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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) to Sign Bipartisan Transportation Spending and Tax Bill

February 24, 2013

“The new law, which cleared the state Senate Saturday and now awaits McDonnell’s signature, cuts the state gas tax, implements new levies on wholesale gasoline and diesel sales and hikes the sales tax in order to steer hundreds of millions of dollars to state and local transportation projects.”

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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) Re-Affirms Opposition to State-Level Expansion of Medicaid Under ObamaCare

February 24, 2013

“He explained that the Republicans who control the House of Delegates had “set a clear firewall against expansion. They have said there will no expansion unless all the reforms outlined in the budget are implemented.””

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Politico: Republicans Lack Unity in Dealing With the Upcoming Sequestration Spending Cuts

February 24, 2013

“There seem to be three distinct camps: Most congressional Republicans appear willing to let the sequester happen since they can’t replace it in time. Others want the cuts to be even deeper. And still others wish that House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama would just get in the same room and negotiate a deal.”

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Politico: Defense Industry Has Lost Most of Its Key Allies in Congress

February 24, 2013

“Of the 30 largest House recipients of defense industry campaign donations since the 1990 election cycle, only 11 are still serving in Congress, according to a POLITICO analysis of federal data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.”

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Report: Government Officials Stonewalling FBI Investigation Into Transfer of Classified Weapons Technology to China From NASA’s Ames Research Center

February 24, 2013

“The claims originate with several past and current NASA employees concerned with the systemic leak of highly sensitive information relating to missile defense systems, as well as what they call a troubled investigation into the leak.”

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Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Approves New Breast Cancer Drug That Specifically Targets Tumor Cells

February 24, 2013

“The drug Kadcyla from Roche combines the established drug Herceptin with a powerful chemotherapy drug and a third chemical linking the medicines together.”

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U.S. Urges Syrian Opposition Leadership to Attend Talks in Rome

February 24, 2013

“There appear to be growing tensions between the fighters on the ground and opposition members outside the country.”

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U.S. State Governors Warn Against Upcoming Sequestration Cuts

February 24, 2013

“With the prospect of a last-minute agreement in Washington increasingly unlikely, the governors said the scheduled cuts would have a grave impact in a wide range of areas, including the military, Border Patrol and job growth.”

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Major Banks Facilitating Rip-Off (and Sometimes Illegal) Internet-Based “Payday” Lenders

February 24, 2013

“While the banks, which include giants like JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, do not make the loans, they are a critical link for the lenders, enabling the lenders to withdraw payments automatically from borrowers’ bank accounts, even in states where the loans are banned entirely.”

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Bob Woodward: President Obama and the White House Initiated the Automatic Sequestration Spending Cuts

February 24, 2013

“Obama personally approved of the plan for Lew and Nabors to propose the sequester to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). They did so at 2:30 p.m. July 27, 2011, according to interviews with two senior White House aides who were directly involved.”

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Federal and Washington State Officials: Six Underground Nuclear and Toxic Waste Tanks Leaking

February 24, 2013

“Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said the leaking material poses no immediate risk to public safety or the environment because it would take a while — perhaps years — to reach groundwater.”

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Harvard School of Public Health: Increase in Antiretroviral Treatment for HIV Rapidly Increasing Life Expectancy

February 22, 2013

“While previous studies have shown that ART significantly improves survival in clinicalcohorts of HIV patients receiving ART, this is the first study to directly measure the fullpopulation-level impact of a public-sector ART program on adult life expectancy.”

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United States Deploys Military Personnel and Drones to Niger

February 22, 2013

“Defense Department officials told NBC News that a first wave will include two Raptor surveillance drones and 250 to 300 military personnel, including remote pilots and security and maintenance crews. They are expected to arrive soon.”

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North Carolina State House Committee Rejects Medicinal Marijuana Proposal Because It’s Too Popular

February 22, 2013

“”We did it to be done with it, so people could move on for the session,” said Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam, R-Wake. He said lawmakers we’re being “harassed” with phone calls and emails about medical marijuana.”

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U.S. Department of Justice Joining Lawsuit Against Banned Cyclist Lance Armstrong

February 22, 2013

“The government’s legal theory in joining the lawsuit is that when Armstrong agreed to race for the U.S. Postal Service team a decade ago in the Tour de France, he defrauded the government, violating its strict ban on illegal drugs, all the while claiming he did not use them.”

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