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White House: Marijuana is an issue of ‘States’ rights’

In its bid to fend off congressional interference with a pending marijuana decriminalization law, the District might have prompted President Obama to make an interesting declaration. The White House on Monday said it “strongly opposes” the amendment attached last month to the House spending bill that includes the D.C. budget. The amendment, offered by Rep. […]

Muriel Bowser’s summer strategy

The four-corners offense. The prevent defense. The neutral zone trap. In the sporting world, there are many ways to protect a lead. For a textbook demonstration of how to do the same in the political sphere, look no further than Muriel E. Bowser’s mayoral campaign. The D.C. Council member is looking to protect her advantage as […]

On ‘dangerous ground’ at D.C. General

No one was under the impression that the D.C. General family homeless shelter is any kind of garden spot. But a months-long Washington Post investigation shows that conditions inside the dilapidated, supposedly temporary home to nearly 800 poor District residents is even more of a hellhole than widely thought. If it’s not the spiders and roaches, it’s […]

A tragedy but not a crime

Nine months ago, Connecticut nurse Miriam Carey drove her Infiniti sedan into a White House barrier, backed up and raced down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol, where she was shot dead by police after ramming her car into another checkpoint. Carey’s family and some observers suggested that the Capitol Police and Secret Service officers who […]

The FBI goes north?

  The hunt for a new FBI headquarters location is moving along, with the General Services Administration expected to announce a shortlist of potential sites very soon. The Post’s Jonathan O’Connell reports that the District is still very much in the running to keep the high-profile agency — although perhaps not at the Poplar Point site floated […]

Mark Tuohey drops out of D.C. AG race, endorses Karl Racine

A big shakeup to the unsettled, first-ever D.C. attorney general election appears to be in the works: Mark H. Tuohey, the white-collar defense lawyer who livened the race when he announced his candidacy last month said Wednesday that he is dropping out of the contest. In lieu of running, Touhey said, he is throwing his support […]

Rand Paul again targets D.C. gun laws with Senate amendment

The District’s relatively strict local gun laws are again under threat from Capitol Hill, with a prominent Republican lawmaker proposing to attach an D.C.-focused amendment to a hunting-themed bill set for Senate floor consideration Wednesday. It is not the first time Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has taken aim at the city’s gun laws, which include […]

Radio silence in D.C.

Add this one to the annals of There but for the Grace of God: The city’s emergency communications system was disrupted for nearly a half-hour Tuesday afternoon — a “catastrophic” outage, officials said, caused by a power outage at the Office of Unified Communications in Congress Heights. The normal external power feed appeared unreliable Monday, so officials […]

The lousy state of D.C.’s streets explained in 14 slides and two charts

On Tuesday, D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) invited city transportation officials to fill her in on the state of the city’s streets. After a long, cold winter, complaints about the pocked condition of city roadways have risen even higher than usual, Cheh said, and the officials needed to provide answers. Here are […]

Phil Mendelson appoints significant other to help judge soccer-stadium contract

To help judge the firms competing to evaluate the city’s proposed deal to build a pro soccer stadium, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) is staying close to home. Within his home, actually: Carol J. Mitten, a former high-ranking city official who is also Mendelson’s significant other, is chairing the panel, he confirmed Tuesday. “I […]

Marijuana legalization heads toward the ballot

Rep. Andy Harris be damned, it looks like District residents will vote on legalizing marijuana come Nov. 4. The D.C. Cannabis Campaign delivered some 57,000 signatures to the D.C. Board of Elections Monday — more than double the number needed to put the legalization measure on the ballot. The petitions will be validated in the coming weeks, […]

Edward ‘Smitty’ Smith, former federal lawyer, joins D.C. attorney general race

The field of D.C. attorney general candidates has grown to three: Edward H. “Smitty” Smith II, a 34-year-old former federal lawyer, is seeking to get on the ballot for the newly elected office. Smith joins lawyer-candidates Mark H. Tuohey and Paul Zukerberg, both of whom are at least two decades older and have at least […]

D.C. budget autonomy fight could turn on Home Rule Act’s history

The first court battle over whether D.C. can win greater spending freedom from Congress is over, but the war continues. In May, a federal trial judge ruled that a charter amendment passed by the D.C. Council and ratified last year by city voters was invalid and could not change the city’s relationship with Congress. In […]

Charter school ‘cannibalism’?

Questions about the future of public schools in a D.C. system split almost evenly between charters and the traditional D.C. Public Schools are nothing new. What is new is DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson openly questioning a new charter school’s decision to open across the street from Langley Elementary School in Eckington. “Either we want neighborhood schools, or we […]

Boycott the beach?

Rodney will not be pleased. In order to send a don’t-tread-on-us message to Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), sponsor of the budget amendment overturning D.C.’s marijuana decriminalization law, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and D.C. Vote are urging city residents to ditch their Ocean City plans and head instead to Rehoboth, Virginia Beach, the Outer Banks, even Ocean City, […]

Kris Hammond, GOP lawyer, steps up to run against Phil Mendelson

Phil Mendelson’s path to a full term as D.C. Council chairman got at least slightly bumpier Wednesday. Mendelson, who easily dispatched Calvin Gurley in the Democratic primary, now has a general-election foe: Kris Hammond, a 41-year-old former Justice Department attorney, who has gotten the D.C. Republican Party’s nod to fill a ballot line that went […]

Vincent Gray: D.C. residents should rethink Maryland shore vacation plans

Are you a District resident planning to vacation in the Maryland havens of Ocean City or St. Michaels this summer? Mayor Vincent C. Gray would prefer you thought about Rehoboth Beach, Del., or Chincoteague Island, Va., instead. A week after Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) successfully attached an amendment to a House budget bill that would […]

Fishing for DCPS students

If current trends hold, more D.C. students will soon be enrolled in charter schools than the traditional D.C. public school system. How to reverse that pattern? Some principals are turning to a tried-and-true marketing tactic, The Post’s Emma Brown reports: door-to-door sales. Show More Summary

D.C. minimum wage measures unlikely to make 2014 ballot

Tuesday was a momentous day for the unions and activist groups that pushed city leaders to increase the city’s minimum wage. July 1 was the first day for the District’s new minimum wage of $9.50 an hour — a jump from the old rate of $8.25 and a first step in a phased increase that will put […]

Trash-can ‘thieves’ walk

A coda to our lengthy civic garbage can saga: The Post’s Peter Hermann reports that prosecutors have dropped charges against the man and woman arrested and charged with theft for swiping dozens of unwanted trash cans marked with “Take Me!” stickers from outside D.C. homes. The U.S. attorney’s office would not say why Mina Karini and Timothy Logan […]

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