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Popular Baby Names of 2011

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you named your new baby Aiden or Sophia this year, you had a lot of company. Those monikers topped’s list of the 100 most popular baby names for boys and girls in 2011.

Aiden took the top spot for the seventh consecutive year, followed by Jackson and Mason. For girls, Sophia took the prize, with Emma and Isabella close behind.

Boys’ Names:

1. Aiden
2. Jackson
3. Mason
4. Liam
5. Jacob
6. Jayden
7. Ethan
8. Noah
9. Lucas
10. Logan

Girls’ Names:

1. Sophia
2. Emma
3. Isabella
4. Olivia
5. Ava
6. Lily
7. Chloe
8. Madison
9. Emily
10. Abigail

The U.S. Social Security Administration typically issues its own list after the start of the New Year.

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‘Adult Baby’ Cleared of Fraud, Still Getting Social Security Checks

Comstock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The California man who lives his life as an “adult baby,” complete with adult diapers, bottles, a crib and a mother-figure caregiver, says he has been cleared from suspicion of Social Security fraud and will continue to receive his disability checks.

Stanley Thornton, Jr. has a condition called paraphilic infantilism that involves role-playing as an infant. Though paraphilic infantilism is a sexual fetish for some, Thornton explains on his website that he pretends to be a baby because it makes him feel “safe” and helps him cope with the post traumatic stress he suffers from physical and sexual abuse he suffered as a child.

After Thornton’s lifestyle was showcased on National Geographic’s television show Taboo, Sen.  Tom Coburn, R-Okla., accused him of defrauding Social Security because the episode shows him exhibiting work skills such as building a high chair and operating his website.

John Hart, a spokesman for Coburn, told the Washington Times that the senator, also a doctor, questioned how “a grown man who is able to design and build adult-sized baby furniture is eligible for disability benefits.”

Faced with the possibility of losing his source of income, Thornton threatened suicide when questioned on the matter by the Times.

In August, however, Thornton reported on his website that his disability had been cleared and the Social Security administration confirmed that his disabilities are “continuing.” He will continue to receive the $860 monthly checks from the agency that he lives on.

In the same post on his website, Thornton defends his reasons for being on disability.

“I am not getting disability because I am a Adult Baby. No one can get on disability because they are a Adult Baby. I am on disability for legit, tested and well documented illnesses [such as] PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), depression, bipolar 2, spinal injury, heart role playing is a way for me to relax, not a disability that is being claimed for a disability.”

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Conservative Seniors Organization Touts Paul Ryan's Medicare Plan

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The 60 Plus Association, a conservative seniors’ advocacy group, launched a national television ad campaign Friday touting Rep. Paul Ryan’s controversial Medicare plan.

“The Democrats and Obama are destroying Medicare,” said Jim Martin, chairman of the group that dubs itself as the conservative alternative to the more mainstream seniors’ lobbying group, AARP. “It’s time to put an end to their ‘mediscare’ tactics. The reality is that Medicare in its current form is going to bankrupt our nation.”

The 30-second ad heavily features House Budget Committee chairman Ryan and the group will spend $1.4 billion to run the ad on national cable television and local markets in Florida and Ohio.

Medicare has become one of the chief issues of contention in budget negotiations between the White House, Republicans and Democrats. Under Ryan’s plan, starting in 2022, new Medicare beneficiaries would be subsidized for their plans instead of having the federal government pay them for each service, as it currently does. An individual’s income would determine how much money they are allocated.

The plan has yet to be digested by Americans. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released earlier this month found that 58 percent of Americans oppose Ryan’s plan and 56 percent think it would be harmful to senior citizens.

Lawmakers are also looking at ways to reform Social Security, the fund for which will post a net deficit this year for the first time since the 1980s. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the Social Security reserve will completely run out of funds by 2037.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier Friday that the AARP, the largest lobbying group for senior citizens, was dropping its longtime opposition to the cuts. The report triggered much backlash, but the group adamantly denied that’s the case and called the story “misleading.”

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