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BASIS Independent McLean Introduces Students to the Art of Voting with Mascot Selection

BASIS Independent McLean Introduces Students to the Art of Voting with Mascot Selection

BASIS Independent McLean of McLean, Va., starting its inaugural year, is using the opportunity to vote on its first mascot as a chance to teach the students about the election process, in wake of the upcoming, much talked about presidential election. The process, led by head of school, Sean Aiken, will introduce ideas such delegate system and popular vote to discuss what mascot would best represent the school’s values. For more information about the school, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com/.



The American lawyer and preservationist will discuss his latest book, Roosevelt’s Second Act, while The Hay-Adams Chef Peter Schaffrath presents a delicious lunch on Top of the Hay, the hotel's rooftop venue

On Monday, January 27, 2014The Hay-Adams Author Series will welcome Richard Moe, who has had a distinguished career in government, law and historic preservation, to discuss his recent book, Roosevelt’s Second Act: The Election of 1940 and The Politics of War, while dining with guests at The Top of the Hay, the Hotel’s elegant rooftop spaces overlooking the White House. Chef Peter Schaffrath will prepare a delicious seasonal luncheon with dessert by Pastry Chef Josh Short.

Congress sends sweeping defense bill to President Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - The women of the Senate who led the fight to change how the military deals with sexual assault in its ranks are hailing the passage of a comprehensive defense bill that includes some of those changes.

The Senate voted 84-15 Thursday night for the $632.8 billion bill that covers combat pay, new ships, aircraft and military bases. Drawing the greatest attention are provisions cracking down on perpetrators of sexual assault and rape.

Estimates from the Pentagon that 26,000 members of the military may have been sexually assaulted last year. "Today represents a huge win for victims of sexual assault, and for justice in America's armed forces," said Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., one of seven women on the Armed Services Committee who pushed for the changes.

Rep. Wolf won't seek re-election

(WUSA9) -- In a press release Tuesday, we learned that Congressman Frank Wolf of the 10th District of Virginia won't seek re-election in 2014.

Rep. Wolf released the following statement:

"I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. I thank my constituents for giving me the privilege of representing them in Congress for 34 years.

McAuliffe names Brian Moran Secretary of Public Safety

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Gov.-Elect Terry McAuliffe has turned to a one-time rival to fill one of his key cabinet posts.

Brian Moran, who ran against McAuliffe four years ago for the Democrats' gubernatorial nomination, was introduced Friday at the Arlington County Courthouse as McAuliffe's choice to lead the state's Department of Public Safety.

Back in 2009, both Moran and McAuliffe lost the primary election to state Sen. Creigh (KREE') Deeds.

Moran was a prosecutor in Arlington County for seven years before becoming a state delegate representing Alexandria. Until recently, he served as chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia. He is currently in private practice.

Both McAuliffe and Moran said that gun violence would be a priority in the next four years. McAuliffe supported some gun-control measures during the campaign.

Both AG candidates form transition teams

RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA9) -- In the tightest statewide election in Virginia history, both sides are still hoping to win the Attorney General seat. 

Democrat Mark Herring picked up one more vote this morning and is now ahead of Republican Mark Obenshain by 164 votes.  

That's out of 2.2 million votes cast.  

No one is conceding.  Both sides are setting up  transition teams. The Democrats say they're confident the vote count is accurate and that Herring will be declared the winner.  

But the republicans have set the groundwork for a potential lawsuit with objections raised in Fairfax County.

In Richmond today, Obenshain echoed concerns about due process and making sure every vote was counted. He took a dig at Herring calling it foolish for a candidate to claim victory when the vote margin is 7-1000s of a percent.  

McAuliffe elected governor: what does it mean for Virginia?

(WUSA9) -- Democrat Terry McAuliffe is now governor-elect in Virginia.  He beat attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, but it was a closer race than many had expected.  So what does it mean for Virginia and the Republican party?

Political analyst Dr. Michael Fauntroy tried to answer that question for us on Wednesday. See his thoughts in the video.