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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 13, 2011, to discuss Social Security reform. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bad economy is worsening the already-shaky finances of Medicare and Social Security, draining the trust funds supporting them faster than expected and intensifying the need for Congress to shore up the massive benefit programs, the government said Friday.

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