Maria Recio

Descendant of anti-slavery icons follows in their footsteps

The great-great-great-grandson of escaped slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, as well as the great-great-grandson of Booker T. Washington, the pioneering African American educator, he said it has taken him many years to figure out to handle so much historical weight. | 02/11/13 16:04:21 By - Maria Recio

New museum will celebrate both the pain and triumph of African-American history

It is a blight on American history that history cannot ignore: The exploitation and enslavement of black people for hundreds of years. It will be the challenge of a new museum in the nation’s capital to tell that story, however uncomfortable the subject might be to some, because it defines the history of African-Americans. | 02/11/13 16:01:13 By - By Maria Recio

Latino inaugural a party within a party

They helped elect him to a second term. Now, Latinos are going to make a splash at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration as never before. | 01/15/13 14:49:35 By - By Maria Recio

Sandy relief-package politics continue with Congress’ return

So far, federal funding efforts on Hurricane Sandy disaster relief have been one hard slog. No one knows that better than Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss. The lawmaker from the Katrina-ravaged Gulf Coast has been singled out by the aggressive New York-New Jersey media scrum for having voted last week against a boost to the flood insurance program. | 01/11/13 17:36:15 By - By Maria Recio and James Rosen

Nine new U.S. lawmakers from Texas take oath of office

Ted Cruz took the oath of office as a U.S. senator at midday Thursday, shedding his political newcomer status and becoming a new federal lawmaker who said he is "honored and humbled" to represent Texas. | 01/04/13 07:33:06 By - Maria Recio

Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison: 'I think it's the right time' to leave D.C.

When newly married Kay Bailey Hutchison left Houston for Dallas in the late 1970s, she discovered that she had become something of a desperate housewife. | 12/31/12 07:24:34 By - Maria Recio

Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison gives farewell speech

It was a subdued Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, who took to the Senate floor Wednesday, perhaps for the last time, to give her farewell speech after nearly 20 years as a U.S. senator. | 12/20/12 07:08:58 By - Maria Recio

‘Rise of Guardians’ director Peter Ramsey makes his mark, and not just for tattooed Santa

The “Rise of the Guardians” is a big-budget animated holiday movie with an improbable cast of characters: Jack Frost, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, a tattooed Russian Santa Claus, an un-cuddly Easter Bunny, and a heretofore unlikely film director. | 12/12/12 15:28:17 By - By Maria Recio

In his new perch, DeMint could help lead GOP’s ‘intellectual debate’

The Heritage Foundation sits like a watchtower on Capitol Hill, a large building just steps from the U.S. Capitol on the northeast side of Massachusetts Avenue, where analysts work to shape conservative thought and influence legislation. | 12/06/12 18:48:03 By - By Maria Recio

State's Hillary Clinton celebrates marriage of art and diplomacy

Fifty years after the Kennedy administration started a small-scale effort to place American art in embassies overseas, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday celebrated the now wide-ranging effort to foster cultural diplomacy by awarding the department’s first Medal of Arts to five artists. | 11/30/12 18:31:01 By - By Maria Recio

National Endowment for the Arts awards local grants

The National Endowment for the Arts on Tuesday announced more than $23 million in 832 grants to arts organizations and individuals for a wide variety of cultural activities, from $40,000 to support artists’ residences in Charlotte, N.C., to $45,000 for a three-day dance festival in Chavak, Alaska, population 938. | 11/27/12 18:11:22 By - By Maria Recio

At edge of fiscal cliff, everyone fights to protect his bit of budget

As Washington debates how to trim runaway federal budget deficits without going over a “fiscal cliff” of immediate tax increases and automatic spending cuts, special interest groups are mounting aggressive campaigns to make sure that they’re not the ones who have to pay the price. | 11/26/12 00:00:00 By - By Maria Recio and David Lightman

With Capitol statue of Frederick Douglass, D.C. gets some respect

The statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass that’s standing in the atrium of a Washington government office building has been a symbol-in-waiting – until now. The Civil War-era icon’s image is about to move to the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall, where it will be one of only three statues of African-Americans in the complex. | 11/19/12 00:00:00 By - By Maria Recio

Petraeus: CIA secrets cut from public account after U.S. consulate attack

Former CIA Director David Petraeus told lawmakers Friday that the agency had secretly assessed that al Qaida-linked gunmen attacked the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, but that classified references to the terrorist group were cut from talking points on which U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice relied for television interviews. | 11/16/12 18:59:24 By - By Jonathan S. Landay and Maria Recio

Congress may be ready to negotiate on taxes, spending

Congress’ rank and file – which will decide whether the nation avoids plummeting off a fiscal cliff in less than seven weeks – is showing a new willingness to negotiate and compromise, a message their leaders will carry Friday to President Barack Obama. | 11/15/12 17:06:11 By - By David Lightman and Maria Recio

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