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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Oxfam Sues SEC For Failing To Enforce Oil, Mining Transparency

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin is echoing the sentiment behind a lawsuit that calls for the SEC to enforce requirements passed in 2010 that publicly-traded oil, gas, and mining companies report payments made to world governments.

Commentary: D.C. Shouldn't Shoulder The Burden Of Cleaner Water Alone

DC Water is launching a massive project to help clean it up the sewage overflows into area waterways, but commentator Carol O'Cleireacain, the author of a new Brookings Institution report about the issue, says costs should be shared regionally.

Fundraising Website Launched By Maryland Lt. Gov. Brown

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has launched a fundraising website, which, while it makes no explicit mention of running for anything, bolsters the claims that he may run to replace current Governor Martin O'Malley in 2014.

Analysis: Mobilization Race For Presidential Election Is On In Virginia

Still five months from the Presidential election, and campaigns are starting to ramp up their efforts in Virginia. Reid Wilson from National Journal Hotline explains who is ahead in the race to set up campaign offices.

Howard Brooks, Another Gray Campaign Aide, Charged In Federal Probe

Howard Brooks, campaign consultant to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in 2010, has been charged with making false statements to the FBI. 

National Zoo Gains Pair Of Cheetah Cubs

A pair of month-old cheetah cubs have had a rocky road from their unconventional births to their new home at the Smithsonian National Zoo. The duo will debut their abundance of cuteness some time this summer.

Police, AAA: Drivers Should Take It Slow Over Memorial Day

Law enforcement authorities and AAA are expecting record-high traffic volumes for Memorial Day weekend, and both groups are urging drivers to slow down as they enjoy the holiday.

Flood Waters Starting To Recede In Prince William County

Prince William County is drying out this morning after heavy rains caused flooding in some areas yesterday and overnight. Authorities are watching the weather closely while possible rain showers still loom, however.

Montgomery County Rapid Bus System To Cost $1.8B

Montgomery County's planned rapid bus transit system is expected to cost nearly $2 billion to implement, according to the newest figures. 

D.C. Police Official Warned Of 'File Burn'

Members of the city's police and firefighters' unions are wondering why dumpsters full of documents, some of them appearing to be personnel records, were found on fire last week.

After Thomas Gore's Guilty Plea, More Charges?

After a former campaign treasurer for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud and destroying evidence, some are wondering whether the investigation will yield more fallout.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Alexandria To Exceed Debt Limits

The proposed Potomac Yard Metro Station is pushing the city of Alexandria, Va. into borrowing money. Some are warning that any additional borrowing could compromise the city's stellar credit rating.

Bipartisan Bill Bolsters Foreign Tech Entrepeneurs

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner was part of a bipartisan group pushing a new immigration bill that would encourage highly-skilled immigrants to stay in the U.S. and open businesses in the fields of science and technology.

Analysis: Ninth Circuit Conference Draws Further Fire To Federal Travel Budgets

A planned conference for the Ninth Circuit of Appeals in Hawaii has further raised the ire of lawmakers who want to see federal travel budgets slashed, as The Hill's Alex Bolton explains.

Maryland, Delaware Rank Highly In Bike-Friendliness

The Bike League released their 2012 rankings of the most friendly states for bicycling, and while Maryland, Virginia and Delaware failed to take top honors, they all registered higher than average.

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