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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.
Education Jun 17DC’s public schools go from success story to cautionary tale
Washington's school system has gone from a point of pride to perhaps the largest public embarrassment of Mayor Muriel Bowser's tenure.
Politics Feb 12WATCH: National Portrait Gallery unveils portraits of Barack, Michelle Obama
The portraits will be officially installed and available for public viewing starting on Feb. 13.
Nation Dec 21Jury acquits all 6 defendants in first trial for Inauguration Day violence
The protesters are being tried in small batches in a process that is expected to extend deep into 2018.
Politics Nov 22First trial begins for more than 160 arrested during Inauguration Day protests
Eleven months after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, trials have begun for the more than 160 people arrested during violent anti-Trump protests in Washington on Inauguration Day.
Arts Oct 23David Letterman receives Mark Twain Prize for humor
Several of the comedians honoring Letterman took shots at President Donald Trump and the general state of the country. More than one comedian quipped that the Kennedy Center's funding was about to be cut off mid-show.
Politics Sep 16Trump skips town, but still focus of competing rallies in D.C.
Competing rallies in the nation's capital highlighted the stark political divisions in the United States.