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Bonds Ahead In At-Large D.C. Council Race

A poll commissioned by WAMU's The Kojo Nnamdi Show and the Washington City Paper finds D.C. Council member Anita Bonds (D-At Large) cruising to re-election this year.

According to the poll, Bonds enjoys the backing of 43 percent of likely voters, with challengers Nate Bennett-Fleming and John Settles polling at 10 and six percent, respectively. A third challenger, Pedro Rubio, stands at four percent.

The poll, conducted by national firm Public Policy Polling, reached 860 likely voters via landline phones between March 13-16. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.3 percent.

Bonds, a longtime leader of the D.C. Democratic State Committee, was first appointed to the At-Large seat vacated by Council Chairman Phil Mendelson in December 2012.

She narrowly won a special election for the seat in April 2013, defeating second-place finisher Elissa Silverman by fewer than 3,000 of the 57,000 votes cast. Settles attempted to get in that race, but did not qualify for the ballot.

Bennett-Fleming currently serves as D.C.'s shadow representative, and has campaigned on spreading D.C.'s economic gains to more residents. He was recently endorsed by The Washington Post, which said that "he has insight into the issues struggling neighborhoods face and the skills to help solve them."

Settles, who works in real estate, has focused his campaign on improving schools and expanding affordable housing options.

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Baltimore Artist Joyce J. Scott Pushes Local, Global Boundaries

The MacArthur Foundation named 67-year-old Baltimore artist Joyce J. Scott a 2016 Fellow -– an honor that comes with a $625,000 "genius grant" and international recognition.


A History Of Election Cake And Why Bakers Want To #MakeAmericaCakeAgain

Bakers Susannah Gebhart and Maia Surdam are reviving election cake: a boozy, dense fruitcake that was a way for women to participate in the democratic process before they had the right to vote.
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The State Of The Race

Early voting is underway in states across the country. Just over two weeks before the presidential election, a look at the latest polls, the electoral map and end-of-the-line strategies for both campaigns.

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Twilight Warriors: The Soldiers, Spies And Special Agents Who Are Revolutionizing The American Way Of War

After the 9/11 attacks, U.S. intelligence, military and law enforcement agencies were forced to work together in completely new ways. A veteran national security reporter on how America has tried to adapt to a new era of warfare.

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