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The District's Democrats put their chair on the D.C. Council. A prominent statewide office holder in Maryland decides to stay away from an upcoming gubernatorial race. And one of the nation's most influential conservatives issues a threat-down to Virginia politicians over proposals to change the state's gas tax. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Former Virginia Rep. Tom Perriello weighed in on the looming fiscal cliff. "It's somewhere in between armageddon and theater in that it's not one cliff. We call it the austerity minefield," Perriello said.

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After D.C. Council hearings raised troubling questions about D.C.'s lottery contract, Kojo ponders who is to blame. Is it D.C. voters, who elected “the bums who appointed the bums who conspired with the bums who configured the most convoluted deal to come down the pike in D.C. political history?"

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