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Virginia lawmakers aim for a transportation bill on the final lap of their legislative session. Prince George's County grapples with a surge of violence in suburban Maryland. And D.C.'s mayor drops hints he may be gearing up for re-election. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Next week the Supreme Court will review a Maryland appeals court's decision that it's unconstitutional for police to collect genetic samples from suspects before they are convicted for possible matches to other crimes. Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) championed the DNA law, and said he expects the high court to support the challenge in a 9-0 ruling. "This is how we're able to solve old cases, cold cases, violent cases," Gansler said. He added that DNA is race-neutral and socioeconomically neutral.

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The White House has stopped short of naming North Korea as the aggressor in the cyberattack against Sony Pictures. That hack resulted in the cancellation of the film The Interview.

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