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Why Big Medicare And Medicaid Cuts Are Likely
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Why Big Medicare And Medicaid Cuts Are Likely

The gamble, simply put, is that the United States government can cut taxes and potentially increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion, but that economic growth resulting from the tax cuts would offset the deficit’s broadening.
Reforms associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have added almost 10 years to Medicare’s solvency, according to the Medicare trustees.
‘Entitlement Reform’ and Medicaid Front and center in any discussion of entitlement reform is the future of Medicaid, which is a larger program than Medicare and which dodged more bullets in 2017 than anytime in its 52-year history.
Less money means more difficult choices on whom not to cover — a child, a pregnant woman, a person with a disability or an older adult needing long- term care.
A deeper investment in home and community-based care, which older adults and their families prefer (and can often be less expensive than nursing home care), should be an essential ingredient in Medicaid reform.
I am concerned that those who oppose Medicare and Medicaid have the upper hand on messaging.
So let’s invoke some history as we prepare for the entitlement reform battles of 2018 and beyond.
Medicare, and Social Security are not “entitlement” programs.
The way to “fix” a program is not through elimination.
Instead, it’s through thoughtful dialogue and careful changes ultimately benefiting the vulnerable populations who rely on these programs as well as taxpayers — and preserving the programs for future generations.

A Terminally Ill Progressive Activist Confronted Jeff Flake About The Tax Bill On A Flight
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A Terminally Ill Progressive Activist Confronted Jeff Flake About The Tax Bill On A Flight

Is my wife supposed to trust them that they are not gonna implement paygo when it’s the law of the land?” Later in the conversation, Barkan asked why Flake would not withhold his vote for the tax bill unless there was action on a bill providing Dreamers permanent status in the country.
Flake: There’s nothing in the bill that cuts anything.
Now paygo has been triggered several times by the deficit or by tax cuts, but it’s never been implemented.
Flake: Well, I’ve been around Congress ― I voted in favor of paygo.
We’ve got to get better than the 1.8-percent growth we’ve experienced over the last several years.
I’d like to get that by the end of the year, but certainly we’ve got to get to it by March.
Flake: No, no.
Flake: You’re very up, you’re very up on everything.
And for the rest of your life, you will be proud if you vote this bill down.
On your deathbed, I promise you, you will remember voting “no.” If you vote “yes,” you won’t feel better about yourself and your grandchildren won’t be proud.

Tait Purk guilty of killing fiancée in rare murder trial with no body
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Tait Purk guilty of killing fiancée in rare murder trial with no body

TOLEDO, Ia.
— A judge on Friday found a Tama County man guilty of killing his fiancée, whose body has never been found, after another judge overturned his previous conviction.
He must serve 70 percent of the term before he is eligible for parole.
An Iowa County jury convicted Purk of murdering Okonski in May after more than four hours of deliberation.
The state’s case against Purk largely relied on statements from two people who testified that Purk told them he had killed Okonski in 2000.
Purk killed Okonski because she threatened to call the police about a burgulary Purk had committed, one of the two testified.
Assistant Iowa Attorney General Laura Roan called the verdict justice for Okonski’s family, which includes her nearly 20-year-old son, who was 2 at the time of her disappearance.
Her son was a toddler when she went missing.
In Iowa, convicting a defendant on a murder charge without the victim’s body is almost unheard of.
A database maintained by a former federal prosecutor of more than 400 murder trials in which prosecutors did not present a body as evidence lists only one previous Iowa case: the 1998 first-degree-murder conviction of Terry Patrick Andersen.

10 Handy Ways to Use Social Security Online
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10 Handy Ways to Use Social Security Online

There are many easy ways to use our website.
Here are some common and not-so common uses: Apply for Social Security benefits online, of course!
Verify your annual earnings and review estimates of your future Social Security benefits when you access your Social Security Statement, one of the many services available with a my Social Security account.
Numbers can tell a story.
Lost or missing Social Security card?
In fact, you may be able to apply for a replacement card with a my Social Security account, if you meet certain qualifications.
Noah, Emma, Liam, Olivia…are these the most popular baby names for 2016 in the U.S. or in your state?
How do I apply for Social Security retirement benefits?
Discover the answers to your Social Security related questions at our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Dream of moving to London, Paris, or the Cayman Islands?

10 Tax-Related Things You Can Do Right Now To Save Money And Stress Later
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10 Tax-Related Things You Can Do Right Now To Save Money And Stress Later

Getty Images/iStockphoto Pay your property taxes in full It seems likely that tax reform could change or eliminate certain deductions, including those for mortgage and property taxes.
You can currently deduct state and local property taxes if you itemize your deductions.
At least you will be able to deduct it for certain.
The version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by the House reduces the amount of mortgage interest to the first $500,000 and ends any mortgage interest deduction for second (or third) homes.
The Senate bill leaves the deduction in place for mortgages up to $1 million but the deduction for equity debt (meaning cash-out refinance loans where you take money out of your home that isn’t designated for improvements) would be eliminated.
Buy your big-ticket items in 2017 to claim the sales tax deduction Consider buying cars and big appliances ― or any other major purchases that come with sales tax ― this year.
The sales tax deduction is slated to go away in both the House and Senate versions of the tax reform bill.
If a taxpayer is no longer able to itemize because their collective deductions do not exceed the standard deduction and because charitable contributions remain an itemized deduction, Hockenberry said, they should make as many contributions as they can in 2017 to maximize tax savings.
If you close escrow in 2017, any points paid on the mortgage would be deductible.
The small amount of mortgage interest that would be deductible in 2017 probably wouldn’t save any tax dollars and the one month of property taxes, if any, wouldn’t really make a big difference.

Would the GOP Actually Cut Social Security Benefits?
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Would the GOP Actually Cut Social Security Benefits?

Could the GOP cut Social Security’s funding?
Mulvaney himself has also been very open to the idea of cutting funding to mandatory programs like Social Security.
One of the GOP’s core proposals to fix Social Security is to raise the full retirement age — the age where the SSA deems you eligible to receive 100% of your retirement benefit.
By 2022, the full retirement age will rise to 67 years, but the GOP has long favored pushing it to 68, 69, or even 70 years.
This is being discussed in the GOP tax bill right now The second indirect way the GOP could cut Social Security’s funding is by switching its inflationary tether away from the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) to the Chained CPI.
One proposal in the recently passed House GOP tax bill (officially the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) would switch to the Chained CPI beginning in 2024 as the inflationary tether for various tax provisions.
Though it makes no mention of aligning Social Security benefits with the Chained CPI, it seems plausible that the GOP tax bill could open the door for such a move in the future.
Will the GOP cut funding to Social Security?
While no one knows the answer with any certainty, it’s reasonable to assume that if they had their chance to raise the full retirement age and switch its inflationary tether to the Chained CPI, they would.
The $16,122 Social Security bonus most retirees completely overlook If you’re like most Americans, you’re a few years (or more) behind on your retirement savings.

Fugitive lawyer Eric Conn was captured at a Pizza Hut in Honduras, FBI says
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Fugitive lawyer Eric Conn was captured at a Pizza Hut in Honduras, FBI says

The FBI vowed it would get its man — and with the help of a Honduran SWAT team, it did.
FBI spokesman David Habich said Conn was expected to arrive at the Lexington airport Tuesday afternoon, accompanied by FBI agents.
Conn disappeared June 2 from Lexington as he was facing 12 years in prison for theft of government property and paying illegal gratuities in a scheme to fix Social Security disability cases for his clients.
He was accused of conspiring with a federal administrative law judge and clinical psychologist over 10 years to get benefits awarded to 1,700 claimants, whether disabled or not, and to file fraudulent submissions totaling $550 million.
The judge, David Daugherty, pleaded guilty to taking illegal gratuities and was sentenced to four years in prison, while the psychologist, Alfred Bradley Adkins, who was found guilty, was sentenced to 25 years for fraud and other crimes.
Background: Fugitive Kentucky lawyer Eric Conn captured in Honduras after six months on the lam Honduran reporters said agents from its national police agency had been following him for several weeks. “We implored him to cooperate,” she said. “He refused to do so.”
Wyatt has pleaded not guilty Indictment: Fugitive lawyer Eric Conn had help in escape plot a year before he disappeared Hess told reporters Tuesday the FBI had worked with about a dozen agencies to bring Conn to justice.
The Social Security Administration in 2015 ordered about 1,500 of Conn’s former clients to prove at hearings that they deserved to continue receiving their disability checks, and hundreds were cut off.

Fugitive lawyer wanted in huge Social Security fraud case nabbed at Honduras Pizza Hut
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Fugitive lawyer wanted in huge Social Security fraud case nabbed at Honduras Pizza Hut

LOUISVILLE — The FBI vowed it would get its man — and with the help of a Honduran SWAT team, it did.
Previously: Fugitive Kentucky lawyer embroiled in massive Social Security fraud case captured in Honduras She told reporters at a news conference in Lexington that Conn was arrested Saturday without incident by the FBI attache in San Salvador and the Honduran Technical Agency of Criminal Investigation.
(Photo: Moises Castillo, AP) Conn disappeared June 2 from Lexington as he was facing 12 years in prison for theft of government property and paying illegal gratuities in a scheme to fix Social Security disability cases for his clients.
He was accused of conspiring with a federal administrative law judge and clinical psychologist over 10 years to get benefits awarded to 1,700 claimants, whether disabled or not, and to file fraudulent submissions totaling $550 million.
The judge, David Daugherty, pleaded guilty to taking illegal gratuities and was sentenced to four years in prison, while the psychologist, Alfred Bradley Adkins, who was found guilty, was sentenced to 25 years for fraud and other crimes.
Honduran reporters said agents from its national police agency had been following him for several weeks. “We implored him to cooperate,” she said. “He refused to do so.”
The FBI offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and seized bank accounts that could be used to support his flight.
Wyatt has pleaded not guilty Hess told reporters Tuesday the FBI had worked with about a dozen agencies to bring Conn to justice.

27 Animal Names Parents Are Giving Their Babies
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27 Animal Names Parents Are Giving Their Babies

The wild kingdom is roaming through America’s cribs as parents choose animal-inspired names for their newborns.
These animal names have varying degrees of popularity in the U.S. ― from fairly common options like Robin and Raven to the more unusual Wolf, Finch and Starling.
And of course there’s the classic nickname Cat.
Many celebrities have picked such names for their children.
Kate Winslet and Alicia Silverstone both named their sons Bear.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ son is called Wolf.
Nicole Richie and Joel Madden have a daughter named Sparrow, and Busy Philipps’ two girls are Cricket and Birdie.
But celebrities aren’t the only parents opting for these monikers.
Here are 27 animal-related names that, according to Social Security Administration data, were given to newborns in 2016: Wolf (67 boys) Bear (186 boys) Sparrow (nine boys, 64 girls) Lion (18 boys) Falcon (21 boys, seven girls) Tiger (27 boys) Raven (39 boys, 626 girls) Fox (323 boys, 12 girls) Wren (87 boys, 589 girls) Fawn (20 girls) Coyote (nine boys) Lynx (12 boys) Dove (20 girls) Birdie (80 girls) Hawk (52 boys) Lark (seven boys, 40 girls) Finch (eight boys) Buck (37 boys) Cricket (11 girls) Colt (1,023 boys) Heron (eight boys) Pike (nine boys) Robin (169 boys, 237 girls) Newt (12 boys) Kitty (seven girls) Starling (five girls) Jay (800 boys, six girls)

FBI’s most wanted Social Security scam leader nabbed in Honduras: Report
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FBI’s most wanted Social Security scam leader nabbed in Honduras: Report

The man who ran the largest Social Security fraud in American history has been captured in Honduras after six months on the run, a Honduran newspaper reported Monday.
The newspaper said investigators had been tracking Conn for several weeks.
Conn is to be sent back to the U.S. on Tuesday, the newspaper said.
He pleaded guilty earlier this year to orchestrating a massive fraud that saw more than 1,700 bogus Social Security disability applications filed and approved, totaling $600 million.
Conn was still out on bail while awaiting sentencing when he cut off his ankle monitoring device and fled, with the help of a henchman.
He was spotted heading to the U.S.-Mexico border, and told news outlets he had managed to escape the U.S., but the FBI over the summer said it doubted he’d actually left the country.
A man purporting to be Conn had bragged to outlets, including The Washington Times, about his ability to escape, and explaining his reasons.
Conn was sentenced in absentia in July to 12 years in prison, but authorities said at the time they would consider adding more charges based on his flight from custody.
Those may or may not be issues for either our courts or the Honduran courts,” he said.
“The FBI usually gets their man,” he said.