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Kim Keister leads the News & Politics team of AARP Media and is the editor / manager of the AARP Blog. He's been a journalist for decades, including eight years at AARP Bulletin and AARP.org. Follow him on Twitter @kimkeister

FAQs: How Do Competing Budgets Compare on Health Care Savings?

From Kaiser Health News Republican and Democratic leaders from both chambers of Congress this week offered competing budget proposals that both look for savings in health care. KHN’s Mary Agnes Carey talks with Jackie Judd about what’s next for the proposals, and what President Obama could offer himself. > > Listen to the audio or read a transcript below. Jackie Judd: Good day, this is Health on the Hill. I’m Jackie Judd. Congressional budget leaders have now laid out their vision for federal spending …

Valerie Harper Will Open Up About Her Cancer on TV

NEW YORK (AP) – Actress Valerie Harper plans to discuss her brain cancer with some television doctors. The daytime talk show “The Doctors” said Harper will appear Monday to talk with Travis Stork, Lisa Masterson and Andrew Ordon, as well as her own team of doctors. The 1970s sitcom star has been diagnosed with a rare brain cancer and told she has as little as three months to live. She said her husband briefly withheld the diagnosis from her because …

Stop the Sequester (Wait … What’s a Sequester?)

The major budget cuts looming on March 1 are a bad idea, whether you know much about them or not. That’s one takeaway from a new poll by the Pew Research Center and USA Today on issues that are likely to dominate the political landscape this year. By a 9 point margin (49 to 40 percent), those polled favored finding a way around the $85 billion in spending cuts scheduled for military and most domestic programs – known in Washington …

Watch: Geriatric Sea Otter Stays Fit By Shooting Hoops

Meet Eddie, a 15-year-old sea otter at the Oregon Zoo. At 15 he’s considered a geriatric in otter years, but he isn’t letting his age - and his arthritis – get in the way of having lots of fun, as you can easily see from watching him shoot hoops in his aquatic basketball court. Eddie’s signature move? “The slam dunk,” says Jenny DeGroot, the zoo’s lead sea otter keeper. “Eddie almost never misses,” DeGroot adds. “And if he does miss, he …

COLA Change: How Much Would You Lose?

The chained CPI – a proposal to change the way the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is calculated for Social Security and veterans benefits – can be as confusing as its name. And with it comes a number of daunting statistics: Retirees and veterans would lose $129 billion in benefits over the next 10 years. If you’re 62 and take early retirement this year, by age 92 you’d be losing the equivalent of a full month of income every year. Poverty rates …

Where Obama Stands on a COLA Change for Social Security

Wondering about President Obama’s position on slowing growth in Social Security benefits? It was made very clear during today’s White House press briefing. Asked whether the president is open to raising the eligibility age for Medicare as part of a budget deal, Press Secretary Jay Carney said absolutely not. Then the subject changed to the so-called chained CPI. The proposed change for calculating cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security and veterans benefits faces strong opposition from AARP and veterans groups. Here’s …