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America’s children seem to be shortchanged on almost every issue we face as a society. Not only are we failing to protect them from deranged people wielding semiautomatic guns, but we’re also not protecting them from poverty.

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If Mitt Romney was waiting for a change of subject before releasing more tax returns, this Friday of a week-from-hell was that day. His 2011 return shows him to be the kind of guy who does not take all the deductions to which he's entitled. The "Left, Right & Center" commentators consider this and other matters on this week's show.

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Spokespersons for the AARP are in damage control mode after The Wall Street Journal reported last week that the organization, which claims to lobby on behalf of older Americans, "is dropping its longstanding opposition to cutting Social Security benefits." (more)

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Who knew that Reese Witherspoon window-shops for shoes? Or that Ben Affleck glues elaborate doll houses together? Or that Jeremy Piven eats what appears to be gruel on a lush outdoor patio? These intimate celebrity vignettes were captured for the AARP's ad campaign for its "Divided We Fail" intiative calling for "red, blue liberal, conservative" (and, apparently, "rich, famous") Americans to unite for the causes of health care and long-term financial security.

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