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McDonnell Urges Action On Transportation In State Of The Commonwealth

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gave the state's General Assembly an ultimatum in his State of the Commonwealth address last night, imploring them to pass a transportation funding plan by the end of this year's session. 

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Maryland General Assembly Begins 2013 Session

The Maryland General Assembly went into session yesterday, and Republicans are ready for an uphill battle on most issues. The state's GOP lawmakers probably won't defeat a death penalty repeal or wind power expansion, but the death penalty will likely be put to a referendum in 2014.  

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Crazy Or Canny? Talk Grows About $1 Trillion Platinum Coin

In theory, some say, President Obama could have a $1 trillion coin made and that would head off the next big battle over the federal government's debt ceiling.
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Obama To Nominate Jack Lew As Head Of Treasury

President Obama will nominate his Chief of Staff Jack Lew to be the next Treasury Secretary. Lew is a budget expert who could hit the ground running as the treasury tries to cope with a looming debt ceiling, automatic spending cuts and the ongoing push for long-term deficit reduction.
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Obama Wants Urgent Action To End Gun Violence

Vice President Joe Biden is tasked with coming up with recommendations to stem gun violence. On Wednesday, he met with gun control advocates. Next he meets with backers of gun rights.
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In Talking To Their States, Governors Keep An Eye On Washington

From Superstorm Sandy to gun laws to the fiscal cliff, national issues are on the minds and the lips of the nation's governors setting their state agendas this week. Some want Congress and President Obama to act; others are urging state legislators to do what Congress hasn't.
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Sebelius, Holder, And Shinseki Will Stay Put When Obama's Second Term Begins

Attorney General Eric Holder, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki plan to remain with President Obama's administration as his second term begins, according to a White House official.

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