D.C. mayor launches re-election bid
December 2nd, 2013
05:06 PM ET
10 months ago

D.C. mayor launches re-election bid

Washington (CNN) - The mayor of the nation's capital says he's going to run for re-election next year, ending one of the biggest guessing games in the city's local politics.

Mayor Vincent Gray visited the D.C. Board of Elections on Monday to pick up nominating petitions.

He has one month to collect 2,000 signatures to get his name on the 2014 ballot. And in a new website, VinceGray2014.org, Gray says "I'm in.”
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Filed under: Vincent Gray • Washington D.C.
Insurance commissioner out after criticizing Obamacare fix
November 18th, 2013
07:21 AM ET
10 months ago

Insurance commissioner out after criticizing Obamacare fix

(CNN) - Washington D.C.'s insurance commissioner was forced out of his position after he criticized President Obama's executive action addressing weaknesses in the nation's troubled health care law, a source familiar with the matter said.

William P. White was one of several insurance commissioners across the nation to reject the President's move to allow insurance companies to continue selling policies to consumers who wanted to keep them. He released a statement hours after the president's fix was announced. After his comments, White was quickly replaced by an acting commissioner Sunday, a District of Columbia spokesman said.
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Filed under: Obamacare • Washington D.C.
In show vote, D.C. Council urges Washington Redskins to change name
November 5th, 2013
04:05 PM ET
11 months ago

In show vote, D.C. Council urges Washington Redskins to change name

Washington (CNN) – The Council of the District of Columbia approved a measure on Tuesday that urged the Washington Redskins football team to drop the word "Redskins" from its name because it is "objectionable to many Americans who consider it to be racist and derogatory."

Ten of the 13 council members voted yes, two were not in attendance and one - Yvette Alexander - voted present. Not a single vote against the measure was cast.
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Filed under: Washington D.C.
Another ballot measure: Name the panda cub
November 5th, 2013
02:54 PM ET
11 months ago

Another ballot measure: Name the panda cub

Washington (CNN) – She's cute, she's fluffy and now she wants your vote as the Smithsonian's National Zoo invites Americans to cast one more ballot on Election Day to name the Giant Panda cub.

Online voting on Smithsonian.com opened Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET and will run until November 22. According to a statement from the National Zoo, the cub's name will be unveiled December 1, the date when the cub will be 100 days old and when babies are celebrated in Chinese culture.
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Filed under: Washington D.C.
Unemployment claims increase as shutdown continues
October 15th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
11 months ago

Unemployment claims increase as shutdown continues

Washington (CNN) - The number of furloughed federal government workers applying for unemployment assistance is continuing to rise as the partial government shutdown continues into its third week.

States with large numbers of federal employees are seeing a flood of such applications, and may see more if an agreement is not reached soon to reopen the government.

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Filed under: Government Shutdown • Maryland • unemployment • Virginia • Washington D.C.
Shutdown hits hot Washington economy
October 14th, 2013
01:58 PM ET
11 months ago

Shutdown hits hot Washington economy

Washington (CNNMoney) - For every day the government shutdown continues, the local economy surrounding Washington, D.C., loses another $220 million.

Losses have been mounting since the shutdown began, with companies and contractors that depend on the federal government, federal workers, and tourism especially hard hit.

Obama might change Redskins name if he were owner
October 5th, 2013
05:43 PM ET
12 months ago

Obama might change Redskins name if he were owner

(CNN) – One of the more controversial fights in Washington, D.C. isn't over the budget or Obamacare. It's about a football team's name.

And now President Barack Obama is weighing in.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Obama said if he were the owner of the Washington Redskins, and he knew the name was "offending a sizable group of people," then he would "think about changing it."
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Filed under: President Obama • Washington D.C.
October 4th, 2013
07:39 AM ET
12 months ago

Investigators search for clues behind U.S. Capitol car chase and shooting

Washington (CNN) – After all the chaos and gunfire, still remains the question: Why did a woman with a young child try to drive into a blocked entrance near the White House?

The woman, identified by law enforcement officials as 34-year-old Miriam Carey, was shot dead Thursday.

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Filed under: Congress • Washington D.C.
October 1st, 2013
12:26 PM ET
12 months ago

Veterans break past World War II Memorial barricade

Update 1:45 p.m. ET: House GOP leadership sources tell CNN they plan to vote on a series of bills to fund the government, beginning Tuesday with three measures–spending for veterans, the District of Columbia and the Park Service.

Washington (CNN) – Busloads of World War II veterans, many in wheelchairs, broke past a barricade Tuesday morning to cross into the World War II Memorial, as onlookers applauded and a man playing the bagpipes led the way.

Moments earlier, a few Republican members of Congress had removed a section of the black gates that surrounded the site, allowing a line of veterans to roll past security officers, who willingly stood aside.
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Filed under: Congress • Washington D.C.
NRA calls for more armed guards at military installations
September 22nd, 2013
12:38 PM ET
12 months ago

NRA calls for more armed guards at military installations

Washington (CNN) - The Navy Yard shooting further proves that military installations need more robust security and more firearms, the CEO of the National Rifle Association said Sunday.

In the NRA's first response to last week's mass shooting in Washington, Wayne LaPierre argued the amount of time it took for first responders to kill the shooter could have been drastically shortened had Navy Yard personnel been armed with their own guns.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • NRA • Washington D.C.
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