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Maryland Lawmakers, Waiting For Fiscal Cliff, Hold Off On State Budget Talks

The presiding officers of the Maryland General Assembly say they need to see how negotiations on the "fiscal cliff" play out in D.C. before making definitive budget plans for the state's upcoming legislative session. 

State Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch met with Gov. Martin O'Malley Thursday in Annapolis, according to the Associated Press. Miller said they need to see how the outcome will affect Maryland before moving forward on major financing initiatives. 

Busch noted that between 50,000 and 90,000 jobs could be lost in Maryland if Washington goes over the cliff, across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases if an agreement isn't reached. 

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Smithsonian Sets Phasers To Restore On Original Starship Enterprise

The Starship Enterprise — from the original Star Trek series — has gotten a restoration fit for a real life spacecraft. It goes on display this week at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
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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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Jonathan Rauch On How American Politics Went Insane

Party insiders and backroom deals: One author on why we need to bring back old-time politics.

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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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