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  • Man Hijacks Metrobus; Pedestrian Fatally Struck: Police (Armed Teens Hijack DC Metro Bus)

    05/03/2016 9:07:00 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 13 replies
    NBC Washington DC ^ | 03 MAY 16 | News staff
    A man attacked a Metrobus driver with a weapon and hijacked his bus Tuesday morning, D.C. police said. The bus then struck a pedestrian, who later died. It's not clear where the bus was taken from, but police say the bus in now stopped at a gas station in the 4300 block of Minnesota Avenue in Northeast Washington. Police say the suspect got on the bus and attacked the bus driver with a weapon. The driver managed to get off the bus, but suffered a back injury in the process. He is expected to be OK. The suspect then drove...
  • D.C., Chicago & Baltimore Account for Over Half of U.S.’s Murder Rate Increase

    04/27/2016 4:52:26 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 36 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | April 22, 2016 | Spencer Irvine
    Three major cities accounted for more than half of the rise in the national murder rate between 2014 and 2015, a new report shows. Though overall crime rates were stagnant in America’s 30 largest cities the murder rate rose 13.3 percent, according to a report from the Brennan Center for Justice. The violent crime rate also rose by 3.1% in those major cities, lead by increases in Los Angeles, Baltimore, and Charlotte.
  • Ben and Jerry’s cofounders arrested at Capitol protest

    04/19/2016 7:20:58 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 73 replies
    mcclatchy.com ^ | April 19, 2016 | ELIZABETH KOH
    The cofounders of the popular Ben and Jerry’s ice cream company were arrested Monday afternoon as part of a sit-in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol protesting big money in politics. Jerry Greenfield, 66, and Ben Cohen, 65, were arrested with about 300 others for “unlawful demonstration activities,” according to a statement from U.S. Capitol Police Monday. All demonstrators were processed and released the same day.
  • What Does the FBI Have on the Obama Gang? (Weekly Update)

    04/09/2016 10:05:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 8, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    The Fight over Financial Aid to Illegal Alien Students Continues Congress Supports Judicial Watch Taxpayer Lawsuit against DC Government What Does the FBI Have on the Obama Gang? The Fight over Financial Aid to Illegal Alien Students Continues Too often, politicians at every level will ignore the clear language of a law if it doesn’t let them do as they wish. This is evident on two fronts this week: in California and here in the District of Columbia. First California. You will recall that we filed a taxpayer lawsuit in August 2014 challenging a decision by the University of...
  • DC Metro may shut down entire rail lines for months

    03/31/2016 6:18:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 30, 2016 | Melanie Zanona
    Entire rail lines in Washington's Metrorail subway system could be shut down for months at a time to conduct repairs, the transit system's leaders acknowledged Wednesday. Board of directors Chairman Jack Evans raised the possibility during a Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments conference, saying there is not enough time to complete work during nights and weekends, according to The Washington Post.
  • Donald Trump Press Conference, Washington DC – 2:15pm Live Stream…

    03/21/2016 11:12:04 AM PDT · by GilGil · 34 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 3/21/2016 | Sundance
    Candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a media availability press conference at The Old Post Office, soon to be Trump International Hotel, in Washington, DC. Amidst the public split within the GOP over Trump’s campaign, Mr. Trump will reportedly attend a meeting of Republicans, including perhaps some members of Congress, at the Jones Day law firm. That’s slated to be followed by a press availability at his Trump International Hotel project and his day will wrap up with remarks at AIPAC, where his fellow Republican rivals will also be taking their turns on the stage. The event is scheduled...
  • LIVE STREAM: Donald Trump Presser @ 2:15PM (EDT) and AIPAC Speech @ 6PM (EDT) in Washington, DC

    03/21/2016 5:40:49 AM PDT · by PJBankard · 2,311 replies
    RSBN ^ | 03/21/2016 | RSBN
    Monday, March 21, 2016: GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump will hold a media availability at The Old Post Office, soon to be Trump International Hotel, in Washington, DC. The event is scheduled to begin at 2:15 PM EDT. Link: http://rsbn.tv/live-stream-donald-trump-press-conference-at-the-old-post-office-in-washington-dc-3-21-16/ Monday, March 21, 2016: GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump will speak at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC. The event is scheduled to take place around 6:00 PM EDT. Link: http://rsbn.tv/live-stream-donald-trump-speaks-at-aipac-conference-in-washington-dc-3-21-16/
  • D.C. withdraws money from hundreds of taxpayers' bank accounts due to 'computer error'

    03/13/2016 11:33:00 AM PDT · by kevcol · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 10, 2016 | Shawn Boburg
    The unintentional withdrawals are the latest embarrassment for an agency that has tried to make improvements after years of criticism amid high-profile improprieties and questions about how well it safeguards taxpayers' financial information. . . It took several calls to his bank before he found out that the D.C. government had cleaned out the account — leaving him with an overdraft fee. "The money was basically stolen from me. You expect this from the bad guys," he said. "You don't expect this from your government."
  • D.C. looks to communist Cuba for lessons to improve literacy

    02/24/2016 2:45:27 PM PST · by MarvinStinson · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, February 23, 2016 | Ryan M. McDermott -
    The D.C. Public Schools System is looking to Cuba for lessons to improve literacy in the nation's capital. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson have toured several schools in Havana during a five-day visit to the communist-run island nation, which boasts a 99.8 percent literacy rate. Cuba has long reported a near-perfect literacy rate unverified by any international agency or standardized measurement. Likewise, Russia and China enjoy literacy rates of 99.7 percent and 96.8 percent, respectively, according to the CIA World Factbook. North Korea boasts 100 percent literacy. "Given Cuba's emphasis on a strong education, I know...
  • District leaders furious Walmart breaking promise to build stores in poor neighborhoods

    01/16/2016 1:48:41 AM PST · by Zakeet · 92 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 15, 2016 | Aaron C. Davis and Sarah Halzack
    Walmart abruptly announced Friday that it was abandoning a promise to build stores in Washington’s poorest neighborhoods, an agreement that had been key to the deal allowing the retailer to begin operating in the nation’s capital. [Snip] "I'm blood mad," D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said at a Friday news conference. "It's an outrage," said former mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), who in 2013 completed the handshake deal for the stores. "This is devastating and disrespectful to the residents of the East End of the District of Columbia." [Snip ... buried toward the bottom of a long article] [Council...
  • 6 Big Cities See Hiring Fade After Minimum Wage Hikes

    01/09/2016 10:23:38 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 39 replies
    IBD ^ | January 6, 2016 | Jed Graham
    U.S. cities that implemented big minimum-wage hikes to $10 an hour or more in 2015 have seen a strikingly similar aftermath: Job gains have fallen to multiyear lows at restaurants, hotels and other leisure and hospitality venues. The data aren't, for the most part, stark and reliable enough to amount to smoking-gun proof. But Chicago, Oakland, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. — all on the leading edge of the push for big minimum wage hikes — all show worrisome job trends.
  • Legislation Forcing D.C. to Recognize All Concealed Carry Permits to Be Introduced in Congress

    01/07/2016 11:49:37 AM PST · by Michael.SF. · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Jan 7, 2016 | Katie Pavlich
    Congressman David Schweikert (R - Ariz.) plans to introduce legislation Thursday that if passed will require Washington D.C., an area that functions as a ward of the federal government, to recognize and honor concealed carry permits from all 50 states. The D.C. Personal Protection Reciprocity Act will do three main things: 1) require D.C. to recognize out of state concealed carry permits 2) require D.C. to approve concealed carry applications of recently relocated individuals who lawfully hold concealed carry permits in the states where they moved from 3) require the D.C. chief of Police, currently Chief Cathy Lanier, to enter...
  • Gun Control Works: Murders Up 54% in Washington D.C.

    01/04/2016 2:19:54 PM PST · by detective · 18 replies
    FrontPage ^ | January 4, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama will be doing his Town Hall about "common sense reforms" for "folks" to do away with Bill of Rights. But maybe he should start gun control small. Like making it work in Washington D.C. The hives of bureaucrats, consultants, regulators and politicians in D.C. think they can run America. But here's what their own city looks like. Murders are up to 162 in D.C. Up from 105 last year for a 54.3% increase.
  • District Of Columbia Ends 2015 With A 54 Percent Spike In Homicides

    01/01/2016 1:09:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    The nation's capital ended the year with a massive spike in homicides. No, D.C., nor any other major city, is seeing crime levels return to that of the 1990s. Nevertheless, it's a somber statistic for a city whose police force is at its lowest levels in ten years. In all, the city witnessed 162 homicides within its limits, a 54 percent increase (via FoxDC): On the final day of the year, we asked a community leader, a police officer and the mayor about what is causing all of this violence. Paul Trantham, an ANC commissioner in Ward 8, represents one of the...
  • A Museum of the Bible forms in very secular Washington

    12/25/2015 5:20:50 PM PST · by Twotone · 11 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | Dec. 24, 2015 | Mario Recio
    The National Mall may be the nation's front lawn, but even at holiday time the museums that line it are only lightly decorated with Christmas trees and lights and not with any religious displays. But a new privately-owned museum is going up just a few blocks away - the Museum of the Bible - that only wants to celebrate Scripture.
  • Michelle Malkin: Deadly D.C.: The Land of No Consequences

    12/01/2015 4:30:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 2, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    In life and leadership, accountability means consequences for bad behavior. In Washington, accountability means yet another congressional meeting about another government scandal perpetrated by tax-subsidized corruptocrats who get away with murder. Literally. This week, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs will hold the 999,999th oversight hearing (give or take a few) on the VA's homicidal, no-fault culture. "In the wake of the biggest scandal in VA history, in which 110 VA medical facilities maintained secret lists to hide long waits for care," the panel notes, "the department has successfully fired just three low-level employees for manipulating wait times. Not a...
  • D.C. police Chief Cathy Lanier urges public to ‘take down’ active gunman if they can

    11/22/2015 10:51:40 AM PST · by jazusamo · 75 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 22, 2015 | Carleton Bryant
    In a surprising comment, Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier is encouraging ordinary citizens to subdue or even kill active gunmen if they can as the "best option for saving lives before police can get there." During an interview Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes," Chief Lanier was asked what should people do if they are in the vicinity of an active shooter like the ones who terrorized Paris on Nov. 13, The Washington Examiner reported. "Your options are run, hide, or fight," the D.C. police chief said. "If you're in a position to try and take the gunman down, to...
  • Washington D.C.: Knife-Wielding Muslim Slashed Woman at Union Station, Charged at Police Officer

    Just because the media isn’t reporting it, doesn’t mean it isn’t here. Every day we get more reports of pedestrian jihad. And it will only increase. Police say an off-duty officer shot the knife-wielding Muslim at Washington’s Union Station when he refused to drop his weapon and charged the cop. Rashad must have been juiced by Paris. Sadly he is still alive. He was taken to the hospital.
  • Breaking: ISIS Announces Specific Threat To This U.S. City (Wash DC)

    11/16/2015 10:43:04 AM PST · by Mozilla · 238 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | November 16, 2015 | Randy DeSoto
    A new video, purportedly released by ISIS, threatens further attacks against Western nations and identified Washington, D.C. specifically. “The video, which appeared on a site used by Islamic State to post its messages, begins with news footage of the aftermath of Friday’s Paris shootings in which at least 129 people were killed,” Reuters reports. The message is delivered by a man identified as Al Ghareeb the Algerian, who was dressed in fatigues and a turban. It is directed to Western nations currently engaged in the Syrian Civil War. “We say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign...
  • Union Station Metro Closed Due to Police Activity

    11/14/2015 5:59:30 PM PST · by revivaljoe · 20 replies
    NBV4 ^ | 11/14/2015 | NBC4
    Union Station Metro is closed due to police activity, Metro reported. Bus service is being requested to transport passengers. No other information about the nature of the incident was immediately confirmed. Stay with News4 and NBC Washington for more on this developing story.
  • LIMITLESS "JEHOVAH" [charismatic caucus]

    11/09/2015 1:58:31 PM PST · by Jedediah · 7 replies
    Bible,the Joshua Chronicles ^ | 11-9-15 | Holy Spirit,bible
    Limitless and eternity walk in tandem, In other words they both speak I AM, The power and knowledge of all that is or can be, The the sum of which is infinity, to walk and breathe yeah exist in and through all, Understanding that there is no wall, Nothing can stop the synergy, Of The Creator for I AM HE, Job 38 38 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, 2 Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? 3 Gird up now your loins like a man, and I will demand of you,...
  • Farrakhan Incites DEADLY Civil War Of Mass Proportions Watch Men In The Congregation React

    08/03/2015 7:47:47 PM PDT · by Battle Hymn of the Republic · 57 replies
    conservativebyte ^ | 8/3/15 | conservativebyte
    Farrakhan is stirring the masses for an event of large proportions to take place in Washington D.C. Not only is he asking for people to die for this event, but he is seeking them out specifically and telling them they must do so because of a tyrannical nation. His event called the 1 Million Man March is scheduled for 10-10-15. (an excerpt from the message delivered July 30, 2015 in Miami at Mt. Zion Baptist Church)
  • The 6 Places Where Pope Francis Will Most Likely Make News

    09/22/2015 9:51:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 22, 2015 | Jon Schuppe
    Pope Francis arrives in Washington D.C. on Tuesday to kick off a six-day American tour in which he'll meet the president, address Congress, speak to the United Nations, headline star-studded celebrations, lead thousands in prayer and visit with immigrants, prisoners and the homeless.
  • Appeals court strikes down parts of D.C. gun registration requirements

    09/18/2015 10:59:15 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 18, 2015 | Andrea Noble
    A federal appeals court has struck down as unconstitutional some of the District’s handgun registration laws, including requirements that gun owners re-register firearms every three years and are limited to registering only one pistol per month. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District ruled 2-1 on the case Friday, upholding some portions of the city’s gun laws but striking others because the District failed to prove that the requirements promoted public safety. Among the provisions that the appeals court struck down Friday was a requirement that registrants bring their firearms with them to MPD headquarters to be inspected and...
  • D.C. crowd jeers Mayor Bowser’s plan to deploy more cops to stop spike in slayings

    08/27/2015 1:53:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 27, 2015 | Andrea Noble
    D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser stood before a crowd in a stuffy Southeast D.C. school gymnasium on Thursday to outline her plan to stem a rising number of homicides. But it wasn’t the plan hoped for by some residents, who erupted in jeers when the mayor said she will put more police on city streets. An increase in killings has pushed the total of homicides in the city to 103 so far this year — one shy of the year-end total of 104 homicides recorded last year. And the uptick in slayings this summer has led officials to try to develop...
  • D.C., New York area airports put flights on hold [problems with air traffic control]

    08/15/2015 10:37:28 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 15, 2015 | Lynh Bui
    Washington area airports and others along the East Coast are reporting flight delays due to an issue with the system that routes air traffic, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s air traffic control Web site. “The FAA is diagnosing an automation problem at an air traffic center in Leesburg, Va.,” according to a statement from the agency. “Some flights into and out of the New York and Washington, DC metro area airports area may be delayed.”
  • Washington D.C. Is Sinking Into the Ocean

    08/01/2015 12:48:19 PM PDT · by VinL · 90 replies
    Time ^ | 7/30/15 | Tessa Berensen
    All the political gridlock in Congress and name-calling during election season may not matter as much when Washington, D.C. sinks into the ocean. According to new research conducted by geologists at the University of Vermont and the U.S. Geological Survey, the land in the Chesapeake Bay region, including the nation’s capital, is sinking rapidly. The sea level in the Chesapeake is rising at twice the global average and faster than anywhere else on the East Coast, the researchers say, which means D.C. will sink 6 or more inches in the next 100 years. The sinking is caused by melting ice...
  • UVM study: Washington DC Sinking Into Sea

    07/28/2015 8:57:40 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 59 replies
    University of Vermont ^ | July 28, 2015 20:42 GMT | Joshua E. Brown
    New research confirms that the land under the Chesapeake Bay is sinking rapidly and projects that Washington, D.C., could drop by six or more inches in the next century—adding to the problems of sea-level rise. This falling land will exacerbate the flooding that the nation’s capital faces from rising ocean waters due to a warming climate and melting ice sheets—accelerating the threat to the region’s monuments, roads, wildlife refuges, and military installations. For sixty years, tide gauges have shown that sea level in the Chesapeake is rising at twice the global average rate and faster than elsewhere on the East...
  • Cuban flag flies over embassy in Washington for first time in 54 years

    07/20/2015 3:20:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 07/20/2015 | MIMI WHITEFIELD
    The red, white and blue Cuban flag was raised over the island’s embassy in Washington on Monday for the first time since 1961 — a fluttering symbol of the historic thaw taking place between the Cold War foes. As pro and anti-Cuban protestors gathered outside the gates of the embassy chanting “Fidel” and “Justice” — the flag was was raised at about 10:35 EST. The ceremony came after the United States and Cuba reestablished diplomatic ties early Monday after a 54-year gap. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez led a delegation of 36 Cuban officials and members of Cuba’s cultural world...
  • Blimps Over Capitol: Just Hot Air?

    05/27/2015 8:53:14 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 14 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 5 a.m. May 27 | Hannah Hess
    Coming soon to a Capitol skyline near you: Giant blimps at 10,000 feet? The woman at the helm of the House Administration Committee thinks the Capitol needs eyes in the sky, after authorities failed to detect Florida mailman Douglas Hughes’ April 15 gyrocopter flight. Chairwoman Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., visited U.S. Customs and Border Patrol ground stations along the Southern border in January and was amazed at the clarity of the Tethered Aerostat Radar System, or TARS. She is suggesting the “sophisticated technology” might suit the Capitol. That would mean giant blimps stretching along the Washington, D.C., skyline at...
  • The 13 Catholics in Statuary Hall: On Memorial Day, Remembering Our Heroes

    05/25/2015 3:22:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | May 25, 2015 | Kathy Schiffer
      THE NATIONAL STATUARY HALL COLLECTION By user:Southgeist [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsOne of the most popular tourist destinations in Washington, D.C. is National Statuary Hall. Also known as the Old Hall of the House, it’s a semicircular gallery immediately south of the Capitol Rotunda. For nearly fifty years—from 1807 through 1857—Statuary Hall served as the meeting place for the House of Representatives. The Hall now houses many of the 100 statues of great Americans (two from each state) which together comprise the National Statuary Hall Collection.It’s an extraordinary honor for the men and women depicted here to have been...
  • Capitol Police destroy pressure cooker in suspicious car on National Mall

    05/25/2015 9:20:57 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | May 25, 2015
    A pressure cooker in a parked car on the National Mall aroused the suspicions of Capitol Police in Washington on Sunday, and they called out a bomb squad to do away with it. Officers spotted the car on routine patrol and found it suspicious. Inside were the pressure cooker and what appeared to be a propane tank. Officers smelled gasoline, U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement. -excerpt- The search and investigation turned up nothing harmful, USPC said. The driver was arrested and charged with driving with a revoked license.
  • Judge Strikes Down DC Carry Law, "Good Reason" Provision Unconstitutional

    05/19/2015 11:43:46 AM PDT · by justlurking · 55 replies
    Townhall ^ | 2015-05-19 | Matt Vespa
    On Monday, a federal judge struck down DC’s concealed carry law, calling the requirement for applicants to show “a good reason to fear injury to his or her person, which shall at a minimum require a showing of a special need for self protection distinguishable from the general community” as unconstitutional. Applicants had to document threats to their personal safety as well. Judge Frederick Scullin, who also struck down DC’s ban on carrying firearms outside of one’s home last summer, issued a preliminary injunction after two Florida residents sued over the DC’s onerous statute.
  • As American taxpayers all we have is: Taxation without Representation

    05/06/2015 8:30:46 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/6/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    It is laughable that the District of Columbia, the most powerful City state in the world, puts the phrase, “Taxation without Representation” on its automobile license plates. Their whining is ridiculous. The government of the District of Columbia is the federal government of the United States of America and because of this the District of Columbia is omnipotent. It is we, the people of the United States who suffer Taxation without Representation. Supposedly acting in our name, because it funds almost everything to one extent or another, the federal government puts its hand into our lives multiple times a day;...
  • FEARLESSLY MADE ![Charistmatic caucus]

    05/05/2015 8:43:33 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    bible, ^ | jedediah
    Perplexity in spirit comes when you question My ability to proceed in your life and it is then total surrender is not only Warranted but served for truly as your Judge and Advocate I "Declare" The Truth for your future for the past is just that. So be as Lot not his wife and take My hand into Zion for only as you believe You "Are" and I "AM" ! Habakkuk 2:2-3 Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at...
  • To Protect Religious Freedom, Republicans Attempt Historic Move Against D.C.

    04/22/2015 6:04:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 4/22/15 | Kelsey Harkness
    A powerful congressional committee last night passed a measure to kill one of two controversial pieces of legislation from taking effect in the District of Columbia, moving closer to acting out a historic power play against a bill that critics believe infringes on religious liberty.Opponents of the bill, called the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act, say it prevents schools and organizations in the nation’s capital from operating in accordance to their moral and religious beliefs.If lawmakers are successful in overturning the bill, it would be the first time in more than two decades that Congress has undone Washington, D.C., law.“We think...
  • Dog Owners Threatened With $750,000 Fine Over Missing Dog Posters

    04/12/2015 4:08:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 | Darcy Spencer
    Roger Horowitz was out Friday, ripping down fliers he posted about his missing dog, Ollie — not because the dog has been found, but because he's afraid of being hit with the huge fine. Horowitz and his wife, Annemarie, had recently adopted Ollie, a rescue dog that had been shot in Georgia. "He'd been abused by his previous owner and actually shot with a shotgun," Horowitz said. "So he has about 23 pellets still in his back." On March 30, Horowitz was walking Ollie near Georgia Avenue and Euclid Street NW when the dog broke loose. "A car just backfired,...
  • DC Legalizes Pot in Capital, Despite Threats From Congress

    02/26/2015 6:06:53 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    abc news / ap ^ | 2-26-2015 | BEN NUCKOLS
    The District of Columbia defied threats from Congress and moved forward Thursday with legalizing possession of marijuana after a voter-approved initiative. Despite last-minute maneuvers by Republican leaders in Congress and threats that city leaders could face prison time, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said the city was implementing marijuana legalization as approved by voters. The new law took effect at 12:01 a.m. Bowser, a Democrat, said the city's plans haven't changed despite a letter from two leading House Republicans warning of repercussions if the city moves forward with legalization. "This is a major milestone on the road to ending marijuana prohibition...
  • Marijuana Becomes Legal in D.C. Thursday at Midnight -- Unless Congress Steps In

    02/24/2015 10:02:25 PM PST · by Ken H · 53 replies
    NBC Washington DC ^ | Feb 24, 2015 | Carissa DiMargo and Tom Sherwood
    A law to legalize marijuana in the District will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, unless Congress steps in at the last minute. As a result, D.C. police officers will begin carrying business card-sized summaries of the new rules, which were publicly explained Tuesday and will be part of a public education campaign. The law -- which was approved by voters last fall -- will permit possession of small amounts of marijuana by those ages 21 or older, with consumption allowed only in private homes and space.
  • 1 in 3 on Disability Have Mental Disorder; 42.9% in D.C.

    01/28/2015 6:00:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 27, 2015 - 9:54 AM | Ali Meyer
    One in three, or 35.2 percent, of people getting federal disability insurance benefits have been diagnosed with a mental disorder, according to the latest data from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Washington, D.C., the seat of the federal government, ranked in the top-ten list of states where disabled beneficiaries were diagnosed with mental problems. In 2013, the latest data from SSA show there were 10,228,364 disabled beneficiaries, up 139,625 from 2012 when there were 10,088,739 disabled beneficiaries. Disabled beneficiaries have increased 49.7 percent from a decade ago in 2003 when there were 6,830,714 beneficiaries; and the number is up 14.3...
  • DC Mayor Says City "Exploring" Suing Congress Over Marijuana Legalization

    01/05/2015 12:56:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2015 | Christine Rousselle
    This morning on Meet the Press, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said that the city will "explore every option" in regards to getting Initiative 71 enforced in the city. Initiative 71, which would have permitted the legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes, was passed with overwhelming support on Election Day, yet was blocked by Congress. Bowser had previously been against legalized marijuana, but has since changed her position to align with the will of the voters of the District of Columbia. Bowser also said that she intends on "forging a path" for increased autonomy in the District of Columbia. Mayor...
  • Washington Power Is Flowing Away

    12/26/2014 4:17:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Too much power being grabbed by Washington -- Obamacare, environmental regulations, education standards. That's a constant complaint of conservatives not only during Barack Obama's presidency but during George W. Bush's as well. But power is also flowing out of Washington, largely unnoticed, and back to the states and localities. You can see that if you look at transportation policy, which is following the same path as the little remembered federal revenue sharing program enacted in the Nixon years and phased out during the Reagan presidency. Federal transportation spending has an even longer pedigree, dating from the Federal-Aid Highway Act signed...
  • D.C. council eliminates religious schools’ protection from gay discrimination suits

    12/16/2014 12:42:15 PM PST · by wagglebee · 16 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 12/15/14 | Lisa Bourne
    A vote December 2 by the Washington, D.C., City Council could compel private religious schools and universities in the nation’s capital to allow groups that oppose the schools’ moral values access to their campuses, programs, and funds. The council voted to eliminate faith-based schools’ 25-year-old legal protections from discrimination lawsuits as part of a “human rights amendment.” Barring an act of Congress, D.C.’s religious schools will likely have to go against their religious values when it comes to permitting use to their campuses or programs. The city’s rules hold that it’s “unlawful discriminatory practice” to limit any use of facilities,...
  • Setting the record straight on Marion Shepilov Barry

    11/26/2014 8:40:53 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/26/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Now that Marion Shepilov Barry has gone to the great crack den in the sky it is worth noting what a lowlife he was. This is an honest obituary of one of the worst mayors in American history. *Democrat Marion Barry was the mayor of the District of Columbia from 1979 to 1991 and again from 1995 to 1999. *Because he loved Communism so much Barry took the middle name Shepilov to honor one of his heroes, Dmitri Shepilov a Soviet Communist propagandist he admired. *In his second term he developed his cocaine habit and the corruption in his administration...
  • The Loneliest President Since Nixon

    11/15/2014 7:12:06 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 31 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/14/2014 | PEGGY NOONAN
    Seven years ago I was talking to a longtime Democratic operative on Capitol Hill about a politician who was in trouble. The pol was likely finished, he said. I was surprised. Can’t he change things and dig himself out? No. “People do what they know how to do.” Politicians don’t have a vast repertoire. When they get in a jam they just do what they’ve always done, even if it’s not working anymore. This came to mind when contemplating President Obama. After a devastating election, he is presenting himself as if he won. The people were not saying no to...
  • 'Obama's insurance policy': DC chuckles after GOP congressman rules out impeaching Obama...

    11/14/2014 7:06:16 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 28 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 11/14/2014 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    A Republican congressman known as a pit bull in Washington said Thursday that he doesn't support the idea of impeachment proceedings against President Obama because winning that fight would elevate the vice president to the Oval Office. 'Have you met Joe Biden?' South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy asked during a Fox News Channel interview. Impeachment talk has swirled around Washington since the president announced that an executive order overhauling America's immigration system is imminent. But some in the GOP see Biden as Obama's hedge against removal from office, since much of his public exposure has come in conjunction with a...
  • [Video] DC Permit Process, Cop Says 2nd Amendment is For “When the British Are Coming”

    11/13/2014 9:27:51 AM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 20 replies
    Guns Save Lives ^ | 11/13/14 | Dan Cannon
    Investigative reporter Emily Miller, who literally wrote the book on gun rights in our nation’s capitol (see Emily Gets Her Gun), who is now a reporter with My Fox DC, attempts to obtain a permit to carry in Washington and the results are about what was expected. What she found (and what most people already assumed) is that it’s pretty much impossible to get a permit to carry in DC. DC is currently a “may issue” district, which means you must prove you need a permit and it’s up to the authorities to decide if that need is legit. Miller...
  • Ballot measures: Oregon, DC voters OK use of pot

    11/04/2014 9:47:16 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 25 replies
    MSN News ^ | November 5 2014 | DAVID CRARY, AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — Voters in Oregon and the District of Columbia approved ballot measures Tuesday allowing the use of marijuana by adults, elating legalization activists who hope to extend their winning streak across the country. Oregon will join the company of Colorado and Washington state, where voters approved the recreational use of pot two years ago. And the District of Columbia is on the same path unless Congress, which has review power, blocks the move. Still to come were results from Alaska, which also had a marijuana-legalization measure on its ballot Tuesday. Other volatile issues on state ballots include...
  • A prediction of how Season 5 of The Walking Dead is going to pan out…

    10/30/2014 12:37:04 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 80 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 10-30-14 | The Looking Spoon
    You don't need to be a fan of the show the get it :-)
  • Washington D.C. City Council Tries to Force Pro-Life Groups to Pay For Abortions

    10/25/2014 6:05:05 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/24/14 | Alliance Defending Freedom
    Alliance Defending Freedom and six other pro-life organizations sent the Council of the District of Columbia a letter Thursday arguing that a proposed bill violates federal law by forcing the groups to provide elective abortion coverage through their insurance plans and employ those who live and act contrary to the organizations’ pro-life mission. The letter explains that the bill clearly violates federal law in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings in Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores. pichealth50The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act prohibits employers from “discriminating” against employees for any “reproductive health”...