Social Security cost-of-living increase will boost benefits 5.9% in 2022 as inflation spikes

This post was originally published on this siteSocial Security payments are set to rise 5.9% in 2022 for 68 million retirees, disabled people and others. That’s the most since 1982.     

GOP flips Iowa state House seat

This post was originally published on this siteA pastor and tax adviser will become the first Republican to represent Newton in the Iowa state House in decades after winning a special election Tuesday to fill a vacancy in a once ancestrally Democratic manufacturing hub that has moved to the…

Consumer prices rose 0.4 percent in September, up 5.4 percent over last year

This post was originally published on this siteConsumer prices rose 0.4 percent in September and 5.4 percent in the year leading into last month, according to data released Wednesday by the Labor Department.The consumer price index (CPI), which tracks inflation, rose at a slightly faster rate…

Republicans rally around possible Trump 2024 bid as they downplay his role on January 6

This post was originally published on this siteNine months after the attack on the US Capitol, Republicans in Congress are defending Donald Trump’s role on January 6 in some of their strongest terms yet — and signaling he’d have widespread backing from the party if he ran for president again in 2024.

What’s behind the push for a fourth stimulus check

This post was originally published on this siteIRS has distributed almost 170 million payments. But hardship remains widespread as the Delta variant spreads.

U.S. to lift land border restrictions for vaccinated travelers

This post was originally published on this siteFor the first time since March 2020, the U.S. will allow vaccinated travelers to enter the country by land for non-essential activities, like tourism and family visits.

FDA advisory committee to consider boosters for Moderna and J&J COVID-19 vaccines

This post was originally published on this sitePeople who received Moderna and J&J COVID vaccines have been in limbo about booster shots. A key FDA committee will recommend if they are necessary.     

Democrats struggle to gain steam on Biden spending plan

This post was originally published on this siteDemocrats are struggling to break through on their sweeping social spending bill amid a laser-like focus on the price tag and high-profile squabbles.Democratic leadership has set an end-of-the-month deadline to get both the spending package and a…

Pelosi enters pivotal stretch on Biden agenda

This post was originally published on this siteSpeaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) faces daunting days ahead as she races to unite feuding factions of her restive caucus and pass a massive social benefits package at the heart of President Biden’s agenda, along with a separate infrastructure bill,…

Court fight over Texas abortion restriction tests limits of state laws

This post was originally published on this siteA court battle over the strict Texas abortion law is testing legal questions that could have far-reaching effects on other constitutional rights.The novel enforcement mechanism of the Texas statute, known as S.B. 8, is intended to frustrate legal…

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