CNN Washington AM Note
March 19th, 2013
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CNN Washington AM Note

NATIONAL STORIES:

CNN: Spring may be around the corner, but winter's not done yet

The official start of spring is just a day away. But, along parts of the upper Midwest and Canada, winter plans to stretch its last hurrah until the waning minutes. Fourteen inches of snow are forecast for the mountains of New England on Tuesday, prompting school closures from Massachusetts to Maine.

CNN: Steubenville, weary of investigation, faces new probe

It's not over in Steubenville, Ohio. Although a judge has found two Steubenville teenagers guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl in a case that showcased jaw-dropping examples of teenage alcohol use and tawdry text messaging - all wrapped in allegations of a cover-up - Ohio's attorney general said Monday it's now time for a grand jury to look at whether anyone else should be charged.

CNN: Colorado governor to sign 3 gun control bills

After witnessing two of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, Colorado is expected to pass a series of gun control laws Wednesday. Gov. John Hickenlooper will sign three bills into law Wednesday, his office said. The new legislation includes: A 15-ammunition limit on magazines; A universal background check for prospective gun buyers; and a requirement for gun purchasers to pay for their own background checks

NYT: U.S. Drug Costs Dropped in 2012, but Rises Loom

Spending on prescription drugs nationwide has been slowing for years because of the increasingly widespread use of low-cost generics. But in 2012, something unheard-of happened: money spent on prescription drugs actually dropped. A shipping facility in California for Optum RX, a pharmacy benefit manager for UnitedHealth. The dip was small — 1 percent, to $325.7 billion — but it was the first time the research firm IMS Health had recorded a decrease in United States drug sales since the company began tracking such numbers in 1957.

CNN: Former university student found dead in dorm planned larger attack

A former University of CentralFlorida student found dead in his dorm room of an apparent suicide, alongside weapons and a backpack of bombs, planned a larger attack, officials said Monday. School spokesman Grant Heston identified the student as 30-year-old James Oliver Seevakumaran.

USA Today: Economy is beating expectations despite sequester

After sputtering for several years, the U.S. economic engine finally seems poised to fire on all cylinders. If only the federal government can patch up that unsightly pothole it created about a mile up the road. For the third consecutive year, solid first-quarter job growth and budding hopes for a stronger recovery are tempered by the specter of a midyear swoon. In the past, Europe's financial crisis, Japan's earthquake and the debt-ceiling showdown in Congress have slowed early-year economic surges.

ALSO SEE: WSJ: More Homeowners Dig Out

WSJ: Workers Saving Too Little to Retire

Workers and employers in the U.S. are bracing for a retirement crisis, even as the stock market sits near highs and the economy shows signs of improvement. New data show that powerful financial and demographic forces are combining to squeeze individuals and companies that are trying to save for the future and make their money last. Fifty-seven percent of U.S. workers surveyed reported less than $25,000 in total household savings and investments excluding their homes, according to a report to be released Tuesday by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Only 49% reported having so little money saved in 2008.

WaPo: At Yellowstone, locals step in to get park open and help solve budget woes

Small communities around YellowstoneNational Park are raising almost $200,000 in private donations to do what the park cannot this year because of budget cuts: Open on time for spring visitors. Businesses and local residents in Cody and Jackson, Wy., small towns that rely on spending by park visitors for their survival, have donated close to $170,000 to have the high mountain roads at two park entrances plowed.

San Jose Mercury News: High-skilled immigration debate grows over stark gender imbalance, favoring men for H-1B visas

As Congress negotiates its biggest immigration overhaul in decades, new numbers obtained by this newspaper reveal a stunning imbalance in a program that admits highly skilled immigrants to the United States, often for Silicon Valley jobs: More than 70 percent of those special visa holders who entered the country in 2011 were men. The long-overlooked disparity is beginning to attract attention on Capitol Hill, where activists demanded Monday that the federal government take a closer look at whether U.S. visa policy discriminates against women.

WHITE HOUSE:

CNN: Obama heads to Israel with few expectations, many questions

The banners hanging on Israeli street corners boast of the "Unbreakable Alliance" with the United States, and the Stars and Stripes is flying side by side with the Star of David all across Jerusalem. It is a proud moment for the host nation. But as President Barack Obama heads to Israel and the West Bank for the first time since moving into the White House, there is no expectation of any significant policy breakthroughs and countless questions about his frosty relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

WSJ: Palestinians Await More Aid

Western backers of the Palestinian Authority are grappling with how to bring financial stability to a government crippled by international aid shortfalls and Israeli sanctions, on the eve of a visit to the West Bank by President Barack Obama that Palestinian officials hope will unlock more U.S. aid. The Obama administration last month unfroze hundreds of millions of dollars in assistance to the government of President Mahmoud Abbas that had been held up by Congress. But that won't close a chronic fiscal gap that has left the Palestinian Authority at least $2 billion in debt.

Fox News: Republicans pressure Obama to clarify decision not to address Israeli Knesset

The White House is facing pressure from House Republicans to defend President Obama's decision not to address the Knesset on his trip this week to Israel. A group of Republicans wrote to Obama to "commend" him for traveling to Israel but also questioning the choice not to address members of the Knesset, which they describe as "a customary and symbolic gesture that celebrates our shared democratic ideals and the special relationship between Israel and United States."

WSJ: Chinese Investors Get Picky Over U.S. Visa-for-Cash Deal

Johannes von Trapp, a scion of the family depicted in "The Sound of Music," has spent the past year and a half trying to lure foreigners to invest in his ski lodge and brewery here in northern New England, dangling the possibility of U.S. visas as part of the deal. …The response thus far: just $2.5 million from five investors, far short of his goal of $22 million from 44 investors by June. President Barack Obama has championed the special immigration program known at EB-5 as an engine of job creation. A foreigner who invests at least $500,000 in a qualified U.S. business is entitled to a green card—provided the invested money puts at least 10 Americans to work. American businesses raised more than $1.8 billion through the program in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, and 7,641 would-be immigrants were issued visas. Eighty percent of them were Chinese.

CAPITOL HILL:

CNN: Congress tries to beat new shutdown deadline

Members of Congress will try this week to lock in a spending plan while softening the blow of sweeping, forced cuts - a goal that must be reached in coming days to avoid a partial government shutdown. The measure, called a continuing resolution, authorizes government funding for the remaining six months of the fiscal year. Current spending authorization expires March 27. Complicating the debate are $85 billion in government-wide spending cuts - known as sequestration in Washington jargon - that took effect March 1.

Fox News: Senate Dems' budget accused of double-counting spending cuts

Senate Democrats' budget plan is coming under increasing criticism from Republicans, who say it effectively pats itself on the back twice for savings that were only achieved once - and even then, promises another $7.3 trillion in debt over the next decade. The Democrats' plan passed out of committee last week on a party-line vote. It serves as the party's response to the Republican plan introduced in the House by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

Politico: Harrison Ford heads to the Hill

Look out for actor Harrison Ford on the Hill on Tuesday. The “Indiana Jones” star – who is also a pilot –  will join members of the House General Aviation Caucus to discuss “issues of importance to the general aviation community,” Missouri Rep. Sam Graves's office announced in a press release on Monday.

The Hill: CEOs set tax reform goal: 25 percent corporate rate

A prominent lobby group for chief executives is launching a campaign to build public support for reducing the corporate rate to 25 percent and limiting the taxation of offshore income. John Engler, the president of Business Roundtable, and other officials at the lobby shop say the campaign’s purpose is to educate the public about America’s outdated tax system and the drag it places on U.S. businesses.

ALSO SEE: BuzzFeed: Republicans, Obama May Agree On Lower Corporate Tax Rate, But It Still Might Not Happen

Politico: Assault weapons ban loses steam

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said on Monday that a controversial assault weapons ban will not be part of a Democratic gun bill that was expected to reach the Senate floor next month. After a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday, a frustrated Feinstein said she learned that the bill she sponsored — which bans 157 different models of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines — wouldn’t be part of a Democratic gun bill to be offered on the Senate floor. Instead, it can be offered as an amendment. But its exclusion from the package makes what was already an uphill battle an almost certain defeat.

POLITICAL:

CNN: Sanford seeks 'redemption' in wild congressional race

In South Carolina, Mark Sanford needs no introduction. But after the former governor of the state infamously told the public he was hiking the Appalachian Trail while he was actually traveling to Argentina to carry on an extramarital affair, a reintroduction wouldn't hurt. "At some level or another we all hope for redemption," Sanford told CNN in an interview.

WATCH: VIDEO – More than a dozen candidates are seeking to fill a Congressional seat in South Carolina. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

CNN: Dominican police: Women were paid to lie about Sen. Robert Menendez

Three woman in the Dominican Republic were paid to claim, falsely, that they had sex with U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, police said in a statement Monday. The women were paid by attorney Melanio Figueroa, who worked with Miguel Galvan, another attorney, they said.

Politico: Right blasts RNC 'autopsy' as power grab

The GOP’s prescription to cure the ills that helped bring on yet another disastrous presidential cycle would revamp its presidential nominating rules in ways to benefit well-funded candidates and hamper insurgents – a move that quickly heated up the already smoldering feud between the Republican establishment and the tea party-inspired base.

WATCH: VIDEO – A Republican National Committee report calls for strategic changes and rebranding in the GOP. RNC Chair Reince Priebus talks to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on the Situation Room.

Roll Call: Bachmann Seeks Redemption at Home

Since winning re-election by only 1 point, Bachmann has been avoiding the national spotlight, and even her CPAC appearance last week was relatively understated. Once one of the tea party’s loudest voices on Capitol Hill, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann now shuns the national spotlight for Saturday morning coffees in St. Cloud. These are the political consequences when a former presidential candidate wins re-election by a single point. Fourteen months after dropping out of the White House race, Bachmann is attempting to recast her national profile into a local one. After a humbling year, the former state senator appears to be fortifying the roots that helped launch her quick ascent into the national consciousness and ultimately made her a contender for the GOP’s presidential nomination.

Politico: Reince Priebus defends ex-chief of staff on money

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus on Monday defended the party’s former chief of staff over questions about whether he personally profited when the phone-vendor firm he co-founded was retained by the GOP and Mitt Romney’s campaign to the tune of millions of dollars. Priebus made the comments on a conference call with donors late in the afternoon, hours after he unveiled the official “autopsy” of what went wrong in the 2012 election, a thick RNC document that spared little in the way of self-flogging over image. Priebus has spent extensive time soothing donors, a number of whom have expressed concern about accountability for dollars spent, sources have said.

BuzzFeed: Cory Booker To Campaign Tuesday With New Jersey Gubernatorial Candidate

Mayor Cory Booker will headline a campaign appearance in support of New Jersey's Democratic candidate for governor, state Senator Barbara Buono, hosting a "Listening Tour" Tuesday afternoon in downtown Newark, according to a source with knowledge of the event.

NATIONAL SECURITY:

CNN: Chinese contractor at NASA makes court appearance

A Chinese aerospace contractor, who one senior lawmaker suspects is a spy, made his first appearance in federal court on Monday. Bo Jiang worked at NASA's Langley's ResearchCenter in Hampton, Virginia, and was seized over the weekend as he boarded a flight to Beijing at Dulles airport outside Washington. Jiang was charged with making false statements to U.S. authorities by failing to disclose all of the electronic devices he was carrying on his one-way flight.

WSJ: 'Drone Court' Idea Called Into Question

The Pentagon's former top lawyer questioned proposals for a so-called drone court to review the Obama administration's targeted-killing campaign, arguing that such oversight likely would be viewed as a rubber stamp. Instead, Jeh Johnson, who was general counsel of the Defense Department until the end of last year, said the government should consider shifting more of the program to the military from the intelligence services. Sen. King Turns to Federalist Papers for Guidance on Drone Oversight. Moving control away from the Central Intelligence Agency, Mr. Johnson said, would allow for more transparency and boost public confidence, avoiding the need for a new court.

NYT: A Pattern of Problems at a Hospital for Veterans

In an unusually strong letter sent to the White House on Monday, the office that handles complaints from federal whistle-blowers says it has found a pattern of problems at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Jackson, Miss., that raises serious questions about the hospital’s management practices. The problems over the last six years include poor sterilization procedures, chronic understaffing of the primary care unit and missed diagnoses by the radiology department.

CNN: Cyberattack on Florida election raises questions

It's a fear that keeps cybersecurity experts up at night: an attack on an online election system. Apparently, it's now come to pass. According to a grand jury report about problems in an August 14, 2012, primary election in Miami-Dade County, Florida, "someone created a computer program that automatically, systematically and rapidly submitted to the County's Department of Elections numerous bogus on-line requests for absentee ballots." It's the first documented attack on a U.S. election, said computer scientist David Jefferson, who is on the board of the Verified Voting Foundation and the California Voter Foundation, in an interview with CNN.

CNN: More U.S. military join lawsuit over Fukushima exposure

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) faces mounting damages from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster as more U.S. servicemembers joined a lawsuit accusing the Japanese national utility of lying about the risks involved in an aid effort to the stricken area in 2011. Attorneys said the number of plaintiffs had grown to 26 from an initial eight, who filed their original lawsuit in December, and that 100 more were ready to join the lawsuit which is now seeking more than $2 billion, the Stars and Stripes newspaper reported late last week.

AVIATION, REGULATION and JUSTICE:

CNN: Justices appear divided over Arizona's voter law

Legal challenges to state voter regulations are still drawing political and judicial scrutiny four months after the November election. This was evident in a divisive oral argument on Monday at the Supreme Court over whether states can enhance a federal voter registration law with their own requirements. The justices appeared at odds over Arizona's voter-approved Proposition 200 and its insistence on proof of citizenship before registering.

Reuters: Boeing puts 787 battery to tough tests it once avoided

To get its 787 Dreamliner flying again, Boeing Co is testing the plane's volatile battery system to a rigorous standard that the company itself helped develop – but that it never used on the jet. Boeing's decision has thrust an arcane standard known as RTCA to the center of the debate over whether Boeing and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) were rigorous enough when they originally set standards for the 787 battery system in October 2007. The debate could have broad implications for the future use of lithium-ion batteries on aircraft.

Roll Call: Airlines, Business Groups Aim to Block U.S. Customs Facilities in Foreign Airports

A coalition of U.S. airlines, their employee unions and business groups is opposing a proposal that would allow companies to foot the bill for U.S. customs agents to clear passengers at foreign facilities, saying it would give international competitors an unfair advantage. A provision tucked in the fiscal 2013 continuing resolution (HR 933) currently before the Senate would allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection to establish up to five new preclearance facilities at foreign airports, with the costs reimbursable by foreign companies.

REGIONAL HEADLINES:

New York Daily News: Deal emerging in Albany could up New York's minimum wage up to $9 an hour by 2015 over three incremental bumps

The state minimum wage would jump 24% over the next three years, reaching $9 per hour, under a tentative deal Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders struck Monday, sources said. Under the emerging agreement, the current $7.25 hourly minimum wage would increase in stages — to $8-an-hour in January, to $8.75 at the beginning of 2015, and topping off at $9 by the end of 2015.

Hartford Courant: Governor's Commission Calls For Ban On High-Capacity Guns

The governor's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission on Monday called for some of the strongest gun control measures in the nation, including a ban on the sale or possession of any gun that can fire more than 10 bullets without reloading. The ban would be among the most far-reaching in the United States and comes in direct reaction to the Newtown gunman's use of an assault rifle and 30-round magazines in the massacre of 20 children and six women three months ago at Sandy HookElementary School.

Richmond Times Dispatch: Cuccinelli to be featured speaker at Shad Planking

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the putative Republican nominee for governor, will be the featured speaker at Virginia’s political rite of spring, the Shad Planking, on April 17. Named for the bony, migratory fish that is slowly smoked on slabs of wood, the Shad Planking — in a stand of pine trees 4 miles outside of Wakefield — is more campaign event than cookout. Terry McAuliffe, the presumed Democratic nominee, declined an invitation to speak. Organizers traditionally invite gubernatorial candidates from both parties to make remarks.

Dallas Morning News: State GOP plans huge fundraiser with top officials

The Republican Party of Texas is gathering most statewide officials and darn near half the Legislature as a huge draw for a fundraiser next week in Austin. Top corporate sponsors are being asked to provide $25,000 to get their names and banners associated with the event. Minimum admission is $500 a couple. To get pictures with top officeholders, a minimum of $1,000 is required. While state elected officials are prohibited from raising money during a legislative session, nothing stops political parties. And nothing stops them from inviting influential people and making them available to donors, many of whom will have important issues pending before the Legislature.

Chicago Tribune: Illinois infrastructure fails to make the grade

A new report card on the condition of infrastructure gives Illinois and the U.S. as a whole a dismal D-plus. About 73 percent of Illinois roads are rated to be in poor or mediocre shape, according to the report issued Tuesday by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Beat-up roads cost Illinois drivers $2.4 billion annually in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs, or $292 per motorist, said the report, which noted that Illinois has the fifth-highest state motor fuel tax, at 39.1 cents per gallon.

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Sequester cuts already hitting Minnesota's reservation schools

Schools on Minnesota’s American Indian reservations are already suffering from the across-the-board budget cuts of the federal sequester, taking a hit months before the rest of the country’s classrooms will feel the effects of reduced funding. The White Earth Reservation could cut the school year short at its federally funded tribal school. The RedLakeSchool District, where the high school was the site of a shooting that left seven people dead in 2005, has scaled back its security staff.

New Orleans Times-Picayune: Louisiana receives $9 million to turn around failing schools from U.S. Dept. of Education

Louisiana has once again been selected to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education to turn around its persistently failing schools. This year, the state will be receive $9.2 million from the School Improvement Grant program, which is the second largest allotment of the ten states after Texas. In total this year, the program will be give out over $88 million.

New York Daily News: Meet the Democrat taking on Chris Christie: State Senator Barbara Buono finds the 'courage' to face N.J. gov. in upcoming campaign
Nearly 20 years in the State House has given Buono the confidence to run against the popular governor and her campaign recently became eligible to receive matching funds. In a state that is majority Democrat, the party's goal isn't just to keep this race close, but also to block a potential sweep of Republican majorities in both houses of the state Legislature.

Sacramento Bee: Two former CalPERS officials indicted

It was the biggest scandal in CalPERS' history, with allegations of top officials trading pension fund investments for junkets, jobs and other favors. What made it a criminal case, prosecutors say, was a handful of phony letters. Fred Buenrostro, the former chief executive of CalPERS, and his longtime friend Alfred Villalobos were indicted Monday by a federal grand jury on charges that included conspiracy and obstruction of justice. The indictments represented the first criminal charges in a case that rocked the nation's largest public pension fund starting in October 2009. Court papers show the criminal investigation began in spring 2010.

Seattle Times: Pot law creates a hazy border

Perhaps nowhere is the disconnect between state and federal marijuana laws more evident than on the nation’s northern border. Canadians traveling south from British Columbia, where pot is illegal, but the laws lightly enforced, are finding that before they can reach weed-friendly Washington they must first reconcile with the U.S. government, which controls the border and outlaws the drug.

Las Vegas Sun: Senate measure would begin to clear way for legalizing gay marriage in Nevada

Legislators took the first step toward legalizing same-sex marriage in Nevada today. Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, introduced a Senate Joint Resolution that would repeal the section of Nevada’s constitution that says “only a marriage between a male and female person shall be recognized.” The repeal would start the lengthy process by which Nevada could legalize same-sex marriage.

The Detroit News: Kilpatrick asks judge for permission to travel to Texas before sentencing

Kwame Kilpatrick asked a federal judge Monday to release him on bond and let him travel to Texas to visit his wife and three sons before he is sentenced on corruption charges. The request comes one week after Kilpatrick was found guilty of racketeering and 23 other charges in a City Hall corruption trial.

INTERNATIONAL:

Financial Times: Cyprus scrambles to renegotiate bailout

Cypriot authorities scrambled to renegotiate the terms of a €10bn bailout by moving to scrap its controversial levy on small account holders and instead seizing more from larger depositors and businesses. The island’s banks were ordered to stay closed for two more days to avoid a bank run, as the government delayed for the second day running a parliamentary vote on the deal struck with eurozone officials and the International Monetary Fund over the weekend.

ALSO SEE: CNNMoney: 5 reasons Cyprus bailout matters

CNN: Spate of attacks claims at least 18 lives in Iraq

Car bombs and roadside explosions killed at least 18 people within a one-hour period Tuesday in predominantly Shiite neighborhoods in and around Baghdad, authorities said. In all, 13 car bombs and two roadside bombs were used. It was not immediately clear whether the attacks were related. No group immediately claimed responsibility. Tuesday is the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion.

CNN: Thousands pack St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis' inauguration

Through a square bustling with adoring tourists, locals, pilgrims and dignitaries, Pope Francis made his way atop a Jeep on Tuesday en route to a Mass that will officially inaugurate him Bishop of Rome. He wore the simple iron cross he wore as a cardinal and which he had on when he first appeared to the world as pope. He stepped out of his car to kiss the head of a man with a physical disability. When the faithful gathered at St. Peter's Square held up babies and young children for him to kiss, he complied.

ALSO SEE: CNN Poll: American Catholics approve of new pope

CNN: Pakistan arrests man in Daniel Pearl's slaying

Pakistani officials have arrested a suspect in connection with the gruesome 2002 beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Qari Abdul Hayee is believed to be the one who facilitated Pearl's kidnapping, a senior Pakistani official said.

CNN: Syrian opposition picks U.S.-educated Kurd to head provisional government

Hopes for a peaceful, credible alternative to Syria's embattled government now rest largely on the shoulders of a U.S.-educated Kurdish businessman. A Syrian opposition alliance elected Ghassan Hitto, an information technology executive, to lead its provisional government. Hitto went to college in Indiana and lived for many years in Dallas.

ALSO SEE: CNN: Reports of Syrian jet fire into Lebanon called 'significant escalation'

Jerusalem Post: New gov't holds 1st meeting, picks security cabinet By HERB

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu presided for the first time over his third government Monday evening, holding a cabinet meeting in his office shortly after the ministers were sworn in at the Knesset. At its first session, the cabinet approved a seven-man security cabinet – much smaller than the outgoing 15- member body – that is empowered to deal with the country’s critical national security issues.

CNN: Venezuelan leader: Pentagon, CIA involved in plot against country

Venezuela's interim leader has upped the ante in his accusations about U.S. plots to destabilize his country, calling on President Barack Obama to investigate. "Factors in the Pentagon and the CIA" are conspiring as elections approach in the South American country, interim President Nicolas Maduro said this week. "We want to say to President Barack Obama, stop this madness," Maduro said during a campaign planning meeting broadcast Monday on state-run VTV.

The Guardian: Newspapers bridle at 'historic' deal on press regulation

A shellshocked newspaper industry was struggling to come to terms with a sudden all-party agreement to create a powerful new press regulator designed to prevent a repeat of the phone-hacking scandal. The independent regulator will have powers to impose fines and demand prominent corrections, and courts will be allowed to impose exemplary damages on newspapers that fail to join the body.

BUSINESS:

Reuters: New China leader Xi meets U.S.'s Lew, focus on shared aims

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew met new Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday at a critical time in relations between the world's two largest economies, with cyber hacking, market access and the Chinese currency high on the agenda for talks. In a carefully-choreographed gathering, both officials emphasized the importance of the relationship between the world's two largest economies, and made only passing reference to contentious topics.

Reuters: BlackRock to lay off nearly 300 employees: memo

BlackRock Inc (BLK.N), the world's largest money manager, will lay off nearly 300 employees, or about 3 percent of its workforce, according to an internal memo obtained by Reuters. BlackRock President Rob Kapito told employees on Monday that despite the layoffs the firm, which oversees almost $4 trillion, would continue hiring and expected to end 2013 with more employees than it currently had.

WaPo: The Washington Post to charge frequent users of its Web site

This summer, The Washington Post will start charging frequent users of its Web site, asking those who look at more than 20 articles or multimedia features a month to pay a fee, although the company has not decided how much it will charge. The paper said, however, that it will exempt large parts of its audience from having to pay the fees. Its home-delivery subscribers will have free access to all of The Post’s digital products, and students, teachers, school administrators, government employees and military personnel will have unlimited access to the Web site while in their schools and workplaces.

 


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  1. Rudy NYC

    CNN: Sanford seeks 'redemption' in wild congressional race
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    Everyone deserves a second chance. But some people forfeit that privilige. Sanford went AWOL from the Governer's mansion, lied about his whereabouts, turned up in South America, and teturned not showing any remorse. He stayed in office, refusing to resign. The most shameful part of the entire episode is the unqualified support to stay in office that he received from other leading Republicans. He said, "I'm sorr," and they swept it under the rug. He should have repented a couple of years ago instead of demonstrating just how he was a strong conservative.

    March 19, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    CNN Poll: American Catholics approve of new pope
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    Apparently Republicans do not approve of the new pope. They boycotted his instalation. Boehner said that he was busy. But, haven't we known that a new pope was going to be chosen for nearly a month?

    March 19, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |