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Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 at 3:25 PM
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By Tom Sherwood

Mayor to Declare DC Workers “Essential” in Face of Shutdown

Mayor to Declare DC Workers “Essential” in Face of Shutdown

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray plans to declare all D.C. government workers essential in the face of a potential federal shutdown. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 3:26 PM
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By Tom Sherwood

Sherwood's Notebook: The Whack-a-Walmart Game

Sherwood's Notebook: The Whack-a-Walmart Game

This is not an original game. We've seen it before in Chicago. Read »

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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By Chuck Thies

Thies: D.C. Government Doesn't Pay a "Living Wage"

Thies: D.C. Government Doesn't Pay a

Some full-time government employees make less than what the D.C. Council wants Walmart to pay. Read »

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 7:01 PM
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By Ben Nuckols, NBC Washington staff

Barry Censured, Fined Over Gifts From Contractors

Barry Censured, Fined Over Gifts From Contractors

The ethics board concluded Thursday that Barry had violated the council's code of conduct when he took a total of $6,800 from two construction companies that have done business with the city. Read »

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 at 8:52 AM
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By Chuck Thies

Thies: D.C.'s War on Walmart Is a Job Killer

Thies: D.C.'s War on Walmart Is a Job Killer

The D.C. Council thumbed its nose at Walmart and cost District residents good jobs. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 at 6:22 PM

D.C. Council Gives Preliminary Approval to Outdoor Smoking Ban

D.C. Council Gives Preliminary Approval to Outdoor Smoking Ban

The D.C. Council gave preliminary approval to a ban on smoking within 25 feet of any city-owned park, dog parks, trail, community center, swimming pools and bus stops. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013 at 9:49 AM
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By Tom Sherwood

Sherwood's Notebook: A Fourth of July Moment

Sherwood's Notebook: A Fourth of July Moment

If you think the fireworks on the Fourth are dramatic, you should stay tuned for the fireworks still to be set off by U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen. Read »

Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Mayor Gray to Sign Food Trucks Bill

Mayor Gray to Sign Food Trucks Bill

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray plans to sign a recently approved bill governing the growing food trucks industry. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 7:57 PM

D.C. Council Approves Revised Food Trucks Bill

D.C. Council Approves Revised Food Trucks Bill

The D.C. Council gave approved several key bills, including one about the growing food trucks industry. Read »

Monday, Jun 10, 2013 at 9:30 PM
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By Tom Sherwood, Mark Segraves, NBC Washington staff

Ex-D.C. Councilman Pleads Guilty to Bribery

Ex-D.C. Councilman Pleads Guilty to Bribery

Former D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown pleaded guilty to bribery of a public official Monday. He faces up to 37 months in prison as part of a plea deal. 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.
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Domenico Montanaro NBC News Political Reporter Domenico Montanaro is an NBC News Political Reporter, analyst for NBC News' First Read and NBCPolitics.com contributor.
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.
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Chuck Todd NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd is the NBC News Political Director, host of “The Daily Rundown” on MSNBC and NBCPolitics.com contributor.
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