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Does Congress Need Some Divine Intervention?

Posted on 10/7/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIf YouTube and Facebook had an “Amen” button, Americans fed up with the government shutdown would probably be weighing in about this video of Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black, pointing out lawmakers’ hypocrisy, unreasonableness, smugness and selfishness — all in one tidy prayer. There are plenty of furloughed federal workers, vacationers kept from shuttered parks and Social Security beneficiaries worried about having their checks stopped who would love to give lawmakers a piece of their mind about the political impasse over …

Shutdown Doesn’t Mean You Get a Break on Oct. 15 Tax Return Deadline

Posted on 10/7/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsIf you filed for a federal tax extension last April, you’ll still need to send in your return by Oct. 15, despite the government shutdown. And millions of you had better get busy. According to the IRS, as of the last week of September, many of the 12 million taxpayers who sought extensions had yet to file. (Of course, you needed to pay at least 90 percent of your estimated tax back in April to avoid any penalties.) Check out …

Social Security Enters the Debt-Ceiling Fray

Posted on 10/4/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThere’s a lot on the line in the showdown over raising the federal debt ceiling — including, President Barack Obama says, retirement and disability benefits for millions of Americans. The nation’s economic situation could go from bad to worse if Congress fails to increase the government’s borrowing authority by the Oct. 17 deadline, according to Obama. “In a government shutdown, Social Security checks still go out on time; in an economic shutdown — if we don’t raise the debt ceiling …

Veterans Conquer Barricades at Closed War Memorial

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIf they can storm enemy beaches, they certainly won’t let a little barricade — or even a government shutdown — stand in their way. Join the discussion: Share a memory to honor our veterans A group of World War II veterans from Mississippi had chartered an $80,000 flight to Washington, D.C., to visit the National World War II Memorial. They arrived Oct. 1 to find to find the monument blocked off, a casualty of the government shutdown caused by the standoff …

Angry About the Shutdown? Join the Club

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsAmericans don’t want the government shuttered to block Obamacare, and they lay blame for the shutdown on Republicans, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released on Oct. 1. To be sure, Americans aren’t wild about the Affordable Care Act, but they oppose the idea of shutting down the government to stop it by a massive 50-point margin — 72 percent to 22 percent. A similar share is also against blocking an increase in the debt ceiling for the same purpose. …