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Friday, December 7, 2012

Maryland Lawmakers, Waiting For Fiscal Cliff, Hold Off On State Budget Talks

Maryland's top lawmakers want to hold off on major state budget talks until Congress finishes negotiations on pending across the board budget cuts known  as the fiscal cliff.

Debt Ceiling Debate Resurfaces In Fiscal Cliff Talks

Members of Congress end the week with little progress on fiscal cliff negotiations and the worry that another fight over the debt ceiling could become part of those talks.

McDonnell Still Needs Convincing On Silver Line Funding

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is still not sold on providing more state funding for the Silver Line rail project to Dulles Airport, citing a need for more improvements at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board.

National Gallery Of Art Presents Roy Lichtenstein's Pop Art Vision

In our latest contribution from NPR's Susan Stamberg, we'll visit an art exhibit that's great for adults and kids alike: a Roy Lichtenstein retrospective at the National Gallery of Art.

Naked Mole Rats: The Animal Kingdom's Most Functional Dysfunctional Family

We'll head to the National Zoo to explore the surprising parenting strategies of a particularly unusual species: the naked mole rat.

Maryland Family Departs On Year-Long Sailing Expedition

Richard and Jessica Johnson are embarking on a year-long sailing expedition around the world... with their two young daughters in tow.

D.C. Public Schools Reinvent The Home Visit

A select number of D.C. public schools are working with a private foundation to reinvent the idea of the home visit, and bring families and teachers closer.

'Choice Moms' Opt For Parenthood Without A Partner

An increasing number of Washington women are choosing to become parents on their own. We delve into the growing "Choice Moms" movement.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Inauguration Preparations Begin In Earnest In D.C.

The turnout for President Barack Obama's second inauguration in 2013 is expected to be less than for his first, but the District is bracing itself for big numbers nonetheless.

Area Lawmakers Spar Over Location Of New FBI Headquarters

Lawmakers representing districts in both Prince George's and Fairfax Counties continue to jockey for position ahead of an expected decision to find new headquarters for the FBI.

Marine Officer Concedes Rules Broken In Bradley Manning's Confinement

A former commander at the Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va. acknowledged in court Thursday that regulations were broken in keeping accused Wikileaks source Army Pfc. Bradley Manning on suicide watch.

Maryland Pregnancy Center Case Reconsidered In Federal Court

A federal appeals court has heard arguments from an anti-abortion Maryland pregnancy center which objects to a law requiring them to post notifications about their stance on abortions and birth control.

Fairfax Student Disciplined For Bringing Gun To School

A 13-year-old student is facing disciplinary action after Robinson Secondary School administrators confiscated a gun from her locker on Wednesday.

Road Closures For National Christmas Tree Lighting

Some roads around the White House will be closed for most of the evening rush today to accommodate the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. Metro is warning bus riders to expect delays on downtown routes.  

Gun Found In Fairfax County Student's Locker

Administrators at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax County, Va., confiscated a gun from a student's locker Wednesday.