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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Union Station Leaseholders Agree To Multimillion-Tax Settlement

Two groups that lease space in D.C.'s historic Union Station have agreed to a multimillion-dollar tax settlement with the federal government.

D.C. Veterans Will Be Honored With Flying Flag

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is celebrating the passage of a provision to honor D.C. service members.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Congress Approves $9B In Federal Flood Insurance For Sandy Victims

Congress officially passed $9 billion in federal flood insurance money, which will go towards victims of Superstorm Sandy, including the 800 afflicted families in Maryland.

Maryland Just Fourth State To Host Two NFL Playoff Games

On Sunday, Maryland will play playoff host to both the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Ravens — just the fourth time a state has ever had the honor to host two NFL playoff games.

Analysis: Full Legislative Agendas In Maryland, Virginia, D.C.

Lawmakers around the region are gearing up for the launch of legislative sessions, and a number of hot topics are likely to be up for debate, says Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney.

Red And Orange Lines See Weekend Track Work

The holidays are behind us, and that means a return to the much-maligned weekend delays on the Metro. For the first weekend of the new year, the Red and Orange Lines will take a hit.

Sen. Michael Crapo Pleads Guilty To DWI

Despite his Mormon faith and publicly saying he doesn't drink, Idaho Sen. Michael Crapo has pleaded guilty to a DWI.

Analysis: 113th Congress Begins With New Lawmakers And Old Challenges

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the freshmen on Capitol Hill, and the challenges some lawmakers will face.

Justin Wolfe Will Remain In Jail Until Hearing

Justin Wolfe, a defendant who had been scheduled to go free this week after a judge ruled that he did not receive a fair trial, will remain behind bars until a hearing at the end of the month. 

D.C. Firefighters Call Out Sick On New Year's Eve

About 100 D.C. firefighters took a sick day on New Year's Eve, leaving nearly a dozen ambulances sidelined on a busy night.

Rep. Delaney To Focus On U.S. Competitiveness In 1st Term

Freshman Maryland Rep. John Delaney (D) wants to focus on business and American competitiveness, and he has some criticism of the budget deal his new colleagues approved just before he was sworn in.

Kaine Hopes New Senators Bring Bipartisanship To Congress

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is coming into the Senate fresh-faced and optimistic that the 113th Congress will be able to break down some of the partisan barriers that hamstrung its predecessor.

Jim Webb 'Steps Out' Of U.S. Senate

Virginia Sen. Jim Webb says goodbye to the Senate this week, and his Virginia colleagues are remembering the lawmaker's short but significant stint in Congress. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Mendelson Shuffles Committee Assignments On D.C. Council

The D.C. Council is beginning its new legislative session, and Chairman Phil Mendelson switched things up a bit by making some changes to council members' committee assignments.

Two Area Lawmakers Sworn In For 113th Congress

Thursday marked the first day of the 113th Congress, and the D.C. area added two new Democratic lawmakers in Maryland's John Delaney and Virginia's Tim Kaine.