Today’s Headlines

  • An elegant demolishing of the conservative analyst who testified before Oberstar’s committee last week on her study claiming a Democratic bias in federal stimulus spending (Five Thirty Eight)
  • The financial and safety struggles of D.C.’s Metro system could jeopardize its future federal funding (WashPost)
  • Dem leader of Virginia’s state Senate warns that transportation is "not going to get one penny" from drilling off the state’s coastline under GOP Gov. McDonnell (WaPo Blogs)
  • The populous Atlanta suburb of Clayton County is losing transit service — all of it (LAT)
  • LaHood doesn’t like what he sees in a new Ford ad and calls up the company’s CEO for a chat about distracted driving (Wash. Whispers)
  • Political battles over Wisconsin high-speed rail heating up … (Biz

(ed. note. Streetsblog Capitol Hill will be dark for the rest of today for Good Friday. See you back here on Monday!)


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