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Eye Opener: Census figures, oil drilling moratorium overturned, new benefits for gay workers, is NASA extending shuttle program? How long will Rahm stay?

By Ed O'Keefe

Eye Opener

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Cabinet and Staff News: A Florida town names a stretch of road President Barack Obama Parkway. "Allies" say White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is likely to stay into 2011. Voters says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is more qualified than Obama, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich to serve as president. Peter Orszag confirms he'll leave in July. Is Richard Holbrooke really a "wounded animal?"Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner sees taxpayer recovery on the bank bailout. Ex-solicitors general endorse Elena Kagan. The Senate confirms more than 60 (minor) Obama administration nominees. Actor-turned-Obama-administration-worker Kal Penn leaves Washington (does anybody care?)

N.Va. was main source of growth for D.C. area in 2009, census figures show: Most places there had population growth over 3 percent from 2008 to 2009. By comparison, Montgomery County went up 1.9 percent and Prince George's County rose half a percentage point.

New York nears record population, Census says: It's within striking distance of a record population of 8.4 million people, according to 2009 estimates.

Sand flies infect U.S. forces with parasite that leaves them with 'Baghdad Boil': People who've been in Iraq are falling victim to leishmaniasis, a disease carried by sand flies.

FCC eyes broadband for Indian reservations: The agency announced the appointment of a special liaison to the American Indian community to oversee efforts to get broadband to reservations.

White House to unveil revised ID management plan Friday: The latest version will build on existing efforts to ensure people, organizations and computers are who they claim to be, according to White House officials.

Obama wants $600 million more for U.S.-Mexican border: A White House official said the money would in part help "support a vigorous battle against the drug cartels along the Southwest border."

Anti-homelessness strategy expands programs to assist veterans, families: The strategy details a host of smaller projects intended to spur collaboration among federal agencies and with local and state governments.

Judge blocks Obama moratorium on deep-water drilling: U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman said he issued an injunction because the Interior Department had acted capriciously. But Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he'll issue orders for a new moratorium.

DOJ to play major role in IP enforcement: It's stepped up its enforcement of intellectual property rights by deploying prosecutors overseas to focus on the issue and training government lawyers.

Labor to expand family leave benefits to gay workers: The department will announce on Wednesday a reinterpretation of the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act that allows gay employees working for large employers to take leave to care for their partner's children.

NASA looking to reschedule Shuttle finale: Agency managers this week plan to request new launch dates for the final two shuttle flights to accommodate preparations on space station equipment.

Major online retailers split on plan to cut Saturday mail: Lawmakers on Wednesday will hear split views on proposed cuts in Saturday mail delivery from two of the nation's leading online retailers and largest customers of the U.S. Postal Service.

Folklife Festival will pay tribute to Haiti's art heritage: The 44th annual 10-day Folklife Festival on the Mall primarily will focus on the cultures of Mexico and Asian Pacific Americans and on Smithsonian workers.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 23, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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