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Best, Worst States for Student Debt

Utah is best; DC is worst

(Newser) - Congratulations to anyone heading off to college in Utah this fall. A WalletHub ranking finds the state is the friendliest in the country when it comes to student debt, based on average debt, loans overdue or in default, unemployment, the availability of student jobs and grants, and other factors. Other... More »

New Miss USA Is Army Officer

DC's Deshauna Barber will take a break from the Reserve

(Newser) - The newly crowned Miss USA is a 26-year-old Army officer from the District of Columbia who gave perhaps the strongest answer of the night when asked about women in combat. "As a woman in the United States Army, I think ... we are just as tough as men. As a... More »

Judge Strikes Down DC Handgun Ban

Says ban on guns outside the home violates Second Amendment

(Newser) - The District of Columbia's ban on carrying handguns outside the home is unconstitutional, a federal judge has ruled. In a 19-page ruling made public yesterday, US District Judge Frederick J. Scullin concluded that the Second Amendment gives people the right to carry a gun outside the home for self-defense.... More »

DC Official Knocks ObamaCare Fix, Gets Fired

Insurance commissioner William White given his walking papers

(Newser) - The District of Columbia's insurance commissioner criticized President Obama's latest ObamaCare concession on Thursday and was fired on Friday—without being told why, the Washington Post reports. A top deputy to Mayor Vincent Gray canned the commissioner, William White, saying that the mayor "wants to go in... More »

Marion Barry Apologizes for Gaffe ... With New Gaffe

Recalls troubles of the 'Polaks'' in US

(Newser) - Marion Barry has apologized again for incendiary comments about Asians —but his apology has him in more hot water. The DC Council member recently said he'd "do something about these Asians coming in, opening businesses, those dirty shops. They ought to go." Within weeks, he complained... More »

DC Celebrates First Gay Marriages

Crush at marriage bureau as same-sex couples wed

(Newser) - Wedded bliss descended on Washington, DC, today, as the District’s first same-sex couples were married. About 15 couples visited the marriage bureau in the first hour it was open to pick up their certificates, the Post reports, with one couple running upstairs to the office of a judge to... More »

DC, Catholic Church in Gay Rights Standoff

Church to pull plug on social programs if marriage bill passes

(Newser) - The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has told the District of Columbia it will tear up its social service contracts to help the city's needy if it passes a proposed same-sex marriage bill next month. The bill wouldn't require the church to perform or provide space for gay marriages, but would... More »

Same-Sex Marriage Wins Victory in DC

Election board rules referendum on gay marriage can't be held

(Newser) - Opponents of gay marriage in Washington DC have been handed a major setback by the District's board of elections, the Washington Post reports. The board blocked a proposal to hold a referendum on recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions. The ruling means that only a court will be able... More »

Obama Aide on Leave After DC Raids

Computer chief isn't charged, but his old office is involved

(Newser) - President Obama's new computer chief is on leave after the FBI raided his old DC government office and arrested a city employee and a technology consultant on corruption charges, a White House official said. Vivek Kundra has not been charged, and he does not appear to be a target of... More »

Bribery Sting Nets Employee of Obama Tech Appointee

Vivek Kundra not linked to DC investigation: FBI

(Newser) - FBI agents raided the office of the District of Columbia’s chief technology officer today as part of a federal bribery investigation, WTOP-AM reports. The FBI arrested an employee of the agency and a private contractor who has received several hundred thousand dollars in city contracts. Vivek Kundra, President Obama’... More »

Unemployment Hits 10% in 4 States

California, Michigan, South Carolina and Rhode Island lead jobless statistics

(Newser) - Four states—California, South Carolina, Michigan, and Rhode Island—registered unemployment rates above 10% in January, and the national rate is expected to hit double digits by year-end. The US Labor Department's report on state unemployment, released today, showed the increasing damage inflicted on workers and companies from a recession... More »

Congrats, DC: Sen. Burris Is on Your Side

Milbank: Capital has ally in quest for rep ... just not a popular one

(Newser) - DC residents have a new Senate ally in their quest for congressional representation. Unfortunately, Dana Milbank points out in the Washington Post, it’s the monumentally unpopular Roland Burris, “the Democrat from Blagojevich.” As Milbank points out, “Burris is not one to be set back by shunning,... More »

DC Residents May Finally Get Rep. in Congress

(Newser) - Residents of the nation’s capital are poised to finally have a vote in Congress, the AP reports. Debate opened today on a bill that would give Washington’s 600,000 residents a House seat, and with a Democratic Congress and president in place, it might pass this time. Democrats... More »

DC Still Defying Court on Guns

City rewords provisions to bog down ownership, though challenges look certain

(Newser) - The District of Columbia is defying the Supreme Court with efforts to preserve the handgun ban deemed unconstitutional last month, Jacob Sullum writes in Reason. A new law changes the wording of the controversial “disassemble and trigger-lock” provision, meaning owners won’t be allowed to keep guns loaded and... More »

Doctor Sues 3 Officials in Anthrax Case

Claims they leaked info, caused 'severe emotional distress'

(Newser) - A former army doctor identified as a "person of interest" in the 2001 anthrax attacks is suing three US officials for leaking information about him, the Los Angeles Times reports. In his five-year-old suit, physician Steven Hatfill claims the case caused him "severe emotional distress" and hindered his... More »

Judge Halts Gitmo Transfer Back Home to Torture

First ruling of its kind in favor of detainee

(Newser) - In the first ruling of its kind, a federal judge has blocked plans by US officials to send a Guantanamo Bay terror suspect back home to risk torture and even death in a Tunisian prison. The order by a DC judge presents a major roadblock to the Bush administration's plans... More »

House Committee Charges Bush Aides With Contempt

Judiciary Committee votes along party lines to issue contempt citations to Harriet Miers and Joshua Bolten

(Newser) - The House Judiciary Committee voted to issue contempt citations to two of President Bush's top aides for defying subpoenas related to the US attorney firings scandal, edging Congress closer to a Constitutional showdown with the White House over its claims of executive privilege. The committee voted along party lines 22-17... More »

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