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6:22pm

Wed April 6, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Budget Office: GOP Medicare Plan Could Lead To Rationing

Remember all those allegations from Republicans that the Affordable Care Act would inevitably lead to health care rationing? It turns out the same might be true of the House GOP budget plan for Medicare.

At least that's the conclusion of the Congressional Budget Office.

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5:12pm

Wed April 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Even Before Its Release, 3-D Porn Film Causes Commotion In China

Next week, Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy, a $3.26 million 3-D porn film, will hit theaters in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

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4:20pm

Wed April 6, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Brief Federal Shutdown Wouldn't Faze Medicare Or Medicaid

If the current budget standoff on Capitol Hill leads to a shutdown of the federal government on Friday, recipients of the Medicare and Medicaid health programs won't have to worry. At least not for a while.

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4:05pm

Wed April 6, 2011
World

Response To Arab Uprisings Causes U.S.-Saudi Rift

Defense Secretary Robert Gates spent a few hours in Riyadh on Wednesday, to thaw deeply damaged relations Gates is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Saudi Arabia since the wave of uprisings began in the Arab world.

Those uprisings have sparked tensions in U.S.-Saudi relations. In a rare open disagreement with the Obama administration, King Abdullah chastised the president for abandoning Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak, a longtime ally.

The Saudis have since developed a more aggressive regional policy.

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3:20pm

Wed April 6, 2011
The Two-Way

'We Cut The Head,' But 'The Animal Is Still Alive,' Tunisian Activist Says

So much has happened in the five months since, that it sometimes gets forgotten that the changes sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East began last December in Tunisia.

It was there that protests against the regime of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali left more than 200 people dead before he gave up power in January. Protesters in Egypt and elsewhere say they were inspired in part by what they saw happen in Tunisia.

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