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The Politics Hour

An upcoming book by Virginia's attorney general makes waves in the commonwealth's race for governor. Maryland's top lawmaker maps out his final chapters in office in his "State of the State" address. And the District debates its response to the surprise plot twist of a budget surplus. 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. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) addressed questions about his potential bid for mayor in the 2014 election, including whether he thinks the district is ready for a white mayor. Wells said he would decide whether to throw his hat into the race by this spring.

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Texas Bookseller Picks 3 Summer Reads

Julia Green of Front Street Books recommends Moonlight on Linoleum by Terry Helwig, City of Women by David R. Gillham and The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly.
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He Used To Live On The Streets Of Mumbai. Now, His Cafe Welcomes Everyone

Amin Sheikh's new cafe is a rarity in class-stratified India: It's open to people from all walks of life. Sheikh is a former street child, and so are many of his employees.
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For Many Black Voters, Trump's 'What Do You Have To Lose?' Plea Isn't Enough

Donald Trump promises to help bring jobs and security to black neighborhoods. But his poll numbers with African-Americans are in the low single digits, and many say his message is insulting.
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WATCH: Squishy 'Octobot' Moves Autonomously

The robot designed by a team from Harvard University moves without the help of any rigid parts. Researchers say it is the first proof-of-concept design for an entirely soft, autonomous machine.

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