A massive deal to build a casino in Prince George's County blows up. One of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's new nominees is haunted by a steamy incident from his recent past. And the firestorm continues to burn over the leadership crisis at the University of Virginia. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
D.C. Council member Michael Brown said there have been "ethical clouds" over the Wilson Building. But he said the city's economy is growing and now has one of the highest fund balances in years. Brown said he does not support Initiative 70, which would limit corporate contributions to political campaigns. Instead, he said he endorses public financing of campaigns. Resident analysts and NBC4 reporter Tom Sherwood noted, "It just seems like ethics is a back burner issue when it should be the engine."
By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.
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