Violent Clashes in DC After Trump Backers' Election Protest
2020 Elections
Violent Clashes in DC After Trump Backers' Election Protest

WASHINGTON (AP) — After several thousand supporters of President Donald Trump protested the election results and marched to the Supreme Court, nighttime clashes with counterdemonstrators led to fistfights, at least one stabbing and more than 20 arrests. Several other cities... Read More

D.C. Voters Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms But Face Likelihood of Congressional Veto
Political News
D.C. Voters Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms But Face Likelihood of Congressional Veto
2020-11-06 18:29:01
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia voters continued their tolerance toward psychedelic plant-based drugs this week by decriminalizing the use of magic mushrooms. Unlike the four other cities that decriminalized use of the drug, Washington, D.C., faces the risk of a... Read More

2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade Nixed Due to COVID-19
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2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade Nixed Due to COVID-19
2020-10-22 13:32:27
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The National Cherry Blossom Festival may still be five months away, but organizers on Wednesday announced the festival parade, long a beloved part of the annual event, has been cancelled for 2021. The reason: The ongoing coronavirus pandemic.... Read More

Washington Monument to Reopen and Live Entertainment Returns in D.C.
Entertainment
Washington Monument to Reopen and Live Entertainment Returns in D.C.
2020-09-29 15:59:33
by Dan McCue

The Washington Monument, closed for six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, will reopen to the public Thursday, Oct. 1. The National Park Service announced Monday that the monument will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days... Read More

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser on 2020, ‘It’s an Incredible Time to Be Mayor’
Cities
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser on 2020, ‘It’s an Incredible Time to Be Mayor’
2020-09-25 19:02:32
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser has garnered more attention than ever as a result of the city’s ongoing COVID crisis response and reopening efforts as well as widespread demonstrations against police violence in 2020.  To be sure, as... Read More

Eisenhower Memorial Dedicated
In The News
Eisenhower Memorial Dedicated
2020-09-17 20:13:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A long-awaited memorial honoring president and World War II commanding general Dwight D. Eisenhower was dedicated Thursday night and is open to the public as of Friday. The new garden memorial was originally slated to open on May... Read More

Congress Reviews Police Actions Against Portland and D.C. Protesters
Political News
Congress Reviews Police Actions Against Portland and D.C. Protesters
2020-07-29 14:30:11
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Recent police action against protesters fell under criticism during two congressional hearings Tuesday. Some accusations of wrongdoing were directed at U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who Democratic lawmakers accused of abusing his authority by authorizing excessive force against... Read More

Child Care Sector On Brink Of Collapse
Congress
Child Care Sector On Brink Of Collapse
2020-07-28 20:31:20
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Just a few months ago, Braudilia Mendez had four employees to help care for the toddlers at Curious Mind, a bilingual child care center in Washington, D.C.’s Petworth neighborhood. But when the pandemic struck, Mendez was forced to... Read More

District Issues Traffic Advisory for Rep. Lewis Funeral Services
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District Issues Traffic Advisory for Rep. Lewis Funeral Services
2020-07-26 13:58:16
by Dan McCue

The District of Columbia has issued a traffic advisory for the funeral procession for Rep. John Lewis which will occur Monday in the District of Columbia before arriving at the United States Capitol to lie in state. Individuals planning to... Read More

District of Columbia Issues New Face Mask Order
Health
District of Columbia Issues New Face Mask Order
2020-07-22 18:57:32
by Dan McCue

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a new face mask order Wednesday after the city saw a marked increase in coronavirus cases, particularly among those under 40. “Basically it says, if you leave home, you should wear a mask,”... Read More

Republicans Push Back on Democrats’ DC Statehood Bill
Political News
Republicans Push Back on Democrats’ DC Statehood Bill

WASHINGTON — Republican senators came out swinging Wednesday against a bill passed in the House last week that would make the District of Columbia the 51st state. “From a South Carolina point of view, this is a very bad deal,”... Read More

House Set To Pass D.C. Statehood Bill In Historic Vote
Cities
House Set To Pass D.C. Statehood Bill In Historic Vote
2020-06-26 13:15:09
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives on Friday will vote on historic legislation that would grant statehood to the District of Columbia, making it the 51st U.S. state. The bill -- aptly named H.R. 51 -- is expected to pass... Read More

CBO Says D.C. Statehood Would Cost $76 Million But ‘Hundreds of Millions’ Could be Saved
Cities
CBO Says D.C. Statehood Would Cost $76 Million But ‘Hundreds of Millions’ Could be Saved
2020-06-18 20:54:02
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON -- A new report by the Congressional Budget Office found that D.C. statehood would carry a price tag for taxpayers, but could also result in significant savings if the District takes on costs currently covered by the federal government.... Read More

DC Statehood Bill Set for June 26 House Vote
Congress
DC Statehood Bill Set for June 26 House Vote

WASHINGTON — The House will vote next week on legislation to grant statehood to Washington, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer announced Tuesday. If the House passes the bill on June 26, it will be the first time a statehood... Read More

House Bill Proposes Giving DC Officials New Titles
Political News
House Bill Proposes Giving DC Officials New Titles
2020-06-12 13:05:23
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - House Representatives Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, and Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., introduced a bill on Thursday to give District of Columbia officials new titles matching those of leaders in U.S. states. The proposed measure, dubbed the District of Columbia... Read More

DC Residents Set To Vote Tuesday Amid Pandemic and Social Unrest
Elections
DC Residents Set To Vote Tuesday Amid Pandemic and Social Unrest
2020-06-02 12:31:14
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Polls are set to open on Tuesday for the District of Columbia’s primary election despite ongoing civil unrest and a lingering coronavirus outbreak in the nation’s capital. For the past three nights, the District has been rocked by... Read More

D.C. Drops Speed Limit to 20 MPH On Local Roads to Combat Reckless Driving
Cities
D.C. Drops Speed Limit to 20 MPH On Local Roads to Combat Reckless Driving
2020-06-01 13:03:49
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Friday that the default speed limit on local D.C. roads will be lowered from 25 to 20 mph. The decision to lower the speed limit was prompted by an uptick... Read More

District of Columbia to Lift Stay-At-Home Order Friday
Economy
District of Columbia to Lift Stay-At-Home Order Friday
2020-05-27 19:00:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser said Wednesday the city will lift its stay-at-home order on Friday and begin phase one of its reopening process. The details of Bowser's announcement are available here. The mayor said though new... Read More

4th Circuit Rules Against Trump in Emoluments Clause Case
Litigation
4th Circuit Rules Against Trump in Emoluments Clause Case
2020-05-14 13:50:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled against President Donald Trump on Thursday in a lawsuit alleging he's violated the Constitution's emoluments clause by profiting from foreign and state government patrons at his hotel in downtown Washington. A divided 4th... Read More

Maryland, Virginia and DC to Work Together on Plan for Lifting Restrictions
State News
Maryland, Virginia and DC to Work Together on Plan for Lifting Restrictions

BALTIMORE — While Northeast states have announced a pact to figure out when and how to lift restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Maryland continues to coordinate its response to the pandemic with its southern neighbors in... Read More

D.C.’s Small COVID-19 Funding Renews Calls for Statehood
State News
D.C.’s Small COVID-19 Funding Renews Calls for Statehood
2020-04-13 19:35:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Legislation approved by Congress recently to distribute emergency coronavirus funding nationwide is renewing calls for District of Columbia statehood. Each state will receive at least $1.25 billion from the emergency fund lawmakers approved two weeks ago. The District... Read More

DC, Virginia, Maryland Shutter Schools, Close 'Nonessential' Businesses
State News
DC, Virginia, Maryland Shutter Schools, Close 'Nonessential' Businesses
2020-03-24 12:54:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- All K-12 schools in Virginia will remain closed "at least" for the remainder of the current academic year, and all restaurants must end dine-in service, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday. Northam announced the new measures as the number... Read More

DC Statehood Gets First Congressional Vote in 27 Years
Congress
DC Statehood Gets First Congressional Vote in 27 Years

WASHINGTON — For the first time in more than a quarter-century, Congress has voted on a measure to make most of the area comprising the District of Columbia the 51st state. The House Committee on Oversight and Reform approved the... Read More

District of Columbia Sues Inaugural Committee, Alleging Abuse of Funds
Litigation
District of Columbia Sues Inaugural Committee, Alleging Abuse of Funds
2020-01-23 13:39:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia is suing the Trump inaugural committee and the two companies that control the Trump International Hotel here, accusing them of abusing nonprofit funds to benefit the president's family. The city's attorney general, Karl Racine,... Read More

Freedom Caucus Members Roil Colleagues With DC Oversight Proposal
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Freedom Caucus Members Roil Colleagues With DC Oversight Proposal
2019-10-04 21:18:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., and Mark Meadows, R-N.C., have stirred up a hornet's nest of controversy with a proposal that Congress tighten its oversight of the District of Columbia. H.R. 4445, the District of Columbia Home Rule Improvement... Read More

Washington, D.C. Mayor Claims Constitutional Right to Statehood
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Washington, D.C. Mayor Claims Constitutional Right to Statehood
2019-09-23 21:02:43
by Tom Ramstack

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser claimed at a congressional hearing last week that provisions of the U.S. Constitution give residents of her city a right to statehood. The House Committee on Oversight and Reform held the hearing to discuss pending... Read More

District of Columbia Evokes Spirit of 1776 in Battle for Statehood
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District of Columbia Evokes Spirit of 1776 in Battle for Statehood

WASHINGTON — District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton evoked the Founding Fathers to plead their case for district statehood while riding in a statehood parade to the Capitol on Monday. The two D.C. political leaders... Read More

Del. Holmes Norton ‘Sees Good News’ In a Poll Finding a Majority Reject DC Statehood
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Del. Holmes Norton ‘Sees Good News’ In a Poll Finding a Majority Reject DC Statehood

WASHINGTON — Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton “sees good news” in a new Gallup poll that found a majority of Americans reject D.C. statehood. The Gallup poll, conducted in June and released Monday, found 64% of Americans oppose making Washington a... Read More

Fourth Circuit Dismisses Emoluments Lawsuit Over Trump's D.C. Hotel
In The News
Fourth Circuit Dismisses Emoluments Lawsuit Over Trump's D.C. Hotel
2019-07-10 19:48:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed a legal victory to President Trump Wednesday, dismissing a lawsuit claiming he's been illegally profiting from foreign and state government officials who stay at his luxury hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue.... Read More

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