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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

Nursing Home Near Texas Blast: ‘Everything Went Flying Everywhere’

Sometimes it seems there’s a special place in hell reserved for older people. When disaster strikes, it finds the most vulnerable among us. Maybe it’s because they’re often clustered in large groups. Maybe it’s because they’re less likely to be able to save themselves. And maybe in part it’s a numbers game: there’s simply more and more senior citizens. We saw it in New Orleans during Katrina and in the Northeast during Superstorm Sandy. And we saw it again when …

The 3 Budget Plans: How Do They Stack Up?

Now that President Obama has sent his 2014 budget proposal to Congress, three blueprints for the nation’s fiscal future are on the table. The other two are sharply divergent plans drafted by the lawmakers who chair the congressional budget committees: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). The Republican-controlled House passed the Ryan budget on March 21; the Democratic-controlled Senate passed the Murray budget two days later. We surveyed news accounts and nonpartisan analyses to pull together the …

Justice Kagan’s 55+ Curveball

The surprise entrance of an older couple caused quite a stir at the U.S. Supreme Court’s first day of arguments about same-sex marriage. Justice Elena Kagan summoned the pair from her imagination, and it seems safe to say that Charles J. Cooper, the lawyer representing proponents of limiting marriage, never saw them coming. Here’s how Kagan described them: They’re both over 55 years old, apparently heterosexual and they want to get married. Oh, and she’s past her childbearing years, though …

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 …