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Morning Roundup: Dec. 1

Giordano talks on morning TV; Source: Cuccinelli set to announce gubernatorial run; Hinkley seeks more at-home time; First family lights National Christmas Tree; Questionable spending of D.C. Council's needy fund; D.C. fire chief seeks to change shifts; McDonnell elected as 2012 RGA chairman; Prosecution rests in Maryland 'robocall' election case.

McDonnell elected RGA chairman

It wasn't exactly a nail-biter, but Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was officially elected to continue serving as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association Wednesday at the group's conference in Orlando.

Morning Roundup: Nov. 30

Gray challenged by Safeway, Wal-Mart deals; D.C. considering plates with Redskins, other sports logos; McDonnell want to cut two state agencies; Maryland outspends neighbors; Hinckley wants more at-home time; Iraq veteran in Fairfax court over sons' treehouse; Catholic U. allowed to keep same-sex dorms; Barry files for re-election; O'Malley defends India trip

Morning Roundup: Nov. 29

Democrats have ties to Virginia redistricting suit, despite denial; Community input unlikely to change D.C. online gambling plans; White House shooting suspect deemed mentally competent; Conservative lawmakers win skirmish in so-called 'War or Rural Maryland'; Montgomery County police have possible DNA link in mall carjackings; Opening arguments begin in trial of Ehrlich political aide; D.C. to permanently end arrests for expired tags; Lincoln filming busy on Richmond streets; Richmond Tea Party says audit is retaliation.

Morning Roundup: Nov. 28

Battle over Ten Commandments in Virginia reaches federal court; Giordano to be released from Aruba prison; Caps fire Boudreau; O'Malley, McDonnell take business battle offshore; Elderly shoppers attacked in Montgomery County; Harris has Democrat challenger in 1st District; Arlington County considers eminent domain at Courthouse Plaza.

Morning Roundup: Nov. 23

Video shows Johnson taking bribe; McDonnell considers cuts, even layoffs, in budget; Wal-Mart agrees to set aside jobs for D.C. residents; Sexual assault reported at Occupy D.C.; Md. lawmaker seeks tougher penalties for mass thefts; Alleged East Coast rapist likely on trial first in Prince William; Sun: Internal poll gives Rep. Edwards early lead over Ivey, challengers.

WILDART: Gray's new hires

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray announces the appointment of Sheila Bunn as his deputy chief of staff and Pedro Ribeiro to be his head of communications, replacing Linda Wharton-Boyd, who was moved to the District's Department of Health, during a press conference at city hall on Nov. 21.