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House Republicans have narrowed their internal differences and plan to move ahead next week with legislation to renew the current payroll tax cut, extend unemployment benefits, and prevent Medicare physicians from experiencing an automatic pay cut.

But they've chosen to pay for elements of this bill with a hodgepodge of measures and reforms that will make it a non-starter in the Senate -- including one provision that has drawn a veto threat from the White House. That puts Democrats and Republicans on a collision course over policies that leaders of both parties agree must pass -- with only three weeks before they all automatically expire, and one week until members had hoped to adjourn for the holidays.

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Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VT) released the following statement:

“My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Virginia Tech community and the Town of Blacksburg as we continue to learn more about the shooting on campus today,” said Congressman Griffith. “I hope you will join me in lifting up the Hokie Nation in prayer.”

Here’s the latest word from Virginia Tech:

“Tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 9 is the start of final exams for the fall term. Exams scheduled for Friday (tomorrow) have been postponed.

A decision regarding the final exam schedule will be made as soon as we have more information. All information will be send via campus wide email and posted to the university homepage."


Republicans who want to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, including Presidential candidates Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, will have to answer to one of the EPA's new partners and America's most beloved institutions: the Girl Scouts.

Earlier this week, Girl Scouts of the USA announced it will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2012 with the launch of a new international conservation effort, the "Girl Scouts Forever Green Project," funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Alcoa Foundation.

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WSLS reports that police in Radford, Virginia, are investigating an armed robbery that occurred earlier this morning. It’s unclear if this event and the shooting at Virginia Tech are related, but the university spokesperson was asked about a relation but couldn’t offer any details.