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House Democrats have broken down the massive changes to Medicare and Medicaid proposed by the House GOP into a convenient take home size.

Democratic Reps. Henry Waxman (CA) and Frank Pallone (NJ), voters can now see what Democrats say is the direct impact of the Republican plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system on every congressional district in the country.

Waxman and Pallone have set up an interactive map that allows viewers to pop open a report on the impact of the Medicare change on the population in their community.

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Forget the individual mandate. Mitt Romney is now breaking with the Republican base on yet another issue. On Friday at a town hall in New Hampshire, Romney told the crowd he accepted the scientific conclusion that global warming is happening, and that man-made emissions are a factor.

Reuters reports:

"I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that," he told a crowd of about 200 at a town hall meeting in Manchester, New Hampshire.

"It's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors."

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The House issued a rebuke to President Obama over his handling of the Libya conflict, passing a Republican resolution with bipartisan support demanding he justify US intervention and provide Congress with more information. A tougher resolution from Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) that would have called on US to withdraw entirely failed in a separate vote.

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Republicans are playing games with the debt ceiling, and that's totally cool with Stephen Colbert.

On Thursday night, Colbert broke down Republicans' political theater over the debt ceiling, noting how they brought a bill to the House floor that would have raised the debt ceiling with no strings attached, solely with the intent of voting that bill down.

Republicans have been in a bind between competing demands within their party's base. On one side, Tea Partiers want deep budget cuts in exchange for an increase to the debt ceiling -- terms that Democrats won't accept. On the other hand, businesses would rather see a compromise to avoid the disastrous fallout that could occur if Congress deadlocks over the debt ceiling.

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George Allen is really sorry about that macaca thing. Five years after he threw the slur at a Democratic tracker during the 2006 Senate campaign, Allen offered a long and emotional apology to a small crowd at the Faith and Family Conference.

"During our last campaign, I never should have singled out that young man working for my opponent calling him a name," said Allen, who's running again for the seat he lost in 2006. "He was just doing his job."

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Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) blamed the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict on a violent and resentful culture among Palestinians and the broader Arab world, condemning President Obama's call for new peace negotiations in a speech to the Faith & Freedom Conference on Friday.

Cantor recounted a story for the audience about a Palestinian woman from Gaza who was treated for injuries in a hospital in the Israeli city of Beer Sheva, only to return later as a would-be suicide bomber in a failed terrorist attack.

"You got to ask what type of culture leads one to do that?" he said. "Sadly it's a culture filled with resentment and hatred. It is that culture that underlies the Palestinians' and broader Arab world's refusal to accept Israel's right to exist, and this is the root of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians."

He added: "It's not about the 1967 lines," a dig at President Obama's position that Israel and the Palestinians should base negotiations on 1967 borders, with any changes based on mutually agreed land swaps.