A shooting unsettles residents of one of the District's most rapidly changing neighborhoods. Virginia's lieutenant governor takes a pass on shaking up the commonwealth's race for governor. And barring any disruptions, a plan to end the death penalty in Maryland barrels toward a final vote. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
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D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) talked about the drive-by shooting this week in Northwest Washington that injured 13 people, and why he initially blamed area nightclubs for the violence. "It was one car after another, almost Chicago gangland style. That's just not who we are as a city anymore," Wells said. "This behavior is incompatible with where we are as a city," he added.
The presidential panel on NSA has brought renewed attention to the practice of spying this week. Phone tapping, searching records and general intrigue — these have been popular topics in literature and film for well nigh a century. But espionage is not often a glamorous task, as author Julia Keller reminds us.
The Chesapeake Bay once supplied most of the nation's oysters, but overharvesting and disease nearly wiped them out. Now, major public-private efforts to re-establish the oyster as a quality local food product appear to be working. And chefs say the results are sweeter than oysters from other waters.
It's the season of peace and goodwill, but President Obama may have tested the limits of both with comments at his end-of-year news conference. He suggested Republicans would be "crazy" to wage a new debt ceiling fight and seemed to question even his allies' motives on Iran sanctions.
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