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**FILE** Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican (Associated Press)

Senate backs change to Obamacare funding quirk

The Senate approved a budget amendment on Friday to eliminate a provision in President Obama's health care law that shifts money from some states to places like Massachusetts because of a quirk in how Medicare reimbursements are calculated.

**FILE** Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Paul, Rubio join GOP push on school-choice bill

A coalition of Republican senators, including rising stars such as Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida, have joined forces to push a school voucher bill that's sure to draw fierce opposition from the White House and congressional Democrats.

Peres gives Obama top Israeli civilian medal

Israeli President Shimon Peres gave President Obama Israel's highest civilian award, the Medal of Distinction, during a ceremonial dinner held in Mr. Obama's honor Thursday evening at the Israeli president's residence.