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The capital of the United States, Washington, D.C. is formally known as the "District of Columbia" and informally known as "D.C." The signing of the Residence Act in 1790, approved the creation of a capital district located along the Potomac River on the East Coast of the U.S. As permitted by the U.S. Constitution, the District is under the exclusive jurisdiction of Congress and is therefore not a part of any U.S. state. Named in honor of George Washington, D.C. is home to many national monuments, museums, foreign embassies and the headquarters of many international organizations, non-profit organizations, lobbying groups and departments and agencies of the federal government.

In addition, Washington, D.C. houses the centers of all three branches of the federal government, including Congress, the President and the Supreme Court.

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The District of Columbia holds closed primaries, meaning only voters registered with that political party can vote in the primary. Citizens must have completed party affiliation changes by March 3, 2014, in order to vote in the primary.
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The Washington, D.C. judicial system consists of two main courts, a court of appeals and superior court. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals is the equivalent of a state supreme court. As the court of last resort for the District of Columbia, the Court of Appeals reviews all final orders, judgments and specified interlocutory orders of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Superior Court of the District of Columbia is a trial court of general jurisdiction which handles local trial matters.

The federal district court for Washington, D.C. is the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Appeals of that court's decision go to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.



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Washington, D.C.
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The Federal City
Capital:   Capital of the U.S.
Motto:   Justice for All
Population:   632,323
Area of state:   68.3 sq. mi.
Admitted to U.S.:   1790
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