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Gingrich Praises Ryan’s New Medicare Proposal

FORT DODGE, Iowa – Newt Gingrich is generously praising a new bipartisan proposal to tackle the rising cost of Medicare developed by Rep. Paul Ryan –- the same Republican whom Gingrich accused earlier this year of “right-wing social engineering” in response to Ryan’s budget plan.

Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 7:40pm

Four Reasons Why Hispanics Matter in Iowa—PICTURES

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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 7:40pm

Institute of Medicine Calls for Halt in Use of Chimps for Most Medical Research

Chimpanzees are not necessary for most biomedical research, the influential Institute of Medicine said on Thursday, and National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins said his agency would not fund any new studies using chimpanzees while it takes the report into account.

Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 7:40pm

Today's e-Reads, Updated

The ACLU warns: Watch out for drones.

The New York Times asks: Is technology distracting your doctor?

Those e-books might not be cheap.

Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 7:40pm

Natural Gas Company Helping Fund Lung Assoc.'s Clean-Air Campaign

Chesapeake Energy, one of the country's biggest natural-gas companies, is helping fund the American Lung Association's Fighting For Air campaign that promotes the Environmental Protection Agency's clean-air agenda and targets the coal industry, our colleague Amy Harder reports. ALA's campaign includes those well-known ads featuring a coughing baby, but Chesapeake has not been specifically funding those.

Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 7:40pm

Nearly All Americans Have At Least One Heart Disease Risk Factor

Nearly every American has at least one risk factor for heart disease, and it’s easy to see why: Women are eating 22 percent more than they did in 1971 and men are eating 10 percent more, the American Heart Association said on Thursday. At the same time, Americans aren't exercising as much as they should.

Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 7:40pm

Carrier IQ Says It Sought FTC, FCC Meetings

Mobile diagnostic company Carrier IQ says it initiated meetings with Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission officials, and denies there it knows of any official investigation.

The Washington Post reported on Thursday that Carrier's software was under investigation by the FTC and FCC because it could be used ot track people.

Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 7:40pm

Where Obama Has Slipped

There's an ominous trend for President Obama in the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll: not only is his overall approval rating lagging, but he's lost as much (or even more) ground among groups that favored him in 2008 as among those who resisted him last time.

Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 5:40pm

PICTURES: Photo of the Day

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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 5:40pm

New Perry Ad Calls Romney, Gingrich ‘Political Insiders’

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Texas Gov. Rick Perry punches upward at Republican rivals Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich in a new ad that labels the pair “political insiders.” It’s the latest move in Perry’s attempt to become the sole “Washington outsider” in the GOP presidential primary race as the clock ticks down to the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses. 

Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 5:40pm