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?
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.
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.
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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