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What Raising Tipped Workers' Wages Could Mean For Economy

A new White House report says raising the minimum wage for tip-based workers will be a big help to women. Tell Me More hears from the Cato Institute and the Economic Policy Institute.
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Ward 8: Will Real Estate Heat Up On The East Side Of The River?

Some people are looking at the more than 1,000 vacant buildings in D.C., many in Ward 8, and how they can be utilized to address the city's growing problem in affordable housing.

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A Booming Economy Doesn't Save Children From Malnutrition

It seems to make sense that economic growth automatically leads to better nutrition for children, and better health. But an analysis of 36 countries finds that's not true.
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Ward 6: 'The Wharf' Aims To Redefine D.C.'s Southwest Waterfront

Last week, hundreds of Washingtonians attended the groundbreaking for The Wharf: a 24-acre mixed-use development that will dominate one mile of waterfront real estate in Southwest D.C. and could transform that part of the city.

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Weekly Jobless Claims Drop, GDP Growth Revised Up Slightly

The news about both last quarter and last week is positive. Fewer people signed up for unemployment insurance last week, and consumer spending was stronger than previously thought in late 2013.
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What Will Metro's Expected Fare Increase Pay For?

Metro's board of directors is expected to approve fare hikes today, and while some of that increase is going towards the Silver Line, some critics say union costs are driving up the amount riders pay at fare gates.

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IRS Says It Will Treat Bitcoins As Property, Not Currency

This means any profits made on the currency will be taxed at the lower, capital-gains rate. The rule, however, also means investors have to keep extensive records.
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Maryland Lawmakers Renew Their Pitch For FBI Headquarters

The question of where the new FBI headquarters will be housed is as yet undecided, and Maryland lawmakers are renewing their case to have it built in Prince George's County.

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Maze Of College Costs And Aid Programs Traps Some Families

Over 20 years, the average burden for a four-year college graduate in the U.S. has gone from $9,000 to $30,000. The percentage of students with debt has shot up from about half to nearly 70 percent.
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Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez

The 1989 oil spill prompted changes in oil industry regulation and spill research. But oil companies today are working in more remote places than ever, from the Arctic to deep below the ocean floor.

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