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Monday, February 25, 2013

Petition Calls On McDonnell To Eliminate 'Hybrid Tax'

Included in the transportation funding deal passed by Virginia lawmakers late last week was a provision taxing alternative fuel vehicles — a provision two Northern Virginia lawmakers want vetoed from the final bill.

D.C. Court To Rule On Privileges For Reagan Shooter John Hinckley

The man who shot then-President Ronald Reagan will be in a District court this week as a judge weighs whether to expand his release privileges.

Analysis: O'Malley, McDonnell Talk Sequester On 'Face The Nation'

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talk about the latest details on the federal budget cuts scheduled to take effect March 1.

Rosa Parks Statue To Be Dedicated In Capitol Wednesday

Prominent civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks will be the first African American woman to be honored with a 9-foot statue in National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.

D.C. Council Votes To Reprimand Jim Graham

The District’s 13-member council voted 11-2 to reprimand Jim Graham on his role in a lottery contract scandal, stirpping him of his oversight on the city's alcohol board.

Congress Stares Down Friday Deadline For Automatic Budget Cuts

Automatic spending cuts are set to take effect March 1, with potentially devastating effects across the federal budget if lawmakers aren't able to take action.

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Feb. 25

You might not be "from" here, but this week you can enjoy some art that has its roots in D.C., from go-go enthusiasts, to mohawked moshers, to street painters and a locally-educated comedian.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Corcoran's 'Pump Me Up' Pays Homage To D.C.'s '80s

An exhibit at the Corcoran displays D.C.'s thriving underground culture during the 1980s.

Maryland Bill Proposes Post-Labor Day Start To School Year

Some are in favor of Maryland public schools beginning classes after Labor Day, and not all of the advocates are students.

Virginia Governor Considers Saving Jefferson-Houston School

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is considering taking over underperforming schools, but some critics argue it would make no difference.

D.C. License Plates To Read 'District Of Columbia'

The District's license plates will soon be seeing a little change.

Governors Convene For Winter Meeting, Urge Budget Agreement

Governors are preparing to deal with the March 1 federal spending cuts at this week's National Governors Association winter meeting.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Maryland Senate To Take Up Death Penalty, Gun Reform

Votes on two of Gov. Martin O'Malley's priority measures are expected in the next couple of weeks.

Virginia Senate Approves Transportation Funding Bill

In a 25-15 vote, the Virginia Senate has approved a major reform in the state's system for highway financing.

Maryland House Passes Offshore Wind Bill

Maryland residents may soon see an increase on their utility bills.