he said would “permanently save” the program.

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Talks to begin on Capitol Hill budget measure

By Andrew Taylor WASHINGTON — Cuts to Medicare and the health care law and almost $40 billion in unrequested money for overseas war-fighting operations top the agenda as congressional negotiators meet on Monday to begin ironing out a Republican budget blueprint for next year and beyond. Separate House- and Senate-passed budget plans have plenty in […]

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Cherry blossoms at peak bloom

WASHINGTON — Washington’s famous cherry blossoms are set to hit peak bloom this weekend as the National Cherry Blossom Festival draws big crowds for its annual parade and Japanese street festival. The National Park Service says the trees are predicted to be in peak bloom Saturday through Tuesday. They bloomed about the same time the […]

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GOP Senate, House differ on Medicare savings

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans are putting down a marker with their budget blueprint, one day after the House GOP unveiled a 10-year plan that boosts the military, makes deep cuts in social programs that include Medicare and targets President Barack Obama’s laws on health care and financial reforms. The companion measure contains greater cost cuts to […]

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Sens. widen Medicaid program for frail seniors

By Hope Yen
 WASHINGTON — More than a dozen U.S. senators from both parties are calling on the Obama administration to broaden a Medicaid program for the nation’s frailest seniors, calling it a proven alternative to pricier nursing home care as states seek to limit long-term medical costs. In a letter released Thursday, the senators […]

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