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Debunking 'Mediscare'

Congress | An unexpected bipartisan Medicare reform plan shakes Washington
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 12/16/11, 12:36 am

WASHINGTON-A pair of congressional lawmakers provided a rare sight on Thursday: A Republican and a Democrat sharing the stage while talking about reforming Medicare. Even more rare is the fact that the two lawmakers from different sides of the party divide actually agreed on a Medicare overhaul strategy.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., a hero to fiscal conservatives, and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who voted for Obama's healthcare law, have joined forces to introduce a new Medicare reform plan.

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 Issa (Associated Press/Photo by Susan Walsh)

Heated hearing

Congress | The House Judiciary Committee questions Eric Holder on Operation Fast and Furious
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 12/08/11, 10:42 pm

WASHINGTON-Congressional lawmakers grilled U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday, a year after the death of a federal agent occurred in the wake of a botched Justice Department gun operation.

Hundreds of weapons went missing in the program called Operation Fast and Furious. Republicans at Thursday's House Judiciary Committee hearing said questions remain as to why Justice Department officials permitted the operation of the dangerous plan.

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Forgive us our debt

Debt | With big mortgages and declining offerings, a record number of churches are facing foreclosure
by Warren Cole Smith
Posted 12/05/11, 03:23 am

U.S. homes entering the foreclosure process hit a seven-month high in October. Some 77,733 properties received an initial default notice during the month, up 10 percent from September, according to foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc.

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