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Equifax Says Another 2.4 Million Customers Hit By Data Breach In 2017
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Equifax Says Another 2.4 Million Customers Hit By Data Breach In 2017

Equifax Inc (EFX.N) said on Thursday that it identified an additional 2.4 million U.S. consumers affected by last year’s massive data breach, bringing the total number of people whose data was compromised to more than 147 million.
The company said in a statement that the newly identified victims had their names and partial driver’s license information stolen, but that the hackers had not obtained their Social Security numbers.
The breach, which was first disclosed in September, has triggered investigations by governments around the world, lawsuits and the departure of several Equifax executives.
The U.S. Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation plans to obtain more information on the newly identified victims, said the group’s chairman, Republican John Thune.
“The company should have acted sooner to mitigate the impact on these additional affected consumers,” Thune said in a statement.
“Equifax needs to put consumers first and shouldn’t be trying to clean up its mess in a piecemeal fashion.” Equifax will release fourth-quarter results on Thursday afternoon, earnings that will give investors a clearer picture on how much it will cost the company to recover from the hack.
The company in November said breach-related costs totalled $87.5 million in third quarter.
It issued a fourth-quarter outlook that missed Wall Street forecasts, predicting $60 million to $75 million in costs related to the incident during the period.
Equifax said on Thursday it would contact the newly identified breach victims and offer them free identity theft protection and credit monitoring services.
The company’s shares were down 2 percent at $110.76 in late afternoon trade, in line with a decline in broader U.S.

How Social Security Helps Women Secure Today and Tomorrow
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How Social Security Helps Women Secure Today and Tomorrow

March is Women’s History Month — a time to focus not just on the past, but also on the challenges women continue to face in the 21st century.
Today, more women are working than ever before, paying Social Security taxes, and earning credit toward monthly retirement income.
With longer life expectancies than men, women tend to live more years in retirement and have a greater chance of exhausting other sources of income.
Social Security provides financial benefits, tools, and information to help support you throughout life’s journey.
Here are some tools to help you plan for your future: You can visit our Retirement Estimator.
In just a few minutes, you can get a personalized, instant estimate of your retirement benefits.
You should also visit Social Security’s planner pages to get detailed information about how marriage, widowhood, divorce, self-employment, government service, and other life or career events can affect your Social Security.
We base your benefits on your lifetime earnings, so you should create your personal my Social Security account to verify that your earnings were reported correctly.
For more information about the role of Social Security in women’s lives today, you can read Social Security: What Every Woman Should Know.
Take advantage of these tools today and begin planning for tomorrow’s journey.

When Should I Take Social Security?
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When Should I Take Social Security?

You can start Social Security retirement benefits at any age between 62 and 70, with the amount of your monthly benefit increasing the longer you wait within that window.
Assuming I’m still working somewhere I enjoy when I approach Social Security eligibility, I expect to wait until at least until age 67 — my full retirement age — and likely until age 70.
Social Security levels a substantial penalty for collecting before full retirement age while still working.
That benefit converts to standard Social Security retirement benefits at my full retirement age.
If not, I might as well take the money earlier, while I can still make use of it.
It might seem counterintuitive, but the less confident I am in my ability to manage our household’s finances, the longer I expect to wait to collect Social Security.
This is because Social Security benefits increase with age up until age 70, and provide fairly reliable, inflation-adjusted income.
Collecting earlier means I can let more of our investment portfolio ride in growth-oriented investments for a longer period of time, potentially improving our overall financial position.
Note that I will not be eligible to collect any Social Security retirement benefits before the program’s Trust Funds are expected to empty around 2034.
Decisions, decisions On average, the overall Social Security benefits a person receives will be about the same no matter when he or she starts collecting.

Levi Sanders, son of Bernie Sanders, is running for Congress in New Hampshire
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Levi Sanders, son of Bernie Sanders, is running for Congress in New Hampshire

The son of Vermont Senator and former Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is launching his own congressional career Time Levi Sanders, the son of 2016 presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders, announced Monday he’s running for Congress in New Hampshire.
Sanders, 48, seeks the seat of Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, who has held the seat for New Hampshire’s 1st congressional district since 2017 (and on-and-off since 2007).
More: Here are the members of Congress retiring at the end of 2018 Sanders’ announcement of his campaign boasts some of the same themes as his father’s presidential run: tuition-free college and healthcare without “out-of-pocket” expenses.
He also aims to tackle the opioid epidemic, “sensible” gun legislation and equal pay for women.
Sen. Sanders, an independent from Vermont, backed his son in a statement to WMUR. “I am very proud of Levi’s commitment to public service and his years of work on behalf of low income and working people,” he told the Manchester television station. “Levi will be running his own campaign, in his own way, with his own ideas.
More: Indictment: Russians also tried to help Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein presidential campaigns According to his campaign, Levi Sanders is a senior legal analyst and a specialist in Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income Benefits.
He’s lived in New Hampshire for 15 years with his family. “For over 17 years, I have represented the working class who have been up by the system,” he said in a statement.

Bernie Sanders’ Son Levi Is Running For Congress
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Bernie Sanders’ Son Levi Is Running For Congress

There could soon be another Sanders in our political future.
Levi Sanders, the son of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), announced on Monday that he’s running for Congress in New Hampshire.
The 48-year-old candidate is the eighth Democrat throwing his hat in the ring for the state’s 1st District House seat, Sanders said in a statement posted to his campaign website.
“This is a unique opportunity to listen to the hard-working men and women of New Hampshire about the issues that matter to them.” An apparent chip off the old block, Sanders supports a “Medicare-for-all health care system,” a higher minimum wage, equal pay for women, tuition-free college and “sensible gun legislation.” He also believes that it’s “urgent” to address the opioid epidemic, which has reached a “crisis” in his state.
Appearing to channel his father, Levi Sanders vowed “to demand that we have a system which represents the 99 percent and not the 1 percent who have never had it so good.” When quizzed about any differences between his politics and his dad’s, Sanders told Vice that, “the basic difference is that I’m a vegetarian and he’s not.” Sanders actually lives in the district adjacent to the one he’s hoping to represent.
The 1st District congressional seat is currently held by Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, who is not seeking re-election.
It’s expected to be a highly competitive race among both Democrats and Republicans.
Some of the groups who supported the elder Sanders during his 2016 presidential run have already lined up behind Democratic state Rep. Mark MacKenzie.
The younger Sanders has never held public office, but he has worked at his father’s side, including as his senior aide during the 2016 campaign.
He has also worked as an analyst for a Massachusetts Legal Services office for 17 years, representing the “working class, who have been beaten up by the system,” he notes.

A few bumps for the economy
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A few bumps for the economy

That hardly would have been remarkable during the Reagan and Clinton years — growth averaged 3.4 percent.
Unemployment stands at about 4.1 percent — well below the sustainable level of 4.6 percent, as computed by economists who worry about such things.
Wages are rising about 2.9 percent a year but factoring in productivity growth, that translates into long-term inflation of less than the Fed’s target of 2 percent.
A further run-up in stock and property prices could worry Fed policymakers that a bubble may burst.
Those combine to keep pushing up land values, rents and sustainable housing prices.
You guessed it, housing prices.
It really doesn’t matter what the Fed does, as long as it does not act precipitously, dramatically drive up mortgage rates and put the skids on the housing market.
Land values and housing prices are going to rise because those are needed to encourage building adequate to the pace of new household formation.
I doubt he is much interested in that and consequently, we can look forward to a period of moderate inflation, the Fed gradually raising interest rates and the stock market accommodating both.
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250,000 Michigan jobs may be gone forever, despite economic rebound
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250,000 Michigan jobs may be gone forever, despite economic rebound

Judging by the past few years, Michigan’s economy has come roaring back from the Great Recession.
But many others, at least 60,000 or so in recent years, found themselves too young to retire but no longer able to work because of injuries on the job or other health concerns and now live on Social Security disability payments.
Among them: Theresa Peete of Detroit served as a custodial worker for Detroit Public Schools for 27 years.
When she got injured on the job, the cumulation of years of handling heavy loads without proper equipment, she eventually had to go on Social Security disability.
But U-M’s Grimes said that without boosting talent or the appeal of cities or other areas that need improvement, Michigan will have to accept its status as a less powerful economic player than in past years while other states move past it.
But I don’t think there’s any way we can ever get back to 2000.” Michigan’s decades-long economic challenge remains: Diversifying its economy to position the state for faster growth.
The state’s construction industry employed a little more than 200,000 workers at that time.
As of the end of 2017, that sector accounted for 675,000 Michigan jobs, fully a third more than the 502,100 workers in that sector back in 2000.
So what should Michigan do?
Mostly, though, a range of leaders and economists talk about talent.

Social Security Collaborates with America Saves Week
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Social Security Collaborates with America Saves Week

Each year, American Savings Education Council and America Saves coordinate America Saves Week.
For years, Social Security has collaborated with America Saves Week to promote our shared mission of helping millions of people prepare for their future.
This year, the week is celebrated from February 26 through March 3.
Knowing this, it’s never too early to start planning for your future.
Savers with a plan are twice as likely to save successfully.
Pledge to save for America Saves Week.
Social Security’s “People Like Me” website has tailor-made information for preparing for your future.
Our richly diverse country is made up of countless backgrounds, ethnicities, and nationalities, yet we all want the same thing — a secure future.
You can see many of the diverse people we serve.
Younger people need to know that the earlier you start saving, the more your money can grow.

Seminars offer look at how the law works in ‘real world’
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Seminars offer look at how the law works in ‘real world’

An ongoing, potentially dangerous problem with a neighbor’s dog.
Opening a small business.
Want to learn more about those often-complex issues and much more, from the First Amendment to tenant disputes?
The annual seminars are taught by local attorneys and judges and offer an overview of general legal concepts.
Classes run from 6 to 8 p.m. on eight consecutive Thursdays at the Moore Justice Center’s law library, 2825 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera.
All seminars — with no tests or quizzes — are free.
; and WMEL Radio AM 1300.
More: Titusville attorney earns state honor for pro bono work SCCLS was founded in 2010 by Titusville attorney Brigitta “Britta” Hawkins.
She earned the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for 2017 for the 18th Judicial Circuit, which includes Brevard and Seminole counties.
From deciphering divorce proceedings to learning how what happens in Congress can affect daily life, “there’s a lot citizens don’t think about as they lead busy lives in the real world,” she said That’s what moved her to found the community-centered look at the law, Hawkins said.

Don’t give poor Iowans another hurdle in getting health care
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Don’t give poor Iowans another hurdle in getting health care

Now Iowa wants to take advantage of introducing one more impediment to poor Iowans getting health insurance through the Medicaid program.
Senate File 2158 would enable the state to impose work requirements as a condition for coverage [“Medicaid recipients told: Work for it”, Feb. 15].
Does Rep. Tom Greene, sponsor of the legislation, know that for an adult without children to qualify for Medicaid benefits, he or she must meet the Social Security disability requirements?
And that this finding, per se, means that the person is unable to work?
Of course it is inconsistent for the Trump administration to even allow states to impose such requirements.
But, no surprise that the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing in this administration.
I agree with your editorial that Medicaid insurance actually may enable otherwise “disabled persons” to work, which is a benefit both to the individual and to society.
— Sister Mary Rehmann, Davenport