Republican lawmakers in Virginia make a power play to change the Commonwealth's system for electing presidential candidates. A judge puts a D.C. protester in the ultimate penalty box, banning him from the city completely. And a prominent county executive in Maryland heads to court and tries to stay out of the "sin bin." Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
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Former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams talked about how the challenges his administration faced compare with the challenges the current mayor is facing. Williams said there are big differences between now and then. In particular, he said the city has replaced an incentive economy with a demand economy, with many people wanting to invest in the city's infrastructure. But Williams urged city officials to promote tourism and not rely on federal funding. "The future isn't as bright as it's been in the past," Williams said.
Seventeen big-budget movies premiered this past summer, and almost all of them cost more than $100 million to make and about that much to promote. While only about 10 of them were solidly profitable, studios are not changing their strategies.
Rudy Kurniawan, once considered one of the world's most formidable wine collectors, was convicted Wednesday of making cheap wine blends in his house and then passing them off as some of the rarest wines in the world, for thousands of dollars each, at auction.
Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee are pressing for the release of a so-called torture report on Bush-era interrogation practices. But there are several hurdles to clear before portions of the report might become declassified.
Along with submissions for our Weekly Innovation post, we've also received ideas for things that haven't been created yet, things that NPR readers want to see become a reality (like reversible tattoos or steering wheel fans). As we look ahead to 2014, here are our favorite ideas of the past year.
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