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Allen, Kaine spar over debt ceiling

As the seemingly never-ending debate over increasing the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling rages on Capitol Hill, U.S. Senate candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine are taking different tacks on how to go about fixing the problem.

Morning Roundup, July 28

Money proving Virginia's swing state status; REPORT: Redskins trade Haynesworth; BREAKING: D.C. takes big step on medical marijuana; D.C. announces amnesty for ticket scofflaws; Barry's son pleads to drug possession; Walter Reed hospital officially closes.

Poll: Allen, Kaine remain tied

A poll released Wednesday by the left-leaning firm Public Policy Polling confirms once more what politicos across Virginia and the country have long known: The race for U.S. Senate in Virginia is essential tied.

McDonnell wary of Dulles labor agreement

A compromise proposal on funding for the second leg of the Dulles Rail project has Virginia kicking in an extra $150 million, in part to help cut down on toll rates on the Dulles toll road; some estimates have the toll rates jumping to as high as $17 over the next 30 years.

Virginia considers a "Caylee's Law"

Virginia state lawmakers moved Monday toward crafting legislation that would criminalize failing to quickly notify law enforcement officials of a missing child, following the Casey Anthony trial in Florida.

Orange joins Gray in L.A.

D.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange Sr. joined Mayor Vincent C. Gray in Los Angeles today to tout the District as an ideal filming location at a meeting with studio executives.

Morning Roundup: July 21

D.C. to allow gun dealer in police headquarters; Board reverses, approves less costly Dulles Metrorail station; McDonnell criticized for debt talks; Fire at Watergate; Prince George's Johnson collects pension; Region braces for heat wave; Maryland still trying to find developer for Baltimore slots casino.