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Frey jumps into Virginia AG race

Fairfax County Circuit Court Clerk John Frey announced Wednesday that he's running for attorney general in 2013, joining Albemarle Delegate Robert B. Bell, a fellow Republican, who said he was running earlier this month.

Morning Roundup: Dec. 21

D.C. Council passes ethics legislation; Federal court hears suit against Md. congressional map; Bolling ties hopes to Romney; Metro inspects rail cars following Tuesday mishap; 2-year-old left alone in apartment; Montgomery Co. police solve fewer than 1-in-4 robberies; Kaine decries cut to signature preschool program.

Morning Roundup: Dec. 20

Va. officials meet to discuss possible Silver Line overruns; Deadly night in D.C.; Gingrich to Richmond; Maryland GOP: New map protects powerful Democrats; Md. judge hears redistricting suit; D.C. wants to overhaul cabs; Judge hears update about Wilder-led bankrupt slavery museum.

Morning Roundup: Dec. 19

P.G. cracks down on clubs, other venues beset by violence; McDonnell announces biennial budget; D.C. police to release findings of internal investigation involving fed agents; PlanMaryland hits O'Malley's desk; Report out on Virginia uranium mining; Proposed Md. redistricting map targets GOP delegates; Hearing for accused White House shooter.

What's up with that?

The IRS filed a tax lien on D.C. Council member Marion Barry, Ward 8 Democrat, for more than $3,200 in unpaid federal income taxes for last year. What's up with that?

House votes to cap parking spaces at Mark Center

Tucked into the 2012 omnibus spending bill that cleared the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday are two measures of huge import for Northern Virginia commuters: language in the bill caps the number of parking spaces at 2,000 at the Mark Center in Alexandria and requires the Army to comply with recently-issued recommendations from the Defense Department's inspector general.

Barry: Poor communication led to tax delinquency

D.C. Council member Marion Barry says poor communication between "my representatives and the different IRS divisions" is to blame for a tax lien the federal government recently filed against one of his properties, adding to his well-documented tax woes.

Morning Roundup: Dec. 15

Virginia agencies can ban gay adoption; IRS files tax lien on Barry; Gray prepares city for snowstorms; Metro cracks down on iThefts; Maryland lawmakers meet, make influential spending recommendations; Police mistakenly says Virginia man murdered daughter; D.C. to regulate tattooing and body piercing; Sun: Maryland could play roll in GOP presidential primary.

Morning Roundup: Dec. 14

Maryland, Virginia didn't adjust gas tax for inflation; D.C. clinic accused of fraud; Va. votes on adoption regulations that could affect gay couples; Maryland advocate wants tax increase on smokeless tobacco; D.C. campaign finance office releases latest report; Md. Delegate O'Donnell to challenge Hoyer; Metro: Crime dropped in 3rd quarter; Microsoft eyes St. Elizabeths property; Report finds Prince George's among Md.'s unhealthiest counties.