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For years Americans have been warned that longer life spans, increasing healthcare costs, and decreasing support from employer pensions will have serious consequences for the future of retirement. We’ll speak with the author of a new book that offers solutions in both public policy and personal finance.

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With the next big federal budget battle looming, there’s a lot of talk this time that Social Security and other entitlement programs must be part of any debt-reduction conversation.  But other voices are pushing back, saying this is the wrong place to look for savings - given the vital importance of this program to so many Americans.


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Social In-security!  President Obama has said he’s willing to make changes in the nation’s safety-net system for the elderly…as part of overall efforts to reduce the debt.  But he’s getting lots of criticism for it…especially from his liberal base.  We’ll examine the President’s ideas….including a controversial proposal to use a new measure of inflation called “chained CPI”.


Today we talk with Associated Press reporter Stephen Ohlemacher, who has been examining the issues surrounding Social Security through a multi-part newspaper series.  It's an often controversial topic that has been nearly untouched in recent political talk.  Today we examine Social Security -- the challenges it faces and what some propose to do about it.


Stephen Olemacher - Reporter for The Associated Press. 

Read Olemacher's reports on Social Security.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a case testing whether children conceived through in vitro fertilization after the death of a parent are eligible for Social Security survivors benefits.

The case before the court began in 2001 when Robert Capato was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Before beginning treatments, he deposited sperm at a fertility clinic, and after he died, his wife, Karen, carried out the couple's plan to conceive using Robert's sperm.


Our issue Tuesday series continues with the Republican Presidential Candidates and their fiscal policies.  The soaring national debt has been a rallying cry among republicans, who see it as a top economic threat.  We’ll examine what the candidates are saying about government spending, debt and deficits…as well as entitlement reform, programs like Social security and Medicare.