D.C.'s mayor fends off new accusations that his 2010 campaign had unlawful access to a database of public housing residents. Mitt Romney's presidential campaign calls on Virginia officials to investigate voter registration forms mailed in the commonwealth. And a special legislative session on casino gambling appears to be back in the cards in Maryland. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
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Robert Spagnoletti, chairman of the new D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, talked about the enforcement authority the board will have to investigate civil infractions. "We actually have much broader subpoena power" than the attorney general's office, he said. Spagnoletti, who works full time as an attorney and represents clients in disputes with the D.C. government, responded to questions of a potential conflict of interest. He said there is a 2 percent chance that one of his cases would involve the city and that he would recuse himself from legal matters touching on ethics issues.
HBO's new TV special is part biography, part music-appreciation lesson and part performance piece. Critic David Bianculli says it's a superbly compiled work, overseen by two of the people most intimately familiar with the composer himself.
That difference translates to about $550 a year, according to a new meta-analysis of studies evaluating the retail costs of food, grouped by healthfulness. It's chump change for middle-class eaters, but a big gap for low-income families. Researchers say that's a problem that can be solved.
In 2008, Congress passed a law requiring most rail networks to install "positive train control" collision technology by 2015. Engineering professor Christopher Barkan discusses train safety systems, how "positive train control" might prevent accidents, and whether railroads will be able to meet the deadline.
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