A lead pipe (left) seen through a hole in the kitchen ceiling in the home of Desmond Odom, in Newark, New Jersey.
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President Biden has proposed spending $45 billion to replace every lead water pipe and service line in the nation. A public health expert explains why he sees this as a worthwhile investment.
An abolitionist lithograph of the slave trade in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. Capitol in the background.
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Riots by proslavery forces raged for three days in the nation's capital after the capture of a ship bearing fugitive enslaved people. The president, a slaveowner himself, tried to calm the city.
On January 6, 2021, Donald Trump addressed his supporters in Washington. Shortly afterwards, thousands of them will forcibly enter the Capitol.
In his January 6 speech in Washington DC, Donald Trump urged his supporters to force their way onto Capitol Hill, is a perfect compendium of his inflammatory populist rhetoric.
It is very difficult to estimate the size of the crowd that stormed Capital Hill because there is no aerial imagery.
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A professor of journalism explains why you should be skeptical of any numbers that you see over the next few days.
Arthur Sinodinos: “One of the dangerous trends has been that the media itself has become a battleground”.
As he leaves to take up his new post as Ambassador to the United States, Arthur Sinodinos warns that the Australian media landscape is becoming increasingly partisan.
When a group of white and African American integrationists entered a St. Augustine, Fla. segregated hotel pool in 1964, the hotel manager poured acid into it.
Municipal swimming pools flourished in the 20th century. But too often, their success was based on the exclusion of African Americans.
Washington is getting ready for Donald Trump’s big show.
The Declaration of Independence was not greeted with universal acclaim and many Americans stayed loyal to the crown.
D.C. would likely elect Democratic representatives and senators.
A new bill aims to give the District of Columbia representation in Congress.
The nation that once took in the “huddled masses” has now shut its “golden door” on outsiders.
Ancient Rome and its empire had the concept of asylum at its heart. Its legacy provided inspiration for centres of power around the world, but today outsiders are no longer welcome.
The Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.
Museum of the Bible
The highly controversial Bible Museum in Washington, D.C., has just announced the withdrawal of five manuscripts deemed counterfeit. Where did these fragments come from and how did they get there?
An illustration called “British Burning Washington” depicting the White House on fire in 1814.
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Donald Trump was under the mistaken impression that Canadians once burned down the White House. But he's not the only one who has a fuzzy sense of the history of the War of 1812.
A public worker clears a storm drain in Carson City, Nevada.
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The US wants to invest in more infrastructure to handle our rainfall and melted snow. Stormwater credits could help cut costs and protect the environment.
The Department of Defence and the CIA have big seats in the editing suite.
Illustration titled, “If you want to get rid of mosquitos, drain the swamp that breeds them.” (1909)
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An urban planning expert goes knee-deep into the murky history behind this popular phrase often used to describe the nation's capital.
Protesters gather on the National Mall for the Women’s March on Washington during the first full day of Donald Trump’s presidency.
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Inaugural weekends are snapshots of the cultural and political zeitgeist. How did this year's compare to those from 2009 and 2005?
The National Museum of African American History and Culture prepares to open its doors.
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A visit to the US's racially diverse capital finds a city girding up to survive in a racist world.
First Lady visits charter school in Washington DC.
Depending on who you ask, charter schools may be either an important solution to persistent educational inequality, or a misguided attack on public schools as Americans know them. Both sides are firmly…