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Virginia politicians trade tough words over gun policy. New committee assignments shake up the D.C. Council. And a Marylander advances to a coveted leadership spot in the U.S. Senate. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) reacted to the National Rifle Association's proposal that armed guards protect schools as a way to deter gun violence. "What was shocking about the NRA's statement today is that they blamed video games, they blamed films, they blamed lack of mental health services, they blamed everything under the sun, but they didn't say that there was a problem with having assault weapons on our streets," Edwards said. Edwards advocated banning assault weapons, eliminating high-capacity ammunition magazines and requiring 100 percent of firearms purchasers undergo background checks.

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