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House leaders are close to an agreement on how to handle earmarks, which would end "a Republican-led floor protest over the handling of pet spending projects that had brought voting on the bills to a standstill." ThinkProgress points out that Republicans didn't have such a dim view of earmarks when they were in power. (Washington Post)

USA Today reports that Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), in efforts to secure a hometown earmark, has said that the National Drug Intelligence Center "was about to take charge of the 'vitally important' terrorist no-fly list." The Justice Department says they don't know anything about that. (USA Today)