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Social Security tax break treats federal workers differently
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The Senate is fixing legislation that would result in most federal employees missing a proposed tax holiday. At the same time, another group of federal workers, and some state and local employees, are scheduled to get no tax holiday at all, even as Congress and the administration prepare to freeze federal pay for two years. The legislation would implement the agreement on taxes reached between Obama and congressional Republicans. More

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Death to the death tax
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The estate tax, better known as "the inheritance tax" or "the death tax," has become a major point of discussion over the last year and now looks like this could continue into 2012. Everyone knows the Bush-era tax cuts are expiring come the end of 2010, including the expiration of the estate-tax exemption escalations. The law's sunset provision starts Jan. 1, and will force the estate-tax exemption back to $1 million, with a top estate-tax bracket of 55 percent, if Congress doesn't intervene. More

Indiana Farmer Stumbles onto Silver Dollars in Basement


We all forget things. But an Indiana farmer recently discovered a crate of Morgan Silver Dollars he tucked away in his basement decades ago. And what a find! Each coin is dated 1921, and collectors are scrambling to get them, because they're the last Morgan Dollars ever minted. Read the whole story here.

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For federal workers stretched thin, pay freeze would be beyond cold
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As President Obama and members of Congress move to freeze the pay of federal employees, they should keep people such as Sharon Faison in mind. She goes to work after she leaves work, from one Sam to another. Five nights a week, the Social Security disability examiner toils for Sam's Club after her day with Uncle Sam is done. More

Opinion: Government unions vs. taxpayers
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When Americans think of organized labor, they might think of images that would be seen in a blue-collar meatpacking town: hard hats, work boots, tough conditions and gritty jobs. While author Tim Pawlenty, governor of Minnesota, didn't work in the slaughterhouses, he did become a union member when he worked at a grocery store to help put himself through school. He was grateful for the paycheck and proud of the work he did. More

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Narcotic painkillers may pose danger to elderly patients
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Older patients with arthritis who take narcotic-based drugs to relieve pain face a higher risk of bone fracture, heart attack and death when compared to those taking non-narcotic drugs, according to a government-financed study recently published. The study, in The Archives of Internal Medicine, appears to be the first large-scale effort to look at the comparative safety risks for the elderly taking different classes of painkillers. The use of narcotic painkillers has increased in recent years because of a prevailing belief that such drugs were safer for older patients than non-narcotic drugs like Advil and Motrin. More



More over 50s launching career second acts
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Mark Judge, 59, spent 22 years in the publishing industry. Last year, he decided to take a buyout and turned his career sights on doing good. Judge is now doing a paid fellowship working for two nonprofits — the Youth Science Institute and the Resource Area for Teaching. A growing number of 50-somethings are pondering career second acts or are looking to do something with a purpose, said Laura Otten, director of the Nonprofit Center at La Salle University's School of Business. More

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Grand giving: A gift buying guide for grandparents
McClatchey News Service via The Gilroy Dispatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It used to be kids could count on pajamas or maybe a sweater from Grandma. Now many grandparents hand out everything from bicycles to video games to computers. That can be a boon or a frustration for parents, who, depending on the circumstances, appreciate the largesse or view it as extravagant. Grandparents with less means may feel guilty, while others wonder what to get grandkids who already seem to have it all. More



Top 30 cities for retirement readiness
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Ameriprise Financial recently published its 2010 City Pulse Index, which ranks major U.S. cities on retirement preparedness, and found Minneapolis residents were most likely to be prepared for and confident about retirement. The Index ranked each city's retirement preparedness and confidence, taking into account the emotional aspect. Although Minneapolis ranked third for preparedness, it beat Raleigh, N.C., for the top spot with a confidence ranking of one. More

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3 reasons why airfares are likely to rise
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Airfares are on the rise again and unlikely to fall anytime soon. Sure, there are still some bargains around — airlines like to advertise low fares to tantalize and create the illusion that prices haven't risen — but it's getting more difficult to find those bargain seats when you want to travel, and most air travelers are paying more than they did last year. More

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15 gift ideas that keep on giving
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The year's hottest gift rarely is the most gratifying item to give or receive for the holidays. Instead, consider this annual list of thoughtful, personal gifts that will save the recipients money in the long run — either by eliminating some of their recurring expenses or boosting their earning power. More



A NARFE member asks what to do if OPM hasn't yet responded with requested Open Season material
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Question: I'm retired and called the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Dec. 1 for additional health plan information. Open Season is closing, and I haven't received the information. What can I do? More

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Join NARFE now before prices go up
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By joining NARFE now, you will save $12. At the recent NARFE National Convention, delegates voted to raise NARFE dues. The new first-year dues rate of $45 takes effect Jan. 1. Join now at the current $33 rate and save. NARFE is the only association dedicated solely to protecting and enhancing the health care and retirement benefits of federal employees and survivors. More

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