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The Politics Hour

Republicans from around the country and the Washington region gather in Florida for their national convention. Meanwhile, candidates in an independent race for D.C. Council wage trench warfare over their rights just to appear on the ballot. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Politics Hour Video

Former Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va, Dist. 11) talked about the potential for D.C. budget autonomy language to appear in the Republican platform. "I'd like to see it in the law of the land," Davis said. He said Paul Ryan would likely give D.C. a "second look" if Ryan were elected vice president.

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The New Science Behind Our 'Unfair' Criminal Justice System

"Good people with the best of intentions ... can get things terribly, terribly wrong," says legal scholar Adam Benforado. His book, Unfair, explores the intrinsic flaws of the American justice system.
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Mechanization Brings Quick Change To Borneo Region Known For 'Slow Rice'

A company is introducing mechanized farming to the interior of Malaysian Borneo. Anthropologists say they're worried the change will damage the bonds between the local people and their environment.
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Cutting Local Taxes In The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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A Hacker Is Hacked: Controversial Italian Cyber Espionage Company Is Targeted

Hacking Team's spyware has been detected in many countries with repressive regimes. The company has never revealed its client list, but a hack has made thousands of documents public.

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