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Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 08/03/2011

A.M. Buzz: Travel perks and woes, Obama’s 50th

Good morning. A little rain, perhaps? It’s blowing through my neighborhood at 7 a.m.


A lot of frequent flier miles: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s travels in his first 17 months in office cost taxpayers about $200,000, mostly for government business but also for political trips and family. Here’s a chart spelling out the trips.

At least he’s flying: Congress walked away from Washington yesterday, leaving 74,000 people unemployed for at least another month because the elected members failed to accept a funding extension to the FAA. The government will lose at least $1.2 billion in ticket tax revenue because of this failure.

We know that your commute was horrible yesterday; three people died in two accidents during the morning snarl. But one was born on New York Avenue; mother and daughter are doing fine, but check out the 911 call.

You go to a hospital because you’re sick or injured and need medical help. The last thing you expect is to have an accident there, although medical errors and other “adverse events” occur in one-third of hospital admissions. Washington Hospital Center is trying out a new system to try to nip those errors in the bud .


Scott McIntosh cooks spicy pork sausage for his booth at the D.C. Grey Market, held at the parking lot used for the Liberty North Community Market. (Matt McClain - For The Washington Post)
Do you dare? D.C.’s Grey Market is an outlet for cooks and entrepreneurs to sell food without a business license or food-safety inspections.

You decide: President Obama is 50 tomorrow. Does that make him one of Washington’s tweeners or, as implied in this post, over the hill?

Coming up: The June unemployment rate for our area will be released this morning. We’ll have it on PostLocal.

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