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McDonnell Proposes Removing 20 Unfunded Mandates

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is proposing an end to twenty unfunded mandates on city and county governments, according to Associated Press.

McDonnell calls it a first step toward reducing burdens the state places on localities. Among his recommendations are allowing school districts to set their own calendars, ending the mandate that teachers receive civics education, and ending the authority circuit courts have to order new courthouses be built.

His proposal would also end the requirement that localities advertise bids for contract work in newspapers and double the time governments have to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request from five days to 10 days. The governments could also take a 10-day extension to comply with FOIA.

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In 'Hustling Hitler,' A Jewish Vaudevillian Scams The Third Reich

It seems everyone has one: the eccentric relative much gossiped about. For Walter Shapiro, it's his great-uncle, Freeman Bernstein. The vaudeville manager, boxing promoter, card shark and stock swindler managed to scam the Third Reich. Shapiro writes about this in his new book, Hustling Hitler.
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Click For Fewer Calories: Health Labels May Change Online Ordering Habits

Will it be a hamburger or hummus wrap for lunch? When customers saw indications of a meal's calorie content posted online, they put fewer calories in their cart, a study finds.
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Obama: Trump Hasn't Captured 'Zeitgeist Of The Country'

Trump may have clinched the GOP nomination, but President Obama says his record low favorability ratings show that he hasn't won over the hearts and minds of the country just yet.
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Click For Fewer Calories: Health Labels May Change Online Ordering Habits

Will it be a hamburger or hummus wrap for lunch? When customers saw indications of a meal's calorie content posted online, they put fewer calories in their cart, a study finds.

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