Lawmakers are beginning yet another day of work on plans to raise the debt ceiling and cut the federal deficit. As the country approaches a possible default, local and state leaders in the D.C. area are watching very closely. Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp talked to WAMU's Matt McCleskey about what these negotiations could mean for Maryland.
In Maryland, the state Highway Administration will begin upgrading roads connected to the massive expansion of the Bethesda Naval Hospital because of BRAC, even though it doesn't have the money to pay for the projects yet.
Recent events in the Middle East and the strained relationship between U.S. and Israeli leaders might give the impression that strengthening business ties between the two countries is out of the question. But the head of the Virginia-Israel Advisory Board says that couldn't be farther from the truth.
The debt ceiling isn't the only area where national lawmakers are having a tough time finding common ground. At midnight tonight portions of the Federal Aviation Administration will shutdown, putting a disproportionate number of local aviation workers on furlough.
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