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Fake GOP mailings could screw up census

Republican groups are raising money under the guise of the U.S. Census Bureau, leaving the government's people-counters worried that a flurry of misleading letters could make some Americans less likely to respond to the real thing.

After the Republican National Committee raised money with such mailings, congressional Republicans are now conducting a fundraising "census" of their own.
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No more new Humvees for the military

Humvees, the all-terrain, multi-purpose vehicles that replaced the Jeep as a symbol of military transport, may soon follow its civilian counterpart into the scrapheap of history.

The Army did not include any new orders for the Humvee in the service's recent budget proposal and Lt. Col. Jimmie Cummings, an Army spokesman, says the 2,620 vehicles currently under order from Mishawaka, Ind.-based AM General are the last.

The Army, Cummings says, is moving on to newer technology and other vehicles.
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Taxpayers paid for Blackwater strippers, prostitutes

Blackwater Worldwide, the mercenary firm that the administration of former President George W. Bush allowed to run amuck in Iraq, defrauded the U.S. government for years by filing fake expenses reports, double billing and charging government agencies for strippers and whores, court records show.

Two former employees of the para-military firm, in documents filed under a 2008 lawsuit, outlined the pattern of theft of taxpayer funds in Blackwater activities in Iraq, Afghanistan and even in Louisiana in the weeks and months following Hurricane Katrina.
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East still reeling from back-to-back blizzards

The second of back-to-back blizzards that smothered the East Coast and eclipsed seasonal snowfall records with more than a month of winter remaining had tapered off by Thursday, although governments and schools remained closed to contend with the aftermath.

In Washington, D.C., the federal government planned to be closed for a fourth straight day, while city agencies and schools in the hardest-hit regions also scored snow days. The nation's capital joined Philadelphia and Baltimore in logging their snowiest winters in history.
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The long, lonely fight of American war widows

For a decade, war widows in matching yellow suit jackets and hats quietly and persistently have knocked on Capitol Hill doors seeking an end to the "widows' tax," a government policy that deprives them of benefits from their husbands' military service.

They are always warmly received, but that's where the hospitality ends. Despite pledges of help from scores of federal officials — including President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — their long quest remains unfulfilled.
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Republicans gaining ground on Obama, Democrats

Like the weather that has shut down the Nation's capital for at least a week, the news for Democrats and President Barack Obama just keeps getting worse.

A new poll shows a restless American electorate continues to lose faith in Obama and his Democratic cohorts while the Republican Party continues its return from the dead and gains ground when it comes to trust.

A new Washington Post-ABC News Poll shows Republicans have significantly narrowed the gap with Democrats when it comes to Americans trust to deal with the country's problems.
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New Mexico saying ‘adios’ to big banks

New Mexico's state legislature is moving quickly to move its money out of big financial institutions and turn it over to credit unions and community banks.

The state's House of Representatives voted 65-0 this week for a bill that allows the state to move $2 billion - $5 billion of state funds.

The municipal funds bill still must be approved by New Mexico's Senate but passage appears likely.

Governor Bill Richardson says he supports the legislation and will sign the bill if it reaches his desk.
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Jon Stewart’s take on Palin’s hand-job

Comedian-cum-news-commentator Jon Stewart, as expected, had a field day with revelations that Sarah Palin had "crib notes" written on her hand during an interview with Fox News that included questions scripted and pre-approved in advance.

It's the latest example of dingbat behavior by the Wonder from Wasilla, the former Alaska Governor who quit in mid term, the failed Republican vice presidential candidate who -- defying all logic -- remains the darling of the right-wing and the Tea Party movement.

What makes the story even more amazing is that Palin -- while having to refer to her buzzword crib notes -- had the gall to criticize President Barack Obama for using a teleprompter.
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Washington surrenders to nature’s onslaught

The Nation's Capital fell to conquerors this week, defeated by a mighty force that overwhelmed the might of a world superpower.

The Washington Post announced on its front page that the National Capital Region "surrendered" to Mother Nature.

Overwhelmed by the weekend blizzard that dumped more than two feet of snow on the center of power and politics in America, nature hit the region with a second strike Tuesday, adding five inches of snow to the mix along with sleet, freezing rain and more misery and woe.

Federal officials announced the government would remain closed for the week. The city's Metro subway system is operating only underground, leaving suburbs without service because most of their stations -- including the one that serves Washington's National Airport -- are above ground.
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