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Debate: How Much Authority Should D.C.'s Attorney General Have?

Next year voters in D.C. will elect an attorney general for the first time. The city's mayor currently appoints the attorney general, but voters approved a referendum in 2010 to make it an elected office.

Ahead of that election, the D.C. Council is considering changes to the structure of the District's legal team in advance of the transition — transferring some of the attorney general's authority to the mayor. The changes are being promoted by Mayor Vince Gray and current Attorney General Irv Nathan, but they are being opposed by organizations that fought for the election of an attorney general.

Here are two perspectives on just how much—or how little—authority an elected D.C. attorney general should have.

NPR

'The Innocent Have Nothing To Fear' Echoes Real-Life Republican Race

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Stuart Stevens, a former strategist for Mitt Romney, whose new novel, The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear, tells the story of a neck-and-neck Republican primary campaign that ends up at a brokered convention.
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How History Influences Diets In D.C. And Around The World

Kojo and chef Pati Jinich look at how history -- and famous names like El Chico, Azteca and even Fritos -- shaped modern Mexican-American cooking in the Washington region and beyond.

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Implications Of The Supreme Court's Immigration Ruling

Many undocumented immigrants are living in fear after a Supreme Court ruling effectively barred deferred deportation for 4 million people. What the ruling means for families across the country and how immigration policy is playing out in 2016 election politics.

NPR

Virtual Reality Aimed At The Elderly Finds New Fans

Some doctors are finding that virtual travel — to Venice, a Hawaiian beach or Africa — can open new worlds to people confined by low mobility, dementia, or depression.

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