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Nation Aug 28WATCH: Thousands gather at March on Washington commemorations
Thousands gathered at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic "I Have A Dream" address, a vision of racial equality that remains elusive for millions of Americans. And turnout has been…
Nation Aug 18National Zoo awaits birth of pandemic panda cub
Zookeepers at Washington’s National Zoo are on furry black-and-white baby watch after concluding that venerable giant panda matriarch Mei Xiang is pregnant and could give birth this week.
Education Jul 30Washington D.C. will not reopen school buildings in fall
Officials have abandoned their initial plans to use a combination of distance and in-person instruction. The announcement Thursday by Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser was widely expected as all surrounding school districts in northern Virginia and southern Maryland had already made…
Nation Jul 13Activists seek to decriminalize ‘magic’ mushrooms in D.C.
Despite pandemic conditions that made normal signature-gathering almost impossible, activists in Washington, D.C., say they have enough signatures for a November ballot initiative that would decriminalize natural psychedelics such as certain mushrooms.
Nation Jun 26Trump says he’s signed a ‘strong’ order to protect monuments
Trump had promised the order earlier this week but did not immediately release the text. Hours earlier, Trump called for the arrest of protesters involved in this week's attempt to pull down an Andrew Jackson statue from a park in…
Politics Jun 25WATCH: Democratic leaders deliver a news conference on D.C. statehood
Friday's vote, if successful, would pass a D.C. statehood bill for the first time in the House, but the legislation faces insurmountable opposition in the GOP-controlled Senate.
Nation Jun 20DC protesters pull down, burn statue of Confederate general
Eyewitness accounts and videos posted on social media indicated that police were on the scene but didn’t intervene. President Donald Trump quickly tweeted about the toppling, calling out D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and writing: “The DC police are not doing…
Health Jun 17WATCH: Washington D.C. could move to phase 2 reopening next week
Washington, D.C., officials are targeting next Monday for the start of phase two of reopening the nation's capital after months of social restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nation Jun 11Volunteers, Smithsonian want to save White House protest art
With much of the temporary fencing around the White House coming down, there’s an effort to preserve the hundreds of pieces of instant American history.
Nation May 31Protesters converge on White House for second straight day
Police fired pepper spray at demonstrators near the White House and the D.C. National Guard was called in as pockets of violence and vandalism erupted during a second straight night of protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis…