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The Democratic and Republican leaders of two key congressional committees have agreed on a framework to scrap the problematic Medicare payment formula for physicians and replace it with one that would link physician reimbursement to the quality of care provided, a step that could put an end to the annual 'doc fix' debate. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to the Middle East next week to meet with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah as well as senior Israeli and Palestinian officials to discuss stability in the region, Iran and other issues. In addition to Riyadh, Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Kerry will make stops in Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria and Morocco during the nine-day trip from November 3 to November 11. Kerry said there is a committment to a succeed Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump would probably be one of the last people to say nice things about Bill de Blasio, given the New York City mayoral hopeful's desire to raise taxes on the wealthy. But The Donald did just that Thursday, calling the Democrat a "smart guy" who "is not going to want to destroy New York" during an appearance on an Albany radio program.