Another guilty plea in a sprawling corruption scandal clouds the future of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. The presidential candidates step up their game in battleground Virginia. And Maryland voters may get the final word on the state's new congressional map this fall. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
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D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan talked about Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed campaign finance reforms and how it differs from Initiative 70, which would ban corporate contributions to political campaigns. Nathan said the proposal would ban "pay to play" and prohibit bidders on government contracts from making campaign contributions. "I think Mayor Gray has done a great job of proposing some bold and systematic reforms to our campaign finance laws," Nathan said.
The sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones showed a real evolution in the way the show portrays women and in the season finale, several female characters ascended to power. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Glen Weldon from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour and Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette podcast, about the show.
In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.
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