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Virginia's lieutenant governor suspends his gubernatorial campaign, seemingly clearing the way for the commonwealth's attorney general to grab the nomination. One of the most familiar faces in Montgomery County politics says he wants his old job back. And D.C. candidates start lining up for the Council's latest job opening. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Politics Hour Video

It's been said the Obama administration won reelection in part due to effective use of voter data and information. With gubernatorial elections coming up in Virginia in 2013, it was widely expected the Obama campaign would share that database with Virginia Democrats.

On today's Politics Hour, Virginia Democratic Party chairman Brian Moran confirmed the state party does have access to about one million voter records. "We now have that data, and we'll mine that data and communicate with those individuals," Moran said. "That is just tremendous with respect to looking forward to 2013," he added.

The Obama for America campaign compiled a vast database that provides contact information and consumer data to help campaign workers analyze what issues matter most to voters. The records also detail what will best motivate them to donate, volunteer and vote.

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Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Fine Brine From Appalachia: The Fancy Mountain Salt That Chefs Prize

An artisanal salt producer is processing brine from ancient ocean deposits below West Virgina's mountains. The company, J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, ships to top chefs who value the salt's minerality.

Downed Russian Warplane Highlights Regional Divide On Syria

Hugh Pope, director of communications and outreach at the International Crisis Group in Brussels, explains the growing divide between Turkey and Russia on their priorities inside Syria.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

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