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Commentary By Joe Horning: A Plea For Comprehensive Homeless Services

As Congress returns from its recess this week, potential budget cuts -- including those affecting programs that help prevent foreclosures -- will be on the agenda. Commentator Joe Horning -- chairman of the D.C.-based Horning Brothers development company -- is urging federal and local lawmakers to consider the consequences.

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Commentary By Ash Kosiewicz: It's Time For A Courageous Budget

The District has a $600 million budget deficit and several agencies are facing budget cuts under Mayor Vincent Gray's plan. Social service programs are no exception, but commentator Ash Kosiewicz says the mayor needs to look beyond the numbers. Kosiewicz is Communications and Advocacy director for the Latino Economic Development Corporation.

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Commentary By Peg Hacskaylo: Preserving Victim Services

It's budget season in the District of Columbia. Mayor Vincent Gray has released his vision of a spending plan -- to close a budget gap of more than $300 million. Now the D.C Council must reevaluate it's priorities. Commentator Peg Hacskaylo, executive director of the nonprofit District Alliance for Safe Housing, is asking the city to remember victims of domestic violence.

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Consider This With Fred Fiske: The Dangers Of Mixed Martial Arts

I don't know whether it more closely resembles the gladiators, who pummeled each other to amuse the ancient Roman emperors, or the cockfights, which were popular in the Middle Ages, or the dog fights, which sent Michael Vick to jail. But frankly I'm appalled and ashamed and a little revolted when I hear that mixed martial arts is one of the fastest-growing sports in America.

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Commentary By Ciara Smith: Finding The Courage To Be Yourself

The bond between a mother and her daughter is a special one, but as commentator Ciara Smith notes, it's also one that can make honest communication sometimes difficult.

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Top Stories With Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney

Matt McCleskey talks with Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney about Mayor Vincent Gray's protest of the congressional budget that led to his arrest.

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Commentary By Michael Jacobson: Solving Communities' Food Problems

Here in the D.C. area, people can sample many different types of food; we have restaurants representing nearly every region of the globe, farmers markets, food trucks and community gardens. But some areas of the District are considered food deserts with limited access to healthy, nutritious food. Commentator Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), says it's time to change that.

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Consider This, With Fred Fiske

This week, Fred Fiske considers Japan's future after last month's earthquake and multiple tsunamis.

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Commentary By Robert Rooks: Focus On Education, Not Incarceration

As localities across the country face mounting budet pressures, many are having to reevaluate spending and focus their priorities. Commentator Robert Rooks -- director of criminal justice programs for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People -- is urging policymakers in our area to focus spending on education.

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Consider This With Fred Fiske: Joining The (Discount) Club

This week, Fred Fiske considers discount membership clubs, where "grazing" may be delectable but the bulk sizes can get out of hand.

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