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Tom Sherwood's Notebook

What are we to make of Ballou? Radio partners WAMU and NPR delivered a devastating look at the backstory behind Ballou High School’s most recent, glowing graduation statistics. Simply stated, too many students at the Southeast school graduated with suspect grades...
Since 2010, D.C. has added more than 9,000 units of affordable housing in the city. Nearly all of it depends upon subsidies achieved through federal tax breaks. Meanwhile, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration has separately budgeted $100 million in each of...
Our neighbor to the south, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, is entering the final six weeks of his term in office. But don’t think he’s finished with politics, either in his state or in the nation. McAuliffe appeared last week on...
Turkey, tinsel and traffic. The holiday season is here. Our news media love to report the AAA estimates for holiday travel. This year the auto lobby group estimated that nearly 51 million Americans would be traveling 50 miles or more...
We just can’t let go of the Virginia elections. Republican Ed Gillespie got his head handed to him. As everyone now knows, the soft-talking Democrat Ralph Northam won going away, 53.9 percent to 44.9 percent. The Libertarian Party’s Chris Hyra barely...
After a 17-year odyssey through ideas, designs, redirections and reconsiderations, our national capital finally could be getting a memorial to former President Dwight Eisenhower. Last week, we stopped by the dedication site at 4th Street and Maryland Avenue SW, just...
Carol Schwartz has something to say. And it takes her 745 pages to do it. The former school board member, D.C. Council representative and five-time mayoral candidate is out with her new self-published book, “Quite a Life: From Defeat to Defeat...
Happy Halloween 2017. Never mind that our national politics are scary, the stock market explosion is getting scary, and the world itself is scarier with warfare and nuclear threats than at any time in recent history. Let’s not let reality get...
It seems that every jurisdiction in America — maybe except Mayberry, N.C. — wants to be home to Amazon’s second headquarters. The District of Columbia this week released four potential sites for the headquarters that could consume up to 8...
Concealed-carry handgun advocates won another victory in the District last week. It may be time to fire up my idea of a gun store on Capitol Hill. If guns are going to be readily available in the District, concealed-carry or...

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