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D.C. Sales Tax Will Go Down On Tuesday

It might sound unlikely or unbelievable, but it's true: D.C. is decreasing a tax.

Starting tomorrow, the sales tax in D.C. will drop a quarter-point to 5.75 percent. The move comes in the wake of back-to-back budget surpluses and reverses an increase of the same amount passed by the D.C. Council in 2009, when the city faced a budget gap.

With the 5.75 percent tax going into effect tomorrow, D.C. will have the lowest sales tax in the region. Maryland charges six percent, while areas in Northern Virginia charge five percent in state sales tax and a one percent local tax.

According to the D.C. Chief Financial Officer, the new rate will not apply to food and drinks purchased for immediate consumption (10 percent), parking (18 percent), tobacco products (12 percent), hotels (14.5 percent), and medical marijuana (six percent).

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Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.

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If War Is Hell, Then Coffee Has Offered U.S. Soldiers Some Salvation

"Nobody can soldier without coffee," a Union cavalryman wrote in 1865. Hidden Kitchens looks at three American wars through the lens of coffee: the Civil War, Vietnam and Afghanistan.
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What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.

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What Verizon Will Get When It Buys Yahoo

Verizon is expected to announce a deal to buy Yahoo's Internet business on Monday. The telecom giant is eyeing Yahoo's content — and more opportunities to sell ads on it.

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