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Charges Dropped Against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Protesters

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By Meymo Lyons

Prosecutors have dropped all charges against an openly gay Iraq War veteran who twice chained himself to a White House fence to protest the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Lt. Dan Choi and a gay army captain honorably discharged for disclosing his sexual orientation stood trial Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court on charges of failure to obey police orders during the March and April protests. All charges were dropped against both men.

Choi and his attorney had subpoenaed President Barack Obama to appear in the courtroom, but an attorney for the prosecution said the subpoena wasn't served.

Prosecutor Christine Chang declined to comment on why the government dropped the case.

Choi said he believes Obama administration officials did not want to draw attention to the policy.

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Auction Of Artifacts In Paris Stirs Protest At American Indian Museum In D.C.

"It's almost like seeing one of our own tribal members being auctioned off," says a member of California's Hoopa tribe who denounced the auction during an event at the National Museum of the American Indian.

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D.C.'s Public Schools Select New Lunch Providers

D.C. Public Schools is abandoning longtime school food provider Chartwells in the wake of allegations of poor food quality and fraud and moving forward with new vendors for 2016. But, questions remain about the selection process and future oversight.

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Creating A D.C. State Constitution

We explore the historic process of crafting a constitution for D.C. statehood nearly three decades after the last attempt, and find out how drafters are preparing for the June constitutional convention.

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Watchdog: Hillary Clinton Violated State Dept. Policies By Using Private Email

A report issued by the department's inspector general found that previous secretaries of state also failed to comply with record-keeping and security policies.

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