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Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017 at 8:16 PM

Virginia Governor Vows to Veto 20-Week Abortion Ban Bill

Virginia Governor Vows to Veto 20-Week Abortion Ban Bill

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe promised to veto legislation banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, saying such a “socially divisive” proposal hurts the state's image. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017 at 5:29 AM

DC's Delegate Asking for Restoration of Key Committee Vote

DC's Delegate Asking for Restoration of Key Committee Vote

The District of Columbia's delegate to Congress is urging House Republicans to expand her voting powers. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017 at 7:50 PM

Van Hollen Sworn in as Maryland's New US Senator

Chris Van Hollen was sworn in as Maryland's new U.S. senator Tuesday. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017 at 9:17 AM

DC Council Swears In New Members

While the city is growing and is financially stronger than ever, leaders fear the new conservative Republican Congress and White House may interfere with or overturn some of the liberal city's laws. Read »

Friday, Dec 30, 2016 at 6:56 PM
DC Styrofoam Ban Gets Tougher in 2017

DC Styrofoam Ban Gets Tougher in 2017

Starting Sunday, restaurants are not only banned from using polystyrene, they are required to sell food and drinks only in recyclable or compostable containers. News4's Mark Segraves takes a close look at the new law and meets a business owner who uses the foam and then crushes it into compact bricks that he sells. Watch »

Monday, Jan 2, 2017 at 11:17 AM

Obama Confirms Farewell Address in Chicago

On Monday, as his time in the Oval Office comes to an end, President Barack Obama gave the country a preview of the farewell address he will deliver in his hometown Chicago on Jan. 10, 2017, a mere 10 days before President-elect Donald Trump is to be sworn in. Obama, in a written statement, explained that the American people have helped him lead during his presidency, a theme he plans to highlight in his speech. Read »

Monday, Jan 2, 2017 at 4:50 AM

How Trump Campaigned, and Will Govern, on Social Media

How Trump Campaigned, and Will Govern, on Social Media

Getting off social media won't be one of Donald Trump's New Year's resolutions, a top aide confirmed Sunday, adding that America can expect more policy pronouncements and newsmakers in 140-character missives from the president-elect before and after his inauguration. Days after Trump surprised national security experts by calling for more nuclear arms, incoming press secretary Sean Spicer told ABC News that Trump wouldn't shy away from using Twitter freely when in office — although the last time U.S. nuclear policy was detailed, it came after a year of deliberation. "I think it freaks the mainstream media out that he has this following of over 45-plus million people that follow him on social media, that he can have a direct conversation. He doesn't have to have it funneled through the media," Spicer said on ABC's "This Week." "You're going to see — absolutely you're going to see Twitter." Trump's 2016 was colored by dozens of Twitter-spurred headlines and results — some intended, some not. Take a look at his top 140-character moments. Read »

Thursday, Dec 29, 2016 at 6:29 AM

Conference Moved to Md. in Protest of NC's 'Bathroom Law'

Conference Moved to Md. in Protest of NC's 'Bathroom Law'

Historians are protesting a controversial North Carolina law by moving the Business History Conference to Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 28, 2016 at 9:23 AM

Jaffe Report: Who Won, Who Lost in Local D.C. in 2016

Jaffe Report: Who Won, Who Lost in Local D.C. in 2016

In local D.C. politics and culture, who were the winners in 2016 -- and who were the losers? Read »

Monday, Dec 26, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Joe's Staying! Biden Says He'll Live in D.C. After January

Joe's Staying! Biden Says He'll Live in D.C. After January

Like his boss, Vice President Joe Biden says he'll stay in Washington, D.C. -- at least part-time -- after he leaves office Jan. 20. 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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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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