NRA prepares to fight against Obama’s ‘largest gun grab in American history’

Michael Schaus,  The NRA is mustering its biggest guns on Capitol Hill to defeat a White House maneuver it calls the “largest gun grab in American history.” And one aimed squarely at some of the nation’s most vulnerable people. As part of President Obama’s plan to expand gun control through executive action, the Social Security… [Read More]

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Obama looks to ban Social Security recipients from owning guns

 Seeking tighter controls over firearm purchases, the Obama administration is pushing to ban Social Security beneficiaries from owning guns if they lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs, a move that could affect millions whose monthly disability payments are handled by others. The push is intended to bring the Social Security Administration in… [Read More]

Obama pushes to extend gun background checks to Social Security

 It’s a move that could affect millions whose monthly disability payments are handled by others. Seeking tighter controls over firearm purchases, the Obama administration is pushing to ban Social Security beneficiaries from owning guns if they lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs, a move that could affect millions whose monthly disability payments… [Read More]

Hackers stole Social Security numbers from 21.5 million, gov’t admits

 Hackers swiped Social Security numbers from 21.5 million people — as well as fingerprint records and other information from background check investigations — in the massive breach earlier this year of federal personnel files, the government acknowledged Thursday.  The Office of Personnel Management included the findings in a statement Thursday on the investigation into a… [Read More]

Same-sex couples face the music: First comes love, then taxes

NEW YORK,  Getting married is both an emotional decision and an economic one, something that same-sex couples in the states that have allowed them to legally wed have been finding out since 2004. Estate planning, taxes, Social Security benefits, health insurance and other financial issues have historically been enormously complicated for same-sex couples. For the… [Read More]

WARNING TO GOV’T WORKERS: HACKERS KNOW ALL ABOUT YOU

Hackers nabbed data on every federal employee, union claims. A major cyberattack on U.S. federal personnel data was far graver than the Obama administration has acknowledged, with hackers obtaining information on every federal employee, the president of a government workers union claimed Thursday. In a letter to the director of the Office of Personnel Management… [Read More]

Social Security overpaid nearly half on disability, watchdog says

WASHINGTON –  Social Security overpaid nearly half the people receiving disability benefits over the past decade, according to a government watchdog, raising questions about the management of the cash-strapped program. In all, Social Security overpaid beneficiaries by nearly $17 billion, according to a 10-year study by the agency’s inspector general. Many payments went to people… [Read More]

Bush and Rubio favored in Florida but other Republicans want a look

Differences emerged on Tuesday among Republican rivals for the 2016 presidential nomination at a forum where it was clear that Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio will face some competition in Florida despite their home-state edge. The fact that seven Republican candidates or potential candidates spoke at Florida Governor Rick Scott’s “Economic Growth Summit” was proof… [Read More]

Identity Thieves Got Private Data for 104,000 U.S. Taxpayers

Identity thieves stole information on 104,000 U.S. taxpayers from the IRS website and used the data to file fake tax returns that yielded as much as $50 million in refunds, agency Commissioner John Koskinen said. The thieves had enough personal information on the taxpayers to get past security filters on the “Get Transcript” function on… [Read More]

Seize the Moment, Strengthen Social Security

Dan Weber, “Coincidence of interest” is a marvelous thing. Two people or two groups that may never agree, suddenly find themselves at an intersection, and concur that the way ahead lies in the same direction. That is what solutions often boil down to. And we have such a moment right now — to preserve and… [Read More]

The Ticking Fiscal Time Bomb of Social Security

Daniel J. Mitchell,  America has a giant long-run problem largely caused by poorly designed entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. So when I wrote last month about proposals by some Democrats to expand Social Security, I was less than enthusiastic. …demographic changes and ill-designed programs will combine to dramatically expand the size… [Read More]