Mon February 27, 2012
State Capitol

House Expected to Propose Budget

The state House is expected to propose a two-year state budget with no new taxes that mostly will keep Gov. Steve Beshear's recommended 8.4 percent spending cuts for many agencies and provide no salary increases for state workers and teachers. House Democratic leaders worked during the weekend on their chamber's financial plan for the state. They mulled over the budget Beshear unveiled in January, one of the most austere in recent history.


Mon February 27, 2012
All Politics are Local

State Term Limits Being Considered

Many state legislators said they would keep an open mind on a bill that would impose term limits on them. House Bill 406 filed by State Rep. Mike Nemes, R-Louisville, would limit both representatives and senators to three consecutive terms but extend the terms from two to four years for representatives and from four to six years for senators. The bill would amend the state constitution, which means voters would have to approve it. Nemes said he filed the bill because people want term limits.


Mon February 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Developing: Shooting At High School In Chardon, Ohio

Originally published on Mon February 27, 2012 2:14 pm

The latest on today's shooting at a high school in Chardon, Ohio, where five students were shot; at least one fatally:

Update at 2:15 p.m. ET. Student Who Died Identified:

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Mon February 27, 2012
It's All Politics

Monday's Political Grab Bag: Romney, Santorum Tied In Michigan?

On the eve of Tuesday primaries in Michigan and Arizona, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum appeared to be tied in the Great Lakes state though the former Massachusetts governor likely had the momentum and looked to be significantly ahead in the southwestern border state.

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Mon February 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Santorum Defends Saying JFK Speech On Religion Makes Him Sick

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, center, and supporters as they prayed earlier this month in McKinney, Texas.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

There was no shift over the weekend by Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum when he was asked about his comment last year that then-presidential candidate John Kennedy's famous 1960 speech about religion and the separation of church and state makes him want to throw up.

The Boston Globe writes that on Sunday:

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Mon February 27, 2012
Your Money

Warm Winter Is Helping Consumers Cope

Originally published on Mon February 27, 2012 2:14 pm

A woman takes in the sunshine while reading in Central Park on Feb. 1 in New York City, where temperatures topped 60 degrees.
Mario Tama Getty Images

The rapidly rising price of gasoline has not stalled the economic recovery — at least not yet. And one reason for that may be found in fields of daffodils.

This year's unusually warm winter has held down heating costs, helping consumers spend less on their monthly utility bills.

"Weather plays a big role" in determining what's left in your checking account as winter wraps up, said Jonathan Cogan, a spokesman for the Energy Information Administration.

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Mon February 27, 2012
Author Interviews

'Tinderbox': How The West Fueled The AIDS Epidemic

Originally published on Tue February 28, 2012 10:16 am

Craig Timberg is the former Johannesburg bureau chief of The Washington Post. He is current the deputy national security editor at the Post.
Bill O'Leary The Washington Post

HIV is a slow-moving time bomb.

Unlike Ebola, which infects and kills people quickly — and then disappears just as quickly — the HIV epidemic has become so good at killing people in part because it moves so very slowly, says journalist Craig Timberg.

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Mon February 27, 2012
The Two-Way

WikiLeaks Starts Posting Millions Of Security Firm Stratfor's Emails

Originally published on Mon February 27, 2012 8:46 am

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is driven away in a taxi after leaving his hearing at the Supreme Court in London, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012.
Matt Dunham AP

"The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks began publishing on Monday more than five million emails from a U.S.-based global security analysis company that has been likened to a shadow CIA," Reuters writes.

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Mon February 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Will Killings Over Quran Burnings Lead To Faster Pullout From Afghanistan?

Originally published on Mon February 27, 2012 7:43 am

In Herat, Afghanistan, on Friday: Demonstrators shouted anti-American slogans.
Aref Karimi AFP/Getty Images
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The news from Afghanistan remains grim as protests and attacks continue over the recent burning of some Qurans and other Islamic materials at an airbase controlled by international forces. The violence and unrest has also, The Washington Post writes, "exposed a crippling weakness in the American strategy to wind down the war."

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Mon February 27, 2012
Around the Nation

TSA Screeners Leave Metal Detector Unattended

Travelers in Sacramento, Calif., got a surprise when they approached airport security and no one was at the metal detector. Five passengers went on through without any screening. Finally, officials noticed the unattended metal detector and shut down the terminal until the passengers were found and screened.