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Did Congress Really Steal From Social Security?

What really happens to Social Security's trillions of dollars in excess cash?<p>For better or worse, Social Security is America's most important social …

Retirement

This Is When You Should Start Collecting Social Security, According to Experts

It depends on a few big factors.<p>It’s one of the most popular questions in retirement planning: When should I claim Social Security? You might as well …

Retirement

How to read poetry like a professor

Thomas Foster, an ex-literature professor and author, explains how to get the most out of poems while avoiding intimidation<p>Since retiring from his professorship at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he taught literature and writing for nearly 30 years, Thomas Foster has made a fruitful career …

Literature

11 of the Most Amazing Places to Visit in South America If Money Were No Object

Got oodles of cash to splash and looking to travel South America in style? No worries! Because even though the continent may not be world’s most …

3 Things Americans Get Wrong About Retirement

One in 10 retirees receive half of the Social Security benefits they were expecting.<p>Do you know when you're going to retire, how much you'll have in …

Irish Whiskey Sales Soar Well Beyond St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

While selections of Single Malt Scotches may still get the most space on the priciest restaurants’ liquor lists, Irish whiskies are cutting into their market share, with almost 20% annual growth in exports. According to a report by the Irish Food Board, last year’s sales were about $830 million. …

Whiskey

Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier

How the ex-spy tried to warn the world about Trump’s ties to Russia.<p><b>Audio:</b> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>In January, after a long day at his London office, Christopher Steele, the former spy turned private investigator, was stepping off a …

Russia

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Came to Washington Seeking Power and Glamour. They’ll Leave With Neither.

Jared and Ivanka are just the latest in a long line of presidential family members who didn’t exactly bowl Washington over. But they’re also the …

Uber driver has a Spotify playlist for every kind of passenger he picks up

Good music is one of the many small, but forgotten things that can make an Uber or Lyft ride great.<p>While most drivers might just leave that job to …

At $2.3 trillion cost, Trump tax cuts leave big gap

Between new cost estimates and the White House’s own budget numbers, the wheels are coming off Republican claims that President Donald Trump’s tax cuts will pay for themselves by generating increased growth and government revenues over the next decade.<p>“Not only will this tax plan pay for itself but …

Economy

Iceland-inspired tiny house ships flat-packed for under $50K

“What would you do with 320 square feet?” That’s the question put forth by the adorable and affordable Plús Hús, an Iceland-inspired tiny dwelling …

Los Angeles

What are the best Web sites on retirement? - Ultimate Guide to Retirement

Getting help<p>Where can I get help?<p>Where can I get help with my retirement planning?<br>• Do I need a financial adviser?<br>• How can I find an adviser I trust?<br>• What kind of credentials should a planner have?<br>• How do planners charge?<br>• What kind of planner should I hire?<br>• How much will a planner cost me?<br>• What are the …

Retirement

Donald Trump is suing my publisher, and its response is magnificent

Henry Holt is a division of Macmillan (owners of Tor Books, who publish my novels); they're the folks who published Michael Wolff's bestselling <i>Fire</i> …

Donald Trump

How to Feng Shui Your Entryway

Aside from the front door itself, the entryway (or foyer) is the critical space in our home for first impressions. In fact, feng shui considers this …

Home Decorating

Why 'Fire and Fury' could mark the end of the road for Trump

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps …

The Best Small Space Bedroom Solutions We Saw This Year

Small bedrooms can be tough to furnish. But finding affordable, storage-savvy furniture for your tiny bedroom is even harder. That's why it pays to …

Small Spaces

Take Control of Your Tiny Kitchen With Our Best Tips of 2017

(Image credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom)<p>One of the biggest challenges of living in a small apartment is dealing with a small kitchen, and in 2017, we …

Small Spaces

Matt Moran's mango ice blocks with a hit of cayenne salt

When mangoes are in season, I can’t get enough of them. I often buy them by the trayful, so apart from eating them without ceremony standing over the kitchen sink to catch the juices, I’ll often turn them into ice blocks like these. The cayenne salt adds a grown-up kick and unexpected flavour, …

Mango

5 Reasons Why The Ripple (XRP) Price Continues To Surge In The Face Of Crypto Market Corrections

<b>The XRP price is way higher than it was at the start of the month—even thriving amid yesterday’s 20 percent crypto market drop-off—here’s why.</b><p>[Ed note: Investing in cryptocoins or tokens is highly speculative and the market is largely unregulated. Anyone considering it should be prepared to lose …

Cryptocurrency

What the Republican Tax Plan Means for You, Your Investments and Your Industry - WSJ

Republicans have pushed through the most sweeping changes to the U.S. tax code in a generation. How did the plan come together? Congressional leaders set weekly deadlines and hit nearly all of them in a seven-week rush from introducing a bill to finishing it. They kept President Donald Trump and …

Wall Street

How the tax bill will penalize wage earners, in one chart

By Adam LooneyUnder the tax bill working its way through Congress, the self-employed, sole proprietors, partners, or owners of S-corporations (“pass- …

Retirement

How the final tax bill will affect four tax returns. The highest earners get the biggest break

Earlier this month, The Times reviewed tax returns submitted by a handful of readers to see how the House and Senate tax plans would have affected their 2016 taxes had they been law at the time.<p>Now, that details of the final plan are out, we’ve re-crunched the numbers to see how those same readers …

Retirement

Retirement nest egg: Millennials can exit the workforce by 50

Ramsey Solutions financial expert Chris Hogan said millennials can achieve their retirement goals by utilizing their 401(k) plans and conquering their student loan debt.<p>“Retirement now has nothing to do with an age, it has everything to do with a financial number. So I’m trying to get millennials …

On Cornel West’s reckless, disappointing broadside against Ta-Nehisi Coates.

It’s not an overstatement to say that, if you are a young writer who interrogates American race relations and white supremacy, Cornel West is the …

Tax reform flaws build the case for a new consumption tax

Can ballooning deficits and distortions in the tax code lead both parties toward a value-added tax as an eventual fix?<p>Is the real lesson from tax reform that Americans rely too much on the income tax to fund their government?<p>Time and again, that box has proven too small a revenue pot to do all that …

Economics

White House: Trump wants lawmakers to pass Obamacare stabilization bills in January

President Donald Trump wants lawmakers to pass two bipartisan bills early next year that would shore up the Affordable Care Act, the White House said on Wednesday.<p>Trump is eager to see both bills passed in January and will sign them, the White House said.<p>“We believe that we will work with the House …

Donald Trump

After passage of tax bill, a White House thank-fest

GOP leaders practically compete to heap praise on the president, who shows no resistance in accepting it.<p>Finally — a win.<p>In the wake of passing major tax cuts, congressional Republicans gathered at the White House beneath a cloudy December sky on Wednesday to make sure that the man who prizes …

Donald Trump

Trump to tax critics: 'The results will speak for themselves'

President Donald Trump proclaimed Wednesday that “the results will speak for themselves” on the White House-backed tax reform package currently on the verge of passing Congress, predicting that the legislation’s critics in the media and the Democratic Party will be proved wrong.<p>“The Tax Cuts are so …

Affordable Care Act

No, Trump Hasn’t ‘Essentially Repealed Obamacare’

Killing the mandate doesn’t gut the health care law. Most likely, it will muddle along, because the rest of it is broadly popular.<p>In July and again in September, Republicans narrowly failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But their newly passed tax legislation included a provision getting rid of …

Health Care

Republicans finally get what they wanted out of Trump

The president's stormy first year is ending on a high note, with a series of policy victories on issues the GOP has eyed for years, from oil drilling to the big tax reform bill.<p>For most of the year, party infighting and President Donald Trump’s personal peccadilloes have kept the GOP from reaping …

Republicans