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By Michael McGuire

Please click the link here to read Michael’s latest essay. The narrative covers a rare sit-down interview with U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle. This is not written in the style of a news piece, but rather in the style of essays published in periodicals.

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By Rachel Aiken

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By Jayna Johns

Video Report/Interview

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By Rachel Aiken, Jayna Johns, Michael McGuire and Ben Petitto

Click the thumbnail images of the reporters to venture to their personal blog stories about their experiences in Washington so far.

Rachel Aiken

Rachel Aiken

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Jayna Johns

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Michael McGuire

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By Rachel Aiken

For Ali Asghar, the bottom line in his appeal is whether his attorney convinced a federal appeals court today that he has enough proof to support his allegations that he was the victim of race discrimination on the job.

Asghar, who is in his 50s, is a Muslim born in Afghanistan who worked for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, a division in the U.S. Treasury Department. In 2006 he filed a lawsuit against the government, claiming he was the victim of race discrimination after Treasury officials and FBI agents questioned him about possible links to terrorism.

The questioning of Asghar occurred after he tried to return to work after a seven-month visit to Afghanistan in 2004. When he tried to use his employee security card to enter the building, he couldn’t get in because his status had been changed.

No charges were filed against Asghar and he returned to work after Thanksgiving in 2004. (more…)

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By Michael McGuire

Audio Report/Interview with Attorney Rob Jenkins

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By Jayna Johns

A federal judge today sentenced a former D.C. nightclub owner to 38 months in prison and ordered him to pay more than $950,000 in restitution to the IRS for underreporting his annual income.

Abdul Karim Khanu, 42, of Potomac, Md., who owned DC Live, Platinum and H20, was convicted last year of tax fraud and tax evasion after skimming cash from his clubs and paying employees under the table.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said she believes Khanu won’t be a repeat offender. “I think that he is sincere that this conviction has definitely made an impression on him,” she said. “This is definitely a good first step.”

But, she said, she felt she needed to send him to prison. (more…)

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