Paris police arrest scores amid strike over pension reform

December 6, 2019 | Chicago Tribune

Paris police fired tear gas at demonstrators Thursday as the Eiffel Tower shut down, France’s high-speed trains came to a standstill and hundreds of thousands marched nationwide in a strike over the government’s plan to overhaul the retirement system.

Who are France’s yellow vest protestors, and what do they want?

December 6, 2019 | WBEZ-FM 91.5 (Chicago)

As part of his environmental policy strategy, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a green tax on fuel last month 

Broke Social security

3 surprising problems with Social Security

December 6, 2019 | The Motley Fool

There's little question of the role Social Security has played in helping to provide a financial foundation for our nation's retirees for the past eight decades. This is a program that, today, keeps more than 22 million people each month out of poverty and is responsible for providing at least half of the monthly income collected by 62% of retired workers.

CalSTRS goes green with muni bond debut

December 6, 2019 | Pensions & Investments

The California State Teachers' Retirement System may have just missed its investment goal but its debut municipal-bond sale Thursday is right on target.

Will Buffalo become a climate change haven?

December 6, 2019 | CityLab

When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Maria Robles saw rainfall so severe that it punched a hole through her roof and flooded her home in San Juan. “We lost everything inside the house,” she said. “Everything, everything, everything.”

Why Congress must fix multiemployer pensions

December 6, 2019 | Economics 21

Last month, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) and Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.) unveiled a comprehensive proposal to shore up multiemployer pension plans. Congress will have little choice but to consider such a proposal soon, to address a burgeoning crisis affecting workers in America’s multiemployer pension system. 

The most foolish bank of all

December 6, 2019 | This is Common Sense

“Congress never set up the U.S. Department of Education to be a bank, nor did it define the secretary of education as the nation’s ‘top banker,’” said Betsy DeVos, Trump’s controversial Department of Education secretary, at an annual education conference in Reno. “But that’s effectively what Congress expects based on its policies.”

Trump to pull feds out of K-12 education

December 6, 2019 | The Washington Times

President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to start pulling the federal government out of K-12 education, following through on a campaign promise to return school control to state and local officials.

US farmers on track for most aid in 14 years

December 5, 2019 | Argus

Farmers in the US are on track to collect the largest amount of government aid since 2005 after a growing season roiled by trade uncertainty and historic flooding.

2019 Annual Report

December 5, 2019 | Financial Stability Oversight Council

The Financial Stability Oversight Council (Council) was established by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) and is charged with three primary purposes:

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