David Newman

Newt Gingrich on Tuesday night brought “death panels” back to life, arguing that critics had unfairly maligned Sarah Palin (among others) for suggesting the panels were part of the Affordable Care Act. As proof, he cited some medical news from last week: The finding, by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, that routine testing of prostate cancer in older men is a bad idea. Since the federal government will use that recommendation as one basis for determining what benefits all insurers must cover, once the Affordable Care Act is in place, Gingrich said the most recent U.S.

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Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America By Peter Biskind (Simon & Schuster, 627 pp., $30)   Warren Beatty has not done a lot for us lately. Town and Country, his last movie, was nine years ago. The absence is such that some of his old associates have concluded that he may be happy at last. But I doubt that such a hope lingered more than a few seconds: Beatty’s entire act has been the epitome of dissatisfaction.

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