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President Obama arrives to speak to reporters about his meeting with congressional leaders regarding the automatic spending cuts at the White House in Washington on March 1, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obama says he's ready to tackle Medicare costs

President Obama indicated on Friday he is willing to take on members of his own party in reforming Medicare, the program that is at the center of debate over the nation's long-term fiscal stability because of its great expense.

**FILE** Donna Brazile (The Washington Times)

GOP seized on Dem tweet on Obamacare

House Republicans who consistently criticize President Obama's health care law seized on a tweet from a Democratic political strategist on Wednesday, arguing she's made their case for them about the perils of "Obamacare."

**FILE** Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, speaks during a meeting with Israel's President Shimon Peres in the President's residence in Jerusalem on Feb. 20, 2013. (Associated Press)

Rubio backs sending ammo to Syrian rebels

Sen. Marco Rubio welcomed the news Wednesday that the Obama administration is considering direct aid to the opposition forces in Syria, saying the United States must do what it can to make sure the rebels forces are on its side after President Bashar Assad is ousted.