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The Politics Hour

Casino supporters hit jackpot as Maryland votes to expand its gambling program. Virginia's governor loses the lottery to join Mitt Romney on the Republican presidential ticket. And the U.S. transportation secretary joins regional leaders in playing tough with the area's airports authority. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) talked about how he would find middle ground on sequestration if he's elected to the U.S. Senate in November. Kaine said he would propose a combination of tax cuts and revenue builders that would soften cuts to defense and health care programs, such as leting the Bush tax cuts expire for those who make more than $500,000. "It hurts the Virginia economy more than most, and northern Virginia in a very, very acute way," Kaine said about potential defense cuts.

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Rob And Nick Reiner Say 'Being Charlie' Is 'Drawn From Our Lives'

Being Charlie is a new film about addiction in a Hollywood family. It's a story director Rob Reiner and his son, writer Nick Reiner, say they know well because of their own family's struggles.
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When It Came To Food, Neanderthals Weren't Exactly Picky Eaters

During the Ice Age, it seems Neanderthals tended to chow down on whatever was most readily available. Early humans, on the other hand, maintained a consistent diet regardless of environmental changes.
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David Cameron's Former Advisor Wants To Revamp The U.S. Conservative Movement

British political operative Steve Hilton tells NPR's Scott Simon what he thinks the conservative movement needs both in the U.K. and the U.S.
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'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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