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Lisa Brown, Cathy McMorris Rodgers disagree on Social Security

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, challenger Lisa Brown differ on what to do about the Social Security system.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 10:48 p.m.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers faces smaller, friendlier town hall crowd in downtown Spokane

A year removed from one of the most raucous town halls in her recent congressional career, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers faced a relatively calm – and sparse – gathering Thursday …


Robert J. Samuelson: The cowardice of the political class

The trustees for Social Security and Medicare issued their annual reports recently. This is cause for discouragement because it reminds us how much we’ve mortgaged the country’s future to spending …


Trustees report warns Medicare finances worsening

Medicare will run out of money sooner than expected, and Social Security’s financial problems can’t be ignored either, the government said Tuesday in a sobering checkup on programs vital to …


Benefits “flip-flopping” by the VA may earn former deputy new fraud trial

A former Spokane County sheriff’s deputy may get a new trial after one of the federal agencies he was convicted of defrauding somehow didn’t keep up on current events and …


More Americans expect to work until 70; there are benefits

Americans long viewed 65 as the age to stop working. It was considered full retirement age by Social Security for many, Medicare benefits kick in then and historical practice had …


UPDATED: Sun., May 6, 2018, 9:21 p.m.

One out of 10 Social Security offices has closed since 2000

A series of shutdowns across the country by the Social Security Administration is causing major difficulties for the elderly, people with disabilities and other beneficiaries, activists and political leaders say. …


Social Security is now headless because of Trump’s inaction. Will other agencies be decapitated?

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s lackadaisical approach toward political appointments has left the Social Security Administration headless. It hasn’t had a confirmed director in five years, and now it doesn’t …


Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Churchill visits U.S., Dec. 28, 1941


Robert J. Samuelson: Favoritism toward welfare state threatens U.S. security

The Pentagon and the welfare state have been locked in brutal combat for decades, and the Pentagon has gotten clobbered. Welfare programs – Social Security, Medicare, food stamps and other …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 4:35 p.m.

Nabbed at a Pizza Hut, fugitive lawyer returns to justice

A fugitive Kentucky lawyer who disappeared six months ago before facing a prison sentence for his central role in a massive Social Security fraud case has been captured in Honduras …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 4, 2017, 8:58 p.m.

Officials: Lawyer wanted for fraud captured in Honduras

A fugitive Kentucky lawyer who disappeared six months ago before facing a prison sentence for his central role in a massive Social Security fraud case has been captured in Honduras …


Robert J. Samuelson: Americans aren’t taxed enough

Americans like big government. They just don’t like paying for it. Borrowing is easier. It’s largely invisible to most Americans, creating the illusion of “something for nothing.” This liberates Republicans …


Samuelson: Budget primer points to problems

Americans should balance the pain of taxes with gains from government. If people want big government, they should pay for it. If they dislike higher taxes, they should cut government.


Froma Harrop: Will you work till you drop?

Americans who don’t plan, can’t plan or are in too desperate straits to put anything aside may end up working for the rest of their lives.


Social Security recipients will see 2 percent boost in 2018

Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2 percent increase in benefits next year, the largest increase since 2012, thought it comes to only $25 a …


Securities regulator says personal info was leaked in breach

The Securities and Exchange Commission is now saying that at least two people had their personal information stolen in the breach that happened last year.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 10 p.m.

Equifax says data from 143 million Americans exposed in hack

Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other data of about 143 million Americans. Now those people have to …


Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Will Rogers, RIP, Aug. 17, 1935


Idaho residents at risk from Kansas cyberattack; millions of Social Security numbers exposed

Hackers who breached a Kansas Department of Commerce data system in March had access to more than 5.5 million Social Security numbers in 10 states, along with another 805,000 accounts …


SS disability program discourages work

The number of disabled workers on the rolls has doubled over the past two decades, and outlays have doubled as well.


Trump team defends budget; lawmakers have serious doubts about plan

President Donald Trump’s budget chief delivered a spirited defense of the plan’s deep spending cuts, but his agriculture secretary offered only a half-hearted endorsement of proposed reductions to farm subsidies …


UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017, 9:02 p.m.

Trump’s $4.1T budget relies on deep domestic cuts

President Donald Trump’s proposed $4.1 trillion budget slashes safety net programs for the poor, targeting food stamps and Medicaid, while relying on rosy projections about the nation’s economic growth to …


Medicare Part B premium rise erodes Social Security increase

While average Social Security benefits for retired workers increased by about $5 from $1,355 to $1,360 because of the annual cost-of-living adjustment, Medicare Part B premiums also rose this year, …


Social Security: Set a goal, make a plan, and save automatically

For years, Social Security has collaborated with America Saves Week to promote our shared mission of helping millions of people save for their future. This year, America Saves Week begins …


Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid need significant changes, Trump budget pick says

Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid need significant changes to be preserved for future generations, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the White House budget office told Congress Tuesday.


HHS nominee Tom Price, staff aided donors in agency battles

President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services has been an advocate for companies over the years with the federal agencies he may soon oversee. …


Republican looks to overhaul Social Security

A senior Republican lawmaker wants to overhaul Social Security, the decades-old program that provides benefits to some 60 million retirees and disabled, with a plan to gradually increase the retirement …


Medicare changes: Will it save program or be ‘war on seniors’?

The chairman of a key House committee pledged Thursday that congressional Republicans will change Medicare in order to save it.


Millions on Social Security are hurt by low gasoline prices

When the price of gasoline goes down, Donald and Fran Shoemaker take a hit in their pocketbook, too. They say that’s not fair. He’s 90, and she’s 88, and neither …