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It's the government, stupid.
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Public trust in the government is near an all-time low - not exactly a shock for a survey taken during a shutdown of the federal government.
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The public's view of Medicare doesn't match reality, according to an analysis of six polls by the New England Journal of Medicine, which says that the "wide gap in beliefs between experts on the financial state of Medicare and the public at large" could end up affecting the ongoing battle over the federal budget.
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The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has just published its 2013 Long-Term Budget Outlook, and this year's set of predictions for the nation's balance sheet is sure to push Washington's heartburn rate up a few notches.
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We knew it was coming. Still, now here, it's causing quite a stir. President Obama's new budget proposes a change in the formula for Social Security cost-of-living adjustments.
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From Kaiser Health News
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By Mary Agnes Carey, Senior Correspondent, Kaiser Health News
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President Obama rallied Congress yesterday to get back to work on a debt ceiling deal. Last week, I posted a hypothetical from the Bipartisan Policy Center on what could happen to Social Security if lawmakers don't make the August 2 deadline. ...  Having your say: Want to ask President Obama a question about Medicare or Social Security? Can you do it in 140 characters? Beginning at 2 p.m. (EST) the president will answer users' tweets during a live town hall hosted by Twitter. ...  Speaking of sounding off: AARP's Illinois office launched a listening tour last month to give members a chance to share their concerns about how the federal budget, Medicare and Social Security. Join the conversation.
If you're on Twitter... tonight's a good night to follow us - or to sign up if you haven't already... here's a great starter guide.) We'll be talking about the President's State of the Union speech tonight, and what it means for Americans 50 and older. Watch the conversation here - and please join in! Tag your tweets with #sotu (and include @aarp if you want to make sure we see your tweets.)
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