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Report: Drugs That Send Elderly Patients to ER

A handful of commonly prescribed medicines may put elderly patients at risk of an emergency hospital visit, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers reported on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Nearly 100,000 elderly Americans are hospitalized for adverse drug events each year, the CDC found. Just four blood thinners and diabetes medications sent more than two-thirds of those patients to the emergency room.

“Doctors and patients should continue to use these medications but remember to work together to safely manage them.”

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 6:40pm

Timeline of 2012 Presidential Primaries and Caucuses

Every presidential election year is busy with primaries and caucuses, and 2012 will be no different. Below is a timeline of all of this election cycle's elections to select delegates to each of the two main parties' nominating conventions (Republicans: Aug. 27-30 in Tampa; Democrats: Sept. 3-6 in Charlotte, N.C.) based on information from the National Association of Secretaries of State.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 5:40pm

Romney Takes Hard Immigration Line, Defends New Hampshire Ad

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Despite a newly launched attack by President Obama’s reelection campaign, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney continued to take a hard line on illegal immigration on Wednesday, saying that people in the country illegally deserve no “special pathway” to legal status. He also defended a potentially deceptive advertisement his campaign is running in New Hampshire, saying an accompanying press release explained the ad's meaning.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 5:40pm

Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkeys

For the second year in a row, President Obama used the annual turkey-pardoning ceremony at the White House to make light of his recent political misfortunes.

“Some of you may know that recently I’ve been taking a series of executive actions that don’t require congressional approval,” Obama said, referencing the “we can’t wait” campaign he’s taken across the country to drum up support for his jobs bill. “Well, here’s another one. We can’t wait to pardon these turkeys. Literally. Otherwise they’d end up next to the mashed potatoes and stuffing.”

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

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Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

Obama Campaign Slams Romney on Immigration

President Obama's reelection campaign on Wednesday pounced on statements by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney opposing programs that would allow some illegal immigrants to remain in the country. 

At Tuesday’s GOP candidate debate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said the United States needs to be “humane” and allow illegal immigrants who have been in the country for a long time to stay without being granted citizenship. Romney said Gingrich's proposal amounted to amnesty and that it would encourage more people to come to the United States illegally.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

House Committee Sets Spectrum Legislation Markup

The House Energy and Commerce Committee confirmed on Wednesday that it has scheduled a Dec. 1 markup for spectrum legislation after the super-committee failed to find a compromise.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

Obama Gives Up, Nominates Tavenner to Head CMS

President Obama said on Wednesday he plans to nominate Marilyn Tavenner as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to replace Dr. Donald Berwick, who has never won the support of Congress.

Obama sidestepped the traditional confirmation process in July 2010 to make a recess appointment of Berwick.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

The Dems' Money Problems

It is becoming obvious that the outside groups that will raise and spend hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of Republican candidates are going to outraise those groups spending money for Democratic candidates. That's going to be a complicating factor in President Obama's bid for re-election -- and Democrats have only themselves to blame.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

Five State Turkey Pardons

You saw President Obama pardon Liberty and Peace on Wednesday morning. But did you know that a few states also have their governors pardon turkeys?

Utah: Gov. Gary Herbert (R) pardoned 47-pound Lucky Tom on Nov. 22 at an attraction called Thanksgiving Point in Lehi.

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 2:40pm