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Report Prompts Legislators To Call For More Investment In Secret Service

Lawmakers in the D.C. region are calling for more money for the Secret Service after a review released this week paints the picture of an agency stretched "beyond its limits."
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Maryland Business Owners Urge Shoppers To Buy Local

With less than a week to go before Christmas, local businesses are urging customers to do their shopping in-person — not online. In the Maryland suburbs, stores are showcasing their knowledge of the community to get people in the door.
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Outgoing D.C. Council Member Tommy Wells Joins Bowser Administration

Two-term D.C. Council member Tommy Wells will be joining Muriel Bowser's administration next year, taking the helm of the D.C. Department of Environment.
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Mendelson Shuffles D.C. Council Committees, Keeps Education

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson today announced new committee assignments for the Council session that will start in January, creating a new committee to focus on housing while maintaining one for the city's schools.
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Obama Says Sony Made A 'Mistake' In Cancelling 'The Interview'

President Obama said Sony made a mistake by pulling the movie North Korea opposed and promised a U.S. response to North Korea's actions in the cyber attack against the company.
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Cuban-American Congressional Leaders Vow To Fight Obama's Proposals

A day after the president's announcement that he wants to normalize relations with Cuba, Cuban-American congressional leaders came together in Miami to condemn it as appeasement of a Communist regime.
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TSA Administrator Says Airport Screening Is More Efficient, Risk-Based

The head of the government agency that screens airline passengers is winding down his duties. John Pistole reflects on the TSA's move away from a one-size-fits-all approach.
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Advocacy Groups Tell Lawmakers To Back Off

Three groups from across ideological lines say a congressional investigation into ties between the EPA and the Natural Resources Defense Council seems intended to intimidate.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 19

It’s a confusing world out there. You can try to make sense of it all with an opera and art exhibit.
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Director Says He Was Fired From Theater J, Cites 'Philosophical Differences'

After 18 years as artistic director of the Washington DCJCC's in-house theater company, Ari Roth is leaving. In a statement, the JCC says Roth "is stepping down to pursue a new series of endeavors." But Roth says he was fired.
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New EPA Standards Label Toxic Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

Environmental groups had sought to have coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, regulated as hazardous waste.
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Environmental Group Calls On Maryland To Ban Fracking

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is calling on Maryland to follow the lead of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who this week put a moratorium on the natural gas-extraction process.