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Stories by Adriel Bettelheim:

Degas/Cassatt Exhibit Leaves Quite an Impression

May 20, 2014

Sometimes, the story behind a great painting is literally found behind the painting. Consider Mary Cassatt’s 1878 impressionist gem “Little Girl in a Blue Armchair.”

Sackler Gallery's Whistler Exhibit Shows an Artist in Transition

May 7, 2014

One of the season’s biggest art shows features more than 80 works of a French-trained American working in London, arrayed in a gallery normally devoted to Asian art.

Medical Spending Surges With Health Law Sign-Ups

April 30, 2014

Health care spending surged 9.9 percent during the first quarter of 2014 as people who gained insurance coverage under the health care law apparently began using more medical services, the government said today.

Smithsonian's Kiyochika Exhibit Illuminates a Bygone Tokyo

March 31, 2014

The scenes of late 19th century Tokyo capture a city on the rise, with multistory brick buildings, gas lighting, telegraph poles, railroads and warships cruising the surrounding rivers.

In Garry Winogrand Exhibit, a Completed Body of American Work

March 5, 2014

Few museum exhibits offer an occasion to actually complete an artist’s body of work. But a retrospective of the legendary street photographer Garry Winogrand now at the National Gallery of Art offers a rare exception by displaying haunting, unconventional portraits of mid-20th-century America — many of which weren’t developed or known to exist before his death in 1984.

'The Dying Gaul': Dignity With a Mustache

Dec. 18, 2013

The last time the celebrated Roman sculpture known as “The Dying Gaul” left Italy was in 1797, when Napoleonic forces carted it off as a war prize with every intention of keeping it in France.

Library of Congress Hosts 'A Celebration of Mexico'

Dec. 10, 2013

The sepia-toned footage contains rare glimpses of Mexico from a vanished era: Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata entering Mexico City with a throng of troops, a pile of burned corpses, a child in folk dress celebrating the country’s independence, an artillery platoon preparing to fight counter-revolutionaries.

50 Richest Members of Congress: The Wealth Keeps Growing

Sept. 13, 2013

A surprisingly strong year in the financial markets made the richest members of Congress even wealthier in 2012, with the median net worth of the 50 richest rising more than 17 percent, CQ Roll Call’s annual survey of congressional wealth shows.

Naval Museum Brings Light to War of 1812 Artifacts

July 15, 2013

It’s called a Chambers swivel gun and it’s a nasty piece of work, capable of firing 175 rounds in two minutes using a series of charges that work like a Roman candle and can’t be extinguished once ignited.

Ballets Russes Comes to National Gallery in Multimedia Form

May 8, 2013

A century ago this month, an avant-garde ballet troop scandalized Paris with a primeval portrayal of human sacrifice set to dissonant music that seemed designed to provoke audiences and repudiate entrenched artistic conventions.

National Gallery of Art Assembles Durer Works

March 18, 2013

It would be practically impossible to assemble a museum exhibit containing all of the essential works of a Renaissance master such as Michelangelo or da Vinci. But after a decade of planning, the National Gallery of Art is taking a stab at another giant of the era — German painter and printmaker Albrecht Durer.

Financial Firms Fight CFTC Proposal Designed to Protect Customer Funds

March 12, 2013

Financial service firms are mounting an aggressive campaign to kill a proposal aimed at protecting customer funds in the event that a brokerage misuses its clients’ money to cover losses.

K Street Files: Ex-Sen. Kyl Joins Covington & Burling

March 6, 2013

Former Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., will join the global public policy and government affairs practice at Covington & Burling, the firm announced Wednesday.

Cyrus Cylinder Makes First Appearance in D.C.

March 4, 2013

At a time when Iran’s identity in the West is being defined by portrayals of revolution in the movie “Argo” and by the nation’s nuclear program, an exhibit opening this week at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery recalls a time when the ancient kingdom of Persia was a test bed for tolerance and human rights.

Before He Was 'Hizzoner' of New York City, Koch Prepped for Battle in the U.S. House

Feb. 1, 2013

Although Ed Koch’s legacy will be rightfully traced through Gracie Mansion, the iconic former mayor of New York City paid his dues as part of Gotham’s rough-and-tumble Democratic party. Koch, who died Feb. 1 at age 88, served five terms in the House before he was elected “hizzoner” of the Big Apple for three terms.

Emancipation Proclamation Going Back on Display

Dec. 20, 2012

The Civil War exhibit that opened last month at the Library of Congress will gain a special addition on Jan. 3, when curators for the first time in almost four years will display President Abraham Lincoln’s handwritten first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation.

David-Apollo Arrives for Italian Diplomatic Mission

Dec. 12, 2012

It’s endured Renaissance political intrigues, scandalized Chinese censors and partied at President Harry S. Truman’s 1949 inaugural.

Nonprofits Spurred to Action as They See Fiscal Cliff Threatening Tax Incentive for Charitable Donations

Nov. 27, 2012

The season of giving is turning into an anxious time for charities and nonprofits worried that efforts to avert the fiscal cliff may limit the tax incentives for making charitable donations.

Democrats Stress Need for Higher Taxes on Upper-Income Earners in Fiscal Cliff Deal

Nov. 18, 2012

Two top congressional Democrats said Sunday that higher taxes on upper-income earners are essential to any deal to avert the year-end fiscal cliff but expressed hope that a compromise on new revenue and spending cuts could be found in the coming weeks.

Hurricane Throws Twist Into Tax-Exempt Bonds Lobbying

Nov. 15, 2012

Hurricane Sandy could provide an unexpected boost to local governments and financial service firms that are trying to keep a proposal to tax municipal bond interest out of the debate over the fiscal cliff.

Hurricane Throws Twist Into Tax-Exempt Bonds Lobbying

Nov. 15, 2012

Hurricane Sandy could provide an unexpected boost to local governments and financial service firms that are trying to keep a proposal to tax municipal bond interest out of the debate over the fiscal cliff.

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Sent Back to Lower Court for Review

Sept. 18, 2012

Pennsylvania’s highest court today ordered a lower court judge to review whether a recently enacted voter identification law disenfranchises voters.

Obama Posture Contributes to Middle East Instability, House Chairman Says

Sept. 16, 2012

President Barack Obama's failure to clearly communicate U.S. policy in the Middle East is contributing to the wave of violence in the region and may create more opportunities to attack American interests, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said today.

Financial Reform Lobbying Fight Persists

July 18, 2012

As the Dodd-Frank financial reform law nears its two-year anniversary Saturday, one of the last big lobbying fights over the landmark measure is unfolding over underwriting standards.

Health Care Law Upheld by Supreme Court

June 28, 2012

The Supreme Court today upheld the 2010 health care law, validating President Barack Obama’s top domestic policy achievement while dealing a stinging rebuke to mostly Republican critics who charged the statute was unconstitutional.

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