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The Politics Hour

The region's residents, and its politics, are slammed by a "derecho." Lawmakers are striking back by lashing out at the area's utility companies. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Politics Hour Video

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has proposed a series of amendments that would relax gun laws and permanently ban the use of city funds on abortions. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said she has attemped to contact Paul to discuss the issues, which she says are contrary to his tea party values, but he has not returned her phone calls. "He has not educated himself about this city. He just sees us as his props," Norton said about Paul's inititatives. "The notion of democracy does not cross his mind." Norton added that Washington, D.C., is making "remarkable progress" on budget autonomy.

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Barry Meier: "Missing Man"

Nine years ago, former FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared in Iran while on a mission for the CIA. The story of his secret journey to Iran, the CIA cover-up that followed and efforts to rescue the longest-held U.S. hostage.

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5,000-Year-Old Chinese Beer Recipe Revealed

Researchers discovered ancient "beer-making tool kits" in underground rooms built between 3400 and 2900 B.C. Analyses of funnels, pots and jugs show the brewers were using pretty advanced techniques.
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The Fight for D.C.'s Budget Freedom

Last week, a House committee with oversight of the District passed legislation that would block the ability of the Council to spend its own tax dollars.

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The U.S. Expands Ties To Vietnam

President Obama lifts the embargo against U.S. arms sales to Vietnam: Please join us to talk about what closer ties between the U.S. and Vietnam mean for trade, leverage on human rights and growing concerns over China's military expansion.

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