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  • **FILE** Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (Associated Press)

    Medical-malpractice bill facing likely veto override

    Gov. Bob McDonnell dodged potential charges of hypocrisy when he vetoed a bill broadly approved by the General Assembly that would have raised Virginia's cap on medical-malpractice awards.

  • Former vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro's casket is carried out of the Church of Saint Vincent Ferrer later Thursday. Mrs. Ferraro, 75, died Saturday of multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer. (Associated Press)

    Inside Politics

    Onetime vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro was remembered as a political trailblazer and a devoted mother and friend Thursday at a funeral that drew dignitaries including former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

  • Scott Brown won the U.S. Senate seat held for nearly 50 years by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and the Democrats would dearly love to win it back in 2012 but no one has stepped forward as a candidate. Mr. Brown has cast himself as a moderate, seeking to appeal to independents and conservative Democrats. (Associated Press)

    Democrats can't find someone to challenge Brown

    Democrats haven't found a solid challenger to GOP Sen. Scott Brown in liberal Massachusetts next year, stoking concerns the party could blow its best shot to take back the seat held for nearly a half-century by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

  • Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, with a fellow Republican, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, to his right, addresses a tea party "Continuing Revolution? rally Thursday on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

    At Hill rally, tea partyers turn up heat on Boehner

    House Speaker John A. Boehner praised tea partyers Thursday morning, and then members of the grass-roots movement assailed him in the afternoon, saying the Ohio Republican shouldn't give in to Democrats' demands in the spending battle in Congress, even if that results in a government shutdown.

  • Senate, House discuss budget

    Maryland Senate and House negotiators met in conference for the first time Thursday to reach an agreement on the fiscal 2012 budget, with the biggest battles expected over funding for higher education, property valuation costs and changes in the state's retiree prescription-drug program.

  • Gov. Haley Barbour, center, tells reporters he wants lawmakers to finish writing a budget before their regular session ends, but he's not bothered by calling them back for a special session if that's what it takes to get the job done, as he rushes to a meeting with the lieutenant governor, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, March 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

    Barbour renewing push for 2 Miss. history museums

    Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Thursday he'll call a special session within the regular legislative session next week so the House and Senate can quickly consider funding for a civil rights museum and a comprehensive state history museum.

  • Delegate Robert G. Marshall (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown).

    Legislators get first look at redrawn maps

    Delegate Robert G. Marshall won't likely forget that his Prince William district experienced the largest population surge of any when he looks at the redistricting map drawn by House Republicans.

  • House Speaker John A. Boehner (right), Ohio Republican, and others look on as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, speaks during a news conference regarding the federal budget on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

    Hill negotiations resume on spending bill

    Renewed House-Senate budget negotiations aimed at averting a government shutdown centered on possibly cutting $33 billion from current spending levels, a senior congressional aide said Wednesday.

  • **FILE** House Speaker John A. Boehner, who attended Catholic schools, has made resurrecting the federally funded D.C. school-voucher program a legislative priority. (Associated Press)

    House votes to restart D.C. school vouchers

    The House passed a measure Wednesday to revive a school-voucher program for the District of Columbia despite opposition from the mayor, the District's congressional delegate, teachers and the White House.

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