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Deborah Simmons

Metro’s bagel and lox, black coffee

- The Washington Times

Metro authorities are considering allowing vendors to sell food and beverages at stations is a bit concerning. Moreover, as a frequent rider pointed out Thursday, nowhere in Metro’s proposal does it say that passengers will be allowed to “consume” food or beverages in the stations or on trains.

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Deborah Simmons

D.C. Republicans don't like D.C. Republicans

- The Washington Times

The nation's capital has been breeding progressive voters for so long that when real Republicans turn up on a ballot, social and fiscal conservatives think RINO and Democrats look for candidates who are designated by a "D" or "independent."

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous speaks with reporters after participating in a debate with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at Maryland Public Television's studios in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Obama endorses Bernie Sanders' shadow

- The Washington Times

It's easy to become so distracted by what's going in the swamp until you can't control your breathing or appreciate what's going on in your own hometown or state, huffing and puffing as you read the reaction to the reaction of the news of the day. Huddled masses who dare not yearn to breathe free.

Metro's Office of Inspector General, currently located inside the transit agency's headquarters in the District, may soon find its own home as it seeks independence. (Julia Airey/The Washington Times)

Metro IG staff bulks up in prep for probes

- The Washington Times

The Metro Office of Inspector General (OIG) is gearing up for more investigations of the long-troubled transit agency as it seeks more independence from Metro officials, who are launching a $500 million, multiyear repair project.

U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 2, 1018, in Charlottesville, Va., regarding the arrest of four members of a militant white supremacist group in connection with a white nationalist torch-lit march and rally in Charlottesville, last year. The defendants, Benjamin Drake Daley, Michael Paul Miselis, Thomas Walter Gillen and Cole Evan White, are part of the Rise Above Movement, which espouses anti-Semitic views and meets regularly in public parks to train in boxing and other fighting techniques, according to an affidavit filed in the case. (Zack Wajsgras/The Daily Progress via AP)

Prosecutor: 'Serial rioters' charged in Charlottesville rally violence

- Associated Press

Four California men described as "serial rioters" are facing federal charges after prosecutors say they flew across the country for a white nationalist rally in Virginia last year and violently attacked counterprotesters.

Deborah Simmons

The geoeconomics of D.C. education

- The Washington Times

The mayor of the non-state of nonstates and the non-state's legislature are positioned for a tug-of-war over public schooling, and guess who's caught in middle?

ADDS NAME OF WOMAN - Sylvia Kiep, of Springfield, Va., kisses the hand of Attorney General Jeff Sessions as he arrives at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle for the 66th Red Mass before the U.S. Supreme Court's new term opens in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. The Court's session opens Monday, Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Jeff Sessions, three Supreme Court justices attend Red Mass

Associated Press

Three members of the Supreme Court attended an annual Mass held in advance of the opening of the high court's term. Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Stephen Breyer attended the Red Mass on Sunday at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired from the court in June, also attended.