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Rising income inequality has damaged Social Security's fiscal health, and progressives believe that addressing it could go a long way toward improving the program's long-term outlook.

That's the primary finding in a new report from the liberal Center for American Progress, which was provided exclusively to TPM on Tuesday. The report lands as a renewed fight over Social Security is bubbling up in the new Congress.

Last month, House Republicans passed a rule that blocks a revenue transfer between the retirement and disability funds, the latter of which is projected to be unable to pay full benefits starting late 2016, unless the program's overall solvency is improved. Conservative wonks have said they hope Congress uses the opportunity to change the program more broadly, and some House GOP leaders have signaled that they'll give it a try.

Democrats have been warning that means benefit cuts or even another privatization attempt, and the new CAP analysis should be seen as a counterpoint to whatever Republicans propose. Its findings suggest that collecting more money from the rich and raising wages for lower income brackets will put the program on the right track. No benefit cuts or substantive changes like individual accounts or privatization would be necessary.

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After the most public fight among the groups that make up the proto-Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign surfaced Monday, they seem to be reconciling.

David Brock, founder of the pro-Clinton groups American Bridge, Correct the Record and Media Matters, resigned angrily on Monday from the Priorities USA super PAC's board. He accused some of the super PAC's officials of leaking negative information about one of his top fundraisers to the New York Times.

But within 24 hours, Brock and Priorities released a joint statement that opened the door for him to return to the super PAC's board.

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Of the many pro-Obamacare arguments that government lawyers are making to save the law from the Supreme Court, one stands out as particularly tailored to winning the crucial vote of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The argument is about federalism, long a guiding light for the Reagan-appointed jurist whose vote both sides are working to win in King v. Burwell, a case before the Court that threatens to blow a hole in Obamacare.

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The people and groups laying the groundwork for a 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential candidacy have taken great pains to present a united front over the last year, but that facade was torn up with news Monday that one group's leader was resigning from another's board while making allegations of negative leaks to the press.

David Brock, founder of the pro-Clinton groups American Bridge, Correct the Record and Media Matters, resigned Monday from the board of Priorities USA, the super PAC that backed President Obama in 2012 and had reoriented itself to support Clinton in 2016, Politico reported.

In his resignation letter, Brock accused Priorities USA officials of β€œan orchestrated political hit job," according to Politico. It was an apparent reference to a New York Times story last week that detailed how one of Brock's leading fundraisers, Mary Pat Bonner, operates.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) has projected an anti-Obamacare line like the rest of his likely competitors in the 2016 field. But unlike the rest of them, Bush has been largely absent from the roiling national debate on heath care since he left office eight years ago.

To be sure, Bush has condemned Obamacare like essentially every other proud Republican, saying it's "flawed to the core" and "doesn't work." But when it comes to getting wonky, Bush has been more eager to talk about immigration reform or education, his signature policy areas.

Despite more than 20 years in public life, including two terms as governor of Florida, there is precious little in the public record about Bush's fundamental positions on the key health care policy issues. That leaves some major questions about Bush's views on health care, particularly Obamacare.

Does Bush advocate full repeal of the law? What is his preferred alternative? Does he support bringing back Obamacare's crucial subsidies if the Supreme Court invalidates them in over 30 states this summer?

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