Eye Opener: March 18, 2010
• March Madness Begins: Have you signed up for The Post's 65 Bracket Challenge? You have until Noon ET Thursday to sign up and pick your favorite teams in this year's men's college basketball March Madness tournament. (President Obama picks the Kansas Jayhawks to win ... What about some of the Cabinet secretaries? Find out later today!)
• Question of the Week: How can your federal agency assist more with such issues as child care and providing greater support in general as government employees seek a work/life balance? Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org and please include your full name, hometown and employer. We may use your comments in tomorrow's Washington Post.
• Cabinet and Staff News: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives in Moscow for a two day trip. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke appears on "The Daily Show" tonight to talk about the 2010 Census. Education Secretary Arne Duncan wants schools with poor graduation rates out of the NCAA March Madness tournament. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs plans to take his press briefing outside today.
• Al-Qaeda crippled as leaders stay in hiding, CIA chief says: So profound is al-Qaeda's disarray that one of its lieutenants, in a recently intercepted message, pleaded to bin Laden to come to the group's rescue and provide some leadership, Director Leon Panetta told The Washington Post in an interview.
• U.S. commander says bringing bin Laden to justice remains goal: asked if the forces under his command had given up on trying to capture Osama bin Laden alive, Gen. Stanley McChrystal said they had not.
• Sex assault reports rise in military: There were 3,230 reports of sexual assault filed involving service members as either victims or assailants in the fiscal year that ended in September.
• Plan to rework 'No Child' prompts concerns for rural areas: For the most part, Education Secretary Arne Duncan drew a positive reception from key lawmakers as he began pitching the administration's blueprint to rewrite the big law.
• Bill targets tax-delinquent federal workers: A congressional panel heard testimony Wednesday on legislation that would allow federal employees to be fired if they don't pay their taxes. As you might expect, much of the talk was about tax policy and the merits and practical implications of the bill.
• HUD probing gay housing discrimination: The department plans to study the impact of housing discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans, fulfilling the wishes of gay rights groups who believe landlords regularly discriminate based on sexual orientation.
• Indonesia trip complicates State Department Asia agenda: The real reason Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell adjusted his trip to Japan was because extra time was needed to prepare for President Obama's trip to Indonesia next week. Campbell will be traveling with Obama on the trip.
• GAO: Scanners may not have detected alleged explosive in Detroit jet case: Investigators said it is unclear that the controversial devices would have caught an alleged al-Qaeda terrorist who tried to blow up a Detroit-bound jetliner with explosives hidden in his underwear.
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS:
• VA fined over radiation doses: It was fined $227,500 after incorrect radiation doses were given to 97 veterans with prostate cancer at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, a federal agency announced Wednesday.
| March 18, 2010; 6:17 AM ET
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