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A tale of two entitlements

May 13, 2011
The annual report on the health of Social Security and Medicare will update last year's predictions: that Medicare will run out of money by 2029 and Social Security will run out of money in 2037.

Budget trigger explained

May 10, 2011
Most budget-cutting proposals out there say if Congress can't cut the deficit, spending cuts and tax increases kick in automatically.

Illinois moves to aid illegal immigrants

May 10, 2011
State drops out of federal program that deports undocumented residents with criminal records. Law enforcement officials say it focused too much on workers with minor offenses, not hard-core felons.
Posted In: Immigration

State senator mulls competing budget priorities

May 9, 2011
New Hampshire Senate President Peter Bragdon knows popular state programs will need to be cut. The hard part is deciding which ones.

Pakistan's D.C. lobbyists working overtime

May 6, 2011
They're scrambling on Capitol Hill to deflect accusations that Islamabad was complicit in giving Osama bin Laden refuge. So what's the elevator pitch?
Posted In: Washington

Congressional leaders meet to discuss long term debt

May 5, 2011
Members of Congress meet with the White House today on how to raise the debt ceiling and come up with a long-term deficit solution. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) explains.

Welcoming more immigrants could help boost the U.S. economy

May 5, 2011
Immigration policy may be a place to look for economic growth in the U.S.
Posted In: Immigration

Biden, White House deficit panel to discuss budget

May 5, 2011
Vice President Joe Biden will lead a bipartisan meeting today in hopes of cutting the ballooning federal deficit and avoiding the national debt ceiling.

Geithner extends debt ceiling deadline

May 3, 2011
The Treasury Secretary can postpone the day of reckoning until August 2. Congress created the debt ceiling, but that ceiling has little to do with bigger issues like spending and taxation.

Added tax revenues to delay debt crisis

May 3, 2011
U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said unexpected tax revenues and emergency steps to free up funds will allow the government to avoid hitting the debt ceiling until August 2nd.

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