Expand Social Security


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Rather than cut benefits to the elderly under a chained CPI, it is time to consider expanding Social Security by calculating annual benefit increases using CPI-E, an expanded CPI, CPI for the elderly that calculates the true cost of living for actual, living and breathing human beings. The cost of living increase for 2014 is only 1.5% when food, medical expenses and insurance are up at double-digit rates. I would finance expanded Social Security by means of a Robin Hood tax on financial transactions. Wall Street is setting new highs. Let those who can afford to pay a bit more in taxes help those who cannot.

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Kmart Bell Choir Performs “Jingle Bells” in Boxers


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First NBA players performed “Jingle Bells” by sinking three-pointers. Now, in “Show Your Joe,” a new Kmart spot advertising Joe Boxer, a bell choir performs the carol by… just watch…

Between the viral “Ship My Pants” and “Big Gas Savings” commercials, the retailer sure loves wordplay about bottoms.

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Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds Stabbed, Son Dead


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Updated: 3:50 p.m.

Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds has improved from critical to fair condition Tuesday after sustaining stab wounds at his Bath County home. His 24-year-old son, Gus, died from a gunshot wound at the scene less than a day after receiving a emergency mental health evaluation.

“At this time we are not looking for any suspects,” said Corinne Geller, a spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police.  “Based on the evidence we have right now, we are looking into this as an attempted murder and suicide.”

Dennis Cropper, executive director of Rockbridge County Community Services Board, said that Gus Deeds was evaluated on Monday under an Emergency Custody Order, but was released because there was no space in any of the regional psychiatric facilities, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.  Under an Emergency Custody Order, or ECO, Deeds could be held for as long as four hours to decide whether he could be held for up to 48…

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Take A Double Shot of Aspirin: Hangovers Only Get Worse as You Age


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If you thought hangovers in your 20s and 30s were bad, then you better start stocking up on Aspirin and Gatorade now.

The WSJ reports that the repercussions of drinking only get amplified in people’s 40s and 50s due to everything from body composition to lifestyle choices.

“You’re becoming more work-oriented, more family-oriented,” Rutgers director of the Center of Alcohol Studies Robert Pandina said. “You might have a more sensitive response to alcohol because you’ve lowered your exposure to alcohol overall.”

In other words, they have lower tolerances. The CDC measured that 52% of 45-64 year olds are “regular” drinkers having at least 12 drinks a year. Hold up: having a drink a month makes you a regular drinker? A drink a week seems more reasonable but hey, we’re not doctors.

So is the answer to avoiding nasty hangovers asking for smaller glasses, or ordering out of fishbowls with a…

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Watch: Thousands Cheer Newly Arrived Ambassador Caroline Kennedy in Japan


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Caroline Kennedy presented Emperor Akihito with her credentials to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan on Tuesday, following a traditional procession aired live on national television.

Thousands of onlookers cheered the ambassador — the first female ambassador from the U.S. — as she rode up to the Imperial Palace in a horse-drawn carriage, a custom for newly arrived ambassadors.

Kennedy, whose father President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago this week, has drawn stardom attention. Her father, who fought in the Pacific during WWII, had planned to be the first sitting president to visit the country before his death.

[CNN]

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Turns to YouTube to Defend Tehran’s Nuclear Program


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Without quite saying what he’s talking about — it’s the right to enrich uranium on Iranian soil — Iran’s Foreign Minister talks for nearly five minutes in a new YouTube video about everything that’s wrapped up in that highly technical issue, which coincidentally is one that can produce fuel for a nuclear weapon.

“What is dignity?” Mohammad Javad Zarif asks, peering at the camera through rimless spectacles. “What is respect? Are they negotiable? Is there a price tag? Imagine being told that you cannot do what everyone else is doing, what everyone else is allowed to do. Do you back down? Would you relent? Or would you stand your ground?”

The video, titled “Iran’s Message: There Is a Way Forward,” was released on the eve of the scheduled resumption of talks on Iran’s nuclear program in Geneva on Wednesday. It’s the latest bit of public diplomacy from the Islamic…

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Husband of Former Fla. Official Katherine Harris Commits Suicide


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Former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris’ husband reportedly committed suicide Tuesday.

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