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Monday, April 18, 2016

For This D.C. Resident, No Representation Means No Taxation

For 30 years, D.C. resident Lateef Mangum has refused to file federal tax returns, part of a protest over the District's lack of voting representation in Congress.

Friday, April 15, 2016

LISTEN: The Latest On The 'Document Dump' From The D.C. Corruption Investigation

WAMU 88.5's Patrick Madden explains the documents released Friday that are related to the sweeping federal investigation into political corruption in the District of Columbia.

Extra Money For 'At Risk' D.C. Students Isn't Flowing Properly, Report Says

D.C. Public Schools students targeted for extra help may not be getting the support they need, says a new report from the DC Fiscal Policy Institute.

Mayor Wants Statehood Vote This Year By D.C. Residents

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser wants residents to vote this November on whether the nation's capital should become the 51st state.

'Psycho' And So Much More: Composer Bernard Herrmann Gets A D.C. Festival

Herrmann's career and legacy are largely unsung, but in some circles he's regarded "as the supreme Hollywood screen composer." D.C.'s PostClassical Ensemble is holding a monthlong multimedia retrospective, including special events Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Metro Dumps Next-Generation Fare Payment System After Faulty Trial

Want to pay your Metro fare with a smartphone or smart chip card? Too bad! The transit agency will be sticking with SmarTrip after a lackluster trial for a new system.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Report: Credibility Of Key Figure In 'Shadow Campaign' Probe Was Doomed By Sex Allegations

A report by The Washington Post explains why prosecutors' case against Vincent Gray never materialized.

Judge To Unseal 'Shadow Campaign' Docs From Gray Campaign Probe

Documents from the investigation into former Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign will soon be released after pressure from lawyers.

'National Mall' And 'Kennedy Center' To Be Added To Names Of Metro Stations

The Smithsonian and Foggy Bottom-GWU stops will each get appendages to their names as the result of a process that concluded this week.

Politician Who Rarely Rode The Trains Emerging As Metro's Most Vocal Champion

D.C. Council Member Jack Evans was forceful in advocating for the Metro in front of lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week, continuing his outspoken advocacy as chairman of Metro’s board of directors.

Bowser Unveils More Details About Shelter Plan, But Critics Say Questions Remain

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has released additional details about her plan to replace the troubled homeless shelter at D.C. General with seven smaller, neighborhood-based shelters — but some of the plan's fiercest critics still say that many questions remain unanswered.

National Cathedral Moving To Phase 2 Of Repairs Stemming From 2011 Earthquake

When an earthquake centered in Virginia struck in 2011, it caused an estimated $34 million in damage to the Washington National Cathedral. The house of worship has conducted structural repairs, but now turns to the cosmetic.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Metrorail Won't Get Federal Bailout, House Republicans Say

The Washington area's struggling subway system won't get a federal bailout, GOP Rep. John Mica said Thursday as Republicans blamed the Metro system's recent series of crises on poor management rather than a lack of funding.

Washington: Not Just Government Jobs Anymore (But Government Still Matters)

What's the prospect for economic growth and jobs in the Washington region as the federal government cuts back on spending? It's not as bad as you think.

We'll Have A New President Eventually, So Congress Gets Moving On Inauguration

No nominees, no problem. Congress is taking the first steps on staging the inauguration of the 45th president next January.