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The Politics Hour

Maryland lawmakers pack their bags for Annapolis ahead of a special session on gambling. Virginians scramble to select nominees for special elections in early September. And Congress rejects legislation that would have put limits on abortions performed in the District. 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. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) explained why she has called on Mayor Vincent Gray to resign. Cheh said she supports Gray as a friend and is "devastated" by the recent scandals surrounding his administration. She said Gray might not have had personal knowledge about the scandals, but that he demonstrated "willful blindness." "He did not make sure that the back door was closed and the flies didn't come in," Cheh said. She said Gray needs to step down from his position so the city can "clear the decks."

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Angelina Jolie On Her Film's 'Unbroken' Hero: 'He Was Truly A Great Man'

Louis Zamperini was an Olympian before he enlisted in World War II and became a prisoner of war. Jolie says he told her to "make a film that reminds people that they have greatness inside themselves."
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A Holy Land Christmas Porridge Honors A Damsel In Distress

Some Christians in Israel and the West Bank celebrate Eid el-Burbara on Dec. 17. The feast honors St. Barbara, an early convert to Christianity whose story is echoed in the Rapunzel tale.
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Hogan Cabinet Appointments Expected In Annapolis Today

Maryland governor-elect Larry Hogan will announce some of his cabinet appointments today, but there's no early indication which positions he will fill.

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Major Movie Theater Chains Drop 'The Interview' After Threats

Audie Cornish talks with LA Times Hollywood Editor Joe Bel Bruno about the latest surrounding hacker threats to Sony and theaters showing the film, The Interview.

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