Nearly every working American pays into the Social Security program, but not everyone understands the benefits they qualify for due to their contributions. And most workers will no longer get paper statements that explain how much they have paid into the system and what benefits they are likely to receive in retirement. Here are 10 things everyone should know about Social Security: You contribute 6.2 percent of your income. Workers pay 6.2 percent of their earnings into the Social Security system, up to $113,700 in 2013. Employers pay a matching 6.2 percent for each worker. Self-employed workers must
An Air Force simulation says researchers are at work on killer robots so tiny that a group of them could blend into a cityscape. Science writer John Horgan´s feature on the many ways drones will be used in coming years is interesting throughout, and terrifying in the passage where he describes an effort to build micro-drones that are, as the U.S. Air Force describes them, "Unobtrusive, pervasive, and lethal." Air Force officials declined a request to observe flight tests at a "micro-aviary" they´ve built, he reported, but they did let him see a video dramatization
The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to consider whether certain limits on campaign contributions are too low — or altogether unconstitutional. The court said it would hear a case, filed by the Republican National Committee, challenging the constitutionality of limits on how much a person can donate in any two-year period. The court has already shown a willingness to strip away limits on campaign contributions, most notably in the landmark Citizens United case that opened the floodgates for a massive influx of corporate money and gave rise to super-PACs. The case the court agreed to hear Tuesday is more narrow, Headline resplit by staff.
Five months ago, radical Islamists in Libya murdered four American officials, and President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that the administration would not rest until those responsible were caught. Yet it seems as if nothing has been done: just as the White House did nothing on September 11, 2012, while the U.S. consulate was under attack, it has done nothing serious since, and is doing nothing now. Want proof? Consider this report: Just days after President Barack Obama vowed to hunt down and bring to justice those responsible for the Sept. 11 attack
With regard to the photo-shopped image of Karl Rove into a Nazi uniform, the TPP has issued this statement: “We did not know about or approve a manufactured image added to a recent email from the Tea Party Patriots. It was added by an outside vendor. The image was inappropriate and we have ordered the vendor to immediately cease further use of the image.” - Jenny Beth Martin, Tea Party Patriots co-founder and National Coordinator. We still await an apology from TPP. Calling something “inappropriate” is not a direct apology.
Paris/Dakar-A French soldier and more than 20 Islamist rebels were killed during what appeared to be the first clashes in the Adrar des Ifoghas mountain range where militants have taken refuge in northern Mali, French sources said on Tuesday. Speaking on a visit to Athens, French President Francois Hollande said serious fighting had broken out and was continuing in the remote Adrar des Ifoghas mountains, resulting in several casualties among the rebels and one among the French. "A legionnaire from the 2nd foreign parachute regiment has died in a clash with Islamists in northern Mali," Hollande told reporters Link repaired by staff.
Yaounde/Dakar - Islamist militants from neighboring Nigeria abducted a French family of seven, including four children, in northern Cameroon on Tuesday, French President Francois Hollande said. The risk of attacks on French nationals and interests in Africa has risen since France sent forces into Mali last month to help oust Islamist rebels occupying the country´s north. "They (French family) have been taken by a terrorist group that we know and that is in Nigeria," Hollande told reporters during a visit to Greece. Armed men on motorcycles intercepted the family in their car at 0700 GMT and forced them to Headline resplit by staff.
Google’s self-driving car – now emblazoned with a “Don’t Mess With Texas” bumper sticker – is hitting the streets Tuesday in Austin. As we mentioned Monday, the Google vehicle has generated a ton of buzz at the two-day Texas Transportation Forum in Austin. That excitement reached a crescendo Tuesday, as Google product manager Anthony Levandowski overviewed the self-driving program during a panel discussion. And a few lucky VIPs – including some Texas Department of Transportation officials – even got to experience the self-driving machine first-hand during a series of 10-minute test drives.
“It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth — a rising, thriving middle class.” So said Barack Obama in his State of the Union. And for one of his ideas to reignite that engine, Republicans applauded. “And tonight, I am announcing that we will launch talks on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union — because trade that is free and fair across the Atlantic supports millions of good-paying American jobs.” One wonders if any of those in the hall who rose Source corrected by staff.
The Duchess of Cambridge returned to the day job after a relaxing holiday on the island of Mustique today - and she looked the picture of health this morning as she attended an official engagement in London, her tiny bump highlighted with a flattering wrap dress. The Duchess, making her first appearance since returning from her break last week - and for the first time at an official engagement with a baby bump - chose a black and white MaxMara Studio dress from the 2011 collection, decided to forgo a coat, despite the chill in the air, and accessorised
At least four people are dead in a 25-minute shooting spree that terrorized drivers and shut down stretches of freeway in Orange County, Calif., Tuesday morning. Among those dead is the suspected gunman, who police say killed himself before officers could take him into custody. At least two other people were reportedly wounded during the chaotic rampage, which involves at least three attempted carjackings and six crime scenes. “The suspect shot and killed himself,” Lt. Paul Garaven, of the Tustin Police Department, told the Orange County Register.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will make his first official trip overseas next week, and his agenda includes meetings in nine nations across Europe and the Middle East. But there will be no stops in Israel or the Palestinian territories. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says Kerry is bypassing Jerusalem and Ramallah while Israeli political parties continue to form a government after recent elections. Kerry departs Feb. 24. He will visit close U.S. allies and partners: Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar. His diplomacy will focus on the conflicts in Mali,
Conservatives were electrified the other week by Dr. Ben Carson´s appearance at the National Prayer Breakfast. Partly it was because he was taking it to The Man. But partly we were all thrilling to Dr. Carson because he is a living breathing poster boy for the idea of personal responsibility. Put simply, we conservatives thrilled to Ben Carson because we are the People of the Responsible Self. Let me explain. Or rather, let sociologist Robert Bellah explain. In "Evolution of Religion" Bellah argues that the "conception of a responsible self" got started over two millennia ago when
David Axelrod, former White House advisor and senior strategist for President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 election campaigns, is joining MSNBC and NBC News as a senior political analyst, the networks announced today. It marks a return to the world of journalism for the formerly mustachioed politico. He was the City Hall bureau chief at the Chicago Tribune for eight years before launching his own media and political consulting firm. His move is the latest in a post-election reshuffling at the cable news networks. In January, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin left Fox News after three highly lucrative years
NBC continues to lead the way in belittling any and all Republican attempts to stand up to President Obama. On Sunday’s Today, David Gregory rehashed the common left-wing talking point that Republicans are opposing Obama at every turn merely for the sake of being obstructionist. Commenting on Republican opposition to the Chuck Hagel nomination, Gregory said, “There’s no question that this looks to be similar to what people are criticizing Republicans for doing on the economy or on spending, on these various battles they’ve had over the debt, which is just trying to jam
For the second time in recent weeks, President Obama used the bully pulpit to make the case for dodging the rapidly-approaching package of automatic cuts known as the sequester. “It won’t help the economy. It won’t create jobs. It will visit hardship on a whole lot of people,” Obama said in remarks earlier Tuesday, adding later: “The American people have worked too hard, for too long, rebuilding from one crisis to see their elected officials cause another.” But, it would be a mistake to assume that Obama’s emphasis on the need to avert the sequester means that he believes
Marine Gen. John R. Allen, the longest-serving leader of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, asked President Obama on Tuesday morning to accept his retirement from the military because his wife is seriously ill, a move that nullifies his nomination to be the supreme allied commander in Europe, according to his aides. Obama granted Allen’s request, the aides said. The decision deprives Obama of a four-star general with whom he had built a close wartime relationship and forces the White House to find a new candidate for the military’s most prestigious overseas assignment.
TUCSON — It´s routine for immigration officials in Arizona to detain people suspected of being in the country illegally. Monday, however, the detention of two men — an immigrant rights activist and a father of six in Tucson — sparked protests, frustrated local authorities and illustrated the difficulties of complying with SB 1070, the state´s controversial immigration enforcement law. "This is unjust," Alma Hernandez yelled in Spanish to a crowd of about 300 that gathered in front of the Tucson Police Department to protest the detentions. Hernandez, a spokeswoman with the civil rights organization Corazón de Tucson, riled up
Comcast Spotlight, the advertising and sales division for Comcast Cable, has halted all ads having to do with guns on its nationwide network. “Comcast Spotlight has decided it will not accept new advertising for firearms or weapons moving forward,” the company said in a statement. “This policy aligns us with the guidelines in place at many media organizations.” This month, Comcast acquired NBC Universal in a $16.7 billion deal reported by Media Decoder.
Chuck Todd can´t imagine what could ever have given conservative politicians the idea that the MSM is unfriendly to them. C´mon Chuck: we know you´re a NewsBusters reader. Every day here, we document the liberal media´s hostility to conservatives. On today´s Morning Joe, NBC political director Todd repeatedly spoke of a supposed "mythology" among conservative politicians and their staffs that the "big, bad non-conservative media" is "out to get conservatives." That in turn explains why, according to Todd, conservative officials are reluctant to appear on non-Fox shows.
The University of Wisconsin Duluth-Superior is standing by a controversial campaign launched in 2012 to increase public awareness about racial favoritism by writing “unfair” on students’ faces along with a variety of grievances supposedly shared by minorities against Caucasians. The university released a statement last week defending the project and saying that the campaign is prepare to enter its second phase. “The creative materials for the campaign’s initial phase, launched in January 2012, were designed to be very provocative,” reads a statement released by the University. “UW-Superior understood and expressed serious concern
President Obama´s super-secret practice of golfing just with donors, friends and underlings is coming under fire from an unsual source: Former Newsweek Assistant Managing Editor Evan Thomas. The Daily Beast contributor who once called Obama a "sort of God" is blasting the president for being "cocky," "peevish," "crotchety," and "self-involved," when it comes to dealing with Congress and he recommends an about-face to being more like laid-back former President Dwight Eisenhower. Writing in Washingtonian, Thomas, the author of a new Ike biography, advised Obama to kiss up to lawmakers, maybe even golf with a few,
The mainstream media seems to be giving up its fight with conservatives that it acted as an arm of the Obama campaign in the last presidential election. The new trend: hiring Obama insiders. The latest proof came Tuesday when NBC announced the hiring of chief Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod as a "senior political strategist." A week earlier, the Washington Post added Obama and Democratic advisor Hilary Rosen, notable for sneering that Ann Romney "never worked a day in her life." Axelrod will appear on both NBC and MSNBC broadcasts, the network said.
News that Microsoft planned to sunset the Hotmail brand wasn´t the biggest of shocks. As the company has been quietly nudging users to switch to Outlook.com, the writing was on the wall. (Snip)Some guys, Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith, raised $300,000 to start a Web mail service in 1996. Two years later, they sell it to Microsoft for $400 million. $400 million! Suddenly, the Internet seemed like not just a revolutionary technology, but also a potential lottery ticket for anyone who had just the right idea. n the ensuing years, the Hotmail name lost some of its luster.
President Barack Obama says his top priority -- the "north star" of his second-term -- is to do "everything we can to grow the economy and create good, middle-class jobs." And that means taking more tax money from wealthy Americans, on top of the higher tax rates that Congress went along with a few months ago. Speaking at the White House on Tuesday, President Obama said Republicans have a choice: "Do you want to see a bunch of first responders lose their jobs because you want to protect some special interest tax loophole?"
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., revealed that he has found “widespread” use of banned, unofficial email accounts at the Environmental Protection Agency, including a regional administrator set to resign over the offense and EPA head Lisa Jackson’s acting replacement. “Region 8 Administrator [James] Martin is likely resigning this week in part because of the open investigation about his use of a non-official email account to conduct official business,” Vitter, ranking member on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), said in a statement today. The off-site email account “may have been an attempt to circumvent the Federal Records Act,