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Morning Roundup: Dec. 13

McDonnell-backed pension-reform plan wouldn't save money; Senate hears rural gripes on PlanMaryland; Maryland sees increase in youth cigar smoking; Week of wrangling in store for D.C. ethics bill; Crucifix-Santa disassembler speaks; India trip garners Md. $60 million in investment; One City-One Hire moves to Phase 2; Gray preps environmental package; Schaefer's trains find a home; Bolling-Cuccinelli: Burgers vs. paintball

Morning Roundup: Dec. 12

D.C. ethics bill pending, fundraisers roll on; Baltimore cedes residents, influence; D.C. losing patience with Occupiers; Arlington set for bleak session; Judge to rule on Bolling's power; Health study in Spring Valley; D.C. reining in promoters; Maryland DNR lost track of guns

Morning Roundup: Dec. 8

Kaine, Allen spar in first debate; Police arrest 62 as Occupy hits K Street; Man wearing Spider-Man mask robs P.G. bank; Report: D.C. has wide achievement gap; Franchot: Shop stores over Web; Arrest made in teen stabbing; McDonnell: K-12 funding will increase.

Morning Roundup: Dec. 7

D.C. Council could streamline gun ownership; Kaine, Allen debate tonight; Kaine camp won't rule out 'macaca' card; D.C. Council passes ethics bill; Jack Johnson gets 7-plus years; Montgomery County kills youth curfew proposal; Police to shoot deer on Maryland golf course; Occupy D.C. will get 24-hour notice before eviction.

Brown has 'friends' but Franchot has Brooks

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown might have "friends" raising money for his possible gubernatorial run, but state Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot also has friend and "The Human Vacuum Cleaner" on his team.

Morning Roundup: Dec. 6

Jack Johnson sentenced today; Ehrlich on stump for book, Romney; Virginia panel hears pregnancy-center cases; D.C. Council undecided about Thomas; FAA chief on leaves after drunken driving arrest; Virginia assembly ambivalent on health exchange; Allen, Kaine to debate Wednesday; Democrats file suit over Bolling's authority.