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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Senate Approves Short-Term Extension Of Payroll Tax Cut

The Senate has approved a two-month extension of the payroll tax cuts, and will continue jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed.

GWU Grad Student Dies From Meningitis

A George Washington University graduate student has died after contracting meningitis.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Ward 7 Candidate Chavous Arrested For Solicitation

Kevin Chavous, a candidate for the Ward 7 seat on the D.C. Council, was arrested early Friday on a charge of soliciting a prostitute.

Lawmakers Claim Small Victory In Mark Center Dispute

Federal lawmakers representing Northern Virginia say they finally have some tools to fight the traffic nightmare that is developing around the Department of Defense's Mark Center complex in Alexandria.

Congregation Hopes Messiah Will Help Save Instrument

A downtown D.C. church is hoping that a fundraiser featuring a special performance of Handel's Messiah will be enough to get their organ back in shape after the August earthquake.

WaPo's McCartney: D.C.'s Weather Response, Rep. Issa Taking On Occupy

Area leaders are flaunting the new weather preparedness website, while Republican representatives in the House are calling into question the National Park Service's leniency with Occupy DC protesters.

Virginia Judge Dismisses Challenge To Bolling's Tie-Breaking Vote

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit disputing the role of the tie-breaking vote in Virginia's state senate held by Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling.

Five Found Dead In Trailer On Eastern Shore

Police describe a gruesome scene in a trailer in the eastern shore of Virginia, where five bodies were found.

CQ Roll Call: Breaking Down The Latest Federal Budget Deal

Both sides of the political aisle are claiming victories in the latest federal budget deal, but some negotiations still remain in order for Congress to pass extentions to payroll tax cuts and unemployment insurance.

Police Find Baby Jesus Statue After It's Spotted On Facebook

Police found a stolen baby Jesus statue that went missing from a Fredericksburg mall after a citizen spotted a picture of the figure on Facebook.

D.C. Rights Activists Protest Budget Deal

Several were arrested at the Capitol Friday protesting the rider in the federal budget deal that would prevent the District from using its own money to provide abortions for low-income women.

Maryland Pushes Back Time Line For Bay Cleanup

Maryland is pulling back on its ambitious plan to complete Chesapeake Bay cleanup by 2020 -- five years before federal law requires. 

'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


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.