About 100 people protested on Emancipation Day outside of the Senate Hart Office Building on Capitol Hill.
Corryn Freeman of DC Vote helped organize Friday’s Emancipation Day protest outside the Senate Hart Office Building, which involved about a hundred people. The Howard University student says the breaking point was social riders on the latest budget deal that bans abortions in the District and sets up a controversial school voucher program.
"We're tired of being treaded on, we’re tired of being told what to do, we’re dictated to like residents in a third world country," says Freeman.
Seventeen-year-old Eugene Kinlow, was among the 41 people arrested during the first protest on Monday. He says lawmakers need a history lesson about taxation without representation.
"We need to have these rights because we fought for them in the Civil War and in the Revolutionary War," Kinlow says.
Comparing this week's protests to the democratic uprisings in the Middle East, DC Vote organizers are promising that they have yet begun to fight.
The presidential panel on NSA has brought renewed attention to the practice of spying this week. Phone tapping, searching records and general intrigue — these have been popular topics in literature and film for well-nigh a century. But espionage is not often a glamorous task, as author Julia Keller reminds us.
The Chesapeake Bay once supplied most of the nation's oysters, but overharvesting and disease nearly wiped them out. Now, major public-private efforts to re-establish the oyster as a quality local food product appear to be working. And chefs say the results are sweeter than oysters from other waters.
The White House announced another rule change for people signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Just in time for the holiday rush, the Obama Administration said people whose policies have been cancelled will be allowed to buy so-called catastrophic coverage plans. The high-deductible, low-premium plans that cover the basics and not much more had previously been limited to people under the age of 30 who had demonstrable financial need.
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