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Monday, June 29, 2015

Virginia Republicans Choose A Presidential Primary Instead Of A Convention

Rather than holding a convention to allocate the state's delegates in the Republican presidential nominating process, the GOP will stick with its usual process: a primary election.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

After Supreme Court Ruling, What's Next For Medicaid Expansion In Virginia?

Virginia is one of the states that opted not to use federal money under the Affordable Care Act to expand its Medicaid coverage for low-income families.

Mixed Reactions To Historic Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

Last week the Supreme Court ruled the Constitution guarantees marriage rights for same-sex couples. It's an historic decision many are celebrating, but some say it's just one step toward equality, while others are troubled by the ruling.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Peru In The Spotlight During This Year's Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is underway on the National Mall through July 5, and this year's event features the South American nation of Peru.

Virginia Republicans To Decide: Primary Or Convention?

In Virginia, Republicans from across the state will be gathering in Staunton this weekend to determine how they will pick a presidential candidate. The choice is between a primary and a convention.

The U.S. Capitol, No Stranger To Symbols Of The Confederacy

Why are there so many reminders of the Confederacy and its flag throughout the U.S. Capitol? Roll Call columnist David Hawkings explains.

Before It Was Legal Nationally, Here's How Same-Sex Marriage Became Legal Locally

Same-sex marriage is now permitted in all 50 states, but before Friday's Supreme Court ruling, it was already permitted in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Despite Controversy, Group Says Confederate Flag Along I-95 Will Remain

Civil rights leaders are rallying opposition to a Confederate battle flag that flies over Interstate 95 in Virginia, but the group that erected it says it's not going anywhere.

Board Approves Changes To Sex Ed In Fairfax County Schools, But With Opt-Out

The Fairfax County School is adopting changes to its sex education curriculum, despite loud complaints from opponents. But in a nod to criticism of the changes, it also voted to make a new class optional for students.

'An Explosion of Music': Remembering D.C.’s Bluegrass Scene Of The 1970s

In the 1970s, the D.C. music scene was a place of great creativity. Clubs were plentiful, admission was cheap, and you never knew which surprise guest might stop by.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Fairfax County School Board Set To Vote On New Sex-Ed Curriculum

Some Fairfax County residents have expressed their concern for the new curriculum through a flurry of angry calls and emails made during the public comment period.

Dean Of Washington National Cathedral Calls For Removal Of Confederate Imagery

Cathedral Dean Gary Hall issued a statement Thursday saying stained-glass windows honoring Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson and Gen. Robert E. Lee should be removed. Both windows depict the Confederate flag.

Bill To Make D.C. The 51st State Introduced Again In U.S. Senate

Fancy living in a state called New Columbia? A bill that would make the District the 51st state has been introduced once again the U.S. Senate, though with Republicans in control, the odds of passage are slim.

As Part Of Multibillion-Dollar Package For Roads, Hogan Says 'Yes' To Purple Line

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced a major shift in state transportation spending to prioritize the maintenance and expansion of roads and bridges over investment in mass transit projects.

The Duo Zomes Talks About Making Music In The Least Stressful Way Possible

WAMU 88.5's Bandwidth.fm interviews the Baltimore/Stockholm duo Zomes about its beautiful and gently strange new album.