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How worried are you about counterfeit drugs?

India, the world's largest manufacturer of generic drugs, has become a busy center for counterfeit and substandard medicine....

By Local Editors | September 10, 2010; 9:48 PM ET | Comments (11)

Do the proposals go too far?

The group of international regulators known as "the Basel committee" has recommended strict new guidelines to restrain bank lendingwhich they hope will curb the type of runaway lending that can lead to a financial crisis. The plan, if implemented, would...

By Local Editors | September 10, 2010; 9:43 PM ET | Comments (4)

How badly will defense cuts affect D.C.'s economy?

The defense industry in metropolitan Washington is bracing for a major contraction, as Defense Secretary Robert Gates calling for reducing spending on "support contractors" by 10 percent for each of the next three years. With this in mind, how concerned...

By Jon DeNunzio | September 10, 2010; 7:22 PM ET | Comments (23)

Fenty vs. Gray: How much do their positions on crime matter to you?

By Abha Bhattarai | September 10, 2010; 6:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Does Obama have a message problem when it comes to 9/11?

As President Obama marks nine years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, he is attempting to harness the event's potent legacy to rally support for the war in Afghanistan while urging religious tolerance as anti-Muslim sentiment in the country rises....

By Abha Bhattarai | September 10, 2010; 2:28 PM ET | Comments (76)

What should be done with "don't ask, don't tell"?

By Local Editors | September 9, 2010; 11:08 PM ET | Comments (64)

Should Mexico's drug wars affect U.S. laws on marijuana use?

As the Obama administration presses Mexican President Felipe Calderon to stand firm in his costly, bloody military campaign against drug mafias, Mexican leaders are increasingly asking why their country should continue to attack cannabis traffickers and peasant pot farmers if...

By Local Editors | September 9, 2010; 11:06 PM ET | Comments (30)

Do you agree with the court's ruling in the Pa. immigration case?

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Hazleton, Pa., may not enforce its crackdown on illegal immigrants, dealing another blow to 4-year-old regulations that inspired similar measures around the country. The city's mayor pledged to take the case to the...

By Abha Bhattarai | September 9, 2010; 7:34 PM ET | Comments (1)

What should happen to government workers who owe overdue taxes?

Capitol Hill employees owed $9.3 million in overdue taxes at the end of last year, a sliver of the $1 billion owed by federal workers nationwide but one with potential political ramifications for members of Congress. The debt among Hill...

By Abha Bhattarai | September 9, 2010; 1:10 PM ET | Comments (12)

Overcoverage of the Koran burning?

Some observers, including The Post's Howard Kurtz, say the media is over-covering a Florida pastor's plans to burn copies of the Koran on Sept. 11. What do you think?...

By Jon DeNunzio | September 9, 2010; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (1)

What's your biggest worry on the road?

Deaths on America's highways have plunged to their lowest level in 60 years, as smarter designs make streets and vehicles safer and aggressive campaigns are waged against drunk and distracted drivers. While America's roads are safer statistically, driving still carries...

By Andrea Caumont | September 9, 2010; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (15)

Should Michael Steele run again?

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele's recent travel itinerary is fueling speculation that he is positioning himself to run for a second term as party chairman. Some RNC members think he should be concentrating on the midterm elections, and...

By Jon DeNunzio | September 8, 2010; 6:36 PM ET | Comments (11)

Should Loudoun County allow unattended displays on courthouse property?

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to uphold a current policy that allows for unattended displays, including religious displays, to be placed on the public grounds of the county courthouse. Read the full story....

By Abha Bhattarai | September 8, 2010; 5:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Would you swim in the Potomac River?

The Potomac River is cleaner now than it has been in decades, thanks largely to upgrades at Washington's sewage plant - and the proof is on the river bottom, where thickets of underwater grass are replacing mud and murk, according...

By Jodi Westrick | September 8, 2010; 7:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Should Rahm Emanuel run?

Two people close to Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he will resign as White House chief of staff on Friday, and will begin his campaign for Chicago mayor by meeting with voters in the city on Monday. The two people familiar...

By Local Editors | September 7, 2010; 9:49 PM ET | Comments (20)

Jerry Lewis's telethon

Tom Shales called Jerry Lewis's telethon "mesmerizing, agonizing and, to some extent, worrisome." The 84-year-old sobbed through much of the closing song, he writes, and made news before the telethon by talking about Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton....

By Local Editors | September 7, 2010; 9:41 PM ET | Comments (11)

Can a new tax credit help the economy in the short term?

In a speech on Wednesday, President Obama will call for a $100 billion business tax credit that would increase and extend research and development tax credits for businesses, rewarding companies that develop new technologies domestically and preserve American jobs....

By Jodi Westrick | September 7, 2010; 3:35 PM ET | Comments (8)

The Kennedy Center Honorees: Did they deserve it?

The Kennedy Center announced Tuesday the winners of this year's Kennedy Center Honors: TV host Oprah Winfrey, musician-songwriters Sir Paul McCartney and Merle Haggard, dancer-choreographer Bill T. Jones and composer-lyricist Jerry Herman. Do you agree with the picks? Vote 'yes'...

By Jodi Westrick | September 7, 2010; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (12)

D.C. schools: Better or worse without Michelle Rhee?

The scenario is familiar in the District and big cities across the country: An ambitious leader is appointed to reform schools. Policies and practices are upended, five-year plans unveiled, a flurry of initiatives launched with high hopes. After two or...

By Jodi Westrick | September 7, 2010; 7:20 AM ET | Comments (36)

Will you read Terry McMillan's new novel?

Author Terry McMillan, famous for her her 1992 novel-turned-blockbuster, ''Waiting to Exhale'', has penned a follow up to her breakout bestseller. The long awaited sequel, titled ''Getting to Happy,'' resumes the story some 15 years later. Read the full review....

By Bethonie Butler | September 6, 2010; 10:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Would you eat genetically modified salmon?

The Food and Drug Administration is considering approving genetically modified salmon for human consumption. The highly anticipated decision has stirred controversy as it raises concerns about health and environmental risks....

By Jon DeNunzio | September 6, 2010; 5:27 PM ET | Comments (40)

Will kids count calories at school?

Montgomery County schools have begun posting nutrition information in cafeterias to encourage students to make healthier choices (and comply with a new county law). Do you think this will improve students' diets?...

By Jon DeNunzio | September 5, 2010; 10:49 PM ET | Comments (3)

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