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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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Homicides in 2015, during the first year in office of Mayor Muriel Bowser, Vincent Gray's successor, spiked 54 percent to a total of 162 across the city, and Mr. Gray, who is now back on the city Council, is pushing for more cops. (Associated Press)

Eying Bowser, Gray pushes case for more cops

- The Washington Times

D.C. Council member Vincent Gray on Monday pressed his crusade to bolster the District's police force Monday, but the mayor's top civilian public safety official said more officers might not be the answer to the surge in homicides the city has seen over the last two years.

Deborah Simmons

Fifty shades of education reform

- The Washington Times

There should be no doubt where the Trump administration stands on education reform. The president would not have risked nominating a non-politician to run point on education policy if he doesn't plan or want to change policies from the inside.

Maryland State House. Photo credit: Martin Falbisoner. Accessed via Wikicommons Media.

Republicans walk out of Maryland Senate during debate

- Associated Press

Republicans walked out of the Maryland Senate in protest during a debate on a resolution to enable the attorney general to sue the federal government without the governor's permission in response to actions taken by President Donald Trump.

The White House is visible as morning traffic builds along 16th Street Northwest, in Washington, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. The Metro subway system that serves the nation's capital and its Virginia and Maryland suburbs shut down for a full-day for an emergency safety inspection of its third-rail power cables. Making for unusual commute, as the lack of service is forcing some people on the roads, while others are staying home or teleworking. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

D.C. officials: Energy merger spurns legality

- The Washington Times

D.C. officials are asking the city's highest court to overturn a multibillion-dollar merger between local energy supplier Pepco and Chicago-based energy generator Exelon that utility regulators approved nearly a year ago.