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3 hrs ago | Government Executive

D.C. Statehood Bill Gets Rare Capitol Hill Hearing

A bill that would grant statehood to the residents of the nation's capital got its first hearing on Capitol Hill in 20 years on Monday. But don't expect the legislation to go anywhere.

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Related Topix: US News, US Politics, Senator Tom Carper, US Senate, Washington DC, Republican, US House of Representatives, Darrell Issa

7 hrs ago | CBS Local

Survey: D.C. Drivers Among Rudest in America

Drivers in the District of Columbia are known for being some of the worst in the country, but a new survey also pegs them as some of the rudest. Insure.com polled motorists across the country and found that drivers in D.C. are the second-rudest in the country, trailing only drivers in Idaho.

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Related Topix: Washington DC, New York

10 hrs ago | The White House

Presidential Nominations and Withdrawal Sent to the Senate

Charlotte A. Burrows, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term expiring July 1, 2019, vice Jacqueline A. Berrien, resigned. Benjamin L. Cardin, of Maryland, to be a Representative of the United States of America to the Sixty-ninth Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

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Related Topix: Recreational Vehicle, Coleman, Washington DC, Law, Employment / Labor Law, US Politics, US News, US House of Representatives, Benjamin Cardin, Democrat, Maryland Government, Maryland, New York

Mon Sep 15, 2014

NutraIngredients-USA

AHPA issues recommendations on cannabis regulation

The American Herbal Products Association continues to help lead the conversation about cannabis with the issuance of recommendations to regulators on the best practices for production and consumption of the botanical. Interest in cannabis has ramped up significantly in recent years with the passage of medical marijuana laws in 23 states and the District of Columbia, recreational use approvals in both Colorado and Washington and wide-scale approval of industrial hemp cultivation gaining momentum .

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Related Topix: Marijuana, Washington DC

Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Carol a Stassena Schwartza s vanity candidacy for D.C. mayor

The campaign slogan for Carol Schwartz's quixotic quest to be mayor of the District of Columbia could well be "The fifth time's the charm." The onetime at-large D.C. Council member is halfway to being the Harold Stassen of D.C. politics, channeling the Republican governor of Minnesota who ran for president 10 times beginning in 1940.

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Related Topix: Washington DC, Opinion

The Washington Post

Remember the Navy Yard tragedy Tuesday at Canal Park

Tuesday is a somber day in the District of Columbia: It is first anniversary of the Navy Yard rampage, in which deranged contractor Aaron Alexis killed 12 workers before being shot to death by police . The main ceremony commemorating the victims will be an invitation-only affair taking place behind the walls of the Navy Yard complex itself, featuring Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and members of the Navy brass.

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Related Topix: Washington DC, US Politics, US News, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Steny Hoyer

Fleet Owner Magazine

DOT offers up $600 million more in TIGER grants

In the sixth round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery or "TIGER" discretionary grant program, the Department of Transportation is released $600 million to fund 72 transportation projects in 46 states and the District of Columbia. However, in a conference call with reporters last week, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said only about $138 million of those monies are aimed at funding freight transportation projects.

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Related Topix: Washington DC

Reuters

Senate holds hearing on District of Columbia statehood

A U.S. Senate committee will consider statehood for the District of Columbia on Monday, the first hearing on the matter by Congress in two decades, but there is practically no chance for the U.S. capital to become the 51st state. The bill before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee would give Washington and its roughly 650,000 residents a vote in Congress by carving a state, New Columbia, out of the current District of Columbia.

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Related Topix: Washington DC, US News, US Politics, Senator Tom Carper, US Senate, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Eleanor Holmes Norton

WHTC

Senate holds hearing on District of Columbia state...

A U.S. Senate committee will consider statehood for the District of Columbia on Monday, the first hearing on the matter by Congress in two decades, but there is practically no chance for the U.S. capital to become the 51st state. The bill before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee would give Washington and its roughly 650,000 residents a vote in Congress by carving a state, New Columbia, out of the current District of Columbia.

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Related Topix: Washington DC, US News, US Politics, Senator Tom Carper, US Senate, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Eleanor Holmes Norton

The Washington Post

Campaign to legalize marijuana in D.C. selects new slogans for November vote

The campaign to legalize marijuana in the District of Columbia has settled on its slogans for the Nov. 4 election: "Vote to refocus Police Resources," and "Legalization Ends Discrimination." The two lines were not tested with focus groups or polled for impact, but campaign chairman Adam Eidinger said he is confident that organizers have nailed it.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Marijuana, Washington DC

TBD.com

D.C. statehood bill to be considered by Congressional committee Monday

For the first time in 21 years, a Congressional committee will consider the notion of turning the District of Columbia into the nation's 51st state. A Senate committee will hear testimony on Monday about a bill that would transform the nation's capital into the "state of New Columbia."

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Related Topix: Washington DC

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Eye On The Left: Bush, Hitler, Ritler, Pelosi and the South Pacific

A Washington, D.C., public school, apparently in an effort to shape students like the majority of residents in the District of Columbia, recently assigned sixth-graders a homework assignment that required students to compare former President George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler.

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Washington Times

D.C. resumes push for statehood

The District's top elected officials will join legal scholars on Capitol Hill Monday for the first congressional hearing on D.C. statehood in 20 years. The "New Columbia Admission Act" would reduce the federal District of Columbia to an enclave of land including the National Mall and White House while the remainder of the city would become the country's 51st state.

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Related Topix: US News, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington DC, National Mall, US National Parks, Vincent Gray, US Governors

Washington Examiner

DC police seek driver in fatal hit-and-run crash

District of Columbia police say the man was struck about 3:15 a.m. Sunday by a dark color, four-door Chrysler sedan. It happened near Georgia Avenue and Girard Street.

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Sat Sep 13, 2014

SFGate

Police investigating whether murders are connected

TV reports that police are investigating any possible connections between an unsolved July murder of a woman inside her home and the recent killing of the deputy director of operations the District of Columbia Department of Corrections , Carolyn Cross. Twenty-nine-year-old Dawit Seyoum was arrested earlier this week and charged with Cross's murder.

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Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Eight States Usher in Changes to Estate Tax Laws

Although the count of death tax jurisdictions remains the same for 2015 , eight states are marshaling in changes in 2015. These states are increasing the amount exempt from death tax, indexing the exemption amount for inflation, and eradicating "cliff" provisions that tax the first dollar of an estate.

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Related Topix: Washington DC, US Governors, Chris Christie

Housing Wire

FHFA, HSBC reach $550M settlement over mortgages

The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced a settlement for $550 million with HSBC North America Holdings , related companies and specifically named individuals , resolving claims that it violated private-label mortgage-backed security laws. The claims alleged violations of federal, Virginia and District of Columbia securities laws in connection with private-label mortgage-backed securities purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during 2005-2007.

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Related Topix: Home, Mortgage, Personal Finance, Washington DC

Fri Sep 12, 2014

US News & World Report

8 Ways Meditation Can Improve Your Life

Shrimati Bhanu Narasimhan, a petite Indian woman wrapped in a bright fuchsia sari, has a soft voice but a big presence. She holds the rapt attention of some 100 people who have come to learn how to meditate at the Art of Living Center in the District of Columbia.

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ABA Journal

New conviction-integrity unit in DC is said to be first created by a federal prosecutor

Joining a trend that has sparked the creation of conviction-integrity units in a number of state prosecutor's offices, the District of Columbia is establishing what is billed as the first such unit in a federal prosecutor's office. "As prosecutors, our goal is not to win convictions, but to do justice," U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. told the Washington Post .

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Related Topix: Washington DC, Criminal Defense Law, Law

The Bugle

Arizona schools earn D on national report card

Arizona was one of 20 states, with the District of Columbia, to get a grade of D or worse for their students' academic achievement on a national report card. The national report card on schools measured math and reading scores for fourth- and eighth-grade students to get an academic achievement score.

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Related Topix: Arizona, Washington DC

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