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DC statehood vote

Freedom Or ‘Fool’s Errand’? D.C. To Vote On Statehood Referendum

Invoking the colonial-era demand of “no taxation without representation,” supporters say becoming a state would end Washingtonians’ status as second-class citizens because they lack representation in Congress.

November 5, 2016
Gun violence

Extremism On Second Amendment Violates Common Sense

Keeping a loaded gun unsecured and within easy reach of a toddler ought to be considered a criminal act of negligence. It’s time to admit that upholding a person’s right to own a gun doesn’t need to conflict with efforts to keep young children’s tiny hands away from pulling triggers.

October 21, 2016
Minimum Wage

District Of Columbia Approves $15/Hour Minimum Wage

The 13-member council voted “yes” on a measure to boost the minimum hourly wage to $15 by 2020. The current base wage is $10.50, and will go up by $1 on July 1 under existing law.

June 7, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives at the Republican National Committee for a meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Trump Goes On Charm Offensive With Republicans But Differences Remain

Trump held an hour-long session with Ryan, who as speaker of the House of Representatives is the top U.S. elected Republican and can hold sway with many establishment Republicans leery of Trump. “This was our first
meeting, but it was a very positive step toward unification,” Ryan and Trump said in a joint statement. The usually loquacious Trump was restrained, issuing a tweet in which he said: “Things working out really well!” before flying home to New York.

May 12, 2016

Officer Arrested After Three Killed In Washington-Area Shooting Spree

The first of Friday’s incidents began with a confrontation in a parking lot at Westfield Montgomery Mall in affluent Bethesda, Maryland, where two men and a woman were shot, police said. One of the men died, the other was in critical condition, and the woman’s life was not considered in danger, police said.

May 7, 2016

Breaking the Code of Independence: A Spinster’s Rich Life

Let Caracristi’s life speak to an arc of independence. Contrary to popular myth, it’s no tragedy.

March 5, 2016

New York Rebounds After Blizzard, Washington Shuts Down Government

The Office of Personnel Management said federal government offices in the Washington area will be closed on Monday, along with state and local government offices and schools.

January 24, 2016

Pilot Lands Gyrocopter At Capitol In Apparent Protest; Charges Pending

The tiny aircraft flew in low over the National Mall, whizzing past a row of trees and a statue of Ulysses S. Grant, as a group of onlookers stood by. Both houses of Congress were in session at the time.

April 16, 2015

Congress Investigating D.C. Marijuana Legalization

House Republicans are going to war with Washington D.C. over marijuana.

February 25, 2015

The Anti-Cantor: Dave Brat On Bringing Rationality To Washington

Dave Brat made history by unseating Eric Cantor, and now says he will deal with issues in Congress methodically and rationally.

November 25, 2014

Federal Contract Workers In D.C. Plan One-Day Strike

Find out why federal workers are walking off the job.

November 13, 2014
legal marijuana

Feds In ‘Catch-22’ On D.C. Marijuana Legalization

Will Congress foil Washington D.C.’s decriminalization plans?

November 12, 2014

Departing House Members Begin Moving-Out Process

It’s time for this generation of lawmakers to move on.

November 12, 2014

Do The Capitol’s Sergeants-at-Arms Carry Guns?

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the Capitol’s sergeants-at-arms.

October 23, 2014

U.S. Capital Votes To Allow Concealed Firearms

After a unanimous vote from city council members, carrying concealed weapons in the streets of Washington D.C. will be allowed.

September 24, 2014

Weekend Reader: ‘Deeply Divided: Racial Politics And Social Movements In Postwar America’

After years of dysfunction, the state of American politics is clear: Washington, D.C. is broken, and the public is too divided to fix it. How did we reach this desperate point? Doug McAdam and Karina Kloos of Stanford University answer this question in Deeply Divided: Racial Politics and Social Movements in Postwar America. Our extreme partisanship has less […]

September 20, 2014

IRS In ‘Bunker Mentality’ As Interest Groups, Media Join Congress In Seeking Information

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Congress isn’t alone in trying to wrest answers out of the embattled Internal Revenue Service. The courts, public interest groups and the media are all struggling with uneven transparency and cooperation from the agency. News that the IRS cannot produce long-sought emails is rekindling complaints that […]

July 9, 2014

Washington Monument Reopens Monday After Post-Earthquake Repairs

By Lalita Clozel, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Washington Monument will emerge bruised but not broken for its reopening Monday, when visitors will once again zip up on the elevators of the capital’s tallest attraction. The 555-foot obelisk has been closed since August 2011, when a magnitude 5.8 earthquake chipped and unsettled some of […]

May 12, 2014

Photo Of The Day — April 12

The Jefferson Memorial is seen across the Tidal Basin as Washington’s famous cherry blossom trees reached peak bloom Friday just in time to provide a colorful finale to the city’s spring festival, April 11, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)

April 12, 2014

Washington Mayor Ousted In Primary Race

Washington (AFP) – Washington Mayor Vincent Gray lost his bid to run the U.S. capital city for a second term late Tuesday, bumped from the job by city councilwoman Muriel Bowser. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the D.C. Board of Elections announced challenger Bowser earned 44 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, […]

April 2, 2014

Robert Strauss, Former Democratic Party Chairman, Dies At 95

By Johanna Neuman, Los Angeles Times Robert S. Strauss, a onetime chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a Washington insider who combined earthy Texas charm with raw political power, died Wednesday. He was 95. A spokesman for Strauss’ Washington law firm, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, confirmed his death but would release no other […]

March 20, 2014

2016 White House Campaign On Parade As Governors Come To Washington

By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The nation’s governors are coming to Washington this weekend and they’re bringing the 2016 presidential campaign with them. As they gather Friday for the four-day National Governors Association winter meeting, the group will include a bevy of potential candidates hoping to show the political world they can get […]

February 20, 2014

Nine Die, Power Outages Spread As ‘Paralyzing’ Storm Engulfs South

By David Zucchino and Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times DURHAM, N.C. — Much of the South found itself in the nastiness of a winter storm Wednesday, with needle-like freezing rain, growing piles of snow and biting temperatures that turned roads into a slippery mess, cut off power to hundreds of thousands of people and grounded […]

February 13, 2014