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AARP digs in heels on cuts in benefits to Social Security

WASHINGTON — AARP, the lobbying powerhouse for older Americans, made a dramatic concession last year. Amid a national debate over whether to overhaul Social ­Security, the group said for the first time it was open to cuts in benefits.

The backlash from AARP members and liberal groups that oppose changes in the program was enormous — and this time around, as Washington debates how to tame the ballooning federal debt, AARP is opposed to any benefit reductions for the nation’s retirees.

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