Corruption investigations keep rolling in the District. New details continue to drip out about whether Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell took undisclosed gifts from a local businessman. And Prince George's County rolls out a new "chief executive" for its public schools. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
Abigail Smith, D.C. deputy mayor for education, says Mayor Vincent Gray is committed to overhauling the "tangled web" of D.C. Public School boundaries. Smith said the mayor is in the process of setting up a timeline for boundary changes, but said she is certain the plan will include "significant grandfathering" and extensive community engagement. "The reality is that changing boundaries takes political courage...The mayor is committed to doing what it takes and taking whatever political hits come with doing the right thing."
The director of Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter takes on the ABSCAM scandal in his latest film. He talks to NPR's Melissa Block about creating the picture – and how those wild '70s hairdos help inform character.
The Food and Drug Administration Wednesday advised companies to change the labels on their drugs to make it illegal for livestock producers to use drugs for "growth promotion" or "feed efficiency." The announcement is the latest step in a long-running effort by the FDA to reduce the use of antibiotics in agriculture.
A congressional vote to renew extended unemployment benefits may have to wait until the new year. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will push for it in January if a last-minute extension fails to come together.
After a few moments of review, the top life events people reported in 2013 can read like a 10-sentence short story — perhaps a fable, or a coming-of-age tale. In the U.S., hot topics included the Super Bowl, Pope Francis, and the Harlem Shake.
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