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The Politics Hour

Federal lawmakers walk Congress -- and the region's local economy -- to the edge of a "fiscal cliff." The District's homicide rate dips below a major landmark. And one of Virginia's most prominent Republicans publicly ponders an independent run for governor. 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. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson addresses the District’s school boundaries, an issue she has said could end up pitting communities and neighborhoods against one another. "I love my job, I’m willing to do lots of hard things, but this is the thing I fear most," says Henderson.

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Church Of Scientology Calls New HBO Documentary 'Bigoted'

The filmmaker says Going Clear, harshly critical of the Church of Scientology, is about the dangers of "blind faith." The church has hit back with an aggressive public relations effort of its own.
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Was Your Seafood Caught By Slaves? AP Uncovers Unsavory Trade

Some of the seafood that winds up in American grocery stores, in restaurants, even in cat food, may have been caught by Burmese slaves, a yearlong investigation by The Associated Press finds.
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Sen. Harry Reid Says He Won't Seek Re-Election

The Democratic leader in the Senate announced his decision in a video. "My friend Sen. [Mitch] McConnell, don't be too elated," he said. "I'm going to be here for 22 months."
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Police Departments Open Up 'Safe Lots' For Craigslist Transactions

Several crimes around the U.S. have been tied to the website's in-person transactions. So police departments are offering up their parking lots to provide a secure space for buying and selling stuff.

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