Tag: Government News

More DC brewpubs, tasting rooms to open under proposed bill

There’s new legislation going through city hall that would allow small businesses that make wine, beer or spirits in D.C. to open locations outside of where they make their product. “For us, the idea of having a D.C. Brau retail store down in Gallery Place, or a D.C. Brau stand in Union Market sounds so […]

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National Cathedral disputes Trump’s claim that he approved Sen. John McCain’s funeral

The Washington National Cathedral in D.C. said that there was no need for the president to give approval for the funeral services of late Arizona Sen. John McCain. President Donald Trump said during a speech in a tank factory in Ohio on Wednesday that the funeral needed his approval. Trump claimed that he had given […]

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Songs by Jay-Z, Lauper being added to Recording Registry

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Songs performed by Jay-Z, Cyndi Lauper and a Robert F. Kennedy speech are among 25 recordings being inducted to the National Recording Registry. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that “La Bamba,” ”Gunsmoke” and “Hair” are some of the titles tapped for preservation this year. The national library chose a few […]

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Affordable housing, children key issues in DC mayor’s State of the District address

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser proposed more money for affordable housing, making child care more affordable and the continuation of free rides on D.C.’s popular Circulator bus during her State of the District address Monday night. Bowser’s budget that now goes to the D.C. Council includes $130 million — or a 30 percent increase in the […]

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Supreme Court to consider new Va. sentencings for Beltway sniper Lee Boyd Malvo

The United States Supreme Court will consider whether younger Beltway sniper Lee Boyd Malvo should be resentenced in Virginia, where he received four convictions, and was sentenced to life in prison, with no chance of parole. The High Court announced Monday that Malvo’s case will be heard during its October term. Malvo was 17 years […]

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Hold the cake! Fans honor Ginsburg’s birthday with exercise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wearing workout gear and carrying water bottles, fans of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg celebrated her 86th birthday Friday by exercising in front of the high court. The court’s oldest justice has become known for her workouts, which include push-ups and planks. The justice has worked out on camera with “Late […]

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With census set to go mainly online, concerns it will leave many behind

For the first time, the U.S. census head count of the nation’s residents will be predominantly online, and there’s concern that could contribute to incomplete counts. “When I go out and talk to community groups, no one is aware that the census is primarily online this time around,” D.C. Census 2020 Executive Director Melissa Bird […]

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Trump had ‘no involvement’ in FBI HQ decision: GSA administrator

(WASHINGTON) — Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee sharply questioned General Services Administration Administrator Emily Murphy Wednesday about the president’s involvement in the project to keep the FBI headquarters in Washington — and across the street from the Trump International Hotel — after plans were already underway to construct a suburban campus for the bureau. […]

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House passes bill that includes support for DC statehood

The House of Representatives passed a bill last week that includes support for D.C. statehood. H.R. 1, or the For the People Act, was passed along party lines on Friday by a vote of 234-193. It’s a wide-ranging bill aimed at expanding voting access, revamping ethics investigations and would require presidential candidates to release tax […]

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Trump to nominate DC’s US attorney for high spot at Justice

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he will nominate Jessie Liu, currently a U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, to be associate attorney general at the Justice Department. Attorney General William Barr recommended Liu’s nomination. Barr said Tuesday that Liu has “distinguished herself as a first-class attorney in private practice, in the Treasury […]

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Prosecutors: Manafort ‘blames everyone’ but himself

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has not shown remorse or taken responsibility for his crimes, federal prosecutors said in a court filing two days ahead of his sentencing hearing. Prosecutors with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office said Tuesday that Manafort “blames everyone from the Special Counsel’s Office to his Ukrainian clients […]

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DC leader overseeing city money apologizes over personal business dealings

The chair of the D.C. Council’s Finance and Revenue Committee is apologizing in response to accusations he used his elected, public position for private gain. “In retrospect, I would have done a lot of things differently; I certainly made some major mistakes,” D.C. Council member Jack Evans, D-Ward 2, told reporters shortly after learning there […]

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House plans vote on anti-Semitism resolution after lawmaker’s comments

The House plans to vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism on Wednesday, following the latest controversial comments from freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., about the relationship between Congress and Israel. Omar’s comments at a D.C. bookstore forum last week have drawn criticism from senior Democrats, including Rep. Nita Lowey, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, […]

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Commuter tax fears fade? Virginia senators push for DC statehood

Virginia Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced Friday that they are throwing their support toward making the District of Columbia the 51st state, overcoming years of concerns about the possibility of a commuter tax that critics worry would penalize those who live in the suburbs but work in D.C. Warner and Kaine are co-sponsoring […]

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WATCH: Cohen testifying before House committee

WASHINGTON — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, is set to testify in front of the House Oversight and Reform committee on Wednesday. Cohen met with the Senate intelligence committee for several hours behind closed doors on Tuesday, and he is expected to speak before a House panel privately on Thursday. Testimony is scheduled […]

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Montgomery Co. student group plans 2nd mass walkout for gun control

WASHINGTON — Exactly a year after walking out of classes for gun control, a Montgomery County student-led group is planning another regionwide action in a continued call for stricter gun laws in the aftermath of last year’s Parkland, Florida, shooting. In a news release last week, Moco Students for Change detailed plans for a sequel […]

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How to score tickets for the 2019 White House Easter Egg Roll

WASHINGTON — If you are hoping to spend your Easter holiday with the President of the United States, good news: This could be your big chance. Families with children ages 13 and younger are invited to join President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump for a day of festivities outside the White House, where […]

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Kentucky teen at center of viral encounter sues over stories

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Kentucky teen at the heart of an encounter last month with a Native American activist at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington is suing The Washington Post for $250 million, alleging the newspaper falsely labeled him a racist. His attorneys are threatening numerous other news organizations, including The Associated Press. President Donald […]

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2019 White House ornament honors President Eisenhower

WASHINGTON — It’s never too early to prep for Christmas: the White House already has its official ornament. The ornament, a helicopter, pays homage to 34th President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was the first sitting president to fly in a helicopter in 1957; he flew in both the Army and Marine Corps. The helicopter has […]

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DC parking ticket, towing revenue on the decline

WASHINGTON — Parking ticket and towing revenue collected through the Department of Public Works is on the decline in D.C., continuing a trend of fewer tickets going back about a decade. While the District collected about $75 million in parking tickets and towing fees in the 2016 and 2017 budget years, that dropped to $69.4 million […]

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WATCH: Whitaker to testify before House Judiciary Committee

WASHINGTON – Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is set to testify Friday before the House Judiciary Committee. He is expected to face questions about Robert Mueller’s investigation. Watch a livestream below, when it is available. Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in conversation about this article and others. © 2019 […]

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