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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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Is It All Greek To You? Thank Medieval Monks, And The Bard, For The Phrase

Ben Zimmer, language columnist at The Wall Street Journal, explains the origin of the phrase "it's all Greek to me" — and shares a few variants from other languages.
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Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

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