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The Takeaway: COLA Increase Likely; Avoiding ‘Government Shutdown’ For Good

Posted on 10/4/2011 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayAfter two years with no increase in Social Security cost-of-living allowances (COLA), benefits are expected to rise as much as 3.5 percent in 2012 … For the 14th year in a row, Congress missed the deadline for passing a budget bill for the upcoming fiscal year (is there a better way?).

The Takeaway: Weekend Edition (Updated)

Posted on 06/24/2011 by | The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayUpdate: New York legalizes same-sex marriage in late Friday vote. Newly-married New Yorkers will see their lives change significantly – legally and financially. But for those older couples who don’t live in the six states recognizing gay marriage, planning is still essential. P.M. Notes: Peter Falk, right, dies at 83. TV’s Lt. Columbo, who reportedly suffered from dementia, died Thursday at his home in Beverly Hills.