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Political protests in Nicaragua have turned deadly, and the effects of that uprising are being felt in the Kansas City metro. Last week, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega proposed drastic reductions to that country's social security system. The people of Nicaragua responded by rioting in the streets, sometimes squaring off with the national police. One foreign news agency is reporting 27 people have died in the violence that has raged since loudly since the weekend. No one imagined... [Read More]
Tens of thousands of Nicaraguans are marching in the capital to protest government repression and call for peace after several days of violent demonstrations set off by a social security overhaul. Human rights groups say clashes between police and protesters left nearly 30 dead since people took to the streets last week... [Read More]
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The idea of government-sponsored paid family leave is gaining popularity at the state level and in Washington, where Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ivanka Trump are "strategizing" to bring more Republicans into the fold. Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) are said to be interested. ... [Read More]
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The State Department ordered U.S. government employees' relatives to leave Nicaragua Monday after days of deadly protests over proposed social security changes. [Read More]
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Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has revoked the controversial social security reforms that triggered violent clashes between demonstrators and government security forces. [Read More]
In recent months, the Trump administration has ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a number of immigrant groups in the U.S., including Salvadorans, Haitians and Nicaraguans. Now, Nepali immigrants like Ramba Regmi are bracing for bad news this week. Regmi is one of nearly nine thousand TPS recipients from Nepal living in the United States, the vast majority of whom live in New York City. Until 2015, when an earthquake struck Nepal, Regmi was an undocumented immigrant living in New York's Outer-Boroughs. But "because of TPS, I've been able to get a work permit [and] a social security... [Read More]
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For better or worse, Social Security is a vital program for our nation's seniors. According to an analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the mere fact that Social Security provides guaranteed monthly income to eligible retired workers ensures that more than 15 million of them remain above the federal poverty line. This results in a senior poverty rate of less than 9%. Comparatively, it would be an estimated 40.5% without Social Security. ... [Read More]
By Kelly Hartog It's been more than seven months since the credit reporting agency Equifax revealed in September 2017 that 143 million Americans' personal data – including Social Security numbers, addresses and... [Read More]
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Social Security retirement benefits average about $1,400 a month across the US. Florida has a lot of retired people — over 3 million — but the average Social Security check in the sunshine state is lower than the national average. Delaware, Connecticut, and New Jersey are the only states where the average Social Security retirement benefit is above $1,500. Millions of Americans rely on Social Security retirement benefits. Data released by the Social Security Administration in April revealed that throughout the US, over 42 million retirees receive Social Security checks totaling $59.6 billion every month.... [Read More]
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Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega remained under pressure on Monday despite backing down on a contentious pension reform plan that triggered four days of violence in which 24 people were killed. The Central American country's main private business association -- an ally of Ortega during his 11 years in power -- said they it go ahead with an anti-government march on Monday. Students who led the protests vowed to keep up their demonstrations until the 72-year-old former Sandinista rebel Ortega and his wife and vice-president Rosario Murillo are ousted. On Sunday, Ortega sought to placate popular fury, announcing he was... [Read More]
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In Sun City, Arizona, tax reform, Social Security and Medicare are on the minds of a powerful bloc of senior voters ahead of the special election for the 8th congressional district Tuesday. [Read More]
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Misunderstanding these aspects of Social Security could cause you to miss out on the most money. [Read More]
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Boosting your monthly Social Security check is easier than you may think.        ... [Read More]
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If Ryan and Republicans see big losses coming, they should go down fighting while they can and scale back entitlements like Medicare and Social Security.        ... [Read More]
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Angel Gahona was shot while covering a protest in Bluefields, Nicaragua, on Saturday. He was filming a video on his phone when he was shot. A cameraman standing behind him captured the whole thing. Deadly protests have been taking place around Nicaragua after the government announced plans to have workers pay more for social security, while reducing existing pensions. A Nicaraguan journalist was shot dead on Facebook Live while filming protests in his home country. Angel Gahona was filming and narrating a video on his phone outside the city hall of Bluefields,... [Read More]
The president of Nicaragua has recalled a welfare overhaul package that started days of protests. The Nicaraguan Human Rights Office says at least 25 people have been killed in the protests. [Read More]
Nicaragua's president on Sunday withdrew changes to the social security system that had triggered deadly protests and looti ... [Read More]
Dozens of shops in the capital of Managua have been looted as protests and disturbances sparked by government social security reforms continued Sunday. Human rights groups say at least 26 people have been killed in several days of clashes. Images broadcast by news media showed looted shops in the sprawling Oriental Market district and at least one Walmart. Police apparently did not intervene, in contrast to what had been a heavy-handed response to the demonstrations, in which dozens have been injured or... [Read More]
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Nicaragua's president on Sunday withdrew changes to the social security system that had triggered deadly protests and looting.President Daniel Ortega said in a message to the nation that the social security board of directors had canceled the changes implemented on April 16... [Read More]
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Updated at 9:37 p.m. ET The welfare reform package proposed by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega that set off days of deadly protests has been canceled. In a televised national address, Ortega said the board of Nicaragua's social security system had voted to revoke the measures that were approved last week. The sweeping pension overhaul plan that increases contributions for workers and employer, but lowers overall benefits. The changes sparked demonstrations Wednesday that escalated into several days of violent anti-government demonstrations. "The protests have killed at least seven people and injured hundreds more," Ortega said in his message to the... [Read More]
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