Archive for March 2013

Prince George's County Schools Takeover; MD Lawmakers Debate New Bills; Choosing a Pope

March 29, 2013 - 05:24 PM
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Today on NewsTalk: Should Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker have the power to hire the Superintendent of Schools? We debated with county board of education member Donna Hathaway Beck and education activist Chris Valentine.

We talked with former Councilman and state Senator David Harrington about the latest issues Maryland lawmakers are grappling with in Annapolis.

And part two of Leon Harris' interview with Cardinal Donald Wuerl.

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Virginia Gubernatorial Race; Sequestration Impact; Same-Sex Marriage Debate; McDonnell Amends Key Bills

March 28, 2013 - 02:26 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, former Congressman Tom Davis talks about the sequester's impact on the region, the president's second term, the GOP's demographic dilemma and the race for governor in Virginia.

Politico's Josh Gerstein gave us an inside look at this week's historic oral arguments on same-sex marriage.

And WAMU radio reporter Michael Lee Pope discussed Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's amendments to several key pieces of legislation.

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Silver Spring Transit Center; National Security Trouble Spots; New Ballou High School

March 27, 2013 - 01:25 PM
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Today on NewsTalk:  A new report finds that the Silver Spring Transit Center, which is already behind schedule and over-budget, is also structurally deficient. We talked with deputy Montgomery County Attorney John Markovs.

WTOP national security reporter J.J. Green joined us for a discussion on everything from the crisis in Syria to new concerns about North Korea.

And city leaders helped break ground on a new Ballou high school yesterday. DC Councilman Marion Barry talked about what it will mean for Ward 8.

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MD Transportation Bill; Cardinal Donald Wuerl On Choosing a New Pope; Maryland Live! Table Games

March 26, 2013 - 11:33 AM
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Today on NewsTalk, AAA Mid-Atlantic's Lon Anderson discussed the controversial plan to raise transportation funding in Maryland.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, shared what it was like to take part in the conclave that elected Pope Francis. We aired part one of his interview with ABC7's Leon Harris.

And, we talked with reporter Whitney Wild about the impending arrival of Vegas-style table games at the Maryland Live! Casino.

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Bowser Discusses Mayoral Bid; Living Wage Debate; FBI Search for New Headquarters; SCOTUS takes up Gay Marriage

March 25, 2013 - 02:05 PM
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Today on NewsTalk,  DC Councilwoman Muriel Bowswer discusses her mayoral bid in her first interview since announcing plans to run for Mayor.

Reverend Grayland Hagler discusses the DC Council measure that would require so-called big box retailers to pay a "living wage."

A nondescript building in Springfield that may be home to a sophisticated CIA training site could hamper efforts to bring the FBI to Virginia. Washington Post reporter Jonathan O'Connell talks about the FBI Headquarters relocation.

And Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson previews the Supreme Court's consideration of the Proposition 8 and DOMA cases.

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School Board Reaction to Takeover Plan; Bowser to Announce Mayoral Bid

March 22, 2013 - 12:04 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, the head of the Prince George's Board of Education shared her reaction to Executive Rushern Baker's proposed schools takeover. Our 1-on-1 with Verjeana Jacobs can be seen in the first half hour.

(In the interview, Bruce attributed a quote in a Robert McCartney column to a "Baker aide."  The quote was anonymous; we don't know who made the comment Bruce was referring to.)

In our second half hour, DC Councilwoman Muriel Bowser prepares to launch her mayoral bid. Washington Post reporter Tim Craig joined us with an early look at the 2014 race.

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Mr. Obama in Israel; SCOTUS Gay Marriage Preview; DC Council Special Election

March 21, 2013 - 01:58 PM
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Today on NewsTalk we talked with American University professor and author Allan Lichtman about President Obama's trip to Israel.

He also discussed his new book "FDR and the Jews."

And next week the Supreme Court willl hear arguments on the legal challenge to Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex unions. Ken Jost of CQ Press joined us with a preview.

DC voters head to the polls next month to select a new councilmember. Political Strategist Doug Sloan talked about the 7 candidates vying for the seat once held by Council Chairman Phil Mendelson.

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GOP Reboot; Clergy Urge Action on Climate; Mild Winter

March 20, 2013 - 01:03 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, the chairman of the RNC says the party must broaden its appeal if it is to win future elections. Will the base buy it? We asked Politico's James Hohmann and Human Events Online editor David Harsanyi.

Religious leaders rally for action on climate change. A preview from Rev. Lennox Yearwood.

And on this first day of spring, some thoughts on why winter was so mild. Reflections from ABC 7 meteorologist Jacqui Jeras.

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New Worries About N. Korea; Baker School Takeover; Obama Visits Israel; Pope Francis Delivers Homily

March 19, 2013 - 09:41 AM
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Today on NewsTalk, WTOP's J.J. Green discussed the North Korean missile threat.

WashPost columnist Bob McCartney talked about Executive Rushern Baker's bid to take over the Prince George's schools.

Politico's Edward-Isaac Dovere previewed the president's trip to Israel.

And we played an extended excerpt from the Pope's installation mass.

 

 

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Baker Seeks Control of Schools; MD Death Penalty Repeal; NCAA Tournament Preview

March 18, 2013 - 01:11 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker discussed his proposal to take over the county school system.

Then, we got analysis of Baker's move, and the state legislature's push to repeal the death penalty, from former Councilman Peter Shapiro and David Moon of Maryland Juice.

And SportsTalk's Alex Parker previewed the upcoming NCAA tournament.

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Metro progress, Prince George's Co. legislation

March 15, 2013 - 12:23 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Metro General Manager Richard Sarles talks about transit service in the Washington area, the Silver Line and WMATA's future.

And Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks talks about public safety legislation now being debated in Annapolis.

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New Pope, DC gun violence, Skins & the Caps

March 14, 2013 - 03:04 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Washington Post religion reporter Michelle Boorstein talks about the election of a new pope.

We talk with Peaceoholics co-founder and author Ron Moten about the recent violence on DC streets and his book "Drinking Muddy Water".

And Tom Threlkeld of the DC Pro Sports Report the free agents soon to play for the Burgundy and Gold and the struggle with the Caps

 

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Budget Battle; Sharon Bulova; Job Tips for Grads

March 13, 2013 - 12:09 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker talked about the country's debt situation and the budget battle underway on Capitol Hill.

We talked with Fairfax Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Sharon Bulova about transportation funding, and the competition for the FBI headquarters.
And, Dr. David Miles offered advice for college grads entering the workforce.

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Obama Plays Nice; VA Governor's Race; FBI HQ Search; Gun Control

March 12, 2013 - 08:56 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we talked with Politico's Edward-Isaac Dovere about President Obama efforts to improve his relationships with Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Will Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling make this year's race for governor in Virginia a 3-way affair? Well we now know that he won't run as an independent.Our interview with WAMU's Michael Lee Pope aired before the annoucement.

Plus, the battle for the FBI is starting to get nasty. WBJ reporter Michael Neibauer explains.

And, moms from across the country are headed to Capitol Hill to take on the issue of gun control. We talked with Erin Sharkey Gormley by phone.

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Rep. Donna Edwards; Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown

March 11, 2013 - 03:00 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) discussed the fiscal standoff, the use of drones, gun violence and the competition for the FBI.

Then, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown talked about this year's Maryland General Assembly session, the death penalty, transportation funding and his political future.

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Death Penalty Repeal; Refinancing Your Home; Budget Battle; DC Streetcars

March 8, 2013 - 01:54 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, a bill to abolish capital punishment is making its way through the Maryland General Assembly.
We discussed the death penalty repeal with Robert McCartney of The Washington Post.
And, President Obama breaks bread with Republicans. James Hohmann, Political reporter for Politico joined us with the latest on the shift in strategy and the lingering budget battle.
Mortgage professional Brian Martucci offered advice on refinancing your home.
Plus, an update on the DC streetcar project from Nick Nicholson of the DC Department of Transportation.
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Peter Franchot; Diabetes Cost on the Rise; Snow & Ice Safety

March 7, 2013 - 01:29 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot joined us to discuss the impact sequestration cuts could have on the state.
Dr. Robert Ratner explained what's spiking the cost of diabetes in America. And, Fred Key, a member of the Snow and Ice Management Association offered tips on dealing with snow and ice.

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Winter Driving Tips; The Politics of Sequestration; Fighting Poverty

March 5, 2013 - 01:56 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we're preparing for our most significant snowfall of the season. John Townsend of AAA Mid-Atlantic joined us with some tips on how to stay safe on the road.
Plus, A recent poll finds voters split on the potential impact of sequester cuts. Ron Faucheux of Clarus Research Group joined us to discuss.
And, Ed Lazere of the DC Fiscal Policy institute talked about ways to reduce homelessness and the city's growing poverty rate. 

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Sequester Causes Uncertainty; Consumer Protection Week

March 4, 2013 - 02:00 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton discussed the uncertainty surrounding the sequester, and her decision to donate her pay for every day federal workers are furloughed.
And, it's National Consumer Protection Week. We talked with Eric Friedman of the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection about ways to protect yourself from scams and keep your identity safe.

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Sequester Day Arrives; Graham Discusses Reprimand; Re-election for Gray?

March 1, 2013 - 01:40 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and Politico’s Roger Simon discussed the sequester and the impact it will have on the economy, federal agencies and the workforce.

Then, DC Councilman Jim Graham talked about the reprimand he received this week from his colleagues. Also: the challenge of finding housing for homeless families.

And would an unindicted Mayor Gray get re-elected if he decides to seek a second term? Ward 1 activist Terry Lynch and commentator Peter Rosenstein shared their thoughts. 

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