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News Archive - December 20, 2010

Power Breakfast: New Ball Game For Appropriations Committee

From [Capitol News Connection] http://capitolnewsconnection.org):

Possession of the appropriations gavel is one of the most coveted roles in all of Congress-dom. As a prominent member of the House Appropriations Committee for more than a quarter century, Republican Congressman Hal Rogers h...

Civil Liberties Groups Not Happy With Metro's Bag Search Plans

The last time Metro announced it would start randomly searching riders' bags was in 2008, and the D.C. Bill of Rights Coalition formed specifically to combat this measure.

It was successful; Metro reconsidered and the bag searches never happened. But the group's leader, Sue Udry, says that...

Consider This With Fred Fiske: Posting Calories

This week, Fred considers the politics of nutrition information.

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Latest Virginia News

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) Police in Spottsylvania County say they've charged the 18-year-old son of a slain woman with second-degree murder in her stabbing death. Authorities say Matthew Charles Robertson had long scratch marks on his neck after his mother Susan A. Roberston was found dead with...

Defending The Health Care Law: In The Courts And In Congress

Shortly after a federal judge in Virginia ruled that an individual insurance mandate is unconstitutional, administration officials began preparing for the case to reach the Supreme Court.

But that's months away.

In the meantime, officials are preparing to defend the law against House...

Post Tax Bill Agenda: Tackling Longterm Deficit Reduction

Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner is plowing ahead on tax reform and deficit reduction, even though he failed to get it included in the recently passed compromise tax passage.

The compromise tax bill was a pain pill for most lawmakers to swallow: It added to the deficit but did not addre...

Maryland News Roundup

From MarylandReporter.com:

STATE CENTER SUIT A group of 12 downtown commercial property owners filed a lawsuit against the state of Maryland and a team of private developers in a bid to block the massive $1.5 billion redevelopment of State Center in Baltimore's Midtown neighborhood, Gary Ha...

Condominiums Drive Rise In Alexandria Foreclosures

Jurisdictions inside the Beltway have been largely shielded from the brunt of the foreclosure crisis. But the number of foreclosures in Alexandria has risen to the highest level since the beginning of the crisis 2008.

The trend is driven by condominiums, which make up an increasing percenta...

O'Malley Wants To Create Jobs During Second Term

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says his second term in office will focus on many things, but jobs will be at the top.

The first of five forums O'Malley will hold before his inauguration focused on jobs and the economy. Speaking at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaither...

Va. Charity Campaign Strives To Meet Goal In Spite Of Salary Freeze

State employees' donations to Virginia's annual charity drive are down, but the campaign's director says there's still time to meet this year's goal.

State employees have contributed approximately $2.5 million so far to the Commonwealth of Virginia campaign, says its manager, Anne Dinterman...

Senators Diverge Over How Quickly To Repeal DADT

The regions senators are pulling the Pentagon in different directions as officials start the process of repealing "don't ask, don't tell."

Under the law passed Saturday, the military will slowly start unwinding "don't ask, don't tell," and Congress will be watching the Pentagon's every move...

Latest Maryland News

BALTIMORE (AP) Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he's considering whether to impose a 5 percent across-the-board cut in state aid for public education. Budget analysts say that step could save more than $200 million as Maryland confronts a $1.3 billion budget gap in 2011.

BALTIMORE (AP)...

Ward 3 Council Member Hospitalized After Fall

D.C. Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh had a serious fall while running over the weekend, and she's been hospitalized.

Cheh sustained a severe break and dislocation of her arm and wrist in the fall. She's already undergone one surgery and is scheduled to have a second operation Tuesday.

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Full Lunar Eclipse Monday Night

Should the skies clear, the moon will be entirely in the shadow of the earth for about one hour beginning around 2:40 a.m. Tuesday.

It will be the first time a lunar eclipse has coincided with the winter solstice in 456 years. The last time was in 1554.

An eclipse of the moon is safe...

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram

(Dec. 20-Feb. 27) BLACK BOX DE BEECK Belgian artist Hans Op de Beeck is something of a renaissance man when it comes to art. Op hops from sculpture, to photography, to animation and even short-story writing to portray scenes both real and surreal. Black Box showcases the artist's playful depictio...

Latest D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) A New York senator predicts the scaled-back costs of a bill to provide health care to the police and firefighters who were first on the scene of the country's worst terrorist attack will win Senate passage. Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said today trimming the cost of the fir...

Pr. George's County May Get Its Own Inspector General's Office

In Maryland, Prince George's County executive Rushern Baker has taken the first steps towards establishing a watchdog agency for county government. The new county executive promised during his campaign to set up an inspector general's office for the county.

It is part of Baker's pledge to c...