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June 5, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Budget Office warned the nation's public debt load is projected to hit dangerously high levels by September - roughly 70% of the nation's gross domestic product -- a milestone not seen since World War II, underscoring the crucial decisions facing Washington and the candidates in this presidential election year. The report Tuesday from the nonpartisan budget office throws into stark terms the challenges facing the U.S. economy and the dangers of congressional inaction.
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NEWS
December 14, 2012 | By Melanie Mason
WASHINGTON -- Fix the Debt, a coalition of business executives and policymakers advocating for sweeping deficit reduction, will release its first television ad Sunday, marking a new phase in the group's efforts to influence the fiscal debate. Formed five months ago as an offshoot of the Center for Responsible Budget Priorities, the nonprofit group has assembled a roster of influential politicians - including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg--and major business leaders.
BUSINESS
October 17, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
To the chronicles of misbegotten corporate adventures with social media, we can add a new, sterling event. The anti-deficit lobbying organization Fix the Debt staged a question-and-answer chat on Twitter Thursday. Its goal presumably was to reach America's smartphone-savvy youth with its message that Social Security and Medicare payments to their grandparents are going to land them in the poorhouse a few decades from now.  It's fair to say that Fix the Debt got more than it bargained for. Twitterers from all over responded to the invitation with pointed, tactless and downright impolite questions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Former Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis and his wife, Kitty, are helping with a "debt retirement" fundraiser for Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), who last fall won one of the most contentious -- and most expensive -- House races in the nation. Dukakis, a onetime Massachusetts governor who also helped Sherman raise money during the campaign, and his wife will be guests at a reception Thursday at a home in Studio City. Sherman defeated longtime Rep. Howard Berman (D-Valley Village)
BUSINESS
April 25, 2010
Recent university graduate Amy Horwath has grasped the golden ring in this weak economy: a job in her chosen field. Just one problem: She's $50,000 in debt, mostly student loans. "Sometimes it seems overwhelming," said Horwath, 23, sitting in her small apartment, where her Cornell University diploma for hotel administration hangs on the wall. "I feel like I'm barely treading water." Horwath belongs to a generation of college graduates who traded debt for degrees. Graduating seniors leave college with an average of $23,000 in student loans, according to FinAid, a student financial aid website.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Two alleged pimps - accused of smuggling a Mexican woman into Orange County and forcing her into prostitution to pay off the debt of an ill family member - were arraigned Wednesday on charges related to human trafficking and prostitution, prosecutors said. Victor Lara Romero, 32, and Gustavo Romero Clemente, 35, have each been charged with one felony count of human trafficking, one felony count of pimping and one felony count of pandering, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office.
NATIONAL
January 27, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Casey Anthony is broke. The Orlando, Fla., woman -- acquitted  of killing her 2-year-old daughter in a trial that riveted the nation -- has $1,084 in assets and at least $792,119 in debt, according to bankruptcy documents filed in a Florida federal court and obtained by local media . The bankruptcy documents were filed Friday, the same day an appellate court threw out two of Anthony's four misdemeanor convictions. The remains of Anthony's daughter, Caylee, were found inside a trash bag near the family home in December 2008.
NATIONAL
February 11, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives approved legislation Tuesday to extend the nation's borrowing capacity for another year, lifting the threat of government default and ending - for now - three years of partisan fiscal battles. House Republican leaders rushed the measure to the floor after their fractious majority failed to agree on what, if any, conditions it would try to attach to the must-pass legislation. In the end they submitted a bill with no strings, leaving it to the chamber's Democratic minority to provide most of the votes for passage.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2010 | By Ronald D. White
Moody's Investors Service has downgraded $1.7 billion in bonds for the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority, which oversees the 20-mile rail route built to speed the flow of cargo from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to retail shelves across the U.S. Moody's on Wednesday lowered ratings on the senior lien bonds to A3 from A2 and subordinate lien bonds to Baa1 from A3. It also put the ratings on a watch list for possible further downgrades....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2000
As a supporter of debt relief for the world's poorest countries (Oct. 19), I am happy to learn that Congress may increase the U.S. debt-relief commitment to $435 million. A victory for the pro-debt-relief coalition? Yes. But generous? No. It's less than one-fourth the cost of one B-2 Stealth bomber. PAT REIF Claremont
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