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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Obama's Budget Includes Repatriation, A Signature Issue For One Md. Congressman

If you know Democratic Rep. John Delaney, you know there's an issue he likes to talk about a lot: repatriation. Delaney is smiling this week because, as he says, the White House "basically copied the whole thing and put it in the budget."

Maryland Lawmakers Form State's First Latino Legislative Caucus

Six lawmakers in Annapolis have banded together to organize the first caucus to represent Maryland's burgeoning Latino population.

Cold Air Prompts Metro To Reduce Train Speeds On Some Tracks

Metro said it had capped speeds at 40 miles per hour over certain sections of track because cold weather can cause rails to crack.

Proposed Cut To Gas Tax Is About 'Transparency,' Hogan Says

Indexing the state's gasoline tax to inflation results in increases that lawmakers don't actually vote on, Hogan argues.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Your Letters

We open up the ol' Metro Connection inbox to hear some of your responses some of our recent shows.

This Week On Metro Connection: Capitol Hill

We'll look at everyday life in the place where people work and play just steps from the center of American political power.

Mary Z. Gray: A Life Well Lived On Capitol Hill

We pay tribute to the recently departed Mary Z. Gray, who grew up in a Capitol Hill that no longer exists.

Web Extra: How Eastern Market Survived Amid More Than A Century of Change

Capitol Hill's Eastern Market has survived for more than 140 years, even as markets in other parts of the city were torn down and redeveloped.

Remembering A Man Who Quietly Helped Build A Community On Capitol Hill

Steve Cymrot moved to Capitol Hill in the 1960s and spent the next half century making the neighborhood a more vibrant place to live.

When The Anacostia River Was Once Considered Part Of Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill was once intimately connected to the Anacostia River. Some folks think that it's high time to reestablish the relationship.

Capitol Hill: Politics, Partisanship And... Parenting?

A neighborhood once known for singles, couples and dogs is fast becoming a 'babypalooza.' The group Mothers on the Hill help explain how that came to be.

Remaking Reservation 13: Why A Plot Of Undeveloped D.C. Land Remains Untapped

It's been over a decade since residents of the Hill East neighborhood were promised that the 67-acre plot of land known as Reservation 13 would be developed into a mixed-use neighborhood. Why hasn't that happened?

Capitol Hill Restoration Society Celebrates 60 Years Of Battles Won And Lost

From a highway running through the core of the neighborhood to a proposed "East Mall," the Capitol Hill Restoration Society has spent 60 years years fighting to preserve the uniquely historic nature of the Capitol Hill community.

The Rise And Fall And Rise Again Of The Hawk 'N' Dove Bar

The long-time proprietor of the Hawk 'n' Dove, one of Capitol Hill's best-known bars, explains how it came to be and, ultimately, how it ultimately slipped out of his grasp.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

As Campaign Cash Loophole Closes, D.C. Businesses Rush To Give Big

A new D.C. law limiting campaign contributions by certain corporations went into effect last month, but not before those very corporations could give big one last time.