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The Politics Hour

D.C. voters elect a new council member in a special election. A special session in Maryland paves the way for higher taxes. Virginia lawmakers vote down a judicial nominee after a dispute broke out about his sexual orientation. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Maryland Senate President Mike Miller announced the formation of an 11-person commission that will look at bringing gambling to National Harbor in Prince George's County. "It's fabulous. It's almost like Paris to people who visit it," Miller said about the harbor. He said the commission will also consider adding table games to the state's five casinos. Maryland residents will get to vote on the changes in a November referendum.

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Not My Job: NASA's Charles Bolden Gets Quizzed On 'Charles In Charge'

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Scraped, Splattered — But Silent No More. Finally, The Dinner Plate Gets Its Say

Instagram is the Internet's semi-obsessive, borderline-creepy love letter to food. But behind every great meal is a plate doing a pretty-OK job. So a comedian made an Instagram to celebrate plates.
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RECAP: A Round-Up Of Can't-Miss Stories From The RNC

Here are some stories from the NPR Politics team to catch you up on the news from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week.
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Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources

Few people can demand what kind of electricity they get. But Microsoft and Facebook, which operate huge, power-hungry data centers, are trying to green up the electricity grid with their buying power.

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