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Virginia Justices To Decide How Much About The Death Penalty Should Be Public

The Virginia Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday about the death penalty. But they won't be debating whether it's right or wrong — but rather how much the public should know about it.
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Washington Monument To Remain Closed; Elevators Face Increased Scrutiny

The monument will remain closed until at least Thursday, the National Park Service says. Politicians are seeking guarantees that there will be no more elevator problems that cause shutdowns.

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D.C. Schools Improved Under Mayoral Control, But Progress Remains Uneven

The first formal assessment of D.C.'s public schools since mayoral control was granted in 2007 finds that while small gains have been made, work remains to be done.
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Scientology-Related Drug Center Blocked By Frederick County Council

The Trout Run resort will not become a Narconon facility. The lone dissenter on the council said the involvement of Scientology "clouded" his colleagues' judgment on the matter.

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Why Jeb Bush Can't Bank On Faith Like His Brother Did

Bush, who is likely running for president, is a firm Catholic. But that might not be enough for evangelical Christians in Iowa who see him as moderate and are looking elsewhere.
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Senate Approves USA Freedom Act, After Amendments Fail

"It protects civil liberties and our national security," President Obama says. "I'll sign it as soon as I get it."

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Pro-Warren Group Disbands, As Senator Splits Again With Obama

A group pushing Elizabeth Warren to run for president moves on and "declares victory" in advancing her positions. But Warren is already on to new fights.
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Who's The Candidate Of The Future?

People always say they want change in elections, but who represents that change? A new poll sheds some light on who does — and who does not.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, June 3, 2015

A play and an exhibit explore luxury, power and how women present themselves and are perceived.

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What’s So Great About Book Clubs, Anyway?

The latest from WAMU 88.5 staffers Tayla Burney, Jonanthan Wilson and Chris Chester, who are participating in the NPR Morning Edition book club project for Kate Atkinson's A God In Ruins.

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The White House Has A New Visitor, And It's Got Feathers

Politicians in Washington currently have an actual hawk in their neighborhood.

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As Caviar Prices Skyrocket, Sturgeon Poachers Invade Pacific Northwest

Global sturgeon populations are collapsing — most notably in Russia, where caviar is known as black gold. That's fueling a market for illegal caviar and driving poachers to the Columbia River.