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  • ‘I’m for It’: Obama Lends Support to DC Statehood Push

    07/21/2014 4:23:01 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 66 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 21 Jul 2014 | Eddie Scarry
    President Barack Obama said on Monday that he’s in favor of Washington, D.C., gaining statehood. “I’m in D.C., so I’m for it,” he said to a room of mostly young, minority boys who were at the White House for Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. “Folks in D.C. pay taxes like everybody else. They contribute to the overall well-being of the country like everybody else. They should be represented like everybody else.” Obama said he’s supported the idea of statehood for D.C. “for quite sometime” but acknowledged that “the politics of it” would make it something difficult to move through Congress....
  • Street Mob Breaks Out in Gentrifying Washington, D.C. Neighborhood

    07/19/2014 7:50:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/19/2014 | Patrick Howley
    A flash mob broke out in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Friday night, prompting police to fire a riot control agent into a crowd near a subway station.The episode underscores boiling tensions in a neighborhood that — like many inner-city communities across the country — is trying to launch a major “revitalization” project that will see the opening of upwardly-priced new apartment units this summer to accompany a major new chain store.Reports on social media suggest that D.C. Metropolitan Police broke up a party in Petworth due to fighting, prompting a crowd of teenage partiers — at least one...
  • TSA Agent Unaware That D.C. is a Real Place

    07/16/2014 6:08:20 AM PDT · by The Sons of Liberty · 16 replies
    The Political Insider ^ | July 15, 2014 | Rusty Weiss
    With Congressional approval ratings barely avoiding single digits, most Americans might want to pretend that Washington, D.C. doesn’t exist. But as reporter Justin Gray, who was flying to Washington found out, there is one TSA agent at Orlando International Airport who truly does not believe that D.C. is a real place. The report from WFTV begins: “It’s something most of us learned in elementary school – the USA has 50 states and the District of Columbia.” Not so for the TSA agent in question. Gray relays a recent confusing exchange at the airport: “I gave the TSA agent my D.C....
  • Reporter stopped by TSA agent who didn't know District of Columbia is in US

    07/15/2014 10:39:22 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 34 replies
    WFTV ^ | 7/15/2014 | WFTV
    ORLANDO, Fla. — It's something most of most students learn in elementary school -- the United States is made up of 50 states and the District of Columbia. But Channel 9's Justin Gray found out it's a lesson that an Orlando agent with the Transportation Safety Administration seems to have missed. Gray, who lives in Washington, D.C., was flying out of Orlando International Airport when a TSA agent said Gray's District of Columbia driver's license wasn't a valid form of identification. Gray said his license is legal and up-to-date, but the TSA agent didn't seem to know what the District...
  • Judge gives IRS week to explain missing emails

    07/11/2014 4:06:07 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | 11 Jul 2014 | RACHAEL BADE
    A federal judge Friday gave the IRS one week to hand over details on Lois Lerner’s crashed hard drive and how to track it, the second federal judge in as many days to seek more information about the elusive emails. Judge Reggie Walton of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia ordered the the tax agency to find out by July 18 what happened to the crashed hard drive responsible for erasing two years worth of the former IRS official’s emails, including whether it’s traceable through a serial number. If such information is gone, the judge wants an...
  • Justice Denied: Gura Files Renewed Petition for Mandamus in Palmer "Right to Bear" case

    07/06/2014 7:52:21 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On May 6th, about six months after Alan Gura filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in the long delayed Palmer v. District of Columbia case, he filed for a renewal of the writ. The Palmer case is a basic right to carry case against the District of Columbia, which is the only jurisdiction in the United States that categorically denies any legal ability to carry a firearm outside of the home for legal self defense.  The case was originally filed on August 6th, 2009, so the case has been pending for nearly five years; an incredible delay...
  • Lawmaker May Accidentally Make Pot Legal in DC

    06/27/2014 6:23:24 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 4 replies
    Newser ^ | June 27 2014 | John Johnson
    (Newser) – A Maryland congressman who meant to take a stand against looser marijuana laws in Washington, DC, might end up making them even looser thanks to the legal fine print in his amendment. The Washington Post lays out the somewhat convoluted scenario surrounding Republican Andy Harris' legislation: To begin with, recall that DC's city council voted earlier this year to make possession of small amounts of pot punishable by only a $25 fine. Harris, who thinks that measure is a bad idea and wants to block it from taking effect, tacked an amendment onto a House spending bill that...
  • Anti-Amnesty Group Asks Americans To Mail ‘Gently Used Underwear’ To Obama, Boehner

    06/26/2014 1:53:40 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 33 replies
    CBS ^ | June 26, 2014
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The anti-amnesty group, Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), is calling on Americans to mail their “gently used underwear” to President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner in response to a government request for new briefs for the recent surge of illegal immigrants being held by border patrol. ALIPAC is responding to a Department of Homeland Security solicitation seeking thousands of pairs of “White 100% Cotton Men’s Briefs” – ranging from medium sizes to hundreds of 6X-large pairs – to meet the basic clothing needs of thousands of immigrants detained by Immigration & Customs Enforcement. “Obama...
  • Defiant Chris McDaniel declines to concede in speech to supporters [plus C-Span Video]

    06/24/2014 10:53:20 PM PDT · by bd476 · 85 replies
    Politico ^ | June 25, 2014 12:24 AM EDT | By ANNA PALMER
    Politico Defiant Chris McDaniel declines to concede in speech to supporters By ANNA PALMER | 6/25/14 12:24 AM EDT HATTIESBURG, MISS. — A defiant Chris McDaniel walked up to the podium at his election night headquarters here after the Republican runoff was called for his opponent Sen. Thad Cochran — and then he didn't concede. "We had a dream and the dream is still with us," said McDaniel to an increasingly vocal crowd, telling them that the fight is not over. "Today the conservative movement took a backseat to liberal Democrats in Mississippi." Cochran's strategy Tuesday was to expand...
  • District of Columbia approves 'yoga tax' as part of budget

    06/24/2014 1:25:08 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 24 2014 | Ian Simpson
    The District of Columbia Council on Tuesday approved a "yoga tax" on gymnasiums and yoga classes that has angered fitness buffs in the U.S. capital. The Democratic-controlled council voted 12-1 to give final approval to a $10.6 billion budget for 2015 that included a sales tax on gyms, yoga studios and other athletic businesses, a spokeswoman for Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said. The budget also includes a substantial income tax cut that would be offset by expanding the existing 5.75 percent sales tax to such services as tanning salons, health clubs, car washes and bowling alleys. The move is expected...
  • In ‘Mayor for Life,’ D.C.’s Marion Barry takes pride in himself but little blame for problems

    06/16/2014 12:21:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/15/14 | Marc Fisher
    Curiously, the dramatic climax of Marion Barry’s autobiography is exactly the kind of salacious moment that he has long dismissed as irrelevant and sensational, a notorious incident that steers attention far away from his life’s work: It was sometime in the 1980s, and the mayor was at a party at a house he frequented on 11th Street NW. A woman who was doing coke offered him some, noting that the stuff made her “hot.” This was enough for Barry: “I told myself, what the hell? Why not?” She put a line of cocaine on a business card, and the mayor...
  • Controversial Bus Ads Compare Islam with Nazism

    05/23/2014 3:23:00 PM PDT · by lbryce · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | May 23, 2014 | AFP and Tova Dvorin
    Bus ads linking Islam with Nazism are circulating through Washington, DC - sparking a furious debate about the role of free speech. "Islamic Jew-hatred: It's in the Quran. Two-thirds of all US aid goes to Islamic countries. Stop racism. End all aid to Islamic countries," the ad states, over a fine-print disclaimer from the Metro transit authority. The ads, which are featured on twenty Metro buses, feature a photo of Adolf Hitler in conversation with "his staunch ally" Haj Amin al-Husseini, the grand mufti of Jerusalem during World War II. Al-Husseini has become an important figurehead for anti-Semitism in the...
  • More VA Whistleblowers Coming Forward, Campaign Says

    05/20/2014 3:58:30 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 37 replies
    USNews.com ^ | May 20,2014 | Steven Nelson
    Conscientious workers at the Veterans Health Administration aware of their employer's reputation for punishing people who expose wrongdoing were given a new outlet last week.
  • Judge Upholds DC Gun Control Law

    05/15/2014 11:20:26 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 15, 2014 | Ann E. Marimow
    A federal judge on Thursday upheld the District’s tough gun registration laws, finding that new regulations crafted by city officials in response to a Supreme Court decision “pass constitutional scrutiny.” “The people of this city, acting through their elected representatives, have sought to combat gun violence and promote public safety. The court finds that they have done so in a constitutionally permissible manner,” U.S. District Judge James Boasberg wrote in an opinion likely to be appealed by gun-rights advocates.
  • Do ya wanna know just WHY no IRS "Special House(or Senate) "Committee"...

    05/15/2014 7:45:42 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 25 replies
    Vanity | 15 May 2014 | US NAvy Vet
    Just how many of the LONG time GOP-e/Rinos that infest DC and pulled the SAME(or similar) BS(like "siccing" US Government Agencies(like the IRS) on opponents or people they did not agree with?
  • DC Schools: $29,349 Per Pupil, 83 Percent Not Proficient in Reading

    05/14/2014 4:20:00 AM PDT · by cruzader · 47 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 14, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    The public schools in Washington, D.C., spent $29,349 per pupil in the 2010-2011 school year, according to the latest data from National Center for Education Statistics, but in 2013 fully 83 percent of the eighth graders in these schools were not "proficient" in reading and 81 percent were not "proficient" in math. These are the government schools in our nation's capital city -- where for decades politicians of both parties have obstreperously pushed for more federal involvement in education and more federal spending on education. Government has manifestly failed the families who must send their children to these schools, and...
  • Net Neutrality's Death Could Spark Populist Revolt

    05/07/2014 2:09:35 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 7,2014 | Ron Fournier
    In the Gilded Age, wrenching economic and technological change hardened life for the vast majority of Americans while an elite few prospered. Innovators like John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie and Cornelius Vanderbilt disrupted old industries, creating news ones, and cemented their fortunes via government-approved monopolies. The most pernicious of these were railroad trusts. In our times, wrenching economic and technological change hardens life for the vast majority of Americans while an elite few prosper. Innovators like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg disrupt old industries, create news ones and ….
  • D.C. Council Considering a New ObamaCare Tax; WashPost Buries Story on B4

    05/06/2014 10:23:27 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 3 replies
    News Busters ^ | May 6 2012 | Ken Shepherd
    Claiming that the District of Columbia's ObamaCare exchange is just too darn small in size to pay for itself, Mayor Vince Gray (D) is proposing the city council "approve legislation granting the District's exchange board broad new power to tax any health-related insurance product sold in the city -- regardless of whether it's offered on the exchange," Washington Post staffer Aaron Davis reported this morning.
  • Federal report says warming is disrupting Americans' lives

    05/06/2014 7:27:37 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 35 replies
    KTVL.com ^ | May 6,2014 | KTVL.com
    A new federal scientific report says global warming is rapidly turning America the beautiful into America the stormy, sneezy and dangerous. And those shining seas? Rising and costly.
  • Will Dunbar Rise Again?

    05/04/2014 7:54:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 2 May, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Thomas Sowell California --(Ammoland.com)- Dunbar High School in Washington is becoming a controversial issue again — and the controversy that is beginning to develop has implications for American education well beyond the District of Columbia.There has not been much controversy about Dunbar High School for a long time. Since sometime in the late 1950s, it has been just one more ghetto school with an abysmal academic record – and that has been too common to be controversial.What is different about the history of Dunbar is that, from its founding in 1870 as the first public high school in the country...
  • ONEIDA NATION: NFL OWNERS SHOULD DISCIPLINE REDSKINS OWNER FOR PROMOTING "BIGOTRY"

    05/01/2014 4:50:12 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 27 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 1,2014 | Breitbart Sports
    After NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life on Tuesday, the Oneida Nation promptly urged NFL owners to take disciplinary action against the Washington Redskins for promoting "bigotry."
  • Liberals Want Good Teachers

    04/15/2014 7:16:21 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 18 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 15, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    A hot-button issue among educators appears to be “equitable access” to effective teachers, a buzzword at a recent event at the Center for American Progress (CAP). There was a brief introductory presentation of CAP’s research, in conjunction with the American Institutes of Research (AIR), on how to broaden minority student access to effective and high-quality teachers. AIR’s director of the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, Angela Minnici, called for more data collection and plans on the state and district level. She pointed out that “Data is very important in this conversation” and said that “we’ve been talking about this...
  • Muriel Bowser defeats Gray in DC mayoral primary

    04/01/2014 10:19:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 2, 2014 12:54 AM EDT | Ben Nuckols
    Muriel Bowser won the District of Columbia’s Democratic mayoral primary Tuesday, defeating incumbent Vincent Gray in a race defined by a scandal involving Gray’s campaign four years ago. Bowser tapped into an electorate that tired of the allegations surrounding Gray. Five people who worked on the mayor’s 2010 campaign have pleaded guilty to felonies, and Bowser said the city needed a fresh start as the mayor faced potential criminal charges. Bowser, 41, is a D.C. councilmember and a protégé of former Mayor Adrian Fenty, whom Gray defeated in 2010. …
  • [Vanity/Geek Humor and Otherwise] RPN Jokes?

    03/27/2014 6:18:30 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 56 replies
    2014-03-28 Zulu | my $self = undef
    My recent post (my other car is a cdr) brought forth the best of the high-functioning geeks that inhabit this here space. Since the thread veered off (as they always tend to do) into general computer language humor, mostly dealing with Lisp, I got to thinking about RPN (Reverse Polish Notation) and the Hewlett-Packard calculators that were popular in my post-college days working in IT around 1971 or so.Are there other FReepers that still like RPN over infix notation for math? My trusty old H-P has long since departed (wish I still had it) but I've found RpCalc to be...
  • The Other Academic Complex

    03/21/2014 6:52:02 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 19, 2014 | David Corbin and Matthew Parks
    I want to spend some time talking about . . . a dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility that has jeopardized middle-class America’s basic bargain that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead. I believe this is the defining challenge of our time: making sure our economy works for every working American. That’s why I ran for president. It was the center of last year’s campaign. It drives everything I do in this office. – President Barack Obama, 12/04/13 President Obama has been consistently militant in pursuing a progressive domestic agenda during his...
  • Putting a Price on D.C.'s Worst Commute (HOT Lanes)

    03/18/2014 10:26:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    The Altantic ^ | March 18, 2014 | Earl Swift
    For a few giddy moments, it seems I've dodged the torture awaiting commuters into Washington, D.C., most any weekday morning. As I merge onto Interstate 95 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, 50 miles from the Pentagon, the traffic around me glides along at the 65-mph speed limit. No brake lights illuminate the predawn dark. I set my cruise control. Perhaps, I dare to think, this won't be so bad. ......................................................... The route remains a quagmire, just the same. So now the state is embarking on another fix. With financing from private investors, Virginia is converting the HOV lanes south of Washington to...
  • Boom: this Easter, Archdiocese of Washington to bring in largest group of new Catholics ever

    03/11/2014 2:04:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | March 11, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Great news: Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, addressed those gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion today that they came together to bear witness to “the desire of so many here to complete their journey that brings them into the Church, and by doing so to publically embrace the cross as the pathway not only to eternal life but to a richer and fuller experience of life now.”This Easter, 1,306 adults, teens and children will be baptized or confirmed as Catholics in the Archdiocese...
  • 9/11 Plotter Released in Syria Prisoner Exchange

    03/11/2014 4:17:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies
    AL-MONITOR.com ^ | Posted March 10, 2014 | Author John Rosenthal
    "9/11 plotter released in Syria prisoner exchange" SNIPPET: "The al-Qaeda recruiter reputed to have assembled the so-called Hamburg Cell, which planned and largely carried out the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, has been set free in a prisoner exchange between rebel and regime forces in Syria. Islamist rebel group Ahrar al-Sham has secured the release of 9/11 plotter and alleged al-Qaeda core member Mohammed Haydar Zammar, adding to concerns about the composition of the Islamic Front. A naturalized German citizen of Syrian origin, Mohammed Haydar Zammar left Germany shortly after the attacks and traveled to Morocco, where he was reportedly...
  • D.C. Council votes to eliminate jail time for marijuana possession

    03/04/2014 3:10:58 PM PST · by LonelyCon · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/04/2014 | Aaron Davis
    Consuming marijuana in a private home will no longer be a criminal offense in the nation’s capital under a measure that passed the D.C. Council on Tuesday and that instantly escalated a simmering national debate over loosening marijuana laws. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) intends to sign the measure, a spokesman said, putting District drug law in conflict with federal law. The signed measure will go to Congress, which has veto authority over D.C. laws but has organized to override only three times since 1979. National advocates for marijuana legalization celebrated the 10 to 1 vote by the D.C. Council,...
  • Report: DC’s green-approved buildings using more energy

    03/04/2014 12:18:49 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    daily caller ^ | 3-4-14 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Washington, D.C. may have the highest number of certified green buildings in the country, but research by Environmental Policy Alliance suggests it might not be doing much good.The free-market group analyzed the first round of energy usage data released by city officials Friday and found that large, privately-owned buildings that received the green energy certification Leadership in Energy Design (LEED) actually use more energy than buildings that didn’t receive this green stamp of approval.LEED is the brainchild of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a private environmental group.
  • One Ugly Church Bites the Dust (Christian Scientist in DC)

    02/26/2014 7:22:12 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | February 26, 2014 | Nicholas G. Hahn III
    Christian Scientists have won their long, twilight struggle against brutalism -- so says a wrecking ball at the corner of 16th and I streets in Washington, D.C. For what seemed like an eternity, members of the Third Church of Christ, Scientist fought with architecture historians and city bureaucrats over the right to tear down their own church. Churchgoers never liked their 1971 classic brutalist structure -- an architectural style that is well, brutal -- and have even suggested it has something to do with their dwindling numbers.
  • ‘House of Cards’ is the most tea party show ever

    02/17/2014 8:57:48 PM PST · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 40 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 02/17/2014 | Will Rahn
    Warning: This article contains numerous spoilers. While it’s by no means family friendly programming, the second season of “House of Cards,” the Kevin Spacey-starring Netflix original, is a stunningly right wing piece of entertainment. Part of this may be accidental. Shows with a cynical bent, like Tina Fey’s “30 Rock,” have sounded conservative at times. Still, House of Cards’ jaundiced take on Washington is unique in the special scorn it displays for Beltway Democrats.
  • Gallup: Only “state” with positive economic confidence is … Washington DC

    02/10/2014 12:35:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/10/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Feeling chipper about the economy? Think the future looks so bright, you gotta wear shades? Chances are, you’re either stuck in a 1980s time warp or … you live in Washington, DC. Gallup published its polling on economic confidence by state, and the only “state” to have a positive rating is the one where all the cash is going. Instapundit refers to this as a “Hunger Games update,” and it’s difficult to dispute that characterization: Although scores on Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index improved in most U.S. states in 2013, the index remained negative in all 50. Only the District of...
  • Poll: D.C. Only U.S. "State" With Positive Economic Confidence

    02/10/2014 8:53:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2014 | Daniel Doherty
    Gallup’s latest economic findings are seemingly straight out of the dystopian novel “The Hunger Games.” That is to say, every state in the nation boasted a negative economic index score; only the District of Columbia -- the capital city -- is seemingly prospering. Surprise: The pollsters posit some interesting takeaways for us to consider: (1) the disparity between the most economically confident state (Massachusetts) and the least economically confident state (West Virginia) is 43 percentage points. (This excludes the District of Columbia, of course, which is not a state).That’s an enormous gap, and one that doesn’t appear to be shrinking,...
  • WILC Shifts to Talk (D.C./MD Talkradio)

    02/03/2014 10:49:32 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 3 replies
    DCRTV ^ | 2/3/14 | Dave Hughes
    WILC Drops Spanish Tunes For English Talk - 2/3 - Last week, DCRTV tipped you about a format change today at WILC. Now, Tom Taylor Now has more about AM 900 dropping Spanish adult contemporary "Romantica 900" for talk. ZGS Communications owns the Laurel, Maryland-licensed WILC, but DCRTV says "Wallis Communications will be running'" the new talk format that includes Glenn Beck from Premiere, live from 9 AM to noon. He's followed by "Dr. K," Ken Constantine's "Capitol Hill Show" in afternoon drive, and WestwoodOne's Dennis Miller. No morning show yet. The site says you can expect "some old Wolfman...
  • Woman asks firefighter to help dying father, firefighter says ‘Not until I am dispatched,’

    01/30/2014 9:15:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 55 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 30, 2014 | Robby Soave
    A 77-year-old man died after collapsing across the street from a fire station, where his daughter had asked for immediate assistance and was instead rebuffed by a firefighter who told her he couldn’t help unless dispatch instructed him to intervene.The man, Medric Cecil Mills, collapsed near the Engine 26 fire station in the Brookland area of Washington, D.C. at about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. His daughter, Marie Mills, went to the station to beg for immediate medical assistance. But the firefighter she encountered there told her that she had to first call 911 so that dispatch could instruct him to...
  • State of the Union 2014: Obama calls for ‘year of action’

    01/29/2014 3:12:43 AM PST · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | January 29, 2014 | Jennifer Epstein
    President Barack Obama outlined plans Tuesday to make 2014 his year of action — using his executive authorities wherever possible while encouraging Congress to go even further. Obama took on a more pragmatic tone than in previous State of the Union addresses, acknowledging that getting his agenda past House Republicans was unlikely and therefore he would use his power to do what he can on his own.
  • Thousands of Potentially Harmful Natural Gas Leaks Found in Washington, D.C.

    01/25/2014 4:05:59 PM PST · by EBH · 29 replies
    ERC ^ | 1/20/2014
    High levels of natural gas are escaping from the aging pipes beneath the streets of the nation’s capital, creating potentially harmful concentrations in some locations, a new study has found. Natural gas leaks pose explosion risks, health concerns, and contribute to climate change. The paper, which appears in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, also provides information that could help companies justify additional financial incentives for fixing leaks quickly. Robert Jackson and colleagues note that natural gas leakage is a serious problem on multiple levels, including impacts on the economy and climate. Property damage is estimated at $133 million...
  • Prosecutors Give MSM Anchor A Sweet Deal On Gun Charge; Throw The Book At Regular Guy For Similar

    01/24/2014 8:26:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    personalliberty.com ^ | 22 January, 2014 | Ben Bullard
    Last year, NBC News anchorman David Gregory almost got in trouble with the law for waving a 30-round ammunition magazine in front of the camera during an interview with NRA leader Wayne LaPierre on “Meet the Press.” The show was being broadcast from Washington, D.C., where it’s illegal under local law to possess even an empty magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammo. Irvin Nathan, the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, huddled with staffers to decide whether to make a public example out of Gregory for his very public stunt. But Nathan ended up exercising...
  • Nellie Gray, Abortion Foe and Leader of Annual March, Dies at 88 (Founder of March for Life)

    01/22/2014 8:58:17 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies
    http://www.nytimes.com ^ | August 15, 2012 | DENISE GRADY
    Nellie Gray, a steadfast opponent of abortion who for almost 40 years led a yearly protest march in Washington that drew tens of thousands of supporters, and whose battle cry was “No exception! No compromise!,” was found dead on Monday at her home in Washington. She was 88.
  • Maryland..! DC's wealthy neighbor tops list of states with households boasting seven-figure assets

    01/17/2014 6:17:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 17, 2014 | Staff
    Of all the states in the nation, Maryland once again reported the highest concentration of millionaires, according to an annual survey conducted by a wealth research firm. A report released this week by the New York-based Phoenix Marketing International showed that there were just over 6million millionaire households in the nation - an increase of 53,000 from the year before. In other words, 1 of 20 households in the U.S. has more than $1million in investible assets, not counting the value of real estate.
  • Gallup Poll: #1 U.S. Problem is Government, the Economy is #2

    01/16/2014 7:10:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    An interesting Gallup poll shows Government Itself Still Cited as Top U.S. Problem Mentions of the government as the top problem remain higher than they were prior to the partial government shutdown in October. During the shutdown, the percentage naming the government as the top problem doubled to 33% from 16% in September. Compared with a year ago, mentions of government are up slightly. Mentions of healthcare, on the other hand, have quadrupled -- from 4% in January 2013 to 16% today, likely related to highly visible problems with the rollout of the 2010 healthcare law. At the same time,...
  • Obama Seizes Control of 'Second Highest Court'

    01/10/2014 4:00:29 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 35 replies
    News Max ^ | Jan 09, 2014 | John Gizzi
    The Senate is poised to confirm Robert L. Wilkins to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit — the final battle in a bruising war between the White House and Senate Republicans over the "second highest court in the land." The D.C. Circuit deals with cases against the federal government. Anyone who has a complaint with a regulatory agency or wants to challenge an excess of the federal government usually winds up there. >snip In November, Obama effectively gained control of the 11-member court when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid triggered the "nuclear option" — reducing the threshold...
  • Japan Wants To Help Us Build A 'Super' Train Running From Baltimore To Washington DC In 15 Minutes

    01/07/2014 7:39:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/07/2014 | JULIAN RYALL
    The Japanese government has promised to lend the United States half of the cost of building the first "Super-Maglev" train, reducing travel time between Baltimore and Washington DC to just 15 minutes. Tokyo is so keen to show off its technology that it will provide loans for half the estimated $8 billion (ÂŁ5bn) cost of installing the tracks, Japan's Asahi newspaper said on Tuesday.Masahiro Nakayama, a general manager at Central Japan Railway Co, told The Daily Telegraph that the American federal government was keen, and that the state authorities were especially enthusiastic about the project."The national government has shown interest,"...
  • Census: D.C. Suburbs Dominate Wealthiest List; Falls Church, Va

    01/02/2014 3:17:23 PM PST · by markomalley · 31 replies
    CNS News ^ | 1/2/2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The small suburban independent city of Falls Church, Va.—which is treated as the equivalent of a county by the Census Bureau--had a higher median household income in 2012 than any county in the United States, according to data released in December by the Census Bureau.In the Census Bureau’s ranking of the 30 counties with the highest median household incomes, the City of Falls Church rose from the No. 2 spot in 2011 to the No. 1 spot in 2012, overtaking Loudon County, Va.While treated as the equivalent of a county by the Census Bureau, the City of Falls Church had...
  • NSA seeks to build quantum computer that could crack most types of encryption

    01/02/2014 1:42:59 PM PST · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 2, 2014 | Steve Rich
    In room-size metal boxes, secure against electromagnetic leaks, the National Security Agency is racing to build a computer that could break nearly every kind of encryption used to protect banking, medical, business and government records around the world. According to documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the effort to build “a cryptologically useful quantum computer” — a machine exponentially faster than classical computers — is part of a $79.7 million research program titled, “Penetrating Hard Targets.” Much of the work is hosted under classified contracts at a laboratory in College Park.
  • Santa Just Shot by Pellet Gun in Southeast D.C.

    12/24/2013 9:04:50 AM PST · by conservaterian · 66 replies
    Just saw this on local D.C. news..they even had it on video. Unbelievable, he was there for a toy give-away when he was shot.
  • It’s a Very Merry Christmas for Washington’s Parasite Class

    12/24/2013 8:23:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Last year, while writing about the sleazy and self-serving behavior at the IRS, I came up with a Theorem that explains day-to-day behavior in Washington. It might not be as pithy as Mitchell’s Law, and it doesn’t contain an important policy prescription like Mitchell’s Golden Rule, but it could be the motto of the federal government. Simply stated, government is a racket that benefits the DC political elite by taking money from average people in America I realize this is an unhappy topic to be discussing during the Christmas season, but the American people need to realize that they are...
  • Long Time DC Restaurant Closes for Good (Luigi's)

    12/22/2013 6:57:53 PM PST · by kristinn · 24 replies
    WRC-TV ^ | Sunday, December 22, 2013
    A Washington institution closed up shop Saturday night for good. Famous Luigi's on 19th Street, Northwest served its last meal. The classic Italian restaurant was started by immigrant Luigi Calvi back in 1943.
  • DC staff irked as NBC News eyes cuts

    12/21/2013 11:50:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 68 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/21/13 | Claire Atkinson
    NBC News boss Deborah Turness is spending the last few days of the year eyeing cuts — moves that could include axing some senior on-air talent, The Post has learned. Turness, brought on in August to shake up the moribund news division — where “Meet the Press” and “Today” had stumbled — is in the midst of a host of end-of -year buyouts and cost reductions, sources said. The current moves are not the first time Turness has irked journalists under her command.