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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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'End Of The Tour': An Unauthorized 'Anti-Biopic' Of David Foster Wallace

Instead of telling the author's life story, the film (which the Wallace estate does not approve of) focuses on five days in 1996 during the publicity tour for Infinite Jest.
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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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