Maryland lawmakers vote to end the death penalty in the Old Line State. D.C. mulls whether to require "large retailers" to pay higher wages. And social issues take the spotlight in Virginia's race for governor. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
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Charniele Herring, Virginia delegate and chair of the state's Democratic Party, talks about how to make the state an attractive place for families and business leaders. She said she hopes the state avoids divisive social issues, such as same-sex marriage and reproductive rights, and instead focuses more on job creation and economic development. This is an election year in Virginia, with voters going to the polls to select a governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and delegates. "I love Virginia, I love my state. But I agree sometimes it takes us a little bit longer to step up and realize that life and society has changed," said Virginia Del. Charniele Herring.
The director of Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter takes on the Abscam scandal in his latest film. He talks to NPR's Melissa Block about creating the picture — and how those wild '70s hairdos help inform character.
The Food and Drug Administration Wednesday advised companies to change the labels on their drugs to make it illegal for livestock producers to use drugs for "growth promotion" or "feed efficiency." The announcement is the latest step in a long-running effort by the FDA to reduce the use of antibiotics in agriculture.
How's the Louisiana senator responding to GOP efforts to tie her to the Affordable Care Act's problems? Partly with an ad that gives her outsize credit for President Obama's decision to change course and let people keep health plans next year that would otherwise be canceled under the new law.
After a few moments of review, the top life events people reported in 2013 can read like a 10-sentence short story — perhaps a fable, or a coming-of-age tale. In the U.S., hot topics included the Super Bowl, Pope Francis, and the Harlem Shake.
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