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Always The Fundraiser, McAuliffe Launches PAC To Help Like-Minded Candidates

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is launching a new political action committee aimed at raising money to help like-minded politicians.

McAuliffe emailed supporters Monday announcing the start of Common Good VA, while also listing the accomplishments of what he called an incredibly productive legislative session.

The General Assembly is set to reconvene next week in a special session to try and pass a biennial budget.

Politician-centered PACs are a common feature in Virginia politics, which has unlimited donation limits.

But House Republican leaders criticized the timing of McAuliffe's announcement, saying the governor is more focused on politics than governing.

Republicans had previously asked the governor to extend the normal legislative session rather than call a special session a move that would have limited elected officials from fundraising.

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'Kids Love To Be Scared': Louis Sachar On Balancing Fun And Fear

The award-winning author of Holes has just published a new novel for young readers, called Fuzzy Mud. It mixes middle-school social puzzles with a more sinister mystery: a rogue biotech threat.
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Confronting A Shortage Of Eggs, Bakers Get Creative With Replacements

Eggs are becoming more expensive and scarce recently because so many chickens have died from avian flu. So bakers, in particular, are looking for cheaper ingredients that can work just as well.
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Jon Stewart's Private White House Meetings

Comedian Jon Stewart was called to the White House on at least two occasions for private meetings with President Obama, according to Politico. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with reporter Darren Samuelsohn.
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An App Tells Painful Stories Of Slaves At Monticello's Mulberry Row

A new app uses geolocation to bring to life a lesser-known section of Thomas Jefferson's Virginia estate — Mulberry Row, which was the bustling enclave of skilled slaves who worked at Monticello.

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