July 16th, 2013
08:52 PM ET
1 year ago

Author: Book 'This Town' shows 'gilded age' and 'carnival' of Washington

(CNN) – Author Mark Leibovich covered politics for years, and is now the chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine.

Leibovich's new book "This Town" describes Washington as a city that is "hopelessly interconnected," with "beautifully busy people constantly writing the story of their own lives."

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Filed under: The Lead • Washington D.C.
July 12th, 2013
12:19 PM ET
1 year ago

Marion Barry defends Walmart vote in Washington

Updated 1:22 p.m. ET, 6/12

(CNN) - Marion Barry, former Washington D.C. mayor and now city councilman, is standing by his vote to raise the district's minimum wage for large retailers–a move that throws a wrench in Walmart's plans to open its doors in the nation's capital.

"What really tipped me over the edge was the fact that Walmart was sticking us up. By saying if you don't do this, we're going to do that–we're going to leave here," the Democrat said Thursday on Fox News.
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Filed under: Washington D.C.
Frederick Douglass statue dedicated in U.S. Capitol
June 19th, 2013
06:43 PM ET
1 year ago

Frederick Douglass statue dedicated in U.S. Capitol

Washington (CNN) - A statue honoring the legacy of abolitionist, author and statesman Frederick Douglass was unveiled Wednesday in the United States Capitol.

Hundreds of people filled Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for a ceremony dedicating the seven-foot bronze statue.
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Filed under: Congress • Washington D.C.
Conservative activists rip IRS at rally
June 19th, 2013
03:35 PM ET
1 year ago

Conservative activists rip IRS at rally

(CNN) – Thousands of tea party activists gathered Wednesday outside the Capitol in loud protest of the Internal Revenue Service, seeking to keep the beleaguered agency's scandal afloat nearly six weeks after the news first broke.

A range of congressional representatives and popular conservative speakers took to the podium as they fired off zings and digs at the IRS and the Obama administration for close to four hours.
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Filed under: IRS • Michele Bachmann • Rand Paul • Tea Party • Ted Cruz • Washington D.C.
Former GOP consultant and Hotline founder Doug Bailey remembered as pioneer
June 11th, 2013
04:56 AM ET
1 year ago

Former GOP consultant and Hotline founder Doug Bailey remembered as pioneer

Washington (CNN) - Doug Bailey, one of the first successful political consultants of the modern era who later formed the influential political newsletter The Hotline, died Sunday.  He was 79.

Bailey passed away in his sleep, reported The National Journal, which published The Hotline.

Bailey's firm, Bailey Deardourf and Associates, was responsible for President Gerald Ford's ad campaign when he ran for re-election in 1976. It also helped elect a group of successful moderate Republican senators and governors.

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Filed under: Washington D.C.
Romney weighs in on Washington controversies
May 18th, 2013
11:36 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney weighs in on Washington controversies

(CNN) – Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno on Friday and weighed in on the barrage of controversies plaguing the White House in recent weeks.

The former Massachusetts governor said he's “over” the election but is "not a fan of the president." He said a special counsel should be appointed to investigate the Obama administration and the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.
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Filed under: 2013 • IRS • Jay Leno • Libya • Mitt Romney • Obama administration • Washington D.C.
Prince Harry's latest U.S. tour
May 10th, 2013
09:14 AM ET
2 years ago

Prince Harry focuses on veterans in Washington

Washington (CNN) - Prince Harry started off his second day in the United States with a solemn visit to Arlington National Cemetery, just outside of Washington, D.C.

Wearing formal dress uniform, the 28-year-old combat veteran laid a wreath Friday at the Tomb of the Unknowns and walked quietly among headstones in Section 60, the cemetery's plot largely dedicated to those who have lost their lives in the fight against terrorism.
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Filed under: Washington D.C.
April 20th, 2013
07:01 PM ET
2 years ago

Meanwhile in Washington ...

(CNN) - While the eyes of the nation were trained on Boston and West, Texas, this week, lawmakers in Washington turned their eyes to two major issues.

At the same time, they contended with a poisonous threat in the form of letters the FBI said tested positive for ricin sent to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator, and a Mississippi judge, as well as suspicious packages that turned up in the hallways of two Senate office buildings.
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Filed under: Congress • Washington D.C.
Eisenhower family supports bill to redesign presidential memorial
March 19th, 2013
07:43 PM ET
2 years ago

Eisenhower family supports bill to redesign presidential memorial

(CNN) – The family of President Dwight D. Eisenhower told a congressional subcommittee Tuesday that it supports legislation to force a redesign of a planned memorial in his honor.

A monument dedicated to the 34th president was commissioned by Congress in 1999 and has already cost nearly $60 million in the planning phase.
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Filed under: Washington D.C.
Obama to speak at OFA dinner
March 11th, 2013
08:22 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama to speak at OFA dinner

(CNN) - President Barack Obama will appear at a dinner Wednesday night for Organizing for Action, the nonprofit group that originated from his re-election campaign, multiple sources tied to the organization confirmed Monday.

The dinner comes amid criticism that the group plans to grant special access to the president for top OFA donors–a claim that Jim Messina, the group's national chairman, has attempted to rebuke.
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