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Trump may be loathed in California, but he continues to reshape its politics

President Trump is wildly unpopular in California, but it's hard to dispute how much his election, and his first year in office, have reshaped California politics.

It starts a game of political musical chairs. If Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 election, few people would be talking up freshman Sen. Kamala Harris as a Democratic candidate ...Read more

Bigger wells, but more water

GONZALES COUNTY -- Shale wells are swallowing twice as much water as they did a few years ago -- around 10 million gallons each, or about 15 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The process of making a Texas oil well has grown increasingly intense since the start of the shale boom, with more water, more sand, and more stages in the hydraulic ...Read more

Detroit Free Press Shawn Windsor column

No one looks good in the case of basketball prep star Thomas Kithier. Not the school who denied his transfer. Not the family who moved their son for "academic" reasons.

Not the state governing body that ruled to shut down Kithier's high school basketball career last December when it determined he'd left Macomb Dakota for Clarkston for "...Read more

TAXPAYERS TO PICK UP BILL THAT COULD EXCEED £1BN

THE fallout from the Carillion collapse could cost the taxpayer more than £1billion, a senior insider at the company has said.

Fees paid to liquidation advisers PwC could also run into hundreds of millions, the source added.

The highly placed figure, who was involved in the attempts to save Carillion, said the Government's decision not ...Read more

'IT WAS SO SCARY...NOW I AM MORE AWARE'

OFFICIAL figures due out this week will show that fraud and hacking is now the most common crime in England and Wales. Reported cases of fraud are running at a frightening two million a year -- with a staggering £2million a day being lost to criminals.

MPs on the Public Accounts Committee recently concluded that Government, the financial ...Read more

Social Security and You: Shutdown Silliness

As I am writing this, the government is in the middle of another of its silly shutdown soap operas. But my hunch is that by the time you read this, the shutdown will be over. The news seems to indicate that Congress will pass a temporary funding measure that will last until about Feb. 8, when we may very well go through this all over again.

I'm...Read more

Social Security: Celebrating our nation's diversity

On January 15 we celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as a federal holiday and a day of remembrance. Martin Luther King, Jr. dedicated his life to creating and fostering equal rights for African Americans, and he died during his efforts to make his dream a reality.

Diversity of skills, knowledge, and perspective is what you want when putting...Read more

Social Security and You: 'Living in Sin' No Longer Required to Get Social Security

Q: My mother told me she remembers a time when women had to "live in sin" (those are her words) to avoid losing Social Security benefits. She couldn't elaborate, but she thinks some senior women still have to do that today. Do you know what she is talking about?

A: Yes, I know exactly what she is talking about. It has to do with the payment of ...Read more

Social Security: Applying for a child's number and card

During the holiday season, most of us, regardless of religion or beliefs, focus on the children we love. Caring for children is one of the best ways to safeguard the future. And we at Social Security know a thing or two about helping children.

The application for a Social Security number and card is sometimes overlooked in the paperwork that ...Read more

Social Security and You: Question on Online Application Form Still Confusing Many

About two months ago, I got a question from a reader that I had never received before. (And believe me, that is unusual. I thought there wasn't a single Social Security-related question I haven't been asked a hundred times before.)

The unique question had to do with how to answer a specific question on the online application form for Social ...Read more

Social Security: Is it Medicare or Medicaid?

A lot of people have a difficult time understanding the difference between Medicare and Medicaid. Both programs begin with the letter "M." They're both health insurance programs run by the government. People often ask questions about what Medicare and Medicaid are, what services they cover, and who administers the programs.

Let's start with ...Read more

Social Security and You: Turning 66 in 2018? Consider Filing for Benefits This Month

I write a column similar to this one every January. But I don't mind plagiarizing myself because it contains a very important message for people planning to retire in 2018.

January is a critical month for the hundreds of thousands of potential Social Security beneficiaries who are reaching 66, their so-called full retirement age, in 2018. The ...Read more

Social Security: Five ways social security protects you and your family

Next payday, when you see a portion of your wages go toward FICA taxes, rest easier knowing that your investment in Social Security brings a lifetime of protections for you and your family.

From your first job and throughout your career, we track your earnings and give you credits for the contributions you've made through payroll taxes. Those ...Read more

Social Security and You: Update for 2018

It has been my custom for most of the past 20 years to write a year-end column that summarizes the Social Security changes and updates scheduled to take place the following year.

Almost all Social Security beneficiaries are familiar with the most popular and publicized upcoming change: the increase in monthly benefit checks for 2018 due to the ...Read more

Social Security and You: My Christmas Wish List for Social Security

Dear Santa,

I've been a good kid this year. Well, I've occasionally been naughty. For example, I was a bit of an impish bad boy when I penned last week's open letter to President Trump. But if the emails I get from readers telling me that they appreciate the information and advice I dispense in this column are any indication, I think I should ...Read more

Social Security: Understanding the government pension offset

Getting ready for retirement requires evaluation of all your sources of retirement income. Even if you worked for the government and didn't pay the FICA tax on your earnings, you may be eligible for benefits from your spouse's work under Social Security.

However, when you receive both your own non-covered government pension and a Social ...Read more

Social Security: Social Security supports veterans

Supporting veterans and active duty members of the military is a key part of Social Security's mission. Our disability program has helped countless wounded warriors and their loved ones. Every Veterans Day, the nation collectively honors the brave people who risk their lives to protect our country.

For those who return home with injuries, ...Read more

Social Security and You: An Open Letter to President Trump With a Christmas Gift Idea

Dear Mr. President,

I hear that your presidency is off to a rocky start. That swamp you said you'd drain seems to be getting muddier and murkier. On the other hand, you have appeased your base of government-bashing supporters by ordering federal agencies to slash their funding by 15 percent, including the Social Security Administration. I wrote...Read more

Social Security: Social Security online puts you in control

Taking control of your future is the first step in planning a long and happy retirement. Social Security is making it faster and easier to do this with my Social Security.

With your own personal my Social Security account, you'll get immediate access to your personal Social Security Statement that has your earnings record and an estimate of ...Read more

Social Security and You: Split Marriage Adds Up to No Benefits

Q: I am 66 years old. I am getting my own Social Security retirement check, but it is rather small -- just shy of $1,000 per month. I tried to get benefits from my deceased husband's record but my claim was turned down. They said I wasn't married long enough. But I was married for a total of 10 years. Can you please review my case and tell me ...Read more