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UPDATE: 3 people dead in mall shooting outside Washington, DC

"Several" people have been injured in a shooting at a shopping mall in Columbia, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, various US television stations reported Saturday. News reports said that the mall, located about 45 minutes outside the US capital, was……

Are Colorado and Washington ready for legalized pot?

Legal pot is imminent in Colorado and Washington. Are they ready? (via The Christian Science Monitor) A few days from now, in January, people in Colorado will be able to walk into shops and buy marijuana – no doctor’s prescription required. In the state of Washington, they’ll be able to…

House approves two-year bipartisan budget agreement

House lawmakers on Thursday resoundingly approved a two-year budget deal that repeals billions of dollars in painful automatic cuts and crucially avoids the prospect of a US government shutdown next year. The agreement hammered out between top Democratic and Republican negotiators is seen as a chance to end the brutal…

Washington D.C. cop accused of taking nude photos of 15-year-old girl

A Washington D.C. police officer was arrested Monday night and accused of making child pornography following an incident involving a 15-year-old girl. D.C.ist reported that authorities recovered photos of the girl and at least two other unidentified people who could be teen girls, after conducting a search against Officer Marc…

Some Obamacare state exchanges doing well, but at least one is a disaster

Wednesday, the Seattle Times reported that the Washington Health Benefit Exchange had reported numbers that were even better than those released earlier in the day by Kathleen Sebelius and the Department of Health and Human Services. Between October 1 and November 7, Washington state’s website had enrolled 77,000 people in…

Washington Post’s Milbank slams Obama for opposing ‘Redskins’ slur during shutdown

On CBS’s Face the Nation this morning, the Washington Post‘s Dana Milbank upbraided the president for commenting on the name of the “Redskins” during a government shutdown. “I think it’s a fine point the president should not be making the middle of a crisis,” he said. PBS’s Gwen Ifill pointed…

Washington paralysis sends dollar to 8-month low

Washington’s budget paralysis and worries it will lock up talks on increasing the US debt ceiling sent the dollar to an eight-month low against the euro Wednesday. The second day of a government shutdown, because Democrats and Republicans have not agreed a budget for the fiscal year that began October…

‘Deep Throat’ underground garage of Watergate fame could be destroyed for real estate project

The famous garage where Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward learned about the Watergate scandal from the informant “Deep Throat” may be razed to make way for a real estate project. US developer Monday Properties plans to demolish two 1965 buildings, one of which includes the garage, in the Rosslyn neighborhood…

In Washington ‘The game becomes more important than those for whom government should exist to help’

O Little Town of Washington (via Moyers & Company) In the wake of all the talk surrounding Mark Leibovich’s controversial book about Washington, This Town, I was asked how that city has changed since I first lived there nearly 45 years ago. The question makes me feel a little like…

World War II veteran beaten to death by teens in Spokane, Washington

One teenager has been arrested and authorities are seeking another in connection with the beating death of an 88-year-old veteran of World War II. According to CNN, Delbert Belton was robbed, beaten and left for dead earlier this week by two teens outside the local lodge in Spokane, WA where…

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