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Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 at 6:25 PM
D.C. Council Chairman Reopens Debate Over Paid Family Leave Act

D.C. Council Chairman Reopens Debate Over Paid Family Leave Act

The D.C. government's Paid Family Leave Act passed in December after almost two years of bitter debate. Though the law, one of the most liberal in the nation, hasn't gone into effect yet, Tom Sherwood reports the mayor and council are going to fight again over its costs. Watch »

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 at 12:22 PM

Sherwood's Notebook: Make a Date...to Be Heard! "

Sherwood's Notebook: Make a Date...to Be Heard! "

There is no busier time than now, with the annual agency performance oversight hearings underway. They are followed quickly by the budget hearings for the coming year. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 at 11:52 AM

Obama Museum Gets Designer With Smithsonian Pedigree

The Obama Foundation says it has hired the firm that helped shape the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington to lead the exhibition design for the Obama Presidential Center's museum. New York-based Ralph Appelbaum Associates will head a team of several firms and individuals with expertise in media, lighting and acoustics in designing exhibits. The foundation says almost half of the exhibition design work for the museum to be located in Chicago's Jackson Park will be performed by minority- and women-owned businesses. Read »

Monday, Feb 20, 2017 at 6:56 PM

Crowd Gathers in DC for 'Not My Presidents Day' Protest

More than about a hundred protesters have gathered in D.C. Monday to rally against President Donald Trump. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 at 6:35 AM

Yiannopoulos' Invite to Speak at CPAC Rescinded Over Video

Yiannopoulos' Invite to Speak at CPAC Rescinded Over Video

Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has been disinvited to this year's Conservative Political Action Conference after his attempt to clarify past comments on relationships between boys and older men fell flat with organizers. "Due to the revelation of an offensive video in the past 24 hours condoning pedophilia, the American Conservative Union has decided to rescind the invitation of Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference," ACU Chair Matt Schlapp posted on Twitter about 1:10 p.m. Monday. Read »

Monday, Feb 20, 2017 at 1:01 PM

Longtime Virginia House Speaker Howell Announces Retirement

Longtime Virginia House Speaker Howell Announces Retirement

Republican House Speaker William J. Howell said Monday he will not seek re-election when his term ends in January. Read »

Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 at 6:20 PM

GOP Gubernatorial Hopefuls Play Nice at First Debate

GOP Gubernatorial Hopefuls Play Nice at First Debate

Virginia Republican hopefuls for governor have played nice during their first debate. Read »

Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 at 12:28 AM

Jaffe Report: Inside the Claims Against Trump's D.C. Hotel

Jaffe Report: Inside the Claims Against Trump's D.C. Hotel

President Trump's hotel deal on America's main street is rife with potential for conflict of interest. Hold that. It is the epitome of conflict. Read »

Friday, Feb 17, 2017 at 11:12 AM

Va. Governor: Cut Jamestown Celebration, Fund Mental Health

Va. Governor: Cut Jamestown Celebration, Fund Mental Health

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is asking Republican lawmakers to cut spending on the 400th anniversary of the founding of the oldest legislative body in the country and redirect the money to mental health care reforms and other priorities. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 at 5:46 AM

DC Statehood Supporters to Lobby Congress on Local Autonomy

DC Statehood Supporters to Lobby Congress on Local Autonomy

Advocates for District of Columbia statehood are making their annual pitch to members of Congress. Read »

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Julie Carey
Julie Carey News4 Virginia Reporter Julie Carey is a News4 reporter focusing on Virginia issues and politics.
Chris Gordon
Chris Gordon News4 Maryland Reporter Chris Gordon is a legal analyst and reporter for NBC4, focusing on Maryland.
Mark Murray
Mark Murray NBC News Deputy Political Director Mark Murray is the NBC News Deputy Political Director, NBC News First Read analyst and NBCPolitics.com contributor.
Tom Sherwood News4 Political Reporter Tom Sherwood is a reporter for News4 specializing in politics and the D.C. government.
Chuck Todd
Chuck Todd NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd is the Moderator of Meet the Press and NBC News' Political Director.
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