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W.Va. Democratic Gov's Narrow Win May Be Ominous Sign For Party

Democrats are surely relieved to have held onto the W. Virginia governorship, with Tuesday's special election victory by acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin over Republican Bill Maloney. But it was a narrow 50 percent to 47 percent win that could portend trouble when Tomblin once again stands for election in 14 months.

Affirmative-Action Case Could Be Campaign Issue

If the U.S. Supreme Court decides to hear a case involving the race-conscious admissions policy at the University of Texas, affirmative action could re-enter the national spotlight just as the presidential campaign is heating up.
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Area Lawmakers Work To Change Budget Process

Deadlock in the Congressional budget progress has only further hurt Congress' standing in the public's eye. Two area lawmakers have ideas to change the process.

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Wolf Rebukes Norquist On House Floor

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Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf (R) admonished the strict anti-tax policies of Grover Norquist, saying his fellow GOP lawmakers have to be more flexible to tackle the deficit.

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Ethics Task Force Rejected By D.C. Council

Council members resoundingly rejected Vincent Orange's ethics reform bill yesterday, saying the existing ethics reform effort needs time to take shape.


Obama, Banks Trade Fire In Debit-Card Debate

President Obama dived into the controversy over Bank of America's plan to start charging a monthly $5 fee for the use of its debit card, suggesting the bank is mistreating its customers. For its part, the bank says the new fee is designed to recoup the billions of dollars it is losing as a result of a consumer protection law.

Chris Christie Decides Not To Run For President

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Tuesday that he will not seek the Republican presidential nomination.