Archive for April 2013

Jason Collins comes out; Group advocates for electoral college reform; FBI investigating Gov. McDonnell

April 30, 2013 - 05:10 PM
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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.

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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton; Turmoil plagues Baltimore jail; The NFL draft; The Virginia governor's race

April 29, 2013 - 02:46 PM
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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.

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Virginia Senator Mark Warner on the sequester; The NFL draft frenzy

April 26, 2013 - 01:35 PM
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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.

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George W. Bush Presidential Center; PG County Brotherhood Summit; Fundraiser for injured Fairfax Officer

April 25, 2013 - 12:12 PM
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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.

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Tensions over North Korea; Anita Bonds wins D.C. Council seat; Capitals clinch the playoffs

April 24, 2013 - 02:49 PM
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Today on NewsTalk: North Korea's threatening behavior and rhetoric unnerves the international community. What's the country's young leader up to? We asked Dr. Victor Cha, author and former Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council.

Democrat Anita Bonds won yesterday's special election in the District for a city council seat. We talked with Bonds about her victory and what she hopes to accomplish now that voters have spoken.

And for analysis of the election outcome, we talked with Washington Post reporter Tim Craig.

Last night the Capitals beat the Jets to win the southeast division and clinch the playoffs. We talked with Ben Raby of the Washington Capitals Radio Network about how the team turned the season around.

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Boston Terror Attack Investigation; FAA furloughs affect travel; Fitness class benefits local food bank

April 23, 2013 - 02:49 PM
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Today on NewsTalk: Charges have been filed against the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing and the investigation into what led the Tsarnayev brothers to commit mass murder is underway. We discussed the latest with POLITICO reporter Kevin Cirilli and WTOP reporter J.J. Green.

Airline passengers are starting to feel the impact of the sequester budget cuts, as FAA furloughs are causing delays at the airports. And, the TSA delays it's policy change allowing small knives on planes. We talked with reporter Kris Van Cleave.

And, we talked with fitness expert Josef Brandenburg about a new fitness class at his studio that's helping the Capital Area Food Bank.

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Boston Marathon bombings; GOP PACs and the D.C. Council special election; Is the sports world ready for gay athletes?

April 22, 2013 - 06:15 PM
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Today on NewsTalk: The search for suspects in the Boston bombing is over, but many questions about the suspects and their backgrounds remain. Many Americans used social media to track the news in the bombing's aftermath. We talked with Good Morning Washington's Scott Thuman about the dark side of social media's role.

Just one day before the D.C. Council Special Election, there's new scrutinty of the PACs boosting candidate Patrick Mara. We talked with Republican activist Marc Morgan and Democratic activist Peter Rosenstein.

And Tom Threlkeld of the DC Pro Sports Report discussed the resurgent Capitals and speculation that a group of gay professional athletes will come out at once. Is the sports world ready?

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Manhunt continues for Boston bombing suspect; Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly

April 19, 2013 - 12:56 PM
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Today on NewsTalk: After a long night of violence, one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is dead and a second remains at large. We discussed the latest in the manhunt as Boston remains on lockdown.

And Northern Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly joined us to discuss the gun control debate and the impact of recent budget constraints.

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Senate rejects gun measures; D.C. Council race heats up; D.C. budget autonomy vote; Challenges of breaking news

April 18, 2013 - 03:38 PM
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Today on NewsTalk: A compromise measure to expand gun background checks on Wednesday fell six votes short of passage in the Senate. We talked with POLITICO's Rachel Smolkin about what this means for the gun debate.

D.C. voters head to the polls Tuesday for a special election to choose a new councilmemeber. We discussed the latest in the D.C. council race with Washington Post reporter Tim Craig and political strategist Doug Sloan.

Also on the ballot is a measure to give the District government more freedom to spend its own money. We talked with James Jones of D.C. Vote.

And, we discussed the challenges the media faces in covering breaking news like the Boston Marathon terror attack with ABC7/NewsChannel 8 reporter Rebecca Cooper.

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Boston terror attack investigation; Letters with ricin sent to President, U.S. Senator; Silver Line project

April 17, 2013 - 02:29 PM
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Today on NewsTalk: We discussed the latest in the Boston terror attack investigation with NewsChannel 8 reporter Kathy Park, David Silverberg, former editor of Homeland Security Today, author Andrew Gambel.

Washington Post reporter Erik Wemple joined us to discuss media coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the role of social media in breaking news.

Two letters containing  the poison ricin were sent to President Obama and a U.S. Senator from Mississippi. We talked with bioterrorism expert Dr. Jeffrey Elting of the Presidential Health Care Center.

And contractor bids for phase two of the SIlver Line project are due this. We talked with WAMU transportation reporter Martin DiCaro.

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Boston Marathon terror attack

April 16, 2013 - 03:28 PM
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Today on NewsTalk: Three people were killed and more than 170 others injured, after two bombs exploded just seconds apart near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Now, a federal investigation is underway to find out who is responsible.

We talked with former Virginia governor and former terror commission chairman Jim Gilmore and editor of Homeland Security Today, Dan Verton about where the investigation will focus, and how we can prevent acts like this from happening again.

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Columbia Pike Streetcar, Purple Line projects won't get federal funding; Tax Day; The Masters

April 15, 2013 - 05:08 PM
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Today on Newstalk, we talked with Jay Fisette, a member of the Arlington County Board of Supervisors, about the Columbia Pike streetcar project and it's recent snub for federal funding.

April 15 is tax day, but what happens if you're hit with an IRS tax audit? We answered all your tax questions with CPA Joey Musmar.

And, after a sudden death final round, Adam Scott won the Masters and took home Australia's first green jacket. We talked with Dave Lucas, host of NewsChannel 8's Capital Golf Weekly.

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D.C. Council Debate Part 2

April 12, 2013 - 02:27 PM
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Today on NewsTalk: Early voting is already underway in the April 23rd special election for the D.C. Council seat vacated by Phil Mendelson. There are six candidates vying for the spot. Today, we held part two of our D.C. Council debate with candidates Perry Redd (S/G), Elissa Silverman (D) and Paul Zukerberg (D).


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Gun control debate; D.C. Councilman Vincent Orange; National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day; Street Smart Safety Campaign

April 11, 2013 - 03:09 PM
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Today on NewsTalk: The Senate voted 68 to 31 this morning to open debate on gun control, defeating a Republican filibuster threat. We discussed the gun legislation debate and other issues on Capitol Hill with POLITICO's Rachel Smolkin. 

We talked with D.C. Councilman Vincent Orange about the Council's dissatisfaction with the D.C. Fire and EMS Department's leadership.

Adam Tenner, Executive Director of Metro TeenAids joined us to discuss the issue of HIV/AIDS among young people.

And, we spoke with George Branyan from the D.C. Department of Transportation about the city's street safety campaign.

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D.C. Council Debate

April 10, 2013 - 03:06 PM
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Today on NewsTalk: Early voting is already underway in the April 23rd special election for the D.C. Council seat vacated by Phil Mendelson. There are six candidates vying for the spot. Today, we held part one of our D.C. Council debate with Democrat Matthew Frumin and Republican Patrick Mara. Incumbent Anita Bonds was expected to also take part in today's debate, but couldn't make it.

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Maryland General Assembly concludes historic session

April 9, 2013 - 04:45 PM
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Today on Newstalk: The Maryland Legislature wrapped up an historic session that saw the repeal of the death penalty, new restrictions on guns, and the transfer of power in Prince George's County. Today, we were joined by Delegates Heather Mizeur, Kathy Afzali and Jolene Ivey for analysis.

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Baker on PG School reform; Obama budget draws fire; Masters week

April 8, 2013 - 04:23 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker talked about the legislation giving him the power to appoint the county school system’s leadership. The bill, approved last week and on its way to Governor O’Malley for his signature, creates a state panel that will compile three candidates for the Executive to pick from. Baker said he asked for the new power because education is the key to the county’s future.

In our second half hour, Politico’s Reid Epstein talked about the bipartisan criticism of the President’s budget outline, and 106.7 The Fan’s Michael Williams previewed The Masters, which kicks off on Thursday.

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The rise of the Nationals; Maryland Legislature passes gun control bill; Critics slam Virginia abortion bill

April 5, 2013 - 03:34 PM
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Today on NewsTalk: The Washington Nationals are making it look easy, with a season-opening sweep of the Marlins. We talked with freelance sports writer and author Elliott Smith about the team's young stars.

The Maryland Legislature has approved some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. We talked with Washington Post Maryland politics editor Christian Davenport about the big win for Governor Martin O'Malley.

And in Richmond, it was a historic session for the Virginia Legislature, as lawmakers passed a new transportation measure and a controversial abortion bill. We talked with state Senator Barbara Favola and Delegate Patrick Hope.

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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray discusses possible mayoral run

April 4, 2013 - 03:22 PM
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Today on NewsTalk: Is he or isn't he running again? D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray joined us for out monthly talk about what's going on in the city, and today he sounded more like a re-election candidate than ever.

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Brown ends Council quest; Virginia poll results; Duncan on transit center

April 3, 2013 - 02:34 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we discussed former D.C. Councilman Michael Brown's decision to abandon his comeback bid. ABC7 D.C. Bureau Chief Sam Ford and political strategist Doug Sloan looked at the impact of Brown's decision on the remaining candidates in the April 23 contest.

A new poll by the University of Mary Washington looked at where Virginia voters stand on same-sex marriage, immigration and the federal budget. Political science professor Stephen Farnsworth offered analysis of the findings.

And former Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan joined us to discuss transportation funding, the Silver Spring Transit Center and his comeback bid.

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