Democrats op­pose fed­eral high­way pro­gram ex­ten­sion

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Fac­ing an end-of-the-week dead­line, House Repub­li­cans are run­ning into trou­ble pass­ing a bill to tem­po­rar­ily keep fed­eral high­way and tran­sit aid flow­ing to states.

Democrats are op­pos­ing a 90-day ex­ten­sion of high­way aid. They are try­ing to keep pres­sure on the GOP to take up a bi­par­ti­san $109 bil­lion Se­nate bill that would over­haul trans­porta­tion pro­grams while ex­tend­ing them through the end of the 2013 fed­eral bud­get year.

In­stead, Repub­li­cans want to pass a three-month ex­ten­sion to buy more time to line up votes for their fiveyear bill.

The Demo­cratic op­po­si­tion could pre­vent pas­sage of the GOP’S short­term ex­ten­sion in a vote later Mon­day. A two-thirds vote is nec­es­sary un­der House rules that al­low ex­pe­dited con­sid­er­a­tion of bills. With­out an ex­ten­sion, con­struc­tion projects across the coun­try could be shut down. largely stu­dent au­di­ence.

He added, “I hadn’t thought of this. But the truth is I have not done this. Maybe my daugh­ters have. But I haven’t done that my­self.”

The pres­i­dent told stu­dents in the au­di­ence that they are in­her­it­ing a “dy­namic” Korea.

“You know that in our dig­i­tal age, we can con­nect and in­no­vate across borders like never be­fore — with your smart­phones and Twit­ter and Me2­day and Kakao Talk,” he said. “It’s no won­der so many peo­ple around the world have caught the Korean Wave, Hal­lyu,” a ref­er­ence to the rapid spread of Korean cul­ture in the past decade or more. shown to ju­rors de­cid­ing whether the Demo­crat is guilty of cam­paign fi­nance vi­o­la­tions.

How­ever, Mr. Ed­wards’ de­fenseteam at­tor­neys say they should be free to ques­tion for­mer cam­paign aide An­drew Young about in­con­sis­tent tes­ti­mony he gave af­ter Ms. Hunter sued him in state court to re­gain pos­ses­sion of the tape. Mr. Young is ex­pected to be a key wit­ness against his for­mer boss.

Mr. Ed­wards’ trial is set to be­gin April 12. He has pleaded not guilty.

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