Michael Pope

Virginia Public Radio Reporter

Michael Pope is an author and journalist who lives in Old Town Alexandria. He has reported for NPR, the New York Daily News and the Alexandria Gazette Packet. He has a master's degree in American Studies from Florida State University, and he is a former adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College. He is the author of four books.

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Lawmakers are back in Richmond this week, still trying to hammer out a deal to finalize the budget. Although most of the attention has been focused on expanding health insurance to poor people, that’s not the only funding debate still playing out.

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Should local law-enforcement agencies enforce federal immigration law? That’s a debate that’s currently playing out in jails across Virginia.

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Critics of Washington spending say something needs to be done to reign in the excess. One Virginia Congressman's push for a new constitutional amendment is being debated today.

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Since the Great Depression, budget deficits have been the norm in Washington. That’s created a federal debt north of $21 trillion dollars. Now, one Virginia congressman is hoping to change that.

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More and more students are defaulting on their college loans.