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President Donald Trump makes a toast during a dinner reception for the annual National Governors Association winter meeting Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the State Dining Room of the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump toasts nation’s governors at White House black-tie ball

- Associated Press

President Donald Trump toasted the nation’s governors Sunday night, welcoming state leaders to a black-tie ball at the White House ahead of discussions about his plans to repeal and replace the so-called Obamacare law.

A welcome sign in three languages is displayed in a yard in Salem, Ore., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Emphasizing ways in which Oregon is reliant on immigrants, the state has told a federal court it wants to join Washington state's lawsuit against President Donald Trump's immigration ban. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Virginia lawmakers move to end sanctuary city policies

Virginia lawmakers are moving to ban so-called “sanctuary” cities, as other regional jurisdictions vow to reaffirm their sanctuary status in response to President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration.

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Professional ice carver Bill Sandusky was set to perform demonstrations at Western Maryland's annual Winter Fest on Saturday, but unseasonably warm temperatures have delayed the festival by at least a week. Festival organizers could face the same predicament next weekend if such warm weather conditions do not change. (Greater Oakland Business Association)

Winter Fest delayed by warm weather

It bills itself as the state's snowiest town, but officials in the Western Maryland town of Oakland have postponed the annual Winter Fest — because of unusually springlike weather.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, left, addresses the Maryland House of Delegates as House Speaker Michael Busch, center, and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford stand nearby, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, in Annapolis, Md. Maryland lawmakers gathered for the start of their annual 90-day legislative session. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark) ** FILE **

Maryland lawmakers set to expand A.G. powers due to Donald Trump

- Associated Press

Fearful of President Donald Trump's policies, the Maryland General Assembly is poised to empower the state's Democratic attorney general to sue the federal government without permission from the state's Republican governor.

As the District's nonvoting member of Congress, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton can propose legislation but not vote on it, which she is pressing to change. (Associated Press)

In death law debate, officials see life for home rule

- The Washington Times

District activists and local officials insist they can feel new energy surging through the D.C. statehood movement -- even in the face of a vote by a House committee Monday night to strike down a high-profile city law passed less than two months ago.

Ellicott City merchants push for return of street parking to rebound from flood

In the latest sign that the historic district is trying to bounce back from the summer's devastating flash flood, merchants in Ellicott City are pushing officials to reinstate public parking along Main Street, where roughly 70 on-street spaces are now off limits, reducing foot traffic.