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Posted at 07:41 AM ET, 04/18/2012

Virginia budget rejected again; pollen and allergies bombard Washington; Redskins 2012 schedule announced (A.M. Buzz)

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Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, D-Fairfax, left, and Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr., R-James City, debate during a budget hearing. (BOB BROWN - AP)
Virginia budget goes off the rails — again. Senate Democrats rejected a third, $85 billion proposal because it lacked Silver Line funding.

Nature’s itching powder. The trees of Washington, in their annual orgy of procreation, are bombarding the city with pollen. Get the latest pollen forecast here.

Are motorists changing their gas-guzzling ways? Learn how drivers in the D.C. area and around the nation are responding to $4-a-gallon gasoline.

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— The 2012 Shad Planking, a curious Virginia political tradition involving the cooking and consumption of a bony, oily fish, will be held today. Former governor and senator George Allen will attend and make a speech; his Democratic rival Tim Kaine will not.

Jury selection in the Roger Clemens re-trial continues.

—Washington Airport Authority board members are expected to discuss the Dulles Metrorail project at a meeting this morning.

— The Virginia General Assembly reconvenes for “veto day,” and could vote again on the budget that failed in the Senate on Tuesday.

— The Nationals go for their third straight win against the Houston Astros tonight.

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