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Jim Webb Plays Future Card Close To Vest

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Webb wouldn't say what further public role he might pursue after touring a new Veterans Administration facility in Richmond that treats veterans who suffered spinal cord trauma.

Reporters greeted Webb as "short-timer" at the start of an impromptu media gaggle, Webb grinned, arched one eyebrow and replied, "Maybe."

Asked later to elaborate, Webb said only that he plans to stay politically involved but that "six years in the United States Senate is about right."

Webb is a former Navy secretary and decorated Marine veteran of the Vietnam War. He has been mentioned in Washington speculation as a possible successor to retiring Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

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Villainous Scheme Makes Dozens A Few Minutes Late

A 40-foot inflatable "minion" — the yellow, unintelligible sidekicks from the Despicable Me movies who recently were given their own spinoff — broke loose and blocked traffic in Dublin this week.
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The Surprising Roots of Barbecue

We speak with culinary historian Michael Twitty about the roots of familiar southern dishes in African and Native American food traditions.

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President Obama's Iran Speech

Veteran journalist Marvin Kalb joins us to discuss the parallels between JFK's nuclear disarmament speech fifty years ago and President Obama's speech on the nuclear deal with Iran.

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The Future Of D.C. Taxis: Ernest Chrappah Discusses Competition And Change

The new chairman of the D.C. Taxicab Commission wants to make it a nimble, innovating agency. He discussed those goals and the related challenges with WAMU 88.5's Martin Di Caro.

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