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Medicare Offers Expanded Coverage To Battle Expanding Waistlines

Medicare will now cover screening and counseling for obesity as a free preventive service. Advocates hope the decision will encourage private insurers and Medicaid to do the same.
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In Fox Interview, Cain Says He'll Decide Campaign's Future In Next Week

Herman Cain says he can't guarantee that more women won't come forward because he's helped many. People may expect him to drop out, but he says, "That's just not me."
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Obama Pushes Payroll Tax Cut in Scranton, Pa.

President Obama traveled to Scranton, Pa., to promote an extension of the payroll tax cut on the first $106,000 in income. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Scott Horsley for more.

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In South Carolina, A Resurgent Gingrich Attracts Jubilant Crowds

Just a few weeks ago, many GOP voters said they wanted a new face, a nontraditional, outsider candidate to take on Obama. But after studying the Republican lineup, many now say they want someone who knows the system.
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Health Law's Popularity Rises ... Ever So Slightly

After hitting an all-time low in October, support for President Obama's signature health overhaul law seems to have rebounded — at least among Democrats. Overall, the law still has more detractors than backers, and a lot of people still aren't clear on what it does and doesn't do, a new poll finds.
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Rep. Barney Frank Bids Congress Farewell

After three decades serving in Congress, Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank has announced his retirement. The liberal Democrat will leave behind a legislative legacy that includes financial regulation and memorable sparring matches with both colleagues and constituents.
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Fewer Than Half Of Americans Believe U.S. Is Best

In 2002, nearly 60% of Americans believed the U.S. was exceptional among nations. But a recent Pew Research study finds fewer than half of Americans now believe their country is superior to others. The shift has many commentators wondering what's behind a general decline in optimism among Americans.

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