News bites: New approach to medical malpractice?

The New York Times reports that judges in the state are getting involved in medical malpractice cases earlier and more directly — an approach the White House believes could help save the healthcare system money.

New Jersey is in the national spotlight following Gov. Chris Christie's (R) proposal to slash Medicaid so deeply that even families making $100 per week would be ineligible, the AP reports.

And Talking Points Memo says liberal groups are hoping to advance Democrats' Medicare messaging through tonight's debate among the large Republican presidential field.