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Politics Jan 15WATCH: DC Mayor Bowser discusses Biden inauguration security preparation
The number of National Guard troops coming to Washington to assist with security has so far grown to about 21,000, Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson said at a briefing Thursday. Watch Mayor Bowser's news conference live here.
Nation Jan 14National Guard troops flooding in as Washington locks down
U.S. officials say the number of National Guard troops coming to Washington by Inauguration Day has grown to 26,000. Some will be armed.
Arts Jan 13Kennedy Center to honor Debbie Allen, Joan Baez, others in rescheduled ceremony
Five months after they were postponed because of the coronavirus, the annual Kennedy Center Honors are coming back in May, possibly in a series of small events. The honorees are country music legend Garth Brooks, dancer and actress Debbie Allen,…
Politics Jan 05Trump to speak at D.C. rally expected to draw hundreds as Congress meets to vote on election
Hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump descended on the nation’s capital Tuesday to cheer his baseless claims of election fraud a day before a congressional vote to affirm Joe Biden’s victory.
Politics Jan 04D.C. mayor calls in National Guard for protests as Congress is expected to affirm Biden victory
Bracing for possible violence, the nation’s capital has mobilized the National Guard ahead of planned protests by President Donald Trump’s supporters as Congress votes Wednesday on affirming Joe Biden’s election victory.
Politics Dec 13Vandals hit Black churches during weekend pro-Trump rallies
Nearly 30 people were arrested in Washington D.C. on Saturday after clashes broke out between Presidential loyalists and anti-Donald Trump demonstrators.
Arts Nov 19Smithsonian closing museums and zoo again amid COVID-19 spike
In response to rising COVID-19 infection numbers, the Smithsonian Institution is indefinitely shutting down operations at all its facilities, effective Monday and affecting seven museums, plus the National Zoo.
Politics Nov 15Violent clashes in D.C. after Trump backers’ election protest
After several thousand supporters of President Donald Trump protested the election results and marched to the Supreme Court, nighttime clashes with counterdemonstrators led to fistfights, at least one stabbing and more than 20 arrests.
Politics Nov 04Protesters gather near White House and across nation, no wide unrest seen
More than 1,000 people protesting President Donald Trump converged on Black Lives Matter Plaza, just a block from the White House, while hundreds more marched through parts of downtown Washington, at times blocking traffic and lighting off fireworks.
Education Oct 12D.C. charters lead the way on in-school teaching experiment
A dozen charter schools have essentially chosen to become medical-educational experiments, offering in-person instruction for select groups of students.