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Thursday, June 28, 2012

How Congressional: Golf Industry Lobbies Lawmakers At AT&T National

Congressional Golf Course felt a lot like Congress on the eve of the AT&T National golf tournament this week as golf executives lobbied lawmakers on behalf of the industry on the sidelines of Wednesday's practice rounds. 

Congress Nearing Compromise On Transportation Bill

Area lawmakers seem convinced they can reach a compromise on a national transportation bill before the current program expires at the end of this week.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pepco Defends Service, Emphasizes Safety

With the summer storm season upon us, Pepco is emphasizing safety to its many Maryland customers, something the utility has been working to improve on their end.

Last Summer's Legionnaire's Scare Doesn't Shutter Condo

A high-rise condominium in Ocean City, Md. remains open despite claims from two unidentified guests that they contracted Legionnaires disease in the building.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Leader Visits Capitol Hill

Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the spiritual leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, spoke with leaders on Capitol Hill Wednesday about his community's push for peace across the globe.

Arlington Woman Claims Exorcism Turned To Sexual Abuse

An Arlington woman is claiming that a priest repeatedly molested her during an exorcism that lasted more than two years, and now she's suing the Catholic Archdiocese of Arlington for $5.3 million.

AT&T National Golf Tournament Returns To Bethesda

Tiger Woods and company return to Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. this week for the AT&T National golf tournament, which returns to the area after two years in Philadelphia.

Compromise Could Limit Access To Federal Transportation Money

Congressional conferees are scrambling to reach a compromise on the federal transportation bill Wednesday. While the current version could give states more control over federal dollars, it could cost local governments access to funds for safety projects.

Folklife Festival Begins On National Mall

The 46th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival kicks off today on the National Mall, featuring delicious food, loads of educational opportunities, and tonight, a performance by George Clinton.

Amendments Scuttle D.C. Budget Autonomy Bill

D.C. leaders asked to withdraw a bill from a Senate committee that would grant the city budget autonomy after controversial amendments were introduced.

Lawmakers Renew Push For Stricter Campaign Finance Disclosures

Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin (D) called this week's Supreme Court decision on Montana's campaign finance law a "missed opportunity" to reexamine Citizens United.

Four Years Later, Federal Mental Health Law Goes Unimplemented

Observers may be wondering whether President Obama's health care reform bill will be upheld, but others, including some local lawmakers, are working to implement mental health provisions that were passed more than four years ago.

Analysis: George Allen's Comeback

George Allen's path to his current race for U.S. Senate has been a rocky one, but six years after the gaffe that many say cost him the election, he's back in the game.  

Lobbyist's Nomination To DC Water Board Raises Questions

Longtime D.C. lobbyist Rod Wilson is facing a fight over his potential appointment to the board of directors of the city's water authority. 

Alexandria Taekwondo Gym Grooms Four Olympians

Several martial artists who train in Alexandria are preparing for the trip across the pond for the 2012 Olympic Games in London; one of them, a native of Mali, is hoping to win the first ever Olympic medal for his home country. 

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