Archive for November 2011

Questions about MPD shooting; Peter Shapiro; Cain campaign falters

November 30, 2011 - 01:23 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, attorney A. Scott Bolden talked about the death of a northwest DC man who was fatally shot by police last summer. Bolden, who represents the man's family, says police should have handled the situation differently.

Former Prince George's Councilman Peter Shapiro (D) discussed his bid for a seat on the DC Council. Shapiro, a District native, is focusing on ethics reform and his experience as a local elected official in Md.

In our last segment, we spoke with Politico's David Catanese about the Cain campaign, which is reeling following a Georgia woman's claim that she and the former pizza company executive had a lengthy affair.

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Thursday at 10am: Politico's Mike Allen and Bob Chase of the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance

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Rep. Moran on collapse of debt talks; Disney says No to PG

November 29, 2011 - 12:31 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Northern Virginia Congressman Jim Moran talked about the collapse of the debt-reduction “super committee” and what it means for efforts to rein in federal spending. We also discussed the impact future cuts will have on the Washington region – and the debate over whether to extend the payroll tax holiday.

 

Washington Business Journal reporter Missy Frederick talked about Disney’s decision to pull the plug on a planned 500-room hotel at National Harbor in Prince George’s County.


And DC Councilman Harry “Tommy” Thomas, Jr. called in to urge residents to support the Beacon House Falcons. The Falcons are a Junior Pee Wee football team that captured the eastern region title Saturday, earning them the right to play for the national title in Florida next week – provided they can raise the funds needed to get there.

 

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Wednesday at 10am: The case of the DC man who was shot and killed by police inside his own apartment.

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D.C.’s Walmart deal; Boudreau is fired; Beacon House Falcons

November 28, 2011 - 02:03 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we discussed the “community benefits agreement” that the Gray administration has reached with Walmart. The retail giant wants to open six stores in DC and the administration says the deal will mean good things for the city. But critics – including our guest, Marina Streznewski of the DC Jobs Council – say the agreement falls short in several ways. (The city’s deputy mayor for economic development, Victor Hoskins, was not able to join us, due to prior commitment.) 

Tom Threlkeld of the DC Pro Sports Report discussed the firing of Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau, the tentative NBA labor settlement, and the Redskins win in Seattle.

In our last segment we talked with several members of the Beacon House Falcons, a Jr. Pee Wee football team from DC that won the eastern region title this weekend. The win qualifies the Falcons for next weekend’s national playoffs in Orlando, but they must raise $50,000 this week to cover their travel expenses. (Donations can be made via the Beacon House website, www.beaconhousedc.org.)

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White House hopeful Buddy Roemer; Craig Shirley on Newt, 1941

November 23, 2011 - 12:18 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, former Louisiana Governor and Congressman Buddy Roemer discussed his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Despite his considerable resume – and indictment-free record – Roemer hasn’t been invited to any of the debates. (He says organizers keep changing the requirements for eligibility.) We discussed a wide range of issues, including his belief that our political system is corrupt. In our second half hour, veteran Republican strategist, PR man and author Craig Shirley discussed Newt Gingrich’s rise in the polls. We also talked about his new book, “December 1941,” which was timed for the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Thursday at 10am: Kathy Jankowski of the Catalogue for Philanthropy

 

Friday at 10am: Tackling childhood obesity; Local doctors young heart attack victim

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Harry (and Louise) Jaffe; NBA lockout; The Caps struggle

November 22, 2011 - 12:17 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe talked about new questions that have been raised about DC Councilman Tommy Thomas. We also discussed the ethics bills lawmakers are now debating. We were then joined by Louise Jaffe, Harry’s wife. The pair have teamed up on an advice column that appears twice-weekly on Washingtonian’s web site. In our final segments, Comcast SportsNet’s Brian Jackson discussed the NBA lockout, the Capitals recent struggles, and the Redskins strong showing against the Cowboys.

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Wednesday at 10am: Presidential hopeful Buddy Roemer and author Craig Shirley

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Foreclosure help; Super Committee failure; Holiday travel advice

November 21, 2011 - 08:36 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we discussed the opening of a new Mortgage Help Center in Greenbelt. Our guest, Fannie Mae Senior Vice President Jeff Hayward, talked about the help that at-risk homeowners from across the Washington area can find there.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton discussed the failure of the so-called Super Committee to come up with a debt reduction plan. Also – Rep. Darrell Issa’s proposal to give the District limited budget autonomy and Mayor Gray’s decision to hire a top Norton aide.
In our last segment, travel expert Jay Ellenby offered holiday travel advice. 


Tuesday at 10am: Washingtonian Magazine’s Harry Jaffe and his wife, Louise, discuss their new column.

 

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Overworked train operators; U.S. Economy; Brought back to life

November 18, 2011 - 12:49 PM
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Adam Tuss joined us in studio to talk about a new report showing that some Metro train operators are working 15 hours a week. While that's not the case for most, it raises the question: "Is rider safety at risk?"

Jennifer Donelan also talked with Dr. Deborah Allen Hewitt about the economic downturn and the partisan bickering on the hill.

In our second half hour, we talked with a woman whose heart stopped for more than ten minutes. The doctors who helped save her life as well as her young daughter shared the role they played in her miraculous recovery.

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Monday at 10am: Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.

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Our Monthly Conversation With DC Mayor Vincent Gray

November 17, 2011 - 01:22 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we spent an entire hour talking with DC Mayor Vincent Gray.

He addressed concerns over plans to build 6 new Walmart stores in the District. We also learned more about his unscheduled trip to Tampa, and plans to build a training facility for the Washington Redskins.

Jennifer Donelan hosted today's show and fielded questions from viewers on taxi fares, parking tickets, education and much more.

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Friday at 10am: Economist Deborah Allen Hewitt.

 

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No slots ban in PG; Adoption Day; Issa offers half a loaf

November 16, 2011 - 01:03 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Examiner reporter Ben Giles discusses the Prince George’s Council’s decision to defer action on the proposed ban on slot machines. The council opted instead to ask the state to conduct a referendum. The vote was a victory for Executive Rushern Baker, who had urged the Council not to take any options off the table prior to the 2012 session of the Maryland General Assembly.
We also talked about prostitution and labor provisions the Council approved.
Saturday is Adoption Day, and DC Family Court Presiding Judge Zoe Bush previewed the event. She also discussed her experience as an adoptive Mom.
And DC Vote’s James Jones talked about Rep. Darrell Issa’s offer of partial budget autonomy to the District of Columbia. We also discussed the on-going trials of the “DC 41” democracy protestors and tomorrow night’s vigil at the White House.
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Thursday at 10am: DC Mayor Vince Gray.

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Va. election fallout; When a friend or loved one has cancer

November 15, 2011 - 12:42 PM
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 Today on NewsTalk, WAMU reporter Michael Lee Pope talked about the big gains Virginia Republicans scored in last week’s elections – and what it may mean for statewide policy on hot-button social issues. We also discussed his book, which looks at the 50 year period during which Alexandria was part of the District.
Journalist Lori Hope discussed her book, “Help Me Live: 20 things people with cancer want you to know.”
And Schroeder Stribling discussed the merger of N Street Village and Miriam’s House.
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Wednesday at 10am: The Prince George’s Council’s vote on a proposed slots ban.

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Slots ban for PG?; Currie censure urged; Solyndra scandal

November 14, 2011 - 01:07 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we talked with leading voices on both sides of the debate over slot machines in Prince George’s County. With the County Council poised to vote tomorrow on whether to ban slot machines, we spoke with former state Delegate Gerron Levi, head of the group StopSlots, and Darrell Carrington, a lawyer representing Penn National, owner of Rosecroft Raceway. It’s a lively and informative conversation.

We then spoke with Susan Wichmann, head of Maryland Common Cause, about state Sen. Ulysses Currie, who last week was cleared of federal bribery charges. Lawyers for Currie, a Prince George’s Democrat who once chaired the powerful Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, admitted that he failed to disclose his lucrative consulting arrangement with Shoppers Food Warehouse. That admission has led Common Cause and others to pressure the Senate to censure him for violating the legislature’s ethics rules.

In our last segment, Politico’s Darren Samuelsohn talked about the Solyndra scandal. This Q&A, which starts about 44 minutes into the hour, is an excellent overview of the controversy that has ensnared the White House.

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Perry’s “oops” moment; Cain fights back; Player is kidnapped

November 11, 2011 - 01:21 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, our political roundtable – ABC 7’s Scott Thuman, Politico’s David Mark, and Adam Tragone of Human Events – looked at Rick Perry’s brain freeze, Herman Cain’s effort to battle sexual harassment allegations, the search for “a true conservative” and more.

Then, Tom Threlkeld of the DC Pro Sports Report talked about the kidnapping of Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos, the firing of Joe Paterno and the NBA lockout.

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Monday at 10am: Ethics reform in Annapolis? Also: the PG slots debate and the Solyndra scandal.

 

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Tim Brant on Joe Paterno; Avoiding gridlock; Sen.-elect Dick Black

November 10, 2011 - 01:25 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we discussed the new plan that the region’s leaders have devised for avoiding massive gridlock when unexpected events occur. Our guests: Montgomery County Councilman Phil Andrews and Millicent West, head of the Homeland Security/Emergency Management Agency in the District.
ABC 7 Sports Director Tim Brant shared his thoughts on Penn State’s firing of coach Joe Paterno. Tim has known Paterno a long time ago; we highly recommend your checking out this interview. It starts about 19 minutes into the hour. We also talked about the NBA lockout and the kidnapping of Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos.
And in our last segment, state Senator-elect Dick Black talked about the possible GOP takeover of the Virginia Senate. In the interview, which starts about 45 minutes into the show, Black says residents of Virginia want – and can expect – more conservative policies coming out of the legislature.
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Friday at 10am: Analysis of the week’s political and sports news.

 

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Vote 2011 – Virginia and beyond; Kwame Brown

November 9, 2011 - 01:03 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney discussed the battle for control of the Virginia Senate. A too-close-to-call race in Spotsylvania County will determine whether Republicans complete their bid to gain total control over state government.
DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown talked about ethics reform, education, voting rights and more. (In part two of our Q&A, we ask about the Washington Times report that there’s a janitor on the DC government payroll who makes more than $100,000 a year.)
We spoke with Del. Adam Ebbin, who next year will become the first openly gay state Senator in Virginia history.
And Politico’s James Hohmann talked about the labor referendum in Ohio, the “personhood” referendum in Mississippi and the recall of a top legislator in Arizona.
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Thursday at 10am: Area leaders work to avoid repeat of last winter’s ice-storm gridlock. Also: Sen.-elect Dick Black.

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Chief Magaw; The 2012 elections; Bulova vs. Williams

November 8, 2011 - 01:08 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw discussed his tenure as the county’s top cop. He talked about his philosophy, the drop in violent crime, community policing, Safe Communities and more. Washington Post chief correspondent Dan Balz talked about the mood of the U.S. electorate one year out from the 2012 elections, and the role the sour economy may play in the race for the White House. We also checked in with the candidates for Fairfax Board chair – incumbent Sharon Bulova (D) and challenger Michael “Spike” Williams (R), both of whom called in from the campaign trail.

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Wednesday at 10am: Analysis of today’s elections in Virginia and DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown.

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Michael A. Brown; Pipeline protest; Credit info at risk

November 7, 2011 - 01:43 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, DC Councilman Michael Brown discussed the recent trip that city leaders took to Tampa, to check out the NFL Buccaneers’ training facility. Brown wouldn’t discuss the trip in detail, but it’s clear that some District officials would like the Redskins to move their training camp from Ashburn to DC.
We also discussed job creation, the city’s new voting rights effort, internet gambling and more.
Environmentalist and author Bill McKibben talked about Sunday’s protest at the White House, which saw thousands of demonstrators ring the building in opposition to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
And reporter Kris Van Cleave talked about new ways that criminals might gain hold of your credit card information without you even knowing it.
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Tuesday at 10am: Prince George’s Police Chief Mark Magaw

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Lululemon murder trial; Heart health; Foreclosure help

November 4, 2011 - 12:43 PM
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Legal Analyst A. Scott Bolden gave his thoughts on the Lululemon murder trial.

Mary McGowan of WomenHeart helped us wrap up Heart Health Week with some tips on how to prevent cardiovascular disease, and where to seek support if you are diagnosed.

In our second half hour, we spoke with Rev. Keith Savage, and Rev. Clyde Ellis of VOICE. The organization is helping victims of the foreclosure crisis in Prince William County, and making sure big banks are being held accountable for their role.

 

 

 

Monday at 10am: DC Councilman Michael Brown

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Shawn Mitchell; Foreign Aid; Heart Health

November 3, 2011 - 12:24 PM
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We continued our debate series with Virginia Senate candidate Shawn Mitchell. Mitchell, a Democrat, is running for in northern Virginia's 13th District. His opponent, former Delegate Dick Black (R) was invited but declined to appear on today's show.
We also talked with the head of the Coalition of International Development Companies about whether the U.S. should continue to supply aid to other nations.
Plus, because it's Heart Health Week, we get advice from a local cardiologist about ways to keep your heart going strong.

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Friday at 10am: A. Scott Bolden on the Lululemon murder trial.

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Stewart Endorses Allen; Pamela Danner; Cain Controversy

November 2, 2011 - 11:59 AM
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Today on NewsTalk, we spoke with Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart about his surprising endorsement of U.S. Senate candidate George Allen.

In our second half hour we continued our debate series with Pamela Danner, who's challenging incumbent Barbara Comstock for the District 34 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. (Del. Comstock was invited, but declined.)

And, Politico's James Hohmann updated us on the controversy surrounding presidential hopeful Hermain Cain.

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Thursday at 10am: Charito Kruvant on the foreign aid debate, and Virginia Senate candidate Shawn Mitchell.

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Cain controversy; Gray report is out; Candy calories

November 1, 2011 - 01:15 PM
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Today on NewsTalk, we looked at Herman Cain’s handling of the controversy that is now dogging his presidential campaign. As Politico first reported, a woman who worked with Cain at the National Restaurant Association alleges that he sexually harassed her. Cain denies wrongdoing, though his campaign has been criticized for giving inconsistent responses to questions about whether a settlement ever occurred. It’s the first major crisis for the Cain team, which has unexpectedly found itself atop recent presidential primary polls. Our panel today included David Mark of Politico, ABC 7 reporter Scott Thuman (who attended yesterday’s Cain event at the Press Club) and Adam Tragone of Human Events.
WAMU reporter Patrick Madden discussed the just-released report into allegations Sulaimon Brown leveled at Vincent Gray following last year’s mayor’s race in the District.
And fitness expert Josef Brandenburg talked about why anyone seriously concerned about their weight should consider throwing out their Halloween candy.
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Wednesday at 10am: Prince William Board Chairman Corey Stewart and Virginia House candidate Pamela Danner.

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