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The Politics Hour

Republican lawmakers in Virginia make a power play to change the Commonwealth's system for electing presidential candidates. A judge puts a D.C. protester in the ultimate penalty box, banning him from the city completely. And a prominent county executive in Maryland heads to court and tries to stay out of the "sin bin." Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Politics Hour Video

Former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams talked about how the challenges his administration faced compare with the challenges the current mayor is facing. Williams said there are big differences between now and then. In particular, he said the city has replaced an incentive economy with a demand economy, with many people wanting to invest in the city's infrastructure. But Williams urged city officials to promote tourism and not rely on federal funding. "The future isn't as bright as it's been in the past," Williams said.

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Lawsuit Will Decide Who Owns 'Star Trek' Language Klingon

Paramount Pictures holds the copyright to Klingon, spoken by some characters in "Star Trek." The Language Creation Society is arguing Klingon is a real language, and is therefore not copyrightable.
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Germany's Beer Purity Law Is 500 Years Old. Is It Past Its Sell-By Date?

For centuries, German law has stipulated that beer can only be made from four ingredients. But as Germany embraces craft beer, some believe the law impedes good brewing.
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The Politics Hour - April 29, 2016

Kojo reviews Maryland's primary results and what they mean for the region and November's elections. The Supreme Court hears arguments in the case of Virginia's former governor. And a major funder of youth programs in the District is bankrupt.

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U.S. Steel Says China Is Using Cyber Stealth To Steal Its Secrets

The steelmaker is asking a U.S. agency to investigate its claims that the Chinese government not only dumps steel at unfair prices, but also uses computer hackers to steal intellectual property.

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