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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Supreme Court: D.C. Defendant Had To Prove He Abandoned Conspiracy

The nation's high court ruled against D.C. defendant Calvin Smith, who tried to argue that he shouldn't have been convicted for being part of a drug organization necause he was in prison for another crime.

WikiLeaks: Manning Motive Central To Pretrial Hearing

As a pretrial hearing for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning continues, attorneys debate the accused's alleged motive for leaking the documents.

Virginia Gubernatorial Race Neck And Neck

Virginia's gubernatorial race is a dead heat, even factoring in a potential independent run by Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, according to the latest poll by Quinnipiac University.

Analysis: Sequester Delay Causes More Uncertainty For Feds

Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief of Government Executive, discusses the ongoing uncertainty caused by budget negotiations and why federal employees are starting to view the threat of a shutdown as the status quo.

Invasive Zebra Mussels Found In Susquehanna River

Biologists have found invasive zebra mussels in the Susquehanna River and are now urging boaters to take precautions against bringing the species into new, untainted waterways. 

Northern Virginia Contractor Pays $5.2M Abu Ghraib Settlement

A Virginia-based defense contractor has paid more than $5 million to 71 Iraqis who were held at Abu Ghraib and other U.S.-run prisons in Iraq. 

Culpeper Man Sues Sheriff After His Murder Conviction Is Overturned

A man who served 12 years in prison before his murder conviction was overturned is suing the Culpeper sheriff, a former prosecutor and several other officers.

Montgomery County To Cull Deer In Rock Creek Park

Montgomery County will close part of Rock Creek Park next month so hunters can cull the deer population in the area. 

Montgomery County Elem. Schools May Get Security Upgrade

Montgomery County school officials voted unanimously last night to increase security measures at the county's elementary schools; now it's up to the County Council to approve the $364,000 needed to finance the improvements.

D.C. Budget Autonomy Amendment Will Go On April Ballot

An amendment that would give the District of Columbia full control over its own municipal budget will be placed on the ballot for voters in April, the D.C. board of Elections ruled Tuesday.

National Cathedral To Perform Same-Sex Marriages

The Washington National Cathedral will become one of the first Episcopal congregations to perform same-sex marriages, according to cathedral officials. 

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Analysis: Democrats Urge Obama To Unilaterally Raise Debt Ceiling

Several Democratic lawmakers, including Congressman Jim Moran, are urging President Obama to consider unilaterally raising the debt ceiling. Alex Bolton, senior staff writer for The Hill newspaper, explains.