Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D- Mass., listens to testimony during a Banking Committee hearing on Nov. 12. In a Senate floor speech on Social Security last month, Warren said, "With some modest adjustments, we can keep the system solvent for many more years, and we could even increase benefits."
For the past three years, there's been a shortfall in the payroll taxes collected for Social Security. As more baby boomers join the ranks of the 57 million people already receiving benefits and the overall share of wages subject to taxation under the program shrinks, that deficit is bound to keep growing.
Each federal agency has until 2020 to get 20 percent of its power from sources such as solar, wind.
December 5, 2013 The Senate Conservatives Fund, founded by then-Sen. Jim DeMint, is a big-money player targeting incumbent Republican senators including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
December 5, 2013 It's Day 4 of the White House's new messaging push for the Affordable Care Act. Today the goal is to tell the stories of people with pre-existing conditions who are now entitled to coverage under the new health care law.One such story comes from within the White House.
December 5, 2013 And the study by Human Rights Watch finds that defendants who take their fate to a judge or jury face prison sentences on average 11 years longer than those who plead guilty.
December 4, 2013 Hispanics make up 17 percent of the nation's population. But they live disproportionately in districts represented by Democrats.
December 4, 2013 Obama, who has been criticized in recent weeks over the flawed rollout of HealthCare.gov, steered the conversation Wednesday back to the economy. His remarks on inequality follow similar comments the pope made last week.
December 4, 2013 A new survey finds that just 41 percent of adults ages 18-29 approve of Obama's job performance, his lowest-ever standing among the group. A majority of millennials also disapprove of the Affordable Care Act and the way Obama is handling a host of other key issues.
December 4, 2013 The debate over an immigration overhaul is at a standstill in Congress, but activists continue their push to keep the issue alive on the legislative schedule. The Senate passed a bill in June, and supporters of immigration reform are pressuring House lawmakers to take action before the end of the year.
December 4, 2013 House and Senate negotiators are meeting to reconcile their two different versions of a new farm bill. If they don't reach agreement, the nation faces going over "the dairy cliff" – a reversion to 1949 farm policy that would cause a big spike in milk prices.
December 3, 2013 AM radio was what folks used to gather around to listen to soap operas, big bands and live drama. Later, it's where baby boomers heard the Beatles. Now, it's largely the province of news and talk — and often hard to hear because of interference. The FCC is proposing some changes it hopes will make the AM band relevant again.