Archive for June 2012

Q&A with Ike Leggett; Obama v. Romney

June 29, 2012 - 02:39 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett talked about the proposal to build an express rapid-transit network in the most congested parts of the county. We also talked about the legislature’s failure to respond to the state’s need for new transportation funding, Pepco’s tree pruning, the Supreme Court’s health care ruling and other issues.

Then, University of Mary Washington political science professor Stephen Farnsworth talked about the race for the White House.

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Supreme Court Rulings; Sports

June 27, 2012 - 03:00 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, CQ's Ken Jost shared his thoughts on this week's Supreme Court rulings. We also talked about the upcoming ruling on health care.

Prince George's County schools superintendent William Hite Jr. is looking to take over as the superintendent of Philadelphia public schools. Kristen Graham a writer for the Philadelphia Inqurer joined us by phone with an inside look at how Hite is being received there.

And, Tom Threlkeld of DC Pro Sports Report talked about the Capitals' new head coach, the upcoming NBA draft, and the new college football playoffs.

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Q/A with Chief Cathy Lanier

June 26, 2012 - 02:30 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier talked about the Supreme Court’s immigration ruling, the shooting that left two small boys hospitalized, the drop in homicides and the return of the District’s breathalyzer program.

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Mendelson stresses ethics, stability; Remembering Sargent Shriver

June 25, 2012 - 01:16 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said residents of the District are eager to see stability and ethical conduct on a panel that has been shaken by two forced resignations this year. Mendelson, who will run in November’s special election, discussed his background, his goals, and the possibility that he could become Mayor.
We also talked with Save the Children’s Mark Shriver about his new book, “A Good Man, Rediscovering my father, Sargent Shriver.”

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Metro Crash Anniversary; School Start Times; Governor's Bowl

June 22, 2012 - 01:44 PM
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Today marked the 3 year anniversary of the deadly Metro train crash. We talked with David Alpert of Greater Greater Washington about improvements the transit agency has made since that tragic day.

Fairfax County school board Chairwoman Jane Strauss discussed the debate over whether to start school later.

And attorneys for Swaney Bell, the 74-year-old dog attack victim joined us to talk more about the case.

In our final segment, Cecelia Vergaretti talked about Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's "Governor's Bowl" competition to benefit area food banks.

Monday at 10am: Interim DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson

 

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No Gambling Expansion; Hot Wx; Lone Star Tick

June 21, 2012 - 02:12 PM
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A Maryland work group's decision no to expand gambling in the state was a hot topic on today's show. We spoke with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot about the decision.

And, summer kicked off with a bang with today's steamy weather. Meteorologist Brian Van de Graaff talked about the scorching temperatures and offered some tips on how to stay cool.

In our second half hour, we talked with Dr. Libby Kelly about the Lone Star Tick. A bite from the insect can last for weeks and cause an allergic reaction to certain types of meat. More than 1,000 cases have been reported in Virginia.

Local author Leslie Maitland talked about her first book: "Crossing the Borders of Time"

Monday at 10am: Interim DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson

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Vetting Rubio; Immigration; HIV Awareness

June 20, 2012 - 02:30 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Adam Tragone talked with host Scott Thuman about presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's announcement on the vetting of Marco Rubio. We also talked about other possible VP choices and the contempt of congress vote against Attorney General Eric Holder.

Prince William County Chairman Corey Stewart shared his thoughts on President Obama's decision to stop deportations of some illegal immigrants.

In our second half hour, we were joined by Adam Tenner of Metro Teen AIDS.

In our final segment we learned about Ford's "Ready, Safe, Drive!" program.

 

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G20 Summit; Horton's Kids; War of 1812

June 19, 2012 - 02:50 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we talked with Politico's Rachel Smolkin about the G20 Summit and President Obama's meeting with Russian President Vladmir Putin.


We also spoke with Brenda Chamberlain of the organization Horton's Kids. The group was recently featured on the Food Network's "Restaurant Impossible" with First Lady Michelle Obama. 

In our second half hour, we looked back on the war of 1812. Adam Rothman, associate history professor at Georgetown University.


We also talked to photographer Jake McGuire. 

 

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"Rush Plus" Begins; DC Politcs; Treating Migraines; "Heist"

June 18, 2012 - 01:25 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Jennifer Donelan spoke with Robert Thomson a.k.a "Dr. Gridlock" of the Washington Post about the start of Metro's "Rush Plus."

Alan Blinder of The Washington Examiner talked about what lies ahead for the DC Council following the appointment of interim Council Chairman Phil Mendelson.

In our second half hour, we learned about a revolutionary treatment performed at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital by Dr. Ivica Ducic.

And we spoke with the co-director of a new documentary called "Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?"

 Tomorrow at 10am: Brenda Chamberlain of Horton's Kids

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“Rush Plus” explained; The Sandusky trial

June 15, 2012 - 02:04 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, WTOP’s Adam Tuss talks about “Rush Plus,” the dramatic change in Metro service that commuters will first encounter on Monday. We also talked about the significant surcharge that hits riders who use paper farecards starting on July 1. 


Then, we looked at the trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Our special panel consisted of former federal prosecutor Jim Shalleck, attorney Steve Van Grack, and Shelley Broderick, dean of the David A. Clarke School of Law at UDC. 

Monday: Metro’s “Dr. Gridlock” – Robert Thompson – talks about Rush Plus. Also: Director Frances Causey talks about his new documentary "Heist"

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Rushern Baker; Mendelson becomes chairman

June 14, 2012 - 12:34 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker talked about the proposal to put a casino at National Harbor, his education initiative and the county’s efforts to woo a federal agency – such as the FBI – to perhaps Greenbelt

Then, dcist.com’s Martin Austermuhl talked about the raucous DC Council session during which Phil Mendelson (D) was elevated to interim chairman.

Friday at 10am: WTOP’s Adam Tuss on Metro’s “Rush Plus” and a special panel of legal experts talks about the trial of former Penn State Coach Jerry Sandusky.

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Rep. Gerry Connolly

June 13, 2012 - 02:27 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we spent an hour with Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly. He talked about Tueday's primaries in Virginia, and the battle between George Allen and Tim Kaine for the senate seat being vacated by Jimm Webb.

Other topics include: Our nation's struggling economy, and President Obama's chances of winning a second term.

Tomorrow at 10am: Pr. George's County Executive Rushern Baker

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DOJ leak probe; The red-hot Nats; Va. Primaries

June 12, 2012 - 12:20 PM
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Politico's Rachel Smolkin joined us today on NewsTalk to discuss the Justice Department probe into government leaks.

Then, Tom Threlkeld of DC Pro Sports Report talked about the red-hot Nationals, who swept the Red Sox over the weekend.  We also discussed the NFL concussion lawsuit, and L.A. Kings Stanley Cup victory, and the NBA Finals, which begin tonight. 

In our last segment, we discussed former Sen. Geoge Allen's comeback bid and Alexandria's primary with reporter Michael Lee Pope.

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DC Councilwoman Muriel Bowser; WI Recall Fallout

June 11, 2012 - 01:29 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, DC Councilwoman Muriel Bowser talked about former colleague Kwame Brown’s guilty plea and resignation, the upcoming race for Chairman and ethics reform. We also talked about changes coming to Metro, on whose board she sits. 

 

 

 

We also talked about the fallout from the failed effort to oust Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in the middle of his term. Joining us for that: DC area labor leader Joslyn Williams, Human Events Managing Editor Adam Tragone and Ned Ryun, founder of American Majority.

Tuesday at 10am: The Sandusky trial

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More on Kwame Brown’s resignation

June 8, 2012 - 02:36 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, DC Councilman Jack Evans talked about the resignation of Chairman Kwame Brown, the race to succeed him, the speculation that Mayor Gray could be charged and the city’s budget. 

Then we got analysis from WPFW talk show host Chuck Thies and political strategist Ron Williams Jr.

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Kwame Brown resigns

June 7, 2012 - 12:39 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, DC Councilman Tommy Wells, former Councilman Sekou Biddle and civic activists Dorothy Brizill and Bryan Weaver discussed the resignation of DC Council Chairman Brown. The Wells interview runs two segments; we also did two segments with the panel. 

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Virginia Senate Race; WI Recall; Maryland Senate Race

June 6, 2012 - 01:20 PM
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Today on NewsTalk we spoke with Jamie Radtke, a republican running for U.S. Senate from Virginia. She talked about her experience with the Tea Party, her views on healthcare and the economy.We then spoke with James Hohmann about last night's recall election in Wisconsin and what it means for the Republican Party. 
In our final half hour, U.S. Senate hopeful Dan Bongino, a republican, spoke of his plans to unseat current Maryland senator, Ben Cardin.
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Politics & the Economy; Local Development; Presidential Race

June 5, 2012 - 02:28 PM
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Today on NewsTalk we spoke with Maryland Congresswoman Donna Edwards about the 2012 elections and the role the economy is playing in the race for the White House.

In our second half hour, Grant Ehat, a broker at JBG Rosenfield talked about some new development plans aimed at boosting our region's economy. 
And, political analyst Roger Stone about the ever-tightening presidential race. 

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Md. gaming panel meets; Mixed signals from McDonnell; Economic competitiveness

June 4, 2012 - 02:17 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Washington Examiner reporter Ben Giles talked about the Maryland gambling commission’s first session – and the concern among casino interests that too many gaming locations will reduce profits. We also talked with Del. Brian Feldman (D-Montgomery) about suggestions lawmakers hold a special session on transportation, not gambling.

Council of Governments chairman Frank Principi talked about Region Forward, COG’s effort to keep the DC area competitive with other parts of the U.S. 
And Washington Post reporter Anita Kumar discussed the mixed signals sent by the McDonnell administration on the Silver Line project.

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Gay marriage ruling; Jobs report; Big soda ban

June 1, 2012 - 08:07 PM
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 Today on NewsTalk, CQ Supreme Court reporter Ken Jost talked about the appeals court ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.

Then, Jim Dinegar, head of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, discussed this morning's disappointing jobs report. He also criticized members of the Maryland and Virginia legislatures for not doing more to fund transportation, and he expressed concern about the impact big defense cuts would have on the region's economy.

In our final segments, Margo Wootan of the Center for Science in the Public Interest talked about New York's proposed ban on super-sized soft drinks. Video after the jump.

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