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D.C. to target zombie properties

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The District has long kept tabs on vacant properties, blighted buildings and so-called nuisance properties. The city even went a step further and began using tax dollars to blast graffiti off other’s people’s property.

In this Aug. 4, 2017, file photo, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speaks at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Andrew Harnik File)

House passes federal asset forfeiture reform bill

- The Washington Times

The police practice of seizing cash or property linked to suspected criminal activity is taking flak on Capitol Hill, and groups advocating for reforming federal asset forfeiture rules see the effort taking off this year.

D.C. lawmakers must take stock of city’s assets

- The Washington Times

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is a perfect teaching tool for the D.C. government, particularly since the string of storms pounded the theme that all lives matter and that it is important to keep track of your assets. Mother Nature constantly reminds us that it ain’t over ‘til it’s over.

Trump says Rice was wrong to unmask staff members who met with UAE sheikh

- The Washington Times

President Trump on Thursday lashed out at President Obama’s top national security aide amid reports she acknowledged to congressional investigators that she sought classified information on senior members of his staff during the presidential transition because of suspicions over a prominent Gulf sheikh’s secret visit to Manhattan.

This image provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services shows what the new Medicare cards will look like. The cards are getting a makeover to fight identity theft. No more Social Security numbers will be placed on the card. Next April, Medicare will begin mailing every beneficiary a new card with a unique new number to identify them. (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services via AP)

Medicare to issue new cards in anti-fraud measure

- The Washington Times

Medicare enrollees will receive brand-new cards that replace their Social Security numbers with unique IDs, the Trump administration said Thursday, hoping to crack down on the type of identity theft and fraud that’s soaking the federal insurance program.

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