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Congress: Is the Gang of Six the best chance?

“Congressional leaders from both parties cheered Osama bin Laden’s death Sunday, although most cautioned that the nation must not let up on its commitment to defeating terrorist forces,” Roll Call writes.

“A bipartisan group of six senators is closing in on what could represent the best chance for tackling a deficit crisis that has forced the government to borrow more than 40 cents of every dollar it spends,” the AP reports. “Their plan, still a work in progress, would reduce borrowing by up to $4 trillion over the next decade by putting the two parties’ sacred cows on the chopping block. Republicans would have to agree to higher taxes while Democrats would have to accept cuts in popular benefit programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and maybe even Social Security.”

Despite his catchy 2008 campaign ad touting his use of Twitter, the tech blog Gizmodo has named Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) the “ ‘Worst Twitter User in the United States of America’ for his many mishaps on the site,” Roll Call reports. “The post says Grassley’s tweets are ‘possibly among the most incoherent, confounding, mind-boggling text on the Internet.’”

“Freshman Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) was booed at a rowdy town-hall meeting Thursday as he attempted to make a case for House Republicans' budget plan for 2012,” The Hill writes of the Staten Island congressman. “‘You want to kill Grandma!’ shouted one of the 300 people in attendance as the congressman attempted to present Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) plan to transform Medicare into a sort of voucher system in an attempt to balance the budget by 2040 without raising taxes. Voices also shouted ‘no, it doesn't’ to different points that Grimm attempted to make about the plan. ‘You don't like seniors,’ offered another agitated attendee.”