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WASHINGTON (AP) A spending plan Congress is working on to fund the federal government through September does not currently include $150 million that Metro had been promised to improve safety. Yesterday an amendment to restore the funding was killed by Republicans.

WASHINGTON (AP) A reception will be held next month in Washington to help the 2012 election campaign of the Arizona congresswoman who is recovering after being shot in a shooting rampage in Tuscon. The March 15th event will be held by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' congressional friends.

WASHINGTON (AP) Historical papers, photographs and other documents from Ben's Chili Bowl were placed on view today at George Washington University's Africana Research Center. The popular diner has been a fixture in Washington's African-American community for more than a half-century.

WASHINGTON (AP) The D.C. Council will consider a bill that would allow women to get birth-control pills directly from a pharmacist, not a doctor. Council member David Catania says the bill is intended to expand access to contraception without the burden and cost of doctor's visits.

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This post was updated at 6:15 p.m.

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Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

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