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D.C.'s Reputation For Corruption Hurts The Push For Voting Rights, Some Say

The District's local leaders have faced a series of corruption scandals over the years. Does that hurt their efforts to get Congress to take the city seriously — and give it more freedom to run its own affairs?
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Norton Reflects On The Frustrations Of Being A Non-Voting Member Of Congress

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has represented the District on Capitol Hill for 24 years, and her unique role comes with its own unique frustrations.

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D.C.'s 'Shadow' Members Of Congress Say They're Ready For The Spotlight

D.C. has a new shadow delegation to fight for it on Capitol Hill, and members say they're primed for some much-needed exposure.

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The Relationship Between Congress And D.C.: It's Complicated

Congress has long worked to block D.C. policies on everything from abortion rights to gun control. And its most recent action — to stop the city's legalization of marijuana — has some folks gearing up for a fight.

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Analysis: Despite New GAO Ruling, D.C. Finds New Ally For Autonomy In Congress

The Government Accountability Office offered a stinging setback to the prospect of D.C. budget autonomy with a ruling last week, but in a surprise for autonomy advocates, a key Senate lawmaker signalled his support for the cause.

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GAO Says D.C. Budget Referendum Has 'No Legal Effect'

District voters approved a referendum giving the city control of its own budget independent of Congress, but the Government Accountability Office begs to differ in a new opinion issued Thursday.

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Eleanor Holmes Norton Barred From Testifying On D.C. Abortion Bill

Democrats were up in arms after D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton was barred from commenting on a bill Congress is considering that would ban the District from spending money on abortions from low-income women.

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The Politics Hour - Jan. 10, 2014

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

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What's Next For D.C. Budget Autonomy

We discuss the status of the budget autonomy referendum that voters passed last April and consider what's ahead in the new year.

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Rally For D.C. Statehood Announced For Saturday

As the District gears up for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Mayor Vincent Gray has unveiled plans for a rally for D.C. statehood.

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