DC Download: A GOP identity crisis


In this frame grab from video, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio takes a sip of water during his Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pool)
 
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's GOP response to the State of the Union didn't hurt the Republican Party very much, but it certainly didn't help its cause.
 
 
 

Obama pushes for higher minimum wage
President Barack Obama pushed for a higher minimum wage at a re-opened manufacturing plant Wednesday...
 

GOP faults Obama speech for liberalism, hostility Video
President Barack Obama set up high-stakes clashes with Republicans over guns, immigration, taxes and...
 

Full text of 2013 State of the Union Video
Watch and following along with the full text of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.
 

Full text of 2013 GOP response to SOTU Video
Watch the full video and read along with the full text of the Republican response to President Barack...
 

FACT CHECK: Overreaching in State of Union speech
President Barack Obama did some cherry-picking Tuesday night in defense of his record on jobs and laid...
 

Promise, delivery: Obama's track record
Has Obama really brought change to America? And does he have what it takes to truly move the country...
 

Obama: Half of US combat troops home within 1 year
Still to be decided: how many troops will remain beyond 2014, when the U.S.-led combat mission is scheduled...
 

Obama: Nation stronger, GOP should back his plans Video
Pledging to revive a "rising, thriving middle class," President Barack Obama promised Tuesday night to...
 

Delivering GOP response a dubious honor
Tuesday night's GOP response constitutes an opportunity for Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., to show that he...
 
 
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Federal Budget News


House passes $1.1 trillion bill to fund…
A $1.1 trillion spending bill for operating the government until just before next fall's election steamed through the battle-weary…
 

Obama signs bipartisan budget deal, defense…
President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan budget deal Thursday easing spending cuts and a defense bill cracking down on…
 

Senate passes legislation to affect Hampton…
It looks like 2014 could be good for the lifeblood of Hampton Roads -- national defense.
 

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Local Politics


Fraim announces re-election bid
Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim announced Wednesday he is seeking re-election.
 

Councilwoman appointed as Norfolk's vice…
Norfolk City Council unanimously appointed Councilwoman Angelia Williams as the city's new vice mayor during Tuesday night's…
 

Portsmouth City Council approves casino…
Portsmouth City Council voted 4-3 to approve a resolution supporting Senator Louise Lucas' casino bill.
 

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Virginia (change)

 
Virginia was founded in 1607 in Jamestown. Since then, Virginia has grown and prospered into a thriving state rich with diversity from culture to climate.
 
Offices & Officials

Governor: Robert F. McDonnell
Lieutenant Governor: Bill Bolling
Attorney General: Ken Cuccinelli
Secretary of State: Janet Polarek

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