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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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The Dread Factor: Why Ebola And 'Contagion' Scare Us So Much

Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the "dread factor."
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Nestle Nudges Its Suppliers To Improve Animal Welfare

The world's largest food company is requiring all of its suppliers of dairy, meat, poultry and egg products to comply with tighter animal welfare standards. Animal rights groups applaud the move.
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Outside Group Mirrors Successful Strategies Of Political Parties

A U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs in Iowa, and the GOP has opened 11 field offices statewide. But there's also a new team working the state, the Virginia-based group Americans for Prosperity.
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Coming Soon To A Pole Near You: A Bike That Locks Itself

Cyclists may soon have a convenient way to discourage bike thieves, thanks to new designs that use parts of the bikes themselves as locks.

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