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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.

Politics Hour Video

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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