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McDonnell Asks Obama To Keep Plans To Avert Sequester

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking President Obama in a letter to make good on his campaign pledge to avert automatic cuts to federal spending that would disproportionately damage the state, reports the Associated Press.

McDonnell says the threat of cuts from the 2011 Budget Control Act is already harming Virginia. But unless the President and Congress agree on their own cuts before March 1, federal cuts would drain $85 billion from the government's budget over the coming seven months.

Virginia would feel the proportionately heaviest burden of any state, with its heavy concentration of military assets, including the Pentagon and the world's largest U.S. Navy base at Norfolk, as well as defense and civilian government contractors.

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Remains In Jamestown Linked To Early Colonial Leaders

Scientists from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and The Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation say they've identified four men buried in the earliest English church in America.
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The Democracy Of The Diner

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

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D.C. Council Member David Grosso

D.C. Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Education David Grosso joins us to discuss local public policy issues, including the challenges facing D.C. Public Schools.

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Researchers Warn Against 'Autonomous Weapons' Arms Race

Already, researcher Stuart Russell says, sentry robots in South Korea "can spot and track a human being for a distance of 2 miles — and can very accurately kill that person."

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