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Columnist George Will, who quit the Republican Party when Mr. Trump won the presidential nomination, went so far as to urge conservatives to vote Democrat in this year's midterm elections to gut the party, which he said had become Mr. Trump's "plaything." (Associated Press/File)

Carney vs. Will: It's on

White House spokesman Jay Carney took a jab Monday at George Will, the conservative columnist who recently dismissed all the apocalyptic sound and fury Mr. Carney has been promoting in the last week about the impact of sequestration.

** FILE ** Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously injured in a mass shooting that killed six people in Tucson, Ariz., in 2011, sits with her husband, Mark Kelly, a retired astronaut, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, before speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on what lawmakers should do to curb gun violence in the wake of the December shooting rampage that killed 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Giffords: 'Americans are counting on you'

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was gravely wounded in a shooting at a constituent event in Tucson, Ariz., in January 2011, delivered a brief opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning.

**FILE** Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

Gingrich ramps up sniping at Romney

As Newt Gingrich struggles for a third-place finish in Tuesday's Iowa caucus, he unleashed his harshest criticism of frontrunner Mitt Romney yet, accusing the former Massachusetts governor of trying to buy the election.

Delay on ethanol blend welcomed

The Environmental Protection Agency says it will delay a final decision on increasing the amount of ethanol now found in gasoline. This comes as great news for owners of outboard motors.

About those Virginia fish consumption advisories

The state of Virginia has sent out fish consumption advisories, asking that pregnant women or children do not consume certain freshwater fish. But no one said anything about what is being done to clean up the potential dangers found in our waters.

Lead fishing tackle ban in the news once again

Years ago, a warning went out that lead fishing tackle – sinkers, especially – were killing loons that ingested some of the lead that was lost by anglers. But was it just one more unsupported wacky move by the “politically correct?”