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  • Seniors boost number of veterans deemed unemployable

    Seniors boost number of veterans deemed unemployable
    Jack Behunin received welcome news last year from the Department of Veterans Affairs: Due to war-related medical conditions, he was being declared unfit to work, boosting his tax-free monthly disability compensation from $1,850 to $3,000. Not that he...
  • Charles Lane: The US needs to get serious about its defense spending

    In the run-up to this week's North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit, much has been made of the fact that the United States is one of just a handful of the 28 member states that spends more than 2 percent of its gross domestic product on defense along...
  • Weak August jobs report appears to be anomaly, analysts say

    Job growth wilted in August to 142,000, ending a six-month hiring hot streak with the worst performance of the year. But economists cautioned that it was not yet time to panic. The report from the Labor Department on Friday was a major disappointment....
  • CBO explains jump in VA claims

    America's population of living veterans fell by almost five million, or 17 percent, from 2000 to 2013. So why did the number of veterans drawing disability compensation climb by 55 percent over that period? And why have yearly VA disability payments...
  • Outside Opinion: Export-Import Bank does Illinois no good

    Conservatives in Congress are pressing to end the Export-Import Bank, an agency that provides loans, loan guarantees and credit insurance to help U.S. companies export goods overseas. The bank's authorization will expire at the end of September unless...
  • A fair-minded pundit falls into a right-wing trap on Social Security

    New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait is usually a judicious and perceptive analyst of the intersection between politics and economics. So it's disappointing to see him blindly falling in step with a conservative attack on Social Security. Chait's error is...
  • Ad Watch: Pennsylvania governor's race

    THE RACE: Pennsylvania governor. THE CANDIDATES: Incumbent Republican Tom Corbett and Democratic candidate Tom Wolf. THE AD: "More and Less," a 30-second Corbett television commercial in which an actress accuses Wolf of threatening to raise the income...
  • Federal gas tax hike on table

    — Before Congress hit the road for a five-week summer break, lawmakers checked one item off their to-do list: saving the federal Highway Trust Fund from running out of money within days. But that nearly $11 billion fix only pays for road and bridge...
  • Lawmakers' costly plan to fix Veterans Affairs is temporary, or not

    When it passed legislation to fix the troubled Veterans Affairs Department, Congress managed to do two things lawmakers have often vowed to avoid: create a new benefit program and fail to pay for it. The $16.3-billion measure, which President Obama...
  • Tips for keeping medication costs down

    Tips for keeping medication costs down
    Amanda Greene relies on lidocaine patches to help manage the chronic pain that her Lupus causes. The anesthetic is available as a generic drug, typically sold at a substantially lower price. But this year, the 47-year-old Culver City resident says she's...
  • Ex-Im Bank, amnesty, and Tiger: Letters

    Let Ex-Im Bank expire A Front Burner column on Friday from the Florida Chamber of Commerce asserted that the Export-Import Bank is necessary for the success of Florida's flourishing export industry ("Financing helps Fla. firms keep up with foreign...