Archive for May 2013

Eleanor Holmes Norton; Pr. George's School Reform; Zimmerman Trial

May 31, 2013 - 01:04 PM
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Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) discussed controversy surrounding Washington's football team name, Park Police furloughs and efforts to improve the National Mall.

President Obama delivered live remarks urging Congress to lower student loan interest rates. Del. Norton weighed in on that as well.

In our second half hour, activist Janis Hagey discussed efforts to place Prince George's school reform on the 2014 ballot.
Since this morning's show, we've learned that effort has failed. A new law giving County Executive Rushern Baker more power over the schools will go into effect Saturday.

And, legal analyst Jim Shalleck joined us in our final segment to talk about the George Zimmerman trial.

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2014 Maryland Governor's Race; Cicada Invasion; FBI Director Nomination

May 30, 2013 - 01:50 PM
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Today on NewsTalk:  Del. Jolene Ivey (D-Prince George's) talked about Anthony Brown's selection of Ken Ulman to be his running mate and the decision to move a state agency to New Carrollton. 

After 17 years, the cicadas have arrived! We talked with University of Maryland entomology professor and Science Channel contributor Michael Raupp about the bugs.

And, we discussed the likely nomination of former Bush administration official James Comey as the next FBI Director with POLITICO's Rachel Smolkin.

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Drunk Driving Crackdown; Weapons Systems Hacked; Major SCOTUS Rulings; Pet Travel Safety

May 29, 2013 - 12:50 PM
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Should the states lower the drunk driving standard from a BAC of .08 to .05? We asked Kurt Erickson of the Washington Regional Alcohol Program.
And, WTOP's J.J. Green joined us with a look at the cyber-attack on U.S. military systems.
Ken Jost of CQ Press talked about the numerous big decisions expected from the Supreme Court this month.
And: traveling with your pet this summer? Michelle Yue of the Washington Animal Rescue League offered some advice.

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Our Aging Infrastructure; Immigration Reform; Fitness Q&A

May 28, 2013 - 12:57 PM
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The recent bridge collapse in Washington State focuses new attention on the nation's sagging infrastructure. We spole with with civil engineer Barry LePatner, author of "Too Big To Fall." 

Plus, Politico's Jake Sherman joined us with the latest on the push for immigration reform.

And what's with those web ads promising great fitness results from "one weird trick"? Fitness expert Josef Brandenburg discussed whether there's any hope behind the hype.

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New study shows changes in commuting patterns; President Obama's ratings hold steady amid scandals

May 24, 2013 - 04:13 PM
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Today on NewsTalk: A new study reveals how the region's commuting patterns are changing. We talked with the Council of Governments' Robert Griffiths.

And, it's been a rough two weeks for the White House, but for all the talk of "scandal" President Obama's approval numbers remain steady. We discussed the week's top political headlines with Republican strategist Bob Rusbuldt and Democratic strategist Tom Hogan.

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Remembering America's fallen heroes on Memorial Day; Steny Hoyer Interview; 2013 Virginia Governor's Race

May 23, 2013 - 01:53 PM
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Today on NewsTalk: As we remember our fallen heroes this Memorial Day, Vice Admiral Norbert Ryan, Jr. joined us talk about the sacrifice made by those who died in service to the nation.

More of our interview with Maryland Representative and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer.

And, we talked with Republican Lt. Governor Bill Bolling about the 2013 Virginia Governor's race and the controversial candidate now running to replace him as Lieutant Governor on the Republican ticket.

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Bob Ryan Retires; A Summer of Scandal?

May 22, 2013 - 12:48 PM
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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.

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Deadly Tornadoes in OK; VA GOP Choose '13 Team

May 21, 2013 - 01:42 PM
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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.
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Wells Announces for Mayor; The White House Feels the Heat

May 20, 2013 - 12:53 PM
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 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."

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Congressman Steny Hoyer; The legacy of Len Bias; Clearing away abandoned buildings in Pr. George's County

May 17, 2013 - 01:46 PM
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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. 

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D.C Mayor Vincent Gray

May 16, 2013 - 03:50 PM
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Today on NewsTalk: D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray talked about plans to bury power lines, the return of street cars, the D.C. school closure plan, and the 2014 campaign.

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National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; IRS under investigation; Washington sports curse?

May 15, 2013 - 03:09 PM
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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.

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IRS Scandal Grows; Rangers crush Caps 5-0; Greater Prince George's Business Roundable marks 10th anniversary

May 14, 2013 - 04:00 PM
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Today on NewsTalk: Congress is now set to investigate the growing IRS scandal that President Obama calls "outrageous". We discussed the latest with POLITICO reporter Kevin Robillard. 

We talked with Sky Kerstein of 106.7 The Fan about the Capitals Game 7 meltdown against the Rangers.

And, Jim Estepp of the Greater Prince George's Roundtable joined us to talk about how the organization has worked to created a prospering business climate in the county over the past ten years.

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2014 Maryland Governor's Race; Caps-Rangers Game 7; Former Nevada Governor Bob Miller; The state of real estate

May 13, 2013 - 03:15 PM
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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.

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Columbia Pike Streetcar Project; Dan Snyder says no to team name change; "Welcome to Golf" month

May 10, 2013 - 02:45 PM
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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.

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The Benghazi hearings; Montgomery County gun turn-in; Internet sales tax bill

May 9, 2013 - 01:59 PM
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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.

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Virginia Governor's Race; New shelter for homeless youth opens in Prince George's County; Capitals vs. Rangers

May 8, 2013 - 02:34 PM
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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.

Prince George's County homeless youth hotline: (888) 731-0999

And, the Capitals take on the Rangers in game four of the best-of-7 series. Freelance journalist Steve Repsher gave us a preview. 

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Q&A with D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier

May 7, 2013 - 02:45 PM
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Today on NewsTalk: D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier talked about event security in the wake of the Boston bombings, gun violence, cell phone thefts and more during our monthly Q&A.

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White House to try again on background checks; Virginia Governor's race; Dow soars to record high; Proposed outer beltway

May 6, 2013 - 03:58 PM
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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.

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Teen "sexting"; Elissa Silverman discusses D.C. Council campaign; Group fights to unseal court documents

May 3, 2013 - 02:28 PM
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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.

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