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U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ron Machen, who proceeded over the embezzlement case of former D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. 
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U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ron Machen, who proceeded over the embezzlement case of former D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. 

A former D.C. Council member receives a federal sentence for his role in a corruption scandal. The U.S transportation secretary pushes Virginia politicians on a massive rail project. And Maryland lawmakers inch closer to a special session. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Politics Hour Extra

U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen Jr. discusses the sentencing of former D.C. Council Member Harry Thomas Jr. Machen said that those convicted usually serve 85 percent of their sentence in the federal system. Thomas received a 38-month sentence for stealing government funds:

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