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Obama turns to his bipartisan deficit commission's blueprint for reducing debt
The Washington Post    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
VideoBriefPresident Barack Obama plans to respond to a Republican blueprint for tackling the soaring national debt by promoting a bipartisan approach pioneered by an independent presidential commission rather than introducing his own detailed plan. Obama will not blaze a fresh path when he delivers a much-anticipated speech on April 13 at George Washington University. Instead, he is expected to offer support for the commission's work and a related effort under way in the Senate to develop a strategy for curbing borrowing. More


65 ways retirees can cut their day-to-day expenses
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No matter your life stage, managing your household budget is all about priorities—and trade-offs. More

Budget agreement averts government shutdown    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With a partial government shutdown just minutes away, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders reached a tentative deal April 8 to cut $38.5 billion, or roughly 1 percent, from the current year's budget. Obama discusses the federal budget after a deal was reached between Democratic and Republican lawmakers. The Senate passed the funding extension late April 8, with the House following suit on April 9. More

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Exercising gets more important with age
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Sooner or later, it is going to happen. Everyone else starts to look so young. Their walk still has a bounce to it. Their legs still slide into sexy jeans. Their bums are still firm. So when you find yourself wanting to skip the workout and dash off for a pedicure or hair touch-up instead, think again. More

How to communicate better with someone who has early-stage Alzheimer's    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's so easy to become frustrated when talking to someone with dementia or Alzheimer's. It's hard to know the "right" way to respond to the repetitive or odd things they sometimes say. You won't be tongue-tied if you keep these simple communication techniques in mind. More

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Career counseling may be the answer in job search
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VideoBriefThe tough economy has disrupted millions of workers' lives, putting many out of a job and exponentially increasing the workloads of many others. The uncertainty of it all can leave people wondering what to do next. So when is it time to call in the pros? Here are tips on what career counselors do and whether they can help you. More

Most boomers still dependent on Social Security for retirement
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Despite the warnings from financial planners, relatives and the media, nearly two-thirds of baby boomers surveyed said Social Security will be either an "extremely" or "very" important source of income when they retire. The findings mirror those found in several similar studies in recent months, including the March Employee Benefit Research Institute Retirement Confidence Survey, which concluded that Americans are more distressed about their retirement income than they've been in more than two decades. More

Tips for traveling solo
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Traveling solo brings challenges from luggage logistics to long-distance navigation. Whether it comes naturally or not, most people could use a few tips when it comes to on-your-own vacations.'s Jennifer Huber has traveled on her own through Afghanistan, Cuba and the United States. Huber took the plunge after realizing how many adventures she was missing out on by waiting for people to follow through on plans. More

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How to conquer frugal fatigue and stick to a proper budget
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If "frugal fatigue" is kicking in — and you're getting tired of pinching pennies and watching every dollar you spend — it's time to re-energize yourself and make a fresh commitment to managing money wisely. To make ends meet the past three years, Americans have been eating out less, curtailing shopping, making do with older cars and even buying smaller homes. According to the 2011 Financial Literacy Survey from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, more than half of all Americans say they don't use a budget. Also, 26 percent of adults in the U.S. admit that they're spending more than they did a year ago. More

A NARFE member asks about waivers in Blue Cross/Blue Shield options
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Question: I understand that if you are enrolled in the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Standard option under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and in Medicare Part B, you do not have to pay an annual deductible, co-pays or coinsurance. How would these items be affected if you enroll in the BC/BS Basic option when you reach 65 and enroll in Medicare B? More

Federal employees subject of House Committee scrutiny
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The House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform will consider several bills on April 13 that would affect federal employees. First, the full committee will meet at 9:30 a.m. EDT to consider approving bills that would put new federal employees in a two-year probationary period (H.R. 1470) and authorize the firing of federal employees who are delinquent in paying their federal income taxes (H.R.828). Then at 1:30 p.m. EDT, the Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy will hold a hearing on the relationships between the Federal Employees' Compensation Act and federal retirement. The subcommittee likely will consider whether to terminate workers' compensation benefits for individuals who reach full Social Security retirement age, replacing those benefits with retirement annuities. A bill already has been introduced in the Senate (S. 261) to do that. More

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