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Midwest reporter for Beverage Industry - a trade magazine covering soft drinks, beer and wine.

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Raoul Duke.

Surprise: Social Security benefits are for children too — You have heard of greedy geezers: that mythical army of militant seniors out to defend their Social Security benefits at any cost, even if it robs their own children and grandchildren of their futures. The greedy geezer trope, invented by now-retired Sen.

Snoopy Hangs On As MetLife Rebrands US Retail Arm as Brighthouse — Andrew Johnson was president when insurer MetLife launched in 1868. It had spent the previous five years insuring Civil War soldiers and sailors for wartime disabilities, not very successfully, before its then-president, Dr. James R. Dow, and the board of directors agreed to drop the casualty business and focus solely on life insurance.

M&A Watch: DOJ Clears Big Beer Deal, Blocks Health Insurer Mergers — Executives at Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller likely clinked glasses Wednesday night after the US Department of Justice gave its blessing to the proposed $107 billion merger. The last thing standing in the way of the brewers of 30 percent of the world's beer becoming one is approval from China, which is expected to not be a problem, according to Reuters, and the acquisition of SAB by ABI is expected to close by year-end.

Visa Welcomes the IOC's First #TeamRefugees to Team Visa — While some athletes are skipping the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil for fear of the Zika virus or because the International Olympic Committee won't let them (cough, Russia), there are a few in particular who really want to get there to compete and tell the world their stories: the refugee athletes fleeing their homelands.

Yahoo Storytellers Provides Brands with Content Marketing, Advertising Options — Yahoo is in the midst of trying to sell off its search and advertising business and reported Monday that its quarterly earnings are a penny short of what Wall Street analysts expected. It brought in earnings of 9 cents per share rather than the expected dime.

Unilever Acquires Dollar Shave Club for $1 Billion — Dollar Shave Club made its name by being an outsider-by showcasing itself as being different from all the brands shavers have known for eons. DSC will likely stick with this formula since it has worked so well, but now the brand will join such names as Dove and AXE to become part of the Unilever portfolio for $1 billion.

Rio 2016: PGA Scheduling Leaves Some Golfers Skipping Olympic Games — The Olympics are often seen as the world's ultimate sporting event. To have a gold medal placed around one's neck was the ultimate achievement in sports. The sporting calendar is generally built around the Games. Heck, the NHL shut down its season a few times so its players could participate-though it is unclear if that will the next time around.

Luxury’s Fall in Europe Drags Down Swiss Watchmaker Swatch — Living the life of luxury has become a bit more difficult around the world-and luxury brands are feeling the pain. Swiss watchmaker Swatch, which creates higher-end timepieces from its Tissot and Omega brands, is the latest to take the hit.

Surprise: Social Security Benefits Are For Children Too — It's not just for greedy geezers: Nine percent of all American children under age 18 benefited from Social Security in 2014 either directly or indirectly, according to research by the Center for Global Policy Solutions. Copyright Alex Wong, Getty Images (The writer is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.)

Surprise: Social Security benefits are for children too — You've heard of greedy geezers: that mythical army of militant seniors out to defend their Social Security benefits at any cost, even if it robs their own children and grandchildren of their futures.
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Jul 15, 2016

Calls for Social Security Expansion Grow Louder in Washington - my analysis of shifting policy @nytimesbusiness 

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