THE BARRAS REPORT

March 5, 2018

     Is Ed Lazere flouting federal tax-exemption laws that prohibit the involvement of nonprofit organizations in political activities, including endorsing any candidate in an election? Is he skirting local campaign finance laws he championed during rece...

February 12, 2018

    SOMEONE--Malcolm X, I believe--once observed that the most segregated hour in America is 11 o’clock Sunday morning. That might still be true, especially during the age of the Donald Trump Presidency, where, once again, racism has become almost common plac...

January 25, 2018

     A couple of weeks ago, during one of his legislative press briefings, DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson tried to throw former DC Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and former DCPS Chancellor Michelle Rhee under the proverbial bus, blaming them for the graduation fiasco at Bal...

January 1, 2018

     THE welfare of millions of children in America is at stake as 2018 opens. We may all be focused on what the delirious 45th president is saying on Twitter and whether Paul Ryan can hold onto his seat. Equally important is the fact that the country’s most vulnerable...

October 15, 2017

      Off the beaten path, hidden from most uninformed citizens deep in Ward 5 in Northeast Washington, D.C., is one of the region’s business behemoths. Some people have referred to Fort Myer Construction Corporation as an icon. Its story is a versi...

August 21, 2017

     WHAT a difference four decades can make. That’s what I thought as I watched the  counter-protest in Boston, Mass, where 40,000 people came out to voice opposition to hate, bigotry and white supremacy—the underpinnings of the recent “free speech rally” in that city...

July 9, 2017

     THE Republicans on Capitol Hill and in the White House may be having a hard time delivering on campaign promises. That doesn’t appear to be an issue for D.C. Council member Charles Allen, however. 

Soon after being appointed chairman of the Comm...

July 2, 2017

     She seemed a perpetual presence: a landmark that could be used to guide newcomers to the place where Mount Pleasant Street stabs into Harvard St. and the Park of the Birds. Her two grocery carts lay on their sides, like wounded soldiers, perhaps, wa...

June 19, 2017

     D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is right to ignore the high jinks of Council member Mary Cheh. District residents, who believe elected officials should hold themselves to a higher ethical standard, may also want to dismiss the Ward 3 legislator’s recently...

June 8, 2017

THE two notices from At-large DC. Council members David Grosso and Robert White arrived almost simultaneously. The former wanted more details surrounding previous DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s waiver of lottery admission rules for key government officials. The latte...

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