ABC 7 Senior Meteorologist Bob Ryan talked about the deadly tornado that struck Oklahoma and his retirement after 30+ years forecasting Washington weather.
In our second half hour, Eleanor Clift of Newsweek and the Daily Beast weighed in on the Obama administration's efforts to maintain its focus in the wake of multiple controversies.
We talked with meteorologists Brian van de Graaff and Adam Caskey about the devastation left behind by the tornado that struck Oklahoma. Then: Virginia Republicans choose a little-known Tea Party favorite to be their Lt. Governor candidate this fall. In our second half hour, we got analysis from Prof. Stephen Farnsworth and reporter Michael Lee Pope. Watch today's show below and after the jump.
DC Councilman Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), joined us for his first in-depth interview since announcing his bid for mayor.
Plus, the White House is feeling the heat and the president's second term agenda is threatened. In our second half hour we talked with former White House Special Counsel Lanny Davis, author of "Crisis Tales: Five rules for coping with crises in business, politics and life."
Today on NewsTalk: After a rough week for the White House, are the President's allies worried that the recent scandals will cause the Obama administration's agenda to be thrown off track? An interview with House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland.
The untimely death of Maryland basketball star Len Bias, shocked the Washington area and the NBA. Journalist Dave Ungrady discussed his new book about Bias' death and the lessons young people today are taking from the tragedy.
And, Adam Ortiz, head of the Prince George's County Dept. of Environmental Resources, talked about efforts to rid the county of abandoned, eyesore properties.
Today on NewsTalk: Jennifer Eakin, Senior Forensic Case Manager at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, joined us to talk about the Cleveland abduction case and others in which young people go missing.
The Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into the IRS's targeting of conservative groups. We discussed the latest with POLITICO White House reporter Josh Gerstein.
The Capitals loss to the Rangers Monday night was just the latest example of a D.C. pro sports team coming up short. Is Washington jinxed when it comes to sports teams? We talked with Washington sports guru, Charlie Brotman.
Today on NewsTalk: Anthony Brown launches his campaign for governor, serving as the unofficial start to Maryland's 2014 elections. We talked with political analyst David Moon about the upcoming governor's race.
The Capitals-Rangers series will be decided in tonight's game at the Verizon Center. We got a preview from Tom Threlkeld of The D.C. Pro Sports Report.
The battle royal is shaping up over the right to operate Maryland's next big casino at National Harbor. We discussed the impact of gambling and casino revenue with former Nevada Governor Bob Miller.
And, we talked about the current state of real estate with John Heithaus of MRIS.
Today on NewsTalk: Arlington County supervisors insist they can find the money for the Columbia Pike Streetcar Project and that the new transit system would be a good thing for the community. We talked with county board member Libby Garvey, who's not quite sold on the idea.
Washington City Paper reporter Will Sommer joined us to talk about the planned armed march on Washington, the D.C., the Redskins name debate and more.
And, the PGA is encouraging everyone to get out and play some golf. We talked with PGA pro Mike Aldridge about "Welcome to Golf" month.
Today on NewsTalk: Did the State Department provide enough security at the American consulate in Benghazi prior to the attack that killed four Americans, and was there an effort to spin the attack? We asked ABC 7/NewsChannel 8 reporter Rebecca Cooper and POLITICO reporter Kevin Cirilli
Montgomery County officials are working to get unwanted guns off the streets. A gun turn-in drive is being held this weekend. We discussed the details with State's Attorney John McCarthy and Sheriff Darren Popkin.
And we talked with professor Peter Morici of the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business about the internet sales tax bill making its way through Congress.
Today on NewsTalk: With less than six months before election day in Virginia's gubernatorial race, a new NBC/Marist poll indicates the race is still tight. We discussed the latest with Delegate Charniele Herring, head of the Democratic party in Virginia and Republican Delegate Tom Hugo, who represents Fairfax and Prince William counties.
Promise Place, a new shelter for homeless youth, has just opened in Prince George's County. We talked with Gloria Brown, head of the county's Department of Social Services and Jim Beck from the Sasha Bruce House.
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And, the Capitals take on the Rangers in game four of the best-of-7 series. Freelance journalist Steve Repsher gave us a preview.
Today on NewsTalk: The White House is set to revive a push for stronger background checks for gun purchases. This comes, as the NRA vowed at their annual convention to continue their fight against the legislation. We discussed the latest in the gun control debate with Nan Aron of the Alliance for Justice.
Republican Ken Cuccinelli leads Democrat Terry McAuliffe in a new Washington Post poll. We discussed the Virginia governor's race with Post reporter Ben Pershing.
The stock market reaches a record high. Why is Wall Street so bullish and what does this mean for the average investor? We asked financial advisor Neal Mufti.
And a proposed Outer Beltway in Virginia generates mixed reaction. Analysis from WAMU transportation reporter Martin DiCaro.
Today on NewsTalk: Should teens who exchange racy photos face child pornography charges? We held a panel discussion on the issue of teen "sexting" with author and commentator Leslie Morgan, Shelley Broderick, Dean of the David Clarke School of Law at UDC and Petula Dvorak, a columnist for the Washington Post.
Although Elissa Silverman didn't win her D.C. Council campaign, her showing impressed many political observers. We talked with Silverman about her experience.
And we talked with Gregg Leslie, the legal defense director at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, about a push to unseal court records.
Today on NewsTalk: We talked with D.C. Councilman Jack Evans about Mayor Gray's new proposal to allow undocumented immigrants to get a driver's license, the Washington Redskins name change debate and more.
President Barack Obama loves to watch sports, and the people who want to catch his eye know it. We talked with POLITICO's Byron Tau about how some issue advertisers are getting the President's attention.
And Washington Capitals fans are rocking the red today, as the Caps prepare to take on the Rangers tonight in game one of the Eastern Conference quarter finals. WTOP sports reporter Jonathan Warner joined us with a preview.
Today on NewsTalk: The Silver Spring Transit Center is now under investigation by the Montgomery County Inspector General We discussed the latest on the trouble-plagued project with Montgomery County Councilman Hans Riemer.
The federal government recently turned down a request for funding for the Columbia Pike streetcar line. We discussed what this means for the project's future with Walter Tejada, the chairman of the Arlington County Board of Supervisors.
And we talked with Walter Smith, the head of District advocacy group D.C. Appleseed, about the D.C. budget referendum.
Today on NewsTalk: Jason Collins became the first athlete from a major pro sport to acknowledge being gay. We talked with Washington Post reporter Gene Wang about the reaction so far from players and fans.
Is it time to ditch the Electoral College in favor of a national popular vote? We asked Andrea Levien of FairVote.
The FBI is investigating the relationship between Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and the chief executive of a nutritional supplements manufactuer. The Governor discussed the probe on WTOP's Ask the Governor today.
And we talked with ABC7 meteorologist Brian Van de Graaff about the changing weather.
Today on NewsTalk: Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton joined us to talk about the D.C. budget autonomy referendum and the impact of the sequester on government programs and employee.
Washington Post reporter Ann Marimow discussed the accusations of rampant prisoner misconduct and inadequate management oversight at the Baltimore City Detention Center.
Journalist and freelance author Elliott Smith talked about Washington's picks in the NFL draft.
And, late last week Virginia Attorney General Ken Cucinelli acknowledged that he neglecetd to report some gifts on his financial disclosure form. We talked with reporter Jeff Goldberg about how this will affect his campaign for governor.
Today on NewsTalk: The NFL draft is in full swing. Washington is on the sidelines for round one, but the team will have the chance to fill some holes in later rounds. We discussed all the draft frenzy with Tom Threlkeld of the D.C. Pro Sports Report.
And, we talked with Virginia Senator Mark Warner about the Senate vote to end furloughs for air traffic controllers and how the sequester is impacting other program cuts.
Today on NewsTalk: President Obama and the four living former presidents are all in Dallas today to help dedicate the George W. Bush Presidential Center. We talked with POLITICO's chief political columnist Roger Simon about the 43rd president's legacy.
On May 4th, Bowie State University will host the Prince George's County Brotherhood Summit to help pair up young men in the county with good male role models and mentors. We talked with county executive Rushern Baker and the county's top prosecutor Angela Alsobrooks.
And, in Fairfax County, a fundraiser will be held this Saturday for Officer Long Dinh who was injured in an accident in February. We discussed the event with county Supervisor Michael Frey.