The $1.1 trillion bipartisan spending bill passed by Congress funds federal agencies through the rest of the fiscal year, eases the sharp budget cuts known as the sequester and ends the lingering threat of another government shutdown. It also affects a number of programs especially important to older Americans.
The Affordable Care Act has taken it on the chin recently, from its controversial role in the recent government shutdown to the website meltdown that came as the long-awaited health insurance marketplace opened on Oct. 1. Nonetheless, a new Gallup poll shows that public support for the law seems to be inching upward.
The federal government shutdown has created new opportunities for scammers to revise some tried-and-true schemes -- they pose as employees of Uncle Sam at a time when the real ones are on furlough.
Normally during flu season the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lets us know the good and bad news, tracking how fast the flu is spreading, how severe it is and how well those flu shots are working. The information is especially important for figuring out next year's batch of vaccines.
If 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.
If 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.
There'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.
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