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Congressman Van Hollen Talks Health Care With Retirees

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When it comes to health care reform, Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen says the times have changed, but the rhetoric hasn't.

Speaking to seniors old enough to remember the passage of Medicare in the 1960's, Van Hollen took on the term "socialized medicine." When Van Hollen called Medicare "a very successful program," the crowd at Leisure World in Montgomery County applauded.

Van Hollen's forum on health care was civil, and didn't have the raucous protests that have marred many others, since Leisure World is a gated community.

Van Hollen finished the meeting by guaranteeing that any bill passed by the House of Representatives would include the so-called public option.

Matt Bush reports....

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Major Bambi: Meet The Marine Who Was Disney's Famous Fawn

A gritty Marine, Donnie Dunagan fought in the Vietnam War and earned decorations for his service. But all his life, there was one thing this commander could never escape: He was the voice of Bambi.
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Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
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The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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In Michigan, A Testing Ground For A Future Of Driverless Cars

Automakers and researchers are using a 32-acre fake city at the University of Michigan to simulate a real-world environment for autonomous vehicles. How will such cars affect urban planning?

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