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Tuesday, Sep 5, 2017 at 6:24 PM

New Academy Provides More Training for Infrastructure Jobs

Mayor Muriel Bowser has launched a program that will offer residents more training for trade and construction jobs that typically go unfilled. Read »

Sunday, Sep 3, 2017 at 10:34 AM

Virginia Contest a Referendum, Bellwether in Age of Trump

Virginia Contest a Referendum, Bellwether in Age of Trump

For the two mild-manned moderates vying to be the next governor of Virginia, running for office in the Trump era makes for some awkward looks. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017 at 2:15 PM

March to Confront White Supremacy Trekking 100+ Miles to DC

March to Confront White Supremacy Trekking 100+ Miles to DC

A multi-racial coalition of faith, student and community activists will march more than 100 miles from Charlottesville to D.C. in response to what they call President Donald Trump's failure to confront the white... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017 at 5:24 AM

4 Candidates on Ballot for Fairfax County School Board Race

4 Candidates on Ballot for Fairfax County School Board Race

Four candidates are on the ballot for a school-board election in Virginia's largest school district. Read »

Monday, Aug 28, 2017 at 10:31 AM

10-Day March Against White Supremacy to Head to DC

10-Day March Against White Supremacy to Head to DC

A multi-racial coalition of faith, student and community activists will march more than 100 miles from Charlottesville to D.C. in response to what they call President Donald Trump's failure to confront the white... Read »

Thursday, Aug 24, 2017 at 8:34 PM
Debate Over Confederate Memorials in Race for Va. Governor

Debate Over Confederate Memorials in Race for Va. Governor

Candidates for governor of Virginia take stands on who is responsible for the bloodshed in Charlottesville and spar over the future of Confederate memorials. Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports. Watch »

Thursday, Aug 24, 2017 at 8:35 PM

VA GOP Apologizes for Tweets on Northam's Confederate Stance

The Republican Party of Virginia apologized Wednesday for tweets aimed at the Democratic nominee for governor that many viewed as racist. Read »

Monday, Aug 21, 2017 at 6:44 PM

NAACP: Prince William Co. Board Chairman Should Step Down

The NAACP is calling on Prince William County board chairman, Corey Stewart, to step down. The civil rights organization says Stewart’s remarks in the wake of the Charlottesville violence are damaging to... Read »

Monday, Aug 21, 2017 at 1:00 PM

McAuliffe 'Most Likely' to Pursue Removal of Lee Statue

McAuliffe 'Most Likely' to Pursue Removal of Lee Statue

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he is "most likely" to submit legislation to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond's iconic Monument Avenue. Read »

Saturday, Aug 19, 2017 at 4:02 PM

Jaffe Report: With Mayor's Race Looming, Can Bowser Make Education Her Issue?

Jaffe Report: With Mayor's Race Looming, Can Bowser Make Education Her Issue?

Could D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser position herself as the education mayor? And what would that mean in the next mayoral election? 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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