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USA Today: Boomers discover that it’s easy being green

There are now 40 million so-called “green boomers” in the United States, according to a survey being released today by AARP, formerly the American Association of Retired Persons. That’s more than half of all boomers, which, at 79 million, make up the largest generation in U.S. history.

The Hill: GOP turning its message to healthcare

Senior Senate Republicans finessing their election-year message are emphasizing that their conference will need to take a more prominent role on healthcare to win sorely needed independent voters in their uphill bid to retake the majority in 2008.

Associated Press: Study: Cancer deaths double for uninsured

Uninsured cancer patients are nearly twice as likely to die within five years as those with private coverage, according to the first national study of its kind and one that sheds light on health-care obstacles.

Associated Press: Federal Home Heating Aid Gets Boost

The government’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance program would get roughly $409 million more in a year-end budget bill Congress approved Wednesday. Fuel aid advocates praised the increase, but warned it won’t be enough to keep pace with record home heating oil prices, particularly in the Northeast.