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AP: Millions of Early Retirees Could Qualify for Medicaid

About 3 million early retirees will qualify for Medicaid after the 2014 expansion of the public insurance program because of a change in how income is calculated, according to the Associated Press.

Under the health care law, most Social Security benefits would no longer be counted as income in determining eligibility. Because of that, a married couple with a combined annual income of $64,000 would still qualify for the insurance program for the poor.

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 9:40am

Gore: Obama Has 'Failed to Stand Up' on Global Warming

This Friday in a 7,000 word Rolling Stone essay, Al Gore will make that case that the president has "failed to stand up for 'bold action' on global warming and has made little progress on the problem since the days of Republican President George W. Bush," the Associated Press reported.

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 9:40am

McConnell Rips Holder on Terror Trials

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says Attorney General Eric Holder is wrong to detain two suspected militants from Iraq in civilian facilities in his home state of Kentucky instead of the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 9:40am

Baucus, Grassley Write Medtronic About Complications in Protein

CORRECTION: The original version of this report misstated Sen. Chuck Grassley's role on the Senate Finance Committee.

The chairman and a top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee are asking medical device company Medtronic about medical complications associated with its bone-growth protein in light of an upcoming medical journal study that found doctors who received consulting fees from the company did not report the problems.

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 9:40am

The GOP Primary's Mysteriously Missing George W. Bush

As the 2012 race heats up, Republicans are constantly promising to uphold the legacy Ronald Reagan. Reagan said this, did this, though that, Reagan, Reagan, Reagan. The most recent to reach for the cloak fo Regan was  Jon Huntsman just kicked off his campaign exactly where Reagan once stood 22 years ago to announce his own candidacy. But what about that more recent two-term Republican president? What about poor ol' George W. Bush? It seems like Republicans would prefer we'd forget about him.

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 8:40am

Hotline Sort: An Inconvenient Truth

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Huntsman's officially in the presidential mix, but don't expect him to weigh in on the Utah Senate race. Meanwhile, Pawlenty takes to the airwaves in Iowa while Crossroads hits McCaskill in a radio ad. And Al Gore levels criticism at President Obama in a Rolling Stone article. Here's today's Sort:

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 8:40am

Video: Colbert Finds the Perfect GOP Candidate; Stewart is Misinformed

Stephen Colbert found the perfect generic Republican candidate on his way to work, "He's got everything you want. He's got a strong stride ... Plus he's a family man."

Jimmy Kimmel on Jon Huntsman running for president, "Most Americans know Jon Huntsman as the candidate who most American's don't know."

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Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 8:40am

The GOP Redistricting Advantage

When it comes to redistricting, it’s been a good month for Democrats.

Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 6:40am

Debt-Ceiling Compromise a Double-Edged Sword for Dems, Republicans

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Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 1:40am

House Ethics Office Investigating Sexual Harassment Claims Against Alcee Hastings

The House's independent ethics office is looking into sexual-harassment claims leveled months ago against Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., the Wall Street Journal is reporting.

Citing sources familiar with the inquiry, the Journal reported the investigation, which began at least a month ago, is being conducted by the independent Office of Congressional Ethics and not the House Ethics Committee.

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 10:40pm