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Geithner hospitalized for kidney stone

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, who helped negotiate the compromise on the Bush tax cuts, was hospitalized this morning for a kidney stone.

Here's the Treasury Department's statement:

"Secretary Geithner was admitted to George Washington University Hospital this morning for treatment for a kidney stone. He will have a minor surgical procedure this afternoon to remove the kidney stone, and his physician expects that he will be discharged tomorrow with orders to rest this weekend. He has been told that he should be able to return to work on Monday."

Geithner was scheduled to be on the Sunday shows, but had to cancel those appearances.

Treasury spokesman Steve Adamske said, per AP, when Geithner was asked Friday morning how much pain he was in, Geithner replied, "As between this and doing the Sunday shows, it's a close call."