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  • The ruling class

    The ruling class
    Re “One tiny step for budget reform,” Opinion, Dec. 17 Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson represent today's bipartisanship. They represent the political donor class, the only constituency that both parties rush to serve. Sure, they may talk...
  • Andrew Biggs: I'm not contemptuous of the working class, but right!

    Andrew Biggs: I'm not contemptuous of the working class, but right!
    Andrew Biggs of the American Enterprise Institute, whose disdainful take on the plight of older workers I described this week as "fatuous and flatly untrue," defended his position Thursday as "substantively ... correct."  We can't both be right on this,...
  • Target account breach one in long string of consumer-data hacks

    Target account breach one in long string of consumer-data hacks
    The announcement by Target on Thursday that 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been breached by cyber-crooks is just one in a string of notable consumer-data breaches in recent years.  The Minneapolis-based retailer said the unauthorized...
  • Year-end planning, part 2

    Last week I reviewed investment moves to make before year-end -- today, we tackle employee benefit and retirement issues, as well as other savings ideas. Use your flex account or lose it. Some employers require employees with flexible spending accounts...
  • Family finances: Cool tools to fix your finances

    These sites can help you make smarter decisions about budgeting, investing and taxes. All of them are free unless otherwise noted, and some come with mobile applications. -- Budgeting and saving. Planwise (http://www.planwise.com) focuses on the future....
  • Problem Solver: 'Dead' daughter holds up tax return filing

    Problem Solver: 'Dead' daughter holds up tax return filing
    Laurie Villarreal learned of her daughter's "death" in an email from the Internal Revenue Service. The federal agency rejected Villarreal's 2012 tax return because, it said, the Social Security number she entered for her daughter was associated with a...
  • Social Security begins paying same-sex couple claims

    Social Security begins paying same-sex couple claims
    The Obama administration said Monday that it is processing Social Security benefits for same-sex couples, six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act. Carolyn W. Colvin, acting commissioner of the...
  • How much inheritance to leave?

    Dear Liz: Both of our sons, ages 63 and 59, are currently unemployed. We are 93 and self-supporting with Social Security and my retirement benefits. We live in our own home and are able to handle all our expenses, even though my wife requires a...
  • Problem Solver: VA gives widow benefits, then asks for them back

    Problem Solver: VA gives widow benefits, then asks for them back
    John Hauptmann served in the Army during World War II, fighting for his country in the Pacific. At the time of his death in 2007, the 87-year-old was receiving about $300 in disability payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs based on a knee...
  • Simpson and Bowles: Budget deal is just a start

    The budget agreement reached by the House and Senate this week is a small step forward in restoring some sanity and order to the process. By putting in place a bipartisan plan for the next two years, the agreement represents a much-needed improvement over...
  • Local Voices North, Dec. 12

    Local Voices North, Dec. 12
    Letters to the editor from Glenview, Park Ridge, Arlington Heights and Morton Grove.   Abused dogs It was sad but not surprising to read about so many pit bulls being mistreated, neglected and ultimately euthanized in the Dec. 5 Tribune. These...