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Among the mysteries of modern politics in America is why so many of our leading pundits and politicians persistently seek to undermine Social Security, that enduring and successful emblem of active government.

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Sen. Robert Byrd, 91, announced that he will give up the chairmanship of the Senate Appropriations Committee to Sen. Daniel Inouye, 84. The torch has passed to a new generation.

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The elderly are paying for waste in the GOP-crafted Medicare drug benefit. Rep. Waxman, D-Calif., is lifting the lid on this kettle, and what's inside ain't pretty.

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A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine this week reports that American men and women are enjoying active sex lives well into their autumn years. If the article is indeed an accurate indication, well over half of the country's seniors (at least up to age 85, given the study's parameters) are doing their job to challenge some stereotypical views of sex at an advanced age.

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Although many assume the elderly lead largely abstinent lives, AIDS is on the rise among seniors as HIV-positive Americans are living longer than ever. With one study suggesting the majority of HIV patients in New York will be over 50 within a decade, AIDS workers are beginning to pay more attention to the senior set.

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