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UPDATE: Sen. Black meets with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad

Black's views of the conflict and Assad are at odds with the official American policy toward the years-long conflict.

Virginia Republicans call for special session on rights restoration

Republican leaders of the Virginia General Assembly called on Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to convene a special legislative session to discuss the governor's recent restoration of voting and other civil rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons.

Sens. Warner, Kaine among Clinton veep chatter

The New York Times shined a spotlight last weekend on Virginia’s two senators in a speculative rundown of who Hillary Clinton may select as a running mate should she secure the Democratic nomination for president.

Here’s what the Loudoun chairwoman’s mother texted her during last week’s meeting

Moms will be moms. Even when their daughter leads the governing board of a 370,000-person county.

Photo Courtesy/Michael Melkonian, Capital News Service

Jurors unmoved by Bob McDonnell’s appeal arguments

As former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's public corruption case goes before the U.S. Supreme Court, three of the jurors who convicted him say they remain certain they did the right thing.

Gov. McAuliffe restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 felons

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, through executive action, will restore voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons.

Del. LaRock sues Herring over unmet request

Loudoun County Republican Del. Dave LaRock is suing Attorney General Mark Herring for not providing a written opinion requested seven months ago

Virginia lawmakers fail to override key vetoes

Virginia Republican lawmakers failed to override several of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s vetoes Wednesday on coal-related tax credits, legislation related to clergy opposed to same-sex marriage and other issues.

Obama, first lady pay $81,000 in taxes on $436,000 of income

President Barack Obama's income fell to just over $436,000 in 2015, the lowest of his presidency, and he and first lady Michelle Obama paid nearly $81,500 in taxes, according to tax returns the White House released on Friday.

Virginia lawmakers return to take up death penalty, ethics law

Wednesday is the so-called veto session, where legislators return to Richmond for a day to consider Gov. Terry McAuliffe's vetoes and amendments to legislation passed earlier this year.

Congressman says D.C. Metro system won’t get federal bailout

The Washington area's struggling subway system won't get a federal bailout, House Republicans said Thursday as they blamed the Metro system's recent series of crises on poor management rather than a lack of funding.

McAuliffe vetoes largest number of bills since 1998

Republicans said McAuliffe's high number of vetoes shows that he and his staff are disengaged from the legislative process. Republicans control both chambers of the General Assembly.

Hundreds flock to U.S. Capitol to protest money in politics

The demonstration was part of a series of "Democracy Spring" protests planned in Washington this week by a coalition of groups.

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Rep. Comstock rips Trump: “Daddy gave him his money”

In an exclusive interview with the Times-Mirror, Comstock said Trump “doesn't know anything about the economy” and re-stated her view that Trump won't be the GOP presidential nominee.

Governor vetoes Del. LaRock’s bill to create limited school choice program

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that would allow some students to use public funding to pay for private school tuition.
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