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Archive: January 10, 2010 - January 16, 2010

Voting on accents

Virginia's incoming governor, Robert F. McDonnell (R), has little in common with his two Democratic predecessors, but like Timothy M. Kaine and Mark Warner, he heads to the Executive Mansion sounding more like a Yankee than his recent opponent --...

By Jodi Westrick | January 15, 2010; 9:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

More big bonuses for Wall Street

After a yearlong effort by the Obama administration to reform how Wall Street pays its executives, some of the nation's biggest banks beginning Friday will pay out bonuses nearly as large as those in the best years before the crisis....

By Jodi Westrick | January 15, 2010; 7:54 AM ET | Comments (9)

John Catoe resigns as Metro GM

Metro General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. is resigning as head of the transit agency, according to Jeff McKay, a member of the Metro board, which hires and fires the general manager. The resignation will take effect April 2, Catoe...

By Jodi Westrick | January 14, 2010; 1:44 PM ET | Comments (4)

Is Obama's tax hike on financial firms fair?

President Obama is proposing a tax on financial firms to recoup taxpayer losses from the financial bailout....

By Jodi Westrick | January 14, 2010; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (50)

Does Gilbert Arenas deserve jail time?

Prosecutors and attorneys for Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas were in plea negotiations this week that could have Arenas in court on gun charges as soon as Thursday, according to law enforcement sources. If the grand jury were to charge...

By Jodi Westrick | January 14, 2010; 8:08 AM ET | Comments (39)

Expectations of Gov. Tim Kaine

Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine entered office four years ago with ambitious plans to take on some of the state's most entrenched problems -- reshaping the relationship between land use and development, raising teacher salaries to the national average, expanding...

By Jodi Westrick | January 13, 2010; 9:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Has the economic stimulus helped you?

The $787 billion economic stimulus package has created or saved between 1.7 million and 2 million jobs, but its impact on the economy ebbed slightly in the final quarter of 2009 compared with prior months, the White House said Tuesday...

By Jodi Westrick | January 13, 2010; 8:07 AM ET | Comments (5)

Google may leave China

Google may leave China in light of evidence that the Chinese government attempted to access the company's Gmail system in order to access the accounts of human rights activists.

By Hal Straus | January 13, 2010; 6:30 AM ET | Comments (18)

Conan O'Brien rejects NBC move of 'Tonight Show'

In a letter to fans on Tuesday, Conan O'Brien said he was rejecting NBC's decision to move "The Tonight Show" to 12:05 p.m. He said he was hoping for a quick resolution from the company. Read the full article....

By Jodi Westrick | January 12, 2010; 3:47 PM ET | Comments (79)

The area's worst drivers

The southbound lanes of Potomac River bridges are carrying drivers into dangerous territory, according to an advocacy group that has rated Virginia as one of the worst states in the nation in highway safety. The commonwealth was one of nine...

By Jodi Westrick | January 12, 2010; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sarah Palin joins fox news

Sarah Palin, who has been broadcasting her political views on her Facebook page, has just acquired a far more potent media megaphone. By joining Fox News in a deal announced Monday, the former Republican vice presidential nominee gains instant access...

By Jodi Westrick | January 12, 2010; 8:36 AM ET | Comments (27)

Mark McGwire admits steroid use

Mark McGwire, who broke baseball's home run record in 1998 while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, admitted to using steroids on and off for "years" including that season. He is set to become the hitting coach for the Cardinals,...

By Jodi Westrick | January 11, 2010; 3:23 PM ET | Comments (15)

Members of Congress too close to lobbyists?

The union of Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) and lobbyist Debbie Insley brought together very divergent interests: the lawmaker's obligation to craft legislation that serves the public and his wife's financial dependency on an industry whose fortunes were directly affected by...

By Jodi Westrick | January 11, 2010; 9:46 AM ET | Comments (2)

Is NBC making right decision for Jay Leno?

NBC finally confirmed it is going to scuttle Jay Leno's 10 o'clock comedy program and shift the host back to late night after NBC TV stations threatened to drop the prime-time weeknight series, the network's entertainment chief said Sunday. "The...

By Jodi Westrick | January 11, 2010; 8:29 AM ET | Comments (13)

New baby panda at National Zoo?

Experts at the National Zoo artificially inseminated the zoo's female giant panda Saturday and Sunday after she went into heat over the weekend, the zoo said. Mei Xiang underwent the nonsurgical insemination after she and the zoo's male giant panda,...

By Jodi Westrick | January 11, 2010; 8:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

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