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Nation Sep 19WATCH: First Lady Melania Trump participates in reopening of the Washington Monument
The 555-foot stone obelisk was closed in September 2016 in order to replace the aging elevator and upgrade security systems.
Nation Aug 14Ex-Blackwater contractor sentenced to life for Iraq shootings
Prosecutors charged that Nicholas Slatten was the first to fire shots in the September 2007 massacre of Iraqi civilians at a crowded traffic circle in Baghdad.
Nation Jul 24Judge blocks Trump’s asylum restrictions
The policy would prevent most migrants from seeking asylum in the U.S. if they passed through another country first.
Nation Jul 24Judge won’t block U.S. asylum restrictions at southern border
A federal judge said Wednesday that the Trump administration can enforce its new restrictions on asylum for people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border while lawsuits challenging the policy play out.
Arts Jul 18‘Sesame Street’ and Sally Field to receive Kennedy Center award
Others chosen to receive the award for lifetime achievement in the arts include singer Linda Ronstadt, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the musical group Earth, Wind and Fire.
Nation May 21WATCH: Wilton Gregory installed as new archbishop of Washington
The Rev. Wilton D. Gregory was installed Tuesday as the seventh archbishop of Washington following a pair of high-profile sexual abuse cases that ensnared his two predecessors.
Nation Apr 26Russian sentenced to 18 months for being Kremlin agent
Butina pleaded guilty last year to a conspiracy charge and admitted she covertly gathered intelligence on the National Rifle Association and other groups at the direction of a former Russian lawmaker.
Nation Jan 19Women’s March returns to DC amid shutdown and controversy
The third annual Women’s March is returning to Washington this week amid inclement weather, ideological schisms and the longest government shutdown in American history.
Politics Dec 03‘Here lies a great man’; George H.W. Bush saluted as ‘gentle soul’ at Capitol ceremony
Bush will lie in state in the Capitol for public visitation through Wednesday. An invitation-only funeral service is set for Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral.
Politics Sep 10Federal judge imposes gag order, denies bail in Russian spy case
Prosecutors charge that Maria Butina, 29, gathered intelligence on American officials and political organizations and worked to develop relationships with American politicians via her contacts with the National Rifle Association.