By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
An envelope addressed to a U.S. Senate office tested positive for the deadly poison ricin Tuesday, launching a criminal investigation and prompting warnings to other offices to take precautions with their mail.
Abortion, drone strikes, guns, military spending, unemployment — demonstrators highlighting these issues and more are expected for President Obama's inaugural parade, though perhaps the most visible of the planned protests will be made by D.C. government officials outside city hall.
Some congressional offices outside Washington and media organizations have received threatening letters containing a suspicious powdery substance that was tested and proved to be harmless, the FBI and the Senate's top law enforcement officer said Wednesday.
SEALs return to Virginia Beach sans fanfare; Metro, Capitol Police increase security; Richmond wants tighter gun laws; Escaped D.C. teen returned; D.C.'s Graham wants to change laws on escaped youths; Va. offers too few mental health services for children; Prince Charles arrives today; Howard Co. gets speed cameras; Levy docudrama premieres Sunday.
Some Capitol Hill lawmakers are speaking out about what they say is the need to beef up security measures for congressmen, bucking a general trend from members of both parties to remain silent on the matter so soon after the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona.
Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance W. Gainer, who oversees the chamber's operations, issued a statement Wednesday reminding Senate offices and staffers not to open any mail that hasn't first been opened and inspected at the testing facility.
Mr. Gainer said the Capitol Police, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies are investigating the mailing, and he said the off-site Senate mail facility will be shut down for several days while testing is conducted.