- - Thursday, May 5, 2011

REPUBLICANS

Presidential hopefuls want photo released

GREENVILLE, S.C. | Some of the Republican presidential hopefuls are calling for President Obama to release photos that prove U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden during a covert raid in Pakistan.

Earlier this week, several of the potential candidates praised Mr. Obama for getting the world’s most-wanted terrorist.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul says he sides with transparency when there is public doubt. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says releasing the photos would be OK, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is accusing Mr. Obama of “pussy-footing” on making the photos public.

At least one Republican hopeful is siding with Mr. Obama. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney says it’s best not to release such photos because they have the potential to incite retaliatory violence against Americans.

HOUSE

Camp seeks common ground on Medicare

The top House Republican responsible for Medicare says he’s open to other approaches besides privatization to curb the program’s costs.

Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp of Michigan told reporters Thursday he still supports the GOP plan to replace Medicare with a voucherlike payment for future retirees. But Mr. Camp said he’s not interested in laying down more political markers and wants solutions President Obama can sign into law.

Options include recommendations from Mr. Obama’s debt commission that would increase out-of-pocket costs for some beneficiaries and cut payments to medical providers.

Mr. Camp spoke as White House and congressional negotiators opened talks on a budget compromise that would clear the way for a must-do increase in the nation’s debt limit.

MASSACHUSETTS

Patrick asked to testify at ex-speaker’s trial

BOSTON | Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is being called to testify in the federal public corruption trial of former state House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi.

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