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Casino supporters hit jackpot as Maryland votes to expand its gambling program. Virginia's governor loses the lottery to join Mitt Romney on the Republican presidential ticket. And the U.S. transportation secretary joins regional leaders in playing tough with the area's airports authority. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) talked about how he would find middle ground on sequestration if he's elected to the U.S. Senate in November. Kaine said he would propose a combination of tax cuts and revenue builders that would soften cuts to defense and health care programs, such as leting the Bush tax cuts expire for those who make more than $500,000. "It hurts the Virginia economy more than most, and northern Virginia in a very, very acute way," Kaine said about potential defense cuts.
Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.