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McDonnell To Propose New Funding For Ex-Offender Re-Entry Programs

In Virginia, Governor Bob McDonnell is set to recommend new funding for prisoner re-entry and rights restoration when he lays out his two-year spending plan next week.

The governor's budget, which will be released next Monday, will include funding for both policy areas.

The prisoner re-entry initiatives include funding for emergency housing for offenders upon release and increased funds for inmate education programs. The governor's budget will also provide funding to match a federal grant for substance abuse treatment services.

On the rights restoration initiative, McDonnell is proposing increased funding to support the operations and management of the automatic restoration of civil rights process.

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'Kingdom' Examines Afghanistan Through The Prism Of The Karzai Family

Journalist Joshua Partlow was in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2012, a time of corruption, government dysfunction and civilian hostility to U.S. military operations. His new book is A Kingdom of their Own.
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Long Absent In China, Tipping Makes A Comeback At A Few Trendy Restaurants

Viewed for decades as capitalist exploitation, tipping is now encouraged at some upscale urban restaurants catering to wealthy young customers. Restaurateurs insist it's strictly voluntary.
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Do Fact Checks Matter?

Voters' minds are stubborn, and politicians habitually spout falsehoods. That doesn't mean fact-checking is a failure, though.
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This Afternoon, Elon Musk Unveils His Plan For Colonizing Mars

In a speech at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, the billionaire tech entrepreneur is expected to detail his vision for sending humans to the Red Planet.

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