D.C. lawmakers postpone by four years a vote for the District's first elected attorney general. And Maryland's attorney general gears up for an official launch of his gubernatorial campaign. In Virginia, a scandal deepens over a businessman's payments to the governor and the first family. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
Mandatory parking minimums will remain part of the city's new zoning code, announced Harriet Tregoning, director of the D.C. Office of Planning. The planning office had proposed eliminating minimum parking requirements for areas of the city well-served by transit, such as downtown. Instead, officials will reduce the current requirements and tailor them to the neighborhood. "Keep in mind getting rid of parking minimums doesn't get rid of parking," Tregoning said. The plan is part of an ongoing Zoning Regulations Review, the first major rewrite of D.C.'s zoning code since 1958.
On July 4, the Politics Hour crew trekked down the street to enjoy the annual Palisades Citizens’ Association parade. Producer Michael Martinez shot and edited a film of their adventures, which is the basis of a number of questions on this week’s Politics Hour quiz. Play the quiz below the video.
A painstaking analysis of 14 James Bond novels by some British doctors reveals that the international spy consumed six or more drinks a day, on average. He also went on benders that would have made his driving stunts downright suicidal.
For writer Diana Abu-Jaber, a special seasonal cookie is a reminder of that mainstay of all holiday activities, the family fight. When she was a child, Abu-Jaber's German-American grandmother would visit, bringing tins and tins of homemade Christmas cookies. Her stay also came at the price of an annual flare-up with her Jordanian immigrant son-in-law.
The two-year deal passed despite opposition from Republicans who are part of the Tea Party faction. It was announced earlier this week, after being pounded out by Rep. Paul Ryan R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
U.S. wireless carriers reached a deal with the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday that will make it easier for consumers to "unlock" their mobile phones and use them on a competitor's network.
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