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Mr. Ryan told “Fox News Sunday” that “it would take me too long to go through all the math.”

Mr. Ryan said he and Mr. Romney would start by closing loopholes for higher-income Americans.

SATIRE

Letterman insists he’s an independent

David Letterman, who’s made mocking Mitt Romney a staple of his opening monologue over the last year, on Friday insisted the candidate make an appearance on “The Late Show” before Election Day.

“If he’s not here in 39 days, don’t vote for him,” the talk show host jokingly told his audience on Friday.

Mr. Letterman has been milking a “feud” with the GOP presidential candidate since the secretly recorded “47 percent” videotape surfaced almost two weeks ago. On the tape, Mr. Romney cites “The Late Show” and “The View” as “high-risk” programs where the hosts are anti-Romney.

Since then, Mr. Letterman, who inevitably refers to the Republican nominee as “Mitch” Romney, has insisted he has no bias toward President Obama.

“We just make fun of everybody. It just happens that Mitch is funnier than Obama. It doesn’t mean anything. You can go online and check I’m a registered independent,” Mr. Letterman said.

CONGRESS

Senators form drone caucus

A bipartisan duo of U.S. senators has formed a drone caucus, saying they feel the need to help educate themselves and their colleagues on the issues surrounding unmanned aerial vehicles.

“Federal policies and legislation relating to unmanned systems are still in its infancy and concerns of the platforms need to be addressed,” said Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, who along with Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, formed the caucus, officially known as the Senate Unmanned Aerial Systems Caucus.

“This caucus will help develop and direct responsible policy to best serve the interests of U.S. national defense and emergency response, and work to address any concerns from senators, staff and their constituents,” Mr. Inhofe said.

Many members of Congress were surprised to learn that a bill they passed earlier this year had cleared the way by 2015 for use of drones in U.S. airspace currently reserved for piloted aircraft.

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