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D.C. Circuit Revives Law Prof's Discrimination Claim Over Tenure Denial

Following up on my previous posts (links below): Blog of the Legal Times, D.C. Circuit Revives Ex-UDC Law Prof’s Discrimination Case: A former professor at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law can proceed with a lawsuit accusing school officials of denying her tenure...

Will Pro-Life Organizations Be Forced to Pay for Abortion?

A recent District of Columbia city council act treats abortion and “reproductive health care decision[s]” as a protected status, one that apparently trumps the protected status of “religion.”

Two Is Not Enough: Why the Campaign Against D.C.'s Marijuana Legalization Initiative Failed So Badly

Image credit: DCMJ Last month, the District of Columbia voted overwhelmingly to legalize the possession and cultivation of marijuana for adults' personal use. It's been back in the headlines lately because of Rep. Andy Harris' rider on a must-pass spending bill prohibiting federal funds from being used to enact marijuana legalization in D.C. Show More Summary

Two Is Not Enough: Why the Campaign Against D.C.'s Marijuana Legalization Initiative Failed So Badly

Image credit: DCMJ Last month, the District of Columbia voted overwhelmingly to legalize the possession and cultivation of marijuana for adults' personal use. It's been back in the headlines lately because of Rep. Andy Harris' rider on a must-pass spending bill prohibiting federal funds from being used to enact marijuana legalization in D.C. Show More Summary

BLS: Forty-one States had Unemployment Rate Decreases in November

From the BLS: Regional and State Employment and Unemployment SummaryRegional and state unemployment rates were little changed in November. Forty-one states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from October, three states had increases, and six states had no change, the U.S. Show More Summary

The Spending Bill Contains Anti-Abortion Measures. Here's Why Planned Parenthood Supported It Anyway.

The massive government spending bill President Barack Obama signed on Tuesday contains provisions that bar federal funding for most abortions, forbid federal and local funding for abortions in the District of Columbia, and deny abortion funds for federal prisoners. Show More Summary

Washington D.C. Passes Bill to Force Pro-Life Groups to Hire Abortion Activists

Yesterday, the Council of the District of Columbia passed a bill that could force employers in the nation’s capital to cover elective abortions in their health plans and require even pro-life organizations to hire individuals who oppose their views on abortion. The bill will now go to Mayor Vincent Gray for approval. This latest attempt […]

Anti-Pot Congressmen Indirectly Admit Obama Has a Way to Let DC Legalize Marijuana

Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) is the anti-pot crusader who has been working diligently to undermine democracy in the District of Columbia to try to stop local marijuana reform, but he may have accidentally validated arguments that President Obama has the power to easily undo his efforts.

Washington, DC on collision course with Congress over marijuana legalization

last weekNews : The Raw Story

Proponents for legal marijuana in the District of Columbia say they will fight on even as Congress on Monday sent a bill to the president’s desk that could neuter the city’s decision to legalize marijuana. Although nearly 70% of Washington DC voters cast ballots in favor of legalizing marijuana in...

Will D.C.'s Pot Legalization Fall Prey to Meddling Congress?

It’s not like Representative Andy Harris didn’t warn us. When District of Columbia voters last month overwhelmingly passed Initiative 71, the ballot measure to legalize marijuana in the District, the Maryland Republican threatened to use “all resources available to a member of Congress to stop this action.” And when it comes to preventing D.C. Show More Summary

Thousands Across America March In Protests Against Police Violence

Thousands marched along the National Mall in the District of Columbia in the annual National March Against Police Violence, but there were thousands marching in New York as well, as  other cities across the nation. “It’s a matter of honoring the lives we’ve lost,” said one protester from the District of Columbia. “It’s a double-edged [...]

Congressional Budget Upends D.C. Pot Legalization

last weekHealth / Addiction : The Fix

Maybe the time has come to allow the District of Columbia to chart its own course.

The Continuing Story of Congressional Meddling: The Obstruction of DC's Pot Legalization

It’s not like Representative Andy Harris didn’t warn us. When District of Columbia voters last month overwhelmingly passed Initiative 71, the ballot measure to legalize marijuana in the District, the Maryland Republican threatened to use “all resources available to a member of Congress to stop this action.” And when it comes to preventing D.C. Show More Summary

More than 16 million children live in states where they can buy e-cigs legally

last weekHealth : The Checkup

More than 16 million children age 17 and under live in the District of Columbia and 10 states that allow them to buy e-cigarettes legally, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Read full article >>

Friday morning feel good stories

Hondo sends us our first story this morning from the District of Columbia; Officers say a 18-year-old Channel Johnson approached a 22-year-old man in the 2400 block of Ainger Place and attempted to rob him with a shotgun. A struggle took place and Johnson was shot with his own gun. Officers say the 22-year old […]

Prof Sues UDC Law School For Discrimination After Tenure Denial

Legal Times, Former UDC Law Professor Sues School for Discrimination: A former law professor at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law is accusing the school of discriminating against African-American faculty. Kemit Mawakana filed a lawsuit against the university claiming he was denied tenure...

Happy Hour Roundup

The budget bill is looking very uncertain: A sweeping bill to fund most of the federal government, change campaign finance laws and make it harder for the District of Columbia to legalize marijuana faces a close vote Thursday, even as Congress plans to give itself more time to avert a government shutdown and complete […]

Congress Plans to Overturn Democracy in D.C.

Last month, people living in the District of Columbia turned out to overwhelmingly vote in favor of marijuana legalization. But now Congress is potentially planning to abuse their power by stripping the district's roughly 650,000 citizens of their basic democratic rights. Show More Summary

DC Bans Help for Minors Wanting to Change Homosexual Behavior

The City Council of Washington, D.C., has banned therapy for minors who seek to change their same-sex attraction or behavior. The District of Columbia joins the states of California and New Jersey in banning the practice. Opponents of “sexual orientation change efforts” charge that the practice is dangerous and ineffective. Show More Summary

Several sports stadiums land on list of most popular places on Instagram

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

More than 15 states boast sports stadiums as their top geotagged locations on Instagram, according to data released by by the photo-sharing app. That’s almost a full third of all states, including the District of Columbia! It’s probably no surprise that Massachusetts’ historic Fenway Park topped that state’s list, but Citizens Bank Park, where the Philadelphia Phillies […]

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