Virginia lawmakers fail to beat the buzzer in their budget debate, forcing an overtime session later this month. D.C. politicians confront a full court press of subpoenas related to their campaign finances. And just in time for March Madness, Maryland gears up for another debate about casino gambling. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
Politics Hour Extra
WAMU 88.5's Patrick Madden talks about information he uncovered about suspicious money orders tying the friends and associates of Jeffrey Thompson, one of D.C.'s most prolific political donors, to Council member Vincent Orange and some other city leaders:
Milad Pooran talks about his commitment to women's rights issues and how in his view, none of his opponents have given the area much attention:
Rob Buyea gets it. The children's book author spent six years teaching elementary school. He's dedicated his book Because of Mr.Terupt to his former third and fourth grade students. "It's because of them that I began writing," he says.
For writer Diana Abu-Jaber, a special seasonal cookie is a reminder of that mainstay of all holiday activities, the family fight. When she was a child, Abu-Jaber's German-American grandmother would visit, bringing tins and tins of homemade Christmas cookies. Her stay also came at the price of an annual flare-up with her Jordanian immigrant son-in-law.
More than 200 people have been killed this year in Baltimore — most of them blacks. One Maryland gun group says it's in a unique position to help steer the city's black youth away from the path of gun violence by focusing on discipline, training and black history.
The nation used Twitter to mark the second inauguration of President Obama and to get information on the Boston Marathon bombing, but the year's most retweeted tweet was about the sudden death of a TV star.
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