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UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 16, 2018, 4:47 p.m.

A club of their own: The story of a secret poker society started by pioneering African-Americans

In 1942, a group of black professionals in DC wanted to play poker on weekends. Segregation prevented them from joining social clubs, and Howard University – where many worked – …


Trump nixes $92M military parade, blames D.C. for high cost

President Donald Trump said Friday he had canceled plans for a Veterans Day military parade, citing the “ridiculously high” price tag – a day after U.S. officials said the November …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 12, 2018, 9:25 p.m.

Vigil, marches mark anniversary of deadly far-right protest in Charlottesville

The mother of a woman killed when a car plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally last summer said Sunday there’s much healing to do a …


Delegation from tribe visits D.C. over EPA changes

The Nez Perce Tribe sent a delegation from its governing body to Washington, D.C., to discuss Idaho’s proposal to oversee water pollution.


575 arrested as hundreds of women rally in D.C. to protest Trump’s immigration policy

They came from all over, took planes and buses from 47 states, slept at friends’ homes or in churches and prepared to be arrested Thursday in Washington, D.C.


DC’s public schools go from success story to cautionary tale

As recently as a year ago, the public school system in the nation’s capital was being hailed as a shining example of successful urban education reform and a template for …


Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories roil DC city government

A spiraling controversy over anti-Semitic comments and conspiracy theories has roiled the Washington city government, seemingly getting worse with every public attempt to ease the tensions.


Legislation: Let DC teens vote in presidential elections

The mayor of Washington, D.C., and a majority of the council are voicing support for letting 16-year-olds vote for president.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 24, 2017, 5:23 p.m.

U.S. backtracks on decision to close Palestinian office in D.C.

The Trump administration backtracked Friday on its decision to order the Palestinians’ office in Washington to close, instead saying it would merely impose limitations on the office that it expected …


Faced with high illiteracy rates, DC pushes adult learning

Faced with high illiteracy rates among city residents and an extremely competitive job market, the nation’s capital is experimenting with adult education.


Guest opinion: Mark Donoghue: Honor Flight experience underscores why we stand

I had the honor and privilege of joining about 140 courageous yet aging veterans who had served in World War ll, the Korean War and the Vietnam War on a …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 30, 2017, 9:23 p.m.

D.C. court bars Trump from reversing transgender troops policy

A federal court in Washington is barring President Donald Trump from changing the government’s policy on military service by transgender people.


D.C. officials won’t appeal ruling against strict gun law

District of Columbia officials said Thursday they won’t appeal a court ruling striking down a portion of the city’s gun laws, a decision that means it will soon be easier …


Marches converge, highlight struggles of racial minorities

As two marches converged in the District of Columbia on Saturday, protesters streaming past the Capitol toward the Justice Department sought to highlight racial injustices and the disadvantages faced by …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, 8:36 p.m.

Legal loophole in D.C. creates bizarre pot bazaar

Instead of the straightforward marijuana storefronts common in Washington state or Colorado, the District of Columbia has developed a thriving “gift economy” marijuana industry. These businesses, many offering deliver, sell …


Religious leaders plan rally as moral rebuke to Trump’s presidency

The Rev. Al Sharpton organized more than 1,000 religious leaders from multiple faiths to rally Monday in Washington, D.C., saying he hopes to show that opposition to President Trump is …


Strict D.C. concealed carry gun permit law blocked by appeals court

A federal appeals court has blocked a District of Columbia law that makes it difficult for gun owners to get concealed carry permits.


UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 12:44 p.m.

Government scraps search for new FBI headquarters

The government is scrapping a decade-long plan to shutter the FBI’s deteriorating downtown Washington headquarters and look for a new building in Maryland or Virginia, the General Services Administration announced …


Shooting forces lawmakers to rethink their security

The shooting at a baseball field that critically wounded a Republican congressman and injured several others is forcing lawmakers to ask what more should be done to ensure the safety …


UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 4:59 p.m.

DC police seek arrest of Turkish agents for melee, angering Erdogan

Police in the U.S. capital are seeking the arrest of a dozen Turkish security agents and two others accused of taking part in a violent attack on protesters during an …


UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 8:29 p.m.

Scalise has more surgery as authorities track shooter’s path

In critical condition and undergoing repeated surgery, GOP House Whip Steve Scalise faces a “much more difficult” struggle to recover from his gunshot wound than first thought, President Donald Trump …


Suspect killed in congressional shootout wanted to ‘terminate the Republican Party’

The shooter who was killed during gunfire at a practice for a congressional baseball game Wednesday morning belonged to a number of anti-Republican groups, including one called “Terminate the Republican …


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 8:48 p.m.

D.C. shooting: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, others shot at congressional baseball practice; shooter dead

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, officials said. His wounds were not believed to be life-threatening.


Obamas buy their rental home in Washington, D.C.

Looks like former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama are putting down deeper roots in Washington – after renting a house for their post-White House stint in …


UPDATED: Sun., April 16, 2017, 9:27 p.m.

Which state sends most taxes to D.C.? Hint: It’s not a state

As Tax Day approaches, show some love for the good people who live in the nation’s capital. Washington, that swampy den of iniquity that politicians love to scorn, sends the …


Air Force: Pilot ejects safely before F-16 crashes near DC

The military says a fighter jet pilot on a training mission ejected safely before the aircraft crashed a few miles from the U.S. capital.


UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 4:20 p.m.

Woman, 20, charged with plowing into Capitol Police cruiser

A 20-year-old woman described as “erratic and aggressive” drove a vehicle into a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser and was taken into custody Wednesday morning, a disruption that closed down streets …


Big Ten Tournament makes itself at home in nation’s capital

After alternating between Indianapolis and Chicago the previous 19 years, the Big Ten Tournament made its debut a few blocks from the White House. The calculated move has been met …


When will DC’s famed cherry trees bloom? Find out Wednesday

The predicted peak blooming period for this year’s cherry blossom season in Washington will be announced this week. The window is expected to be announced Wednesday at a press conference …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 6:55 p.m.

Bao Bao, the National Zoo’s giant panda, heads to China

The drivers and trucks, including one backup, arrived and Bao Bao, the giant panda at the National Zoo munched her last breakfast Tuesday at the Washington facility where she was …