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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Loudoun County Getting Cold Feet About Silver Line

Citing the unknown extent of the costs they will bear during the construction of the Silver Line, some Loudoun County lawmakers are having second thoughts.

Breaking Down Obama's State Of The Union

Reid Wilson from National Journal Hotline and Tom Shoop from Government Executive help break down the reception and prospects for the agenda laid out in President Obama's State of the Union.

Microsoft Partners With D.C. For 'Digital Alliance'

The District of Columbia and Microsoft are partnering up to offer technology training to local unemployed residents, as well as offering resources to schools and local businesses.

Bill Would Nix Sales Tax On Textbooks

Citing the burden placed on Maryland students and competition from online retailers, Maryland legislators are considering waiving the sales tax on textbooks.

UMD Officials Warn Students To Behave After Game

Officials from the University of Maryland are warning students that there will be consequences if there is another riot after tonight's basketball game against Duke University.

Jury Absolves Officer In Stun Gun Death

A federal jury has found that a Federick County police officer was not liable for the stun-gun death of a 20-year-old Frederick man, saying he used reasonable amounts of force.

Cheh To Talk Rats, Rush Limbaugh On Kojo

D.C. Council member Mary Cheh will have a chance to respond on-air to criticisms of her and the District's animal control policies Thursday.

Metro Workers Disciplined For Extra-Long Train

After rolling a Metro train out with more cars than could fit on a platform, several Metro employees have been disciplined for the mistake.

Virginia Senate Stumbles Over Judge Elections

The Virginia legislature ground to a halt Tuesday after Democrats and Republicans came to an impasse over the election of two new judges.

Montgomery, Frederick Counties May Install School Bus Cameras

Montgomery County is looking at a bill that would allow installation of traffic cameras on school buses to catch drivers that pass the buses illegally. 

At Busboys & Poets, Praise For Obama During SOTU

D.C. residents gathered at the liberal-leaning Busboys & Poets Tuesday night to watch the president's State of the Union speech, and many of them said they liked what they heard from President Obama.

D.C.'s Prostitution-Free Zone Proposal May Be Unconstitutional

A bill before the D.C. Council would strengthen anti-prostitution laws, but some law enforcement officials and activists say it might be unconstitutional. 

Local Lawmakers React To State Of The Union

Local Republicans were less than thrilled during the State of the Union to hear the President talk about bypassing Congress for some of his proposals for the coming year.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Obama Outlines Vision, Declaring 'America Is Back'

The economy was the main focus of the president's State of the Union address. Obama offered specific proposals for boosting manufacturing and creating more jobs.