lovejoy
 
Reply Sun 7 Jun, 2009 08:04 pm
why isn't washington dc in any of the states?

thanks in advance
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Sun 7 Jun, 2009 08:27 pm
@lovejoy,
straight from wiki

Article One of the United States Constitution provides for a federal district, distinct from the states, to serve as the permanent national capital. The centers of all three branches of the federal government of the United States are located in the District, as are many of the nation's monuments and museums. Washington, D.C., hosts 174 foreign embassies as well as the headquarters of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The headquarters of other institutions such as trade unions, lobbying groups, and professional associations are also located in the District.

The United States Congress has supreme authority over Washington, D.C.; residents of the city therefore have less self-governance than residents of the states. The District has a non-voting at-large Congressional delegate, but no senators. D.C. residents could not vote in presidential elections until the ratification of the Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1961.
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Diest TKO
 
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Reply Mon 8 Jun, 2009 03:05 am
They didn't want to give any state more power than another. That idea failed in terms of industry though. Maryland and Virginia totally take advantage of their proximity to DC.

Take it from me.

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lovejoy
 
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Reply Tue 9 Jun, 2009 11:52 pm
thanks each
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