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Death knell for ‘death panel’ debate?

The new voluntary policy for end-of-life counseling in Medicare could flip the debate on Republicans. Read the full story on Politico…

In Cuba, holiday cheer from Uncle Sam

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cubans who receive money from the United States are getting a cash bonus this holiday season from an Obama administration decision that should also cut the flow…

Personal threats a job perk for Congress

Personal threats a job perk for Congress

Growing hazard for members of Congress: Threats — both real and perceived. Pennies tinged in red, purported to be in blood, arrive at the office of outgoing speaker Nancy Pelosi,…

Obama to delay 2012 budget by about a week: official

HONOLULU (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, who has pledged to tackle long-term U.S. debt and deficit challenges, will delay the delivery of his fiscal year 2012 budget by about a…

The naked truth about scanners

Simon asks if the machines make us safer or if they’re just an expensive hoax. Read the full story on Politico…

Obama & amp; Wall St.: Still Venus & amp; Mars

The administration is regarded with a disdain so thick it often blurs to naked loathing. Read the full story on Politico…

Mikulski still breaking barriers in Senate

On the eve of becoming the longest-serving woman in the Senate, Barbara Mikulski remembers what a man’s world it was when she arrived there. Read the full story on CNN…

Hefner decides to wed another Playmate

Hefner decides to wed another Playmate

Hugh Hefner, the 84-year-old founder of Playboy magazine, is engaged…again. Hefner proposed to 24-year-old Playmate Crystal Harris on Christmas Eve. The Playboy tycoon used Twitter to announce his upcoming nuptials.…

Washington braces for new reality

A new political reality hits Washington next week, with the first split Congress since 2004 raising questions about whether bipartisan cooperation can continue. Read the full story on CNN…

Teena Marie dead at 54

Teena Marie dead at 54

R&B singer Teena Marie, known by many as the “Ivory Queen of Soul,” died over the weekend at age 54 after a career that included hit songs and a constant…