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In Fight For D.C., One Legislator Says That Rats Are Winning

It's an age-old problem in big cities everywhere: rats. But in D.C., one legislator says its time to step up the fight against four-legged vermin.

In the ongoing battle between man and rat, Council Member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) says one side is winning — and it's not the humans. "Rats are once again out of control in the District of Columbia," he said on Tuesday.

D.C.'s booming construction and hot night life have not only helped attract tens of thousands of new residents, but rats are making a comeback too, Graham said.

"Rats prosper on battery cables. Pizza is much better. Dog poop — can I use that word? — is like an energy bar to rats," he said.

Graham has introduced a bill that would require restaurants and other businesses to file rat-control plans with the city when they apply for business licenses.

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Your Turn: Sexual Assault, Nate Parker And More

Director Nate Parker's college rape case is resurfacing and putting off would-be fans of his highly anticipated film "The Birth of a Nation." What do Washingtonians think?

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Minnesota Cracks Down On Neonic Pesticides, Promising Aid To Bees

Minnesota's governor has ordered new restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been blamed for killing bees. Many details of the plan, however, remain to be worked out.
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Donald Trump’s Immigration Plan And His Visit To Mexico

Donald Trump lays out a plan for immigration after a meeting with Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto. An update on the Republican presidential nominee’s proposals on immigration, illegal drugs and trade.

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Results From Congressional Primary Races And New Concerns About Hacks Into State Voting Systems

Join us to discuss results from primary challenges to Republican Senator John McCain, Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz and others and new concerns possible Russian hackers breaking into U.S. state voting systems.

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