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Wyden-Ryan Medicare Plan Shakes Up Politics More Than Policy

The plan would include a cap on total Medicare spending and feature more private competition than under the current program. Even if the proposal draws support, it won't be introduced as legislation until after the 2012 election.
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Prince George's County Delegate Gets Second Indictment

A grandy jury in Maryland has handed down an indictment to Prince George's County delegate Tiffany Alston for theft and misconduct of office -- her second indictment.

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Sioux City Debate: GOP Candidates' Last Joint Meeting Before Voting Starts

The Republican presidential debates have mattered more this year than anything else in determining which candidate had the momentum and the lead in the race for the White House nomination.Thus, Thursday evening's Sioux City, Iowa debate could be decisive in narrowing the gap between Newt Gingrich and the rest of the field or cementing his frontrunner status.
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GOP Tries To Reign In Spending On Jobless Benefits

One of the year-end fights going on in Congress is about unemployment insurance. Democrats want to extend benefits for people who have been out of work for a long time. Republicans say it's time to change the program and lower its cost. The Labor Department estimates that if Congress doesn't act soon, some 2.5 million people could stop receiving checks by March.
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Federal Government Faces 3rd Shutdown Threat

Most government funding runs out Friday at midnight. A bitter fight over how to extend an expiring payroll tax break is holding up action on the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill that would keep all agencies open another nine months.
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House Committee To Vote On Online Piracy Act

A congressional committee is expected to vote Thursday on a bill that's revived a long-running fight between Hollywood and Silicon Valley. The movie industry says the "Stop Online Piracy Act" would create stronger protections for intellectual property. But critics in the high tech industry say the bill could have unintended consequences for the Internet.

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