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Politico: Celebs, business lobby tackle health care

“Left, right. Red, blue. Liberal, conservative. We may not all share the same views, but we all face the same problems, and we should focus on the issues we have in common,” the celebrities urge.

Politico: Groups spend holiday fighting Medicare cuts

The AARP-hosted event was aimed at educating seniors about the lobbying group’s plan to fight Medicare cuts to doctors by slashing payments to insurance companies’ private Medicare programs.

USA Today: Don’t let identity-swiping grinches steal your Christmas

“A security freeze is the strongest measure you can take to protect yourself against identity theft,” says John Rother, executive officer for policy and strategy at AARP.