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Two Northern Virginia Congressmen Decry Debt Deal

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U.S. lawmakers are seeking ways to support Libya’s transitional government without interfering with the country’s democratic process.

The region's U.S. House lawmakers split their votes on whether or not to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

Republicans were able to get more than $2 trillion dollars in spending cuts as a part of the compromise.

But Virginia Rep. Jim Moran (D) fears the changes will slow the nation's fragile economic recovery.

"This is a time when we need to be focusing our efforts on reviving the economy, instead we are doing just the opposite," he says.

With the nation facing default if the deal didn't pass the House, many lawmakers, like Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly, swallowed hard and voted for what they say is a bad piece of legislation.

"The idea that spending cuts and deficit reduction will lead to unprecedented economic prosperity is absolutely a false economic premise," Connolly says.

The Senate takes up the bill this afternoon.

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Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

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