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Kaine lauds White House change on contraception

U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine said he was "pleased" about the White House's decision Friday to alter its rule on contraception in announcing that religious employers will not have to cover birth control for their employees and that the responsibility would fall to private insurers.

Morning Roundup: Feb. 9

Defense lawyers aim for manslaughter at Huguely murder trial; D.C. fire department spokesman put on leave over racism accusations; McDonnell's agenda takes hit in Virginia Senate; Va. considers special assembly session; Alexandria paramedic injured in fall from overpass; D.C. workers won't be prosecuted in fraud case; O'Malley, Franchot spar again.

Morning Roundup: Feb. 8

D.C. Council repeals iGaming; Opening statements expected in Huguely trial; D.C. fire official scrubs Twitter account of racism charges; Franchot: Gas tax hike 'crushing'; D.C. mayor acknowledges missteps; Trump acquires Old Post Office Pavilion; Sharpton cuts video supporting Maryland gay marriage.

Morning Roundup: Feb. 7

Opening arguments next in Huguely trial; D.C. lawmaker tries to save iGaming; McDonnell-Romney appearances in D.C. area Thursday; Va. Senate repeals handgun law; Va. assembly poised to pass voter ID law; Racist accusations roil D.C. fire department; Yvette Alexander survives probe, remains on ballot; Slots to Prince George's face big hurdle in Md. House.

Morning Roundup: Feb. 6

Murder trial begins for Virginia lacrosse player; Georgetown civic group wants to install surveillance cameras; McDonnell, O'Malley tangle on TV; Police raid OccupyD.C. camp; Many Virginians without nest egg; Maryland 'robocalls' trials continue; Sulaimon Brown goes to traffic court.

Morning Roundup: Jan. 31

Developer considers financing Gray recall effort; Renewed gay-marriage debate begins in Annapolis; Jack Johnson yet to enter prison; Evans schedules meeting on D.C. online gambling; Cuccinelli announced rat-relocation summit; Victims identified in police chase; Gary wants probe of ill-fated housing deal.

Gov. Martin O'Malley

O'Malley favors sales tax on gas

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said Monday that he favors tacking a sales tax onto gasoline purchases rather than a long-discussed proposal to raise the state's excise gas tax.

Morning Roundup: Jan. 30

Deadline hits for no overnight camping in Occupy D.C. sites; Virginia GOP flexing muscle; Another (costly) setback in Gray's statehood effort; 'Emily Gets Her Gun' writer to testify at council hearing; D.C. Council to consider taxicab reform bill; Passengers killed in D.C. police pursuit; D.C. online gambling odds get longer; Opponents of gay marriage rally in Annapolis.

What's up with that?

The National Park Service said it will start enforcing the "no camping" rule Monday at McPherson Square, where more than 100 Occupy D.C. protesters have set up tents. What's up with that?

Morning Roundup: Jan. 26

Concerns mount about D.C. limiting medical pot; Virginia takes aim at the tax code; Maryland GOP slams O'Malley on taxes; O'Malley-Bloomberg to meet, discuss gay marriage issue; Virginia Assembly considers gun law repeals; Maryland lawmaker wants a quick ouster of convicted elected officials; Sentencing Friday in Lululemon murder; Alleged Pentagon shooter expected in court to accept plea deal.

Morning Roundup: Jan. 25

Feds to enforce overnight-camping ban at Occupy D.C.; Virginia considers drug testing for welfare recipients; Fire Chief Ellerbe feels the heat; Va. judge allows redistricting suit to continue; O'Malley seeks minority support for gay marriage; Federal law might halt nationalizing D.C. war memorial; Metro workers disciplined for 10-car train; D.C. cracks down on illegal taxi company.