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  • What's driving US budget   Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 7:29 PM ET
    What's driving US budget

    Checks to Americans, for entitlements, welfare or other transfer payments, will make up 70 percent of all the money the government spends this year. Jared Bernstein, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, and Jim Pethokoukis, American Enterprise Institute, provide perspective.

  • 3 ways to grow your 401(k), no matter your age Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    All generations of pre-retirees are facing some level of savings shortfall, but there are steps anyone can take to help build their 401(k).

  • How the Gingrich-Edwards tax loophole works Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 11:35 AM ET
    John Edwards and Newt Gingrich.

    President Obama has called for ending a tax loophole that costs Medicare and Social Security millions of dollars. Here's how it works.

  • Maximize your Social Security distribution   Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 9:00 AM ET
    Maximize your Social Security distribution

    By delaying payments, you can increase your yearly distribution by 8 percent. Diahann Lassus shares her advice on ways to maximize your Social Security distribution.

  • US says computer outage to affect HealthCare.gov Monday, 10 Feb 2014 | 4:12 PM ET

    The White House said people hoping to enroll in health coverage for March 1 may have trouble applying near the deadline because of a planned shutdown.

  • IRS tax refund ID scams hit record high in 2013 Wednesday, 8 Jan 2014 | 8:23 AM ET

    The IRS says last year there was a 66 percent increase from 2012 in tax fraud from Social Security identity theft of nearly $50bln in refund claims.

  • Former NYC workers in disability scam: Report Tuesday, 7 Jan 2014 | 10:19 AM ET

    Former NYC police, firefighters and other city workers faked mental disabilities to defraud Social Security benefits, NBC 4 New York reports.

  • Debt ceiling could be hit in February: Lew Friday, 20 Dec 2013 | 9:15 AM ET
    U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew

    The Obama administration says the government may not be able to pay its bills as soon as February if lawmakers do not raise the federal debt ceiling.

  • Lew: Big budget deal unlikely unless... Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013 | 11:34 AM ET
    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testifies during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Capitol Hill.

    The Obama administration said budget negotiators in Congress would probably fail to strike a deal unless Republicans agree to raise revenues.

  • Obamacare and the failed 1989 Medicare law Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | 11:15 AM ET
    In 1988, President Ronald Reagan had grown wary of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act, but his vice president, George Bush, saw political advantage in it.

    The history of federal health care is a tale of the hazards of presenting changes to consumers who might not want them. Take the 1989 Medicare law. The New York Times reports.

  • Lawmakers try to avoid getting hooked on subsidies Wednesday, 13 Nov 2013 | 11:41 AM ET
    An enrollment sign for the Affordable Care Act at the Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center in Los Angeles.

    Republican efforts to stop Obamacare are a throwback to past efforts by former lawmakers to stop other federal entitlement programs. The New York Times reports.

  • China's one-child policy: More harm than good?   Monday, 11 Nov 2013 | 5:53 PM ET

    CNBC's Eunice Yoon investigates the need for improved social safety nets, and the people who fall through the cracks.

  • Many vets lose out on Social Security dollars   Monday, 11 Nov 2013 | 1:45 PM ET
    Many vets lose out on Social Security dollars

    CNBC's Sue Herera reports veterans who wait to claim Social Security benefits until they are 70 will increase their benefit by 8 percent a year. And 30 percent of veterans surveyed were unaware they could claim Social Security and military retirement at the same time.

  • Your Social Security raise: $19 a month Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | 8:43 AM ET

    Social Security benefits will rise only 1.5 percent next year.

  • Hands off Medicare and Social Security: Union   Friday, 18 Oct 2013 | 10:34 AM ET
    Hands off Medicare and social security: Union

    Organized labor is making it clear it opposes any idea involving social security, Medicare and Medicaid cuts. Damon Silvers of AFL-CIO, shares his opinions. "We are not going to give cover to Democrats who think it's a good idea to take away economic security to our most vulnerable citizens," he says.

  • What retirement? Most older workers don't expect it Tuesday, 15 Oct 2013 | 11:37 AM ET
    Graphic designer Tom Sadowski, 65, who delayed his retirement, works from home in Sterling, Va.

    More workers are delaying their retirement plans and embracing the fact that retirement won't necessarily mark a complete exit from the workforce.

  • Why Social Security recipients may feel the pinch Monday, 14 Oct 2013 | 3:38 PM ET

    Social Security recipients won't get much of a raise next year. Is government underestimating how much it costs seniors to pay the bills?

  • Social Security raise to be among lowest in years Sunday, 13 Oct 2013 | 4:40 PM ET
    Social Security checks

    Millions of recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect historically small increases in their benefits come January.

  • Lew: No good solution if Congress fails to act   Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 | 9:43 AM ET
    Lew: No good solution if Congress fails to act

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says there is no good solution or contingency plan if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling.

  • Lew: Like paying entire mortgage instead of a payment

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew addresses the debt ceiling deniers and says this situation is like instead of making a mortgage payment, having to pay the entire mortgage.