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Analysis: Landmark Health Overhaul Gets Barely A Mention

When it came to health, what was most surprising was how little President Obama had to say in his State of the Union address. His landmark 2010 health overhaul — whose fate is currently before the Supreme Court and whose repeal is the top priority for every GOP presidential candidate — got barely a passing mention.

The president also resisted the urge to use the speech to criticize House Republicans for their passage last year of a budget plan that would dramatically reshape the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled. In fact, he noted that during last summer's budget talks, he too was "prepared to make more reforms that rein in the long-term costs of Medicare and Medicaid, and strengthen Social Security, so long as those programs remain a guarantee of security for seniors."

The GOP plans, however, would not, in fact, guarantee seniors (and, in the case of Medicaid, those with low incomes) access to the same benefits they currently have. That's certain to mean that the fate of the major entitlement programs will remain a major point of contention both for the remainder of the Congress and on the campaign trail.

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Elvis Costello: 'There Is No Absolute Right And Wrong About Music'

Throughout his memoir, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, Costello grapples with parallels to his father's life. "In the end, music was playing in the room when my father left this earth," he says.

Why Wal-Mart And Other Retail Chains May Not Fix The Food Deserts

Americans' junk food calories increasingly come from big box and convenience stores rather than traditional grocers, a study finds. And researchers say this trend is a public health concern.

Palestinians Confront Escalating Violence In Jerusalem After Attacks

Families of two Palestinians accused of attacks on Israelis describe their shock and some of the anger driving a new wave of violence.

Groups Aim To Make It Easier To Own A Cable TV Box Instead Of Renting

A study estimated that 99 percent of cable TV subscribers rent their set-top boxes and pay on average $231 a year to do so. Groups want to make it easier for consumers to own similar devices.

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