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Mendelson Shuffles Committee Assignments On D.C. Council

The D.C. Council is beginning its new legislative session, and Chairman Phil Mendelson switched things up a bit by making some changes to council members' committee assignments.

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Two Area Lawmakers Sworn In For 113th Congress

Thursday marked the first day of the 113th Congress, and the D.C. area added two new Democratic lawmakers in Maryland's John Delaney and Virginia's Tim Kaine.

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A Conversation With Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor is the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Sotomayor joins Diane to talk about her journey from a Bronx housing project to the nation's highest court.

NPR

Wind Industry Secures Tax Credit, But Damage May Be Done

Uncertainty over the credit had lingered for a while, causing the industry to put off long-term planning. So while the now-approved tax credit revives prospects for an industry facing tens of thousands of layoffs, don't expect to see many new turbines coming up soon.
NPR

After Suspenseful Vote, Boehner Recaptures House Speaker Seat

Ohio Congressman John Boehner held onto his gavel after winning re-election as speaker of the U.S. House. Many conservative Republicans had been unhappy with Boehner for going along with the recent fiscal cliff compromise, but in the end most voted for him.
NPR

New Congress Already Has Full Plate With Spending Cuts, Debt Ceiling

The 113th Senate formally began on Thursday, with fully one-fifth of them women, the highest percentage to date. Illinois Republican Mark Kirk, who suffered a stroke a year ago, also made his return.

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