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Debate: How Much Authority Should D.C.'s Attorney General Have?

Next year voters in D.C. will elect an attorney general for the first time. The city's mayor currently appoints the attorney general, but voters approved a referendum in 2010 to make it an elected office.

Ahead of that election, the D.C. Council is considering changes to the structure of the District's legal team in advance of the transition — transferring some of the attorney general's authority to the mayor. The changes are being promoted by Mayor Vince Gray and current Attorney General Irv Nathan, but they are being opposed by organizations that fought for the election of an attorney general.

Here are two perspectives on just how much—or how little—authority an elected D.C. attorney general should have.

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A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review'

Gabriel Garcia Marquez died Thursday. It would be hard to overstate the importance of his novels, but author Gustavo Arellano recommends getting to know him in a different medium.
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In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand

Clam digging satisfies that primeval urge to go out into nature and find free food. And inveterate Washington state clam diggers admit they compete to get their daily limit of 15 clams.
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Are Democrats Trying To Energize The Base With The Race Card?

Top Democrats have said recently that some GOP opposition to President Obama and his agenda is based on race. It's an explosive message that might drive Democratic voters to the polls.
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