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D.C. Mayoral Candidates Ready To Show Off Size Of War Chests

Fundraising reports for candidates vying to be D.C.'s next mayor are due in today, and the the size of their war chests could offer hints as to how the competitive election will turn out.

So far, Democratic nominee Muriel Bowser has held the strong fundraising edge over her opponents in the general election. She out-raised independent candidate David Catania by a 2-1 margin during the last reporting period. The latest campaign finance filings are due tonight at midnight.

The reports will also, for the first time, include the fundraising figures for former council member Carol Schwartz, another independent candidate. Schwartz surprised many by jumping into the race in June.

A non-Democrat has never won the mayor’s race in D.C. since the city gained local autonomy in 1973.


Remembering Alan Cheuse, Our Longtime Literary Guide

For some 30 years, Alan Cheuse was our guide to the best and worst of the written word. He passed away today at 75, after a car accident two weeks ago. NPR's Susan Stamberg has an appreciation.

Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

Conventional farmers use millions of pounds of pesticides each year to protect crops from weeds and insects. When those chemicals drift to neighboring property, they can ruin crops on organic farms.

Hillary Clinton To Release 8 Years Of Tax Returns

The returns will show that she and her husband Bill Clinton paid nearly $44 million in federal taxes since 2007, according to her campaign. "We've come a long way," she said.

Letting Go Of The Wheel: How Google Is Easing People Into Self-Driving Cars

Google has begun testing a new self-driving car this summer that is designed to work without a steering wheel. But as the Planet Money team reports, the company's biggest challenge may be convincing Americans to hop inside.

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