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Virginia Democrats Angered By Special Election Timing

Virginia governor Bob McDonnell has set the date for the special election to fill Bill Englin's seat on the House of Delegates on Sept. 4, drawing criticism that he did so for overtly political reasons.


Romney's Foreign Trip Hits Right Note For Some, Potholes For Others

Mitt Romney's trip abroad accomplished some of what he wanted. In Israel he delivered a hawkish pro-Israel message of support for the conservative government meant to appeal to those U.S. Jews skeptical of President Obama. But his trip also had missteps, notably in Britain but not only there.

Texas GOP Senate Runoff Gives Tea Party An Opportunity To Flex Its Muscles

The Republican race to succeed retiring GOP Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison wasn't supposed to be a heated primary battle, but it's become one of the hardest fought and most expensive intraparty races of the year. The runoff should be decided Tuesday.

Lawmakers Tangle Over Renewing Surveillance Law

The Justice Department and the intelligence community say reauthorizing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act, which expires at the end of the year, is their top national security priority. But an interesting mix of senators are sounding alarms about whether the government is secretly gathering too much information on innocent Americans, and keeping it for far too long. They cite a newly declassified letter that exposes an incident where even the Obama administration acknowledges it went too far.

Support For Same-Sex Marriage Could Be Official Democratic Stance

Democrats are on the path to including an endorsement of same-sex marriage for the first time in their official party platform. The proposal has made it through an important Democratic committee meeting.

After Israel, Romney Leaves Controversy In His Wake

Mitt Romney is now in Poland, on the third leg of his overseas tour. But before he left Israel this morning, comments made at a fundraiser upset members of the Palestinian leadership. Romney was discussing the gulf between the per capita GDP of Israel and the GDP of areas managed by the Palestinian Authority. He pointed out that some economic historians have theorized that "culture makes all the difference." Some have called his remarks "racist." The campaign says Romney's words were taken out of context.
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The Future Of The U.S. Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service is bracing for its first-ever default on billions of dollars. Options for resolving its financial troubles and the future of the nation's mail service.

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Part 2: D.C. Area Braces For Impacts Of Federal Budget Cuts

There's a new dirty word circulating in federal government and employee circles — "sequestration" — and it's a big word that could carry a lot of big impacts.

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Montgomery County Bill Would Protect Low-Income Workers

The Montgomery County Council is tackling a bill that would offer enhanced protections to low-income service workers, but it's looking unlikely that it will be addressed this session.