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In the Senate, a Symbolic Thumbs-Up for Older Americans

Posted on 03/25/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBernie Sanders, a feisty Independent from Vermont who often votes with his Democratic colleagues, scored a modest — if largely symbolic — victory for older Americans as the Senate pulled an all-nighter last Friday to debate and vote on budget amendments. Sanders, who chairs the Senate subcommittee that deals with aging-related issues, sponsored an amendment to the budget resolution backing the Older Americans Act that was approved by unanimous consent. The landmark law, originally enacted in 1965, supports Meals on Wheels …

Are You Giving Up on the News?

Posted on 03/19/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyThey were our heroes. Woodward and Bernstein brought down a president. The New York Times published “The Pentagon Papers” in the face of government resistance to revealing damaging truths. “Uncle” Walter Cronkite spoke for many Americans when he concluded that the Vietnam War was not winnable. Many in our generation saw the news media as a positive force in society, driving out secrecy and corruption with the “disinfecting” light of information. Today, as a recent AARP poll shows, journalists have …

What Do Pelosi’s Smoke Signals Really Mean?

Posted on 03/15/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsAs President Obama’s personal lobbying on Capitol Hill this week seemed to bring him closer to Republican lawmakers as he talked about changes in Medicare and Social Security, Democrats offered the expected pushback. But Obama won unexpected support from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, usually a leader of the party’s liberal wing. USA Today reported Pelosi as saying that Democrats are open to some reforms, among them requiring wealthier Americans to pay more for Medicare. She also sounded amenable to …

Medicare: Once Again a Political Hot Potato

Posted on 03/12/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIt’s budget time on Capitol Hill, and remaking Medicare is a hot topic. On Sunday, Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee, revealed some of his budget blueprint for  Medicare. He still wants to convert the program into a premium support system under which beneficiaries would get a set amount of money to buy insurance. But only people under the age 55 would be affected. Ryan told Chris Wallace of Fox News that his new Medicare plan …

Obama’s Charm Offensive: Time-Tested Strategy

Posted on 03/11/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsMaybe the most surprising thing about President Obama’s wining and dining of GOP lawmakers is the fact that it’s surprising. Socializing that crossed party boundaries once was the lubricant that greased political compromise in Washington. In recent years, though, lawmakers have been spending much more time back in their home districts, which means they have less time to get to know their colleagues in Washington. And the polarization of politics has led to less two-party partying. Obama drew lots of …

Who Still Sees US as World’s Top Economic Power?

Posted on 03/1/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin TodayMost Americans aren’t too bullish anymore on the notion that the United States is the world’s leading economy. The exception, according to a new Gallup Poll, are Americans 65 and older. For the third year in a row, a slim majority of Americans — 53 percent — say that China is the world’s top economic power in the world today, compared with just 32 percent for the United States. (Relatively few respondents in the poll named other countries.) Americans under …