A few items that caught our attention on Tuesday:

(Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters) (Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters)

Once-ailing GOP activist supports Obamacare: Clint Murphy, a cancer survivor and Republican activist who worked as a paid staffer for Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, criticized members of his own party who oppose the health law and its guarantee of coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions, saying: “When you say you’re against it, you’re saying that you don’t want people like me to have health insurance.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the story.

Beltway unemployment shows signs of sequester: Unemployment rates rose for D.C., Maryland and Virginia in July, indicating the federal spending cuts may be starting to weigh on the region’s labor market. Each jurisdiction was weak in professional services and government, which were vulnerable to the budget cuts, according to a Washington Post article.

State Department reinstates officials placed on leave after Benghazi: Four State Department officials who were placed on paid administrative leave after the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Libya have returned to active duty and will face no further disciplinary action, according to a Washington Post report.

Push to defund Obamacare falls on hard times:  An increasing number of Republicans are splitting with conservatives pushing for a partial shutdown of the federal government if funding is not cut off for the health law by the end of September, according to a National Journal article.

States competing for FAA drone sites: The Federal Aviation Administration is about to choose six locations for testing Unmanned Aerial Systems, also known as drones. States are pulling out the stops to host them, according to a Washington Post article.

Postal Service could take a hit if it exits federal-worker health plan: That’s the conclusion of a Government Accountability Office report that examined a controversial USPS plan to pull its staffers from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, according to Joe Davidson’s latest Federal Diary column.

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