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Reports: Anthem/Cigna merger may be blocked

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:25:36 GMT

A federal judge is ready to block the proposed $54 billion merger of the Anthem and Cigna insurance companies, according to news reports. The New York Post cited sources on Thursday that said U.S. District of Columbia Judge Amy Berman Jackson intends to block the merger, possibly as early as Thursday.

Federal judge declines to intervene for release of Guantanamo prisoner

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:49:56 GMT

Responding to an emergency court petition [text, PDF], District Judge Rosemary Collyer declined to release Barhoumi, who had his repatriation granted by a government review board, but ultimately overruled by Defense Secretary Ash Carter [official website]. Barhoumi's attorney, Shayana Kadidal [CCR profile], argued that Barhoumi would be at risk of not making it out of Guantanamo Bay prison under the Trump administration, which has committed [WP report] to maintaining Guantanamo Bay for future prisoner detention.

Make the Pledge with TheaterWorks and Join the Ghostlight Project

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:03:53 GMT

The Ghostlight Project will bring together over 500 participating organizations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. From Broadway to high school auditoriums, members of the theater community will gather from coast to coast on January 19, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in each time zone to light a light and make a pledge.

Music Works! performs an 'ogre' of a show

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:38:13 GMT

Music Works! student Kara White, who played the role of Dragon, belts out a high note during a song from Shrek the Musical, Jr. When it comes to the story of "Shrek," many people are familiar with the long, two-hour version film, but most probably haven't seen the exciting 15 minute version performed by the students of Music Works! Studio of Performing Arts. The 47 students in the advanced theater group rehearsed for months to perfect their version of Shrek the Musical, Jr. for the iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival, which took place this weekend in Atlanta.

Wyoming Guard sends 15 members to help at DC inauguration

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:17:22 GMT

Fifteen members of the Wyoming National Guard will be helping with security and other duties at Donald Trump's inauguration this week. In addition, the Wyoming Army National Guard will supply two photojournalists to help cover the various activities and events supported by National Guard forces.

The Trump inauguration is shaping up to be Washington's smallest party in years

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:09:54 GMT

Thousands of guests joined an unofficial inaugural ball hosted by The Root at the National Museum of American History in 2009. Veteran Washington party-hoppers know that the "official" balls - where the new president and his wife make an appearance - are generally just a small part of the inauguration party scene.

Family Businesses Should Carefully Consider Indemnification and...

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:40:14 GMT

When a family business operated as a limited liability company brings on professional management, the parties typically focus on items in the operating agreement such as capital contributions, allocations and distributions, and governance. However, a recent Delaware Chancery Court case serves as a reminder that all provisions of a limited liability company operating agreement must be given careful consideration, including the provisions relating to advancement and indemnification rights.

U.S Army to begin environmental study of Dakota pipeline

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:40:13 GMT

The U.S. Army on Wednesday began the process of launching an environmental study of the Dakota Access pipeline crossing in North Dakota, a move that has been challenged by the company constructing the controversial project. The Army said on Wednesday it is gathering information to prepare an environmental impact statement regarding an easement to cross at Lake Oahe, a water source upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation that has been the focus of months of fierce protests due to fears the pipeline could damage drinking water and desecrate sacred grounds.

New Participants Join Several CMS Alternative Payment Models

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:40:12 GMT

Beginning January 1, 2017, a total of 480 Shared Savings Program ACOs are serving over 9 million assigned beneficiaries. Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced over 359,000 clinicians are confirmed to participate in four of CMS's Alternative Payment Models in 2017.

Interactive inauguration map would help crowds visiting Washington

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:03:35 GMT

To help crowds deal with Friday's presidential inaugural events, Washington officials have posted an interactive online map showing street closures, transit stops, medical aid stations and even warming tents. Users can access the map wirelessly with smartphones and tablets, taking advantage of added capacity from multiple portable cellular transmitters set up near the Capitol and National Mall and along the inaugural parade route from the Capitol to the White House.

When it comes to inaugural crowds, does size matter?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:45:50 GMT

In this Jan. 21, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama and daughters, Sasha Obama and Malia Obama, is sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington. Donald Trump says his inauguration will have "an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout."

Miss USA hopes Trump can unify Americans after divisive vote

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:27:02 GMT

" The U.S. candidate in the Miss Universe pageant says she did not vote for Donald Trump but hopes the president-elect can unify Americans at a "nerve-wracking" point in U.S. history. Deshauna Barber, a 27-year-old Army officer from the District of Columbia, expressed confidence Wednesday that America can hurdle its political difficulties after "one of the most controversial elections I've ever seen in my life."

6 state AGs urge rejection of Sessions for attorney general

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:05:47 GMT

Attorneys generals from six states, including New York's Eric Schneiderman, have sent a letter urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general.

Pence to speak at U.S. Conference of Mayors

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:26:25 GMT

Vice President-elect Mike Pence is scheduled to speak at the 85th Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Tuesday. The conference is taking place Tuesday through Friday and is presided over by USMC President Oklahoma City Mayor Mike Cornett.

$52m available to milk buyers in 15 states as part of antitrust settlement

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:17:06 GMT

Bought milk? Residents of 15 states and the District of Columbia who bought dairy products between 2003 and today could receive $10 to $20 as part of an antitrust settlement with the dairy industry. To claim the moola, head to and answer a few simple questions regarding residency and dairy purchase history, then click "Submit your Claim!" The deadline to file a claim is January 31. is the official website for the Fresh Milk Products Price-Fixing Class Action Lawsuit, filed in 2011 and alleging that U.S. dairy producers slaughtered more than 500,000 cows to reduce milk supply and drive up dairy prices.

D.C. Council Approves New Paid Parental, Family, and Medical Leave Act

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:10:16 GMT

On December 20, 2016, the D.C. Council approved, by a vote of 9 to 4, a wide-ranging new paid leave system that applies to private employers in the District of Columbia. The Universal Paid Leave Act of 2016 is a bill that will allow individuals who work in Washington D.C. to take eight weeks of qualifying parental leave, six weeks of qualifying family leave, and two weeks of qualifying medical leave, and it establishes a 0.62% payroll tax on all D.C. employers in order to provide those benefits.

Here's how many people are expected to attend Trump's inauguration...

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:10:15 GMT

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