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The senators note that Mr. Biden has made progress in negotiations and insist that significant changes to Medicare be off the table.

All five senators, from states with significant elderly populations, are up for re-election in 2012.

ALASKA

State to release emails from Palin’s first months

ANCHORAGE The state of Alaska on Friday will release more than 24,000 pages of emails sent and received by Sarah Palin during her first 21 months as governor.

Media organizations and individuals made records requests for the emails in an effort to learn more about Mrs. Palin and her dealings shortly after she was named the GOP vice-presidential candidate in September 2008.

The emails are from December 2006, when Mrs. Palin took office, through September 2008. The emails from her last 10 months in office will be released later.

Mrs. Palin says she isn’t worried about the release.

She told Fox News Sunday that “every rock” that could be kicked over to uncover things already has been.