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Catania On D.C. Mayoral Race: 'I Know I'll Win'

Council member David Catania (I-At Large) will face Democratic contender Muriel Bowser in the November general election.
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Council member David Catania (I-At Large) will face Democratic contender Muriel Bowser in the November general election.

Conventional wisdom dictates that David Catania is an underdog in the race for mayor of Washington. He is white, a former Republican and openly gay in a city that has only elected African-American Democrats to its top local office.

But Catania doesn't see it that way. He says he's never considered himself an underdog, including in the matchup with Democratic mayoral nominee Muriel Bowser. In an interview Wednesday with Associated Press reporters and editors, he said that if he works hard to communicate his message, "I know I'll win.''

Catania says he doesn't expect his sexual orientation to be much of a factor among voters. But he acknowledges that a gay mayor in the nation's capital would be an important symbol as people continue to fight discrimination.

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Cult Survivor Documents 2 Decades Inside 'Holy Hell'

Will Allen directed the documentary Holy Hell, which depicts his experience as a videographer and member of The Buddhafield cult. Allen used his own footage, as well as his interviews with other former members, to make this documentary.
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Evaporated Cane Juice? Puh-leeze. Just Call It Sugar, FDA Says

Companies cultivating a healthful image often list "evaporated cane juice" in their products' ingredients. But the FDA says it's really just sugar, and that's what food labels should call it.
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The Politics Hour - May 27, 2016

Congress votes to override DC's 2013 ballot initiative on budget autonomy. Virginia governor faces a federal investigation over international finance and lobbying rules. And DC, Maryland and Virginia move to create a Metro safety oversight panel.

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After Departure Of Uber, Lyft In Austin, New Companies Enter The Void

Earlier this month, voters in Austin, Texas, rejected an effort to overturn the city's rules for ride-hailing companies. Uber and Lyft tried to prevent fingerprinting of their drivers, and now both have left town. A few other ride-share companies have popped up to help fill the void. NPR explores how people are getting around town without Uber and Lyft.

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