CNN Radio News Day: December 13, 2012
Members of Liwa (Brigade) Salahadin, a Kurdish military unit fighting along side rebel fighters, monitor an area in eastern Aleppo, on December 6, 2012.
December 13th, 2012
04:39 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: December 13, 2012

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  • Many of Syria's rebels are ordinary people who've been forced by war to do extraordinary things.  CNN's Arwa Damon brings us the story of a 17-year-old in Aleppo who risks his life in an attempt to save a complete stranger shot by a sniper:

"Her rescuer is not a relative, nor a neighbor. He's never met her. Abdullah Khader Feehan is just 17 - he knew he had to save the woman, or die trying."

  • There's still no solution to the fiscal cliff situation, but it's not for a lack of ideas.  In fact, there is one big money idea that economists say is a no brainer.  And they say it won't be very painful. But Elaine Hughes, National Secretary for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, disagrees:

"Perhaps you would not feel it so much over the next year or two but over the long-term is when it's really going to hurt."

  • By 2014 when the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, is fully implemented, a lot of newly-insured Americans will be vying for the attention of a dwindling supply of doctors.  Debbie Polaski, who manages CVS's chain of Minute Clinics in Los Angeles, believes nurse practitioners will help take up the slack:

"We're going to be seeing  millions upon millions of people who have insurance through this Affordable Care Act and will be in need of doctors."

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One simple, controversial fiscal cliff fix
Inside the Capitol, the idea of changing the US measure of inflation is getting more attention.
December 13th, 2012
11:11 AM ET

One simple, controversial fiscal cliff fix

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

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(CNN) – As Congress and the White House fight over every billion in revenue and spending cuts, there is some $200 billion in savings on the table that many economists insist is a no-brainer.

The idea is to simply change how the US calculates inflation from the current Consumer Price Index measures  to one that is arguably more accurate, the chained CPI.

Over a decade, the change could save the government billions in spending tied to inflation, notably cost of living adjustments for federal retirees and Social Security recipients.