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Tue., May 4, 2010, 10:23 a.m.

Wassup: May 4

Gov. Chris Gregoire is scheduled to sign th supplemental operating budget at noon today, or at least most of it. She hinted last week that there were some aspects of it she might line out with the veto pen.

Also up for signing is the supplemental capital budget and a "jobs" bill that retrofits schools and other public buildings to make them more energy efficient.

Expect some not so happy reactions later this morning from Washington's congressional delegation regarding the Pentagon's announcement that it will not award the bid for the Air Force's new tanker until Nov. 12. The Defense Department had previously said it would push back the submission date to allow Airbus-maker EADS to submit a bid but award the contract worth an estimated $35 billion in September. The tanker program has been so plagued with SNAFUs and delays that no one should be surprised, but congressional staffers may need to peel their bosses off the ceiling before getting comments suitable for a family newspaper or FCC regulations.

The federal government is announcing that Inland Northwest Health Services in Spokane will receive a $15 million grant from the Health and Human Services Department to "focus on increasing preventive services for diabetic patients in rural areas by extending Health Information Exchange and establishing anchor institutions in close proximity to remote clinics that will promulgate successes in health IT supported care coordination."

And here's Jon Stewart's quick look at yesterday:

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