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Friday, December 16, 2011

'Bundling' Is Common Practice For D.C. Council Campaign Contributions

The D.C. Council is about to pass ethics reform for the District, but it won't include a prohibition on "bundling" -- or corporations making multiple campaign contributions through various subsidiaries. A review of the most recent campaign finance filings shows that the practice is pretty common.

Congress Strikes Deal To Avoid Government Shutdown

Lawmakers reached a tentative agreement late Thursday to fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year, avoiding a government shutdown that could have happened this evening. 

McDonnell Calls For $2.21B In Contributions For State Pensions

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Governor Bob McDonnell is calling for a $2.2 billion infusion into Virginia's state pension fund, to cover a shortfall so that taxpayers won't have to -- at least for this year.

Commentary: 'Ambitious Goal' To Address Unemployment In D.C.

To address D.C.'s miserable unemployment rate, Brookings Institution fellow Martha Ross says the District needs to embrace a concrete decade-long goal to get its young people on track for full-time work.

Taking Christmas Pageants To A Whole New Level

Every year, a Prince George's County church puts on a Christmas pageant featuring hundreds of cast members, live animals, and nationally-renowned gospel singers.

The Life Of A Christmas Tree Farmer

A Jewish man from Brooklyn shares his story of how he became an organic Christmas tree farmer in Washington, D.C.

A New Twist On A Holiday Classic: Wonderful Life

A bell rings, an angel gets its wings, and one man performs all the roles from It's a Wonderful Life in a world-premiere show at Hub Theatre in Fairfax, Va.

Door To Door: LeDroit Park & The West End, D.C.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This week we visit the Northwest D.C. neighborhoods of LeDroit Park and the West End.

Forty Years Of Washington Music: The Seldom Scene

A local bluegrass band is credited with transforming an entire genre of music in the Washington, D.C. area.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

New GMU President Brings Global Perspective

George Mason University has named Angel Cabrera, a native of Spain and former head of a private graduate school in Ariz., as its next president.

Forestry Department Says Virginia Losing Forests Fast

The combined effects of development and invasive pests have taken their toll on Virginia's tree canopy, which is worrying state foresters.

Federal Agencies Warn Of Partial Government Shutdown

For the fourth time this year, Congress is on the verge of forcing a government shutdown because of a budget impasse.

O'Malley Now Backs Exelon-Constellation Merger

The proposed merger of Exelon Corporation with Constellation Energy has finally gotten the thumbs up from Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, after he extracted a promise of more than one billion dollars in investments.

FBI Searches For '90s Rape Suspect

The FBI is launching a media blitz to try and get the word out on the "Potomac River Rapist," who police believe is connected with as many as nine rapes in the area in the '90s.

Prince George's County Delegate Gets Second Indictment

A grandy jury in Maryland has handed down an indictment to Prince George's County delegate Tiffany Alston for theft and misconduct of office -- her second indictment.

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