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NORTHWEST NEWS

Records: Portland Spent $1,100 per Night for Aide's Hotel

Documents show that Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler's office billed city taxpayers jumi,123 a night for an aide's hotel accommodations while at a conference

Money Crunch After Planned Parenthood Quits Federal Program

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New Hate Crime Law Kicks In

SB577 requires state to better track bias crimes

Mayor: Show Extra Love at Portland Businesses After Protests

The City of Portland and more are offering deals and free parking downtown this weekend in an effort to generate some of the revenue lost during last weekend's political protests

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Local Actors Star in Haunting, Stripped-Down Macbeth

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New maps chart possible course for estuary restoration

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Deputies kill man who allegedly came at them with a knife

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Ex-Clemson star Kelly Bryant takes over at QB for Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Barry Odom never seems stressed about the future, whether the Missouri coach is pondering tough sanctions handed down by the NCAA over a recruiting scandal or the fact that one of the most prolific passers in school history is now in the NFL.When it comes to the...

Missouri DE Williams pleads to misdemeanor, put on probation

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri defensive end Tre Williams pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation after prosecutors dropped a felony domestic assault charge.The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Williams pleaded guilty to peace disturbance and was...

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Why I’m Visiting the Border

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Why Lady Liberty Weeps

The original concept was to have Lady Liberty holding a broken shackle and chain in her left hand, to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. ...

Avel Gordly's Statement in Advance of Aug. 17 Rally

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A National Crisis: Surging Hate Crimes and White Supremacists

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Arkansas, home to supremacist groups, weighs hate crimes law

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Biggest ever Kentridge show explores Africa's history

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Oregon defends past nonunanimous jury verdicts to high court

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ENTERTAINMENT

Disney Legends honor prompts Robert Downey Jr. pot story

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Beyonce, Sinatra among those on Obama summer song playlist

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Obi-Wan, Lizzie McGuire join new Disney Plus platform

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

2 Israeli drones crash over Beirut, Hezbollah denies firing

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North Korea tests new 'super-large' rocket launcher

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Elizabeth Warren's rise started by looking at the bottom

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North Korea tests new 'super-large' rocket launcher

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Hong Kong police fire tear gas, roll out water cannon trucks

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Paris celebrates its liberation from Nazis, 75 years on

PARIS (AP) — Paris is celebrating the American soldiers, French Resistance fighters and others who...

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Jeanne Sahadi CNN Money

Social Security cardNEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Many federal payments will be delayed indefinitely if the federal government shuts down next Monday night.

But it's very likely that the nearly 58 million people who receive Social Security benefits would still be paid on time, at least if the law and history are any guide.

For starters, funding for Social Security is considered "mandatory" and therefore not subject to the annual appropriations process.

Translation: The money that funds benefits is automatically authorized and not dependent on Congress coming to a compromise on a new federal spending measure by Monday night.

What isn't automatically authorized, however, is the money that Congress appropriates every year to run the Social Security Administration and pay its employees to process those benefits.

But even here, there's reason to believe the agency would be sufficiently staffed to ensure that Social Security payments don't get held up.

During the last two government shutdowns in the mid-1990s, Social Security checks were sent out on schedule.

That happened even though the Social Security Administration was grossly understaffed during the first -- and shorter -- of the two shutdowns. It had kept on just under 5,000 employees. Once it realized how many more were needed to carry out essential duties, the agency was quick to staff up.

So by the second shutdown, which lasted 21 days, the agency required the majority of its employees (55,992) to keep coming to work, furloughing just 10,203 workers.

Today most, if not all, Social Security benefits are paid by way of direct deposit or debit card. So it's fair to assume that making those payments is less labor intensive than it used to be when paper checks were mailed out.

It's not clear, though, if the Social Security Administration would retain enough staff during a shutdown to process without delay any new applications for benefits or other benefit-related activities.

Even though a relatively short shutdown may not imperil Social Security beneficiaries, the failure by lawmakers to raise the nation's borrowing limit could.

"The biggest risk to Social Security payments is the debt ceiling," said Charles Konigsberg, who was assistant director of the White House budget office during the last shutdown.

If the ceiling isn't raised, the Treasury Department will eventually run short of funds to pay all its bills.

That fight will likely come to a head between mid-October and mid-November.

 

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