At Inauguration, Hopes for a Second-Term Agenda

Military heroes, children of immigrants and all manner of older Americans brought their cold-weather gear and their hopes for the country to the second inauguration of President Barack Obama on Monday. Karen Narasaki, 54, is hoping to see immigration reform, an issue she says is critical for the nation’s older Americans. “Their children are the workers who are going to be supporting the Social Security system.” Narasaki, whose parents were Japanese-born U.S. citizens who were placed in internment camps during …

For Myrlie Evers-Williams, and the Nation, a Landmark Moment

When Myrlie Evers-Williams steps to the microphone Monday to give the invocation at President Barack Obama’s inauguration, she brings her own significant career along with her place in history as the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers. She raised her children, who were home the night their father was gunned down just steps from his front door. She fought for justice that took too many years to come. (White supremacist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted more than …

Stan Musial: 10 Fascinating Facts about “Stan the Man”

Back in 1960, a DC-6 airliner took off from an airport in Pittsburgh with the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team aboard, and 30 seconds into the takeoff, one of the plane’s prop engines abruptly failed. As an article in Time magazine recounted the incident, the ballplayers, understandably, became anxious – all except for the team’s best player, the great hitter Stan Musial, then in his 19th year in the majors. “I can see the headline now,” he joked to a …

Tell Washington Not to Cut Social Security for Current Recipients

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are deep into negotiations on a fiscal cliff deal — and unfortunately, the hard-earned Social Security benefits of current retirees, veterans and workers with disabilities are on the table. The chained CPI proposal is positioned as a ‘slight tweak’ to the Social Security cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA). The problem is that for people who have paid into Social Security for decades, many of whom are barely scraping by with an average monthly income of under $1,300, …

‘If I’d Had to Wait Until 67 for Medicare, I’d Be Dead’

By Russ Mitchell for Kaiser Health News Sam Lewis turned 65 in the nick of time. For a year, he’d been broke. His Brentwood, Calif., general contracting business had gone bust. He couldn’t make payments on his home, and lost it. He couldn’t make payments on his health insurance, so he let it lapse. The day after his birthday in October, when he qualified for Medicare, Lewis got a checkup. Days later, he went under the knife: open-heart surgery, a …

How the Fiscal Cliff Could Affect You

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about the “fiscal cliff” – the mammoth confluence of tax increases and spending cuts that will take effect after Jan. 1 unless President Obama and Republicans agree on a new deficit-reduction deal. It’s complicated stuff, and you might be wondering what it’s all about. Here’s a breakdown and a look at some of the ways it could affect you. Spending cuts Across-the-board spending cuts, (the so-called sequestration) were mandated by the budget deal struck …