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NARFE urges Congress to stop playing politics, raise the debt ceiling
NARFE
As Congressional debate continues and the debt-ceiling deadline looms, NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin released the following statement urging Congress to act swiftly to prevent the shutdown of America's economy. Click here to read.
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NARFE unites with others to fight Chained CPI
NARFE
NARFE officers and activists, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM), the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) were joined by U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Capitol Hill to oppose a proposed change to the method of calculating annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) that would hurt seniors, military retirees and individuals with disabilities. NARFE National Secretary Elaine Hughes spoke on behalf of the Association, urging Congress to oppose any deal that includes the Chained CPI. Click here to view a recap of the event and photos on the NARFE website.

NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin called the Oct. 9 event, which featured $113,000 worth of grocery store coupons clipped by NARFE members, "a major success and tribute to the grass-roots activism of NARFE members. The strategic sharing of the stage with Social Security and military advocates and members of Congress maximized our message — oppose the Chained CPI."

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FEDERAL BENEFITS QUESTION OF THE WEEK


Survivor benefit for retiree spouse
NARFE
Question: I am single and retired under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). If I get married, would I be able to get survivor benefits for my wife and at what cost?
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FEDERAL UPDATE


Shutdown delays COLA announcement
Federal News Radio
Millions of federal retirees as well as nearly 58 million Social Security recipients are still getting monthly benefits during the partial government shutdown. But they will have to wait to find out the size of next year's cost-of-living adjustment.
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Fed groups get in front of COLA calculation debate
Federal News Radio
Any discussion of cuts to federal employee, retiree and veterans benefits out of the conversations to reopen the government, increase the debt ceiling or reduce the deficit should stop before they start, according to a variety of groups representing these constituents.
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Bill to pay furloughed feds hits snag in Senate
Federal Times
A Republican senator is objecting to fast-track treatment of a House-passed bill ensuring that furloughed federal employees will receive back pay once a partial government shutdown ends. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, signaled that he may block attempts at a quick Senate consideration of the back pay bill, which depends on getting the "unanimous consent" of all senators.
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Shutdown's cost is sure to be steep
Federal Times
The cost of the partial government shutdown is climbing into the billions of dollars, both to the government and in the ripple effects throughout the economy, experts say.
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FINANCES


Who should you ask to be executor of your estate?
DailyFinance
Choosing an executor for your will may not feel quite as personal as picking a guardian for your kids, but you should think carefully about who to put in charge of your money after you're gone. "A common adage in the industry is to name your enemy as your executor as a means of revenge," says John O. McManus, an estate attorney and founding principal of McManus & Associates in New York City. "It's a thankless job. If you appoint someone you love as executor, get your house in order. Otherwise, appoint someone you do not."
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HEALTH


When frozen food is better than fresh
Yahoo
Frozen may surpass fresh when it comes to vitamins and antioxidants. In two independent studies, researchers at Leatherhead Food Research and the University of Chester in the U.K. have determined that frozen fruit and vegetables tend to be richer in compounds like vitamin C, polyphenols, anthocyanins, lutein, and beta-carotene.
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More Americans getting cataract surgery
HealthDay News
The number of Americans getting cataract surgery is on the rise as active baby boomers are getting the procedure earlier and often having both eyes repaired, a new study finds.
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SECOND CAREERS


Baby boomers fueling wave of entrepreneurship
The Associated Press via Houston Chronicle
In a mix of boomer individualism and economic necessity, older Americans have fueled a wave of entrepreneurship. The result is a slew of enterprises.
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TRAVEL


America's top fall harvest festivals
Yahoo
Throughout the country, as leaves change colors and the temperatures drop, farmers prepare for fall harvest and its bounty of apples, pumpkins, grapes, corn, pecans and cranberries. Meanwhile, day-trippers pack up their cars and make their way to celebratory harvest festivals where the attractions include wandering through corn mazes, participating in baking competitions and picking pumpkins.
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CONSUMER TIPS


Consumer warning: Prepaid cards are a new target for scammers
NBC News via NECN-TV
There's a new consumer warning: Prepaid cards are a new target for scammers, and the bad guys will stoop pretty low with threats and lies to separate you from your money. It could be any neighborhood in any town. If you pick up the phone, a scam artist could be on the other end of the line trying to trick you out of your money.
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