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Deal or No Deal: Are Medicare and Medicaid Cuts Coming?

If the super committee fails to reach a deal, how badly do you think Medicare and Medicaid will be cut in 2013 and beyond?

The federal health programs, along with Social Security, are projected to grow from 10 to 15 percent of GDP in the next 25 years. Democrats are already looking at ways to hem that in - last week Democrats floated a super committee proposal to cut $400 billion from federal health programs, in part by asking Medicare beneficiaries to pay an extra $100 billion to cover the cost of their care.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 8:40pm

White House Announces $1 Billion in Health Care Grants

The Obama administration said on Monday it would free up as much as $1 billion in grants to help groups, doctors, and communities hire and train health care workers as a way both to create jobs and improve health care. The goal is to experiment with ways to expand the health care work force while reducing the overall cost of services—and to get around Congress, which has stymied his suggestions for a jobs bill.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 6:40pm

A War Over Exceptionalism

Polls suggest that foreign policy is President Obama's strong suit, relatively speaking, but Mitt Romney found his trump card years ago.  In the 2008 campaign, Romney lambasted Democrats for not believing in American exceptionalism, making the case that an economically constrained America will fall beneath the feet of the twin giants of India and China.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 6:40pm

Dead Cellphones Begone! Researchers Claim Solution For Weak Batteries

The arrival of smartphones compounded a problem that already confounded cellphone users: Why do cellphone batteries lose power so fast, and why does it take so long to recharge them?

A team of engineers at Northwestern University may be able to answer to both problems.

The technology, which could be ready for market in three to five years, comes in the form of an electrode for lithium-ion batteries, like those used in cellphones and other mobile devices such as mp3 players.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 6:40pm

U.S. Army to Test 'Global Strike' Technology This Week

The U.S. Army will test missile technology on Wednesday that could eventually be incorporated into a conventional "prompt global strike" weapon, according to Defense Department officials.

Army Space and Missile Defense Command and Army Forces Strategic Command will conduct a flight test of the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon, which is to use an advanced-technology glide body built to endure high-speed flight in the upper atmosphere en route to a target.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 5:40pm

AP: Perry Requested Billions in Federal Aid as Governor

Despite frequent calls to tighten the federal purse strings, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has requested and received billions of dollars in federal aid during his tenure in the Texas governor’s mansion, according to an Associated Press investigation.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 5:40pm

Why Newt is Next in Line

The latest CNN/ORC national survey showing Newt Gingrich surging to a statistical tie with Mitt Romney captures not only the continuing volatility of the GOP's most conservative wing, but cracks in Romney's standing among the party's more managerial and moderate voters.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 5:40pm

Today's e-Reads Updated: Amazon's Kindle Fire: Hype or iPad Slayer?

Does the Amazon Kindle Fire live up to the hype? The Washington Post takes a look.

Some analysts fear that the growing torrent of data flowing over electronic networks is a disaster waiting to happen, The New York Times reports.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 5:40pm

Elizabeth Warren Launches Biographical TV Ad

Consumer advocate and Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren launched her first television advertisement in the Massachusetts Senate campaign, a biographical spot called "Who I Am." The ad lands as outside groups have already gone on the attack against both Warren and Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., -- something the Democratic front-runner mentions at the top of her 60-second ad.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 5:40pm

White House 'Won't Wait' for Congress to Protect Online Consumer Privacy

The White House won’t wait for Congress to act to protect the privacy of online consumers, a top White House technology official said on Monday.

While recent efforts in both the Senate and House have been encouraging, the White House is moving ahead with its own version of a consumer privacy bill of rights, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy Daniel Weitzner said at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event.

Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 5:40pm