Senate Clears Path To End Shutdown, Lee Boyd Malvo Sentencing To Be Argued In Court

Senate Clears Path To End Shutdown

The Senate is voting to end the three-day government shutdown. A key procedural vote cleared a 60-vote threshold today and set the stage for a final vote on a Republican proposal to extend government funding until February 8th. That became possible when Democrats accepted a commitment from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to take up immigration reform soon. That will include possible long-term protections for Dreamers, hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Metro Resumes Service After Track Fire

Metro is back up and running after a track fire at the Pentagon City station. Commuters took to social media to share images of flames and smoke spewing from a track tie right next to the platform around 9:00 this morning. The Pentagon City and Crystal City stations were temporarily shut down while workers quickly fixed the faulty track tie.

Pitch To Amazon Includes Billions In Improvements

Maryland is offering to spend five-billion dollars in taxpayer money to lure Amazon to Montgomery County. Governor Hogan today unveiled some details of the pitch, which includes two-billion dollars in road and infrastructure improvements and a series of tax breaks for the online retailer worth three-billion. In a statement, Hogan said Amazon’s second North American headquarters “is the single greatest economic development opportunity in a generation, and we’re committing all of the resources we have to bring it home.” The “Sun” reports that out of the 20 remaining finalists, only Newark, New Jersey is offering an incentive package worth more than Maryland’s.

Lee Boyd Malvo Sentencing To Be Argued In Court

The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments on the sentencing of Lee Boyd Malvo. A judge ruled that the junior member of the Beltway Sniper team that killed ten people in 2002 is entitled to new sentencing hearings after the Supreme Court ruled the ban on life without parole for juveniles is retroactive. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring will appeal the judge’s ruling tomorrow.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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