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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

D.C. Council Approves Gun Law Changes

The laws in D.C. regarding gun ownership are still in flux after the Supreme Court struck down the handgun ban, as the D.C. Council have preliminary approval to roll back some rules.

The Hill: With Israeli PM In Town, Lawmakers Take Differing Tacks On Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues his visit to Washington D.C. on Tuesday, prompting lawmakers to take a stance on the middle east and a potential pre-emptive strike against Iran.

D.C. Employees To Plead Guilty For Environmental Violations

Two District employees will plead guilty to charges that they took bribes to overlook environmental regulations at a construction site in southwest D.C.

Turnout Low So Far For Virginia GOP Primary

With limited choices on the ballot, turnout for the Republican presidential primary has been low in the early hours this Super Tuesday.

Activists March For Fracking Tax In Maryland

Opponents of the controversial fracking techniqueare marching in support of a bill introduced in Maryland that would impose a tax on land leased for extracting natural gas.

Metro Releases Top 10 Stations With Most Crime In 2011

Metro has compiled the list of the most dangerous stations in the system, with Deanwood and Anacostia stations having the most dangerous crimes in 2011. Overall, crime is down 16 percent throughout the Metro system.

GWU Library Evacuated After Report Of Gunman

A gunman spotted near George Washington University late Monday night caused the school's main library to be evacuated. The gunman was not apprehended.

In GOP Primary, Va. Voters See Limited Influence

Virginia voters will vote in the presidential primary today, but some are worried that their limited ballot choices will mean diminished influence for the primary's results.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Proposed Loyalty Oath Hurts Interest In Virginia GOP Primary

The Virginia Republican party reconsidered requiring a loyalty oath of primary voters, but residents of the commonwealth report that the controversy had a chilling effect on their interest in the contest.

Judge Rules Maryland's Handgun Law Unconstitutional

A judge struck down Maryland's handgun permit law, saying that it's requirement that residents demonstrate a "good and substantial" reason for possessing a firearm violates the second amendment.

Alexandria Council Resists Calls For Increased Pay, Funding

Members of the Alexandria City Council are resisting calls from employees for cost-of-living increases as well as funding requests to help area children, citing the tax increases that would be required.

Suspicious Money Orders Linked To Vincent Orange

Money orders from friends and associates of Jeffrey Thompson, a prolific political donor whose office was raided last week, have been tied to D.C. councilmember Vincent Orange.

D.C. Cashes In On Traffic Fines From 2011

The District collected nearly $93 million in traffic fines last year.

Redskins Players Describe Williams' 'Bounty System'

Several Redskins players spoke out over the weekend about former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and his alleged bounty system, which rewarded players with cash bonuses for deliberately injuring opposing players.

CQ Roll Call: Eric Cantor Weighs In On Virginia Primary

Republican House Leader Eric Cantor weighs in on Tuesday's Virginia primary, saying Mitt Romney is the candidate most suited to create jobs.