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WASHINGTON (AP) D.C. voting rights advocates say House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nuhr) is violating his own small-government principles by meddling in local affairs. About two dozen protesters held a tea party-style demonstration outside Boehner's Capitol Hill home this morning. They wore colonial-style hats and chanted, "Don't tread on D.C."

WASHINGTON (AP) Bill Monroe, who hosted the long-running Washington political television show "Meet the Press" for nearly a decade in the late 1970s and early 1980s, has died. A New Orleans-based television station he worked for, WDSU, said Monroe died today at a nursing home in suburban Washington. He was 90.

WASHINGTON (AP) A new gallery opening in Washington will show figures of all the U.S. presidents together in the nation's capital for the first time. Madame Tussauds wax museum opens a $2 million revamped attraction today. It hopes to increase its appeal by pushing presidents over pop stars.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

This post was updated at 5:20 p.m., Feb. 17, 2011.

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