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Medicare Spending Cuts on Erection Aids Would Save $444 Million

December 3, 2014
Alex Wayne | Bloomberg News
Congress is poised to prohibit Medicare from spending an estimated $444 million for vacuum pumps used to treat erectile dysfunction in the next decade, a cost-saving move that may frustrate people who can’t afford drugs such as Pfizer Inc.’s Viagra.
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Illegal immigrants could receive Social Security, Medicare under Obama action

November 26, 2014
Karen Tumulty | The Washington Post
Under President Obama’s new program to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, many of those affected will be eligible to receive Social Security, Medicare and a wide array of other federal benefits, a White House official said Tuesday.
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Internal review details failures in fence-jumping incident at White House

November 14, 2014
Carol Leonnig | The Washington Post
Layer after layer of security measures that were supposed to block an intruder from getting into the White House all failed in stunning succession on the evening of Sept. 19, according to an internal review of a fence jumper’s breach.
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Investigator of Secret Service prostitution scandal also linked to prostitution

October 29, 2014
Carol Leonnig, David Nakamura | The Washington Post
An official at the Department of Homeland Security who investigated the Secret Service’s prostitution scandal in 2012 resigned in August after allegedly being questioned about whether he had hired a prostitute in Florida, the New York Times reported Tuesday.
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Bad Habits

October 27, 2014
John Dickerson | Slate Magazine
For a short time, there was a feeling, shared by Republicans and Democrats, that Medicare and Social Security were losing their power as third rails in American politics.
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Voter ID Laws, Florida's Fan Debate, Cell Phone Privacy & Operation Inherent Resolve

October 17, 2014
Supreme Court rules on voting rights and Charlie Crist's traveling fan

Obama Names Ebola Czar, Economic Recovery Anxiety, Midterm Debates and ISIS Movement

October 17, 2014
Will the new Ebola Czar help contain panic and fears about the virus?
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Lawmakers call health agencies to account for Ebola mistakes

October 17, 2014
Growing anxiety over Ebola in the U.S. prompted a House hearing to question the nation's top health officials. Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner and others suggested that limits be placed on travelers coming from West Africa, but a White House spokesman dismissed the idea of a travel ban. Gwen Ifill reports.
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James Comey, F.B.I. Director, Hints at Action as Cellphone Data Is Locked

October 17, 2014
David Sanger | The New York Times
The director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, said on Thursday that the “post-Snowden pendulum” that has driven Apple and Google to offer fully encrypted cellphones had “gone too far.” He hinted that as a result, the administration might seek regulations and laws forcing companies to create a way for the government to unlock the photos, emails and contacts stored on the phones.
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