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Morning Roundup: Jan. 24

D.C. youths in killings were in city's justice system; Congress considers nationalizing D.C. veterans memorial; Chief Lanier, NPS director testify today on Hill about Occupy D.C.; Miller says 5-cent gas hike too small; D.C. rivers part of State of the Union security zone; Ehrlich campaign cash paid for Schurick's defense; Trial under way for Prince George's officer in missing-guns case.

Teachers' groups push back against GOP education proposals

On Monday's "Lobby Day" for the Virginia Education Association and the Virginia PTA, members of the House Republican caucus managed to "pre-but" an afternoon rally by the groups, touting some of their own education proposals this morning that have been roundly denounced by teachers' groups.

Kaine, Allen: Rubber stamps?

Tim Kaine will be a rubber stamp for President Obama, George Allen will be a rubber stamp for oil companies — or so the charges of the opposing camps for the two U.S. Senate candidates in Virginia would have voters believe.

Morning Roundup: Jan. 23

McDonnell leads way in restoring ex-cons' rights; Smithsonian: Metal detector not always on; New radio station to rival WTOP; Lawmaker wants pot sold in Virginia liquor stores; Congressional redistricting map in Va. still faces legal hurdles; Family drops suit in Petworth murder; O'Malley expected to introduce gay-marriage bill today.

What's up with that?

Metro is considering an unlimited monthly pass, similar to New York City's version, as an incentive to keep up ridership amid talks of boosting fares to balance its budget. What's up with that?

Morning Roundup: Jan. 19

Billionaire gives $7.5M to repair Washington Monument; O'Malley budget would increase tax payments for top 20 percent of Maryland wage earners; Dance halls still a problem in Prince George's; Column: Barry in political 'survival mode'; Authority considering no Metro stop at Dulles; D.C. Republican Committee leader resigns; Woman used children to rob elderly victim; Churchill research center coming to George Washington University; D.C. police sergeant arrested in bar assault.

Morning Roundup, Jan. 18

Bill would add Virginia to health-care opponents; Another guilty plea in D.C. corruption case; Issa calls hearing on Occupy D.C.; O'Malley budget includes tax hikes; D.C. Council reaches deal on medical marijuana; GOP withdrawals 'loyalty oath'; Metro police sued on free speech; Occupy protesters toss apparent smoke bomb onto White House lawn.

Defiant Dems propose tax hikes

If tax increases are off the table in the Republican-led Virginia General Assembly this year, someone needs to tell Northern Virginia delegates Patrick Hope and Vivian Watts.

Morning Roundup: Jan. 17

Maryland plays slots catchup; Dormant Occupy D.C. returns to action; Busch changes strategy to help gay marriage bill; Post: 'Cheh gets Limbaugh treatment'; D.C. gives more to public than charter schools; O'Malley budget expected to be tax and spend; Gun rallies in Richmond.