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Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 at 6:18 AM

Md. Bill Would End Need for Gov.'s OK to Parole Lifers

Md. Bill Would End Need for Gov.'s OK to Parole Lifers

Supporters say Maryland's system is one of only three in the country where the governor must personally approve parole for lifers. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 at 10:50 AM

'Hands Off DC' Rally Held Near Capitol

D.C. legislators and residents demonstrated near the Capitol Building on Monday to tell members of Congress to respect District voters. Read »

Monday, Feb 13, 2017 at 11:27 AM

House Moving to Block DC 'Death With Dignity' Law

House Moving to Block DC 'Death With Dignity' Law

A House committee is taking up an unusual resolution that would invalidate a D.C. law. Read »

Thursday, Feb 9, 2017 at 8:40 PM
White House Declines to Comment on D.C.'s Death With Dignity Bill

White House Declines to Comment on D.C.'s Death With Dignity Bill

The White House declined to state President Donald Trump’s position on the District of Columbia's controversial "death with dignity" bill. A bill to strike down that law is moving quickly through Congress and could end up on the President's desk by the end of next week. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the D.C. Council approved the assisted suicide legislation, which would allow terminally ill people to end their lives in the District. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the U.S. House Oversight Committee, will take up a bill that would take down D.C.’s death with dignity law Monday night. Just 48 hours ago Chaffetz met face-to-face with Trump, who also would need to sign off on his plan. At Thursday’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the White House won’t have statements on legislation affecting D.C. before they pass Congress. “As they come our way, and they get passed by both houses and come this way, we will issue statements of administration policy,” he said. “At this time they are not at that position.” Spicer then immediately wrapped up the briefing. If Congress doesn't get a bill to strike down death with dignity Feb. 17, they could try to knock it out again in the spring when deliberating how and how much to give D.C. in federal funds, congressional sources told News4. Meanwhile, other bills could intervene in the District. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) formally proposed rolling back D.C.’s gun law. And Chaffetz drafted a law to allow federal agencies to move their offices out of D.C. to less expensive parts of the country, which could have a huge impact on local federal workers. Watch »

Thursday, Feb 9, 2017 at 4:56 PM

Republicans Walk Out of Maryland Senate During Debate

Republicans Walk Out of Maryland Senate During Debate

As a protest, Republicans walked out of the Maryland Senate during a debate. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017 at 5:44 AM

Sherwood's Notebook: A 'So-Called' Situation

Sherwood's Notebook: A 'So-Called' Situation

It seems there’s a lot of "so-calling" going around these days. The current president of the United States is the headliner. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017 at 8:06 PM
DC Council Rejects Bill To Retain Police Officers

DC Council Rejects Bill To Retain Police Officers

Former mayor and current Ward 7 Council member Vincent Gray proposed a $63 million plan to pay one-time retention bonuses to current officers while the city recruits and trains more. But as News4's Tom Sherwood reports, some say the bill was politically motivated. Watch »

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017 at 5:11 PM

Bill Introduces Criminal, Civil Penalties for Ransomware

Bill Introduces Criminal, Civil Penalties for Ransomware

A bill introduces criminal, civil penalties for ransomware. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Fairfax Residents Head to Polls for Special Mayoral Election

Fairfax Residents Head to Polls for Special Mayoral Election

Residents in the City of Fairfax will head to the polls Tuesday to vote for a new mayor, six months after the city's previous mayor was arrested in a meth-for-sex sting operation. Read »

Monday, Feb 6, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Va. Senate Bill Would Allow Victims to Sue Sanctuary Cities

Va. Senate Bill Would Allow Victims to Sue Sanctuary Cities

Virginia communities that don't cooperate with federal immigration authorities could be sued for crimes committed by people living in the country illegally under a measure approved by the state Senate. Read »

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Julie Carey News4 Virginia Reporter Julie Carey is a News4 reporter focusing on Virginia issues and politics.
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Chris Gordon News4 Maryland Reporter Chris Gordon is a legal analyst and reporter for NBC4, focusing on Maryland.
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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.
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