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The Politics Hour

A D.C. lawmaker turns to a private law firm for help writing a school reform bill. Activists in Maryland join forces with the National Rifle Association to challenge the state's new gun bill in court, rather than through referendum. And Virginia's presumptive Republican nominee for governor decides against mounting a campaign to repeal the commonwealth's new transportation plan. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said he's "very positively inclined" toward D.C. statehood and that his staff is reviewing the merits of a bill that's currently before the Senate. "The fact that D.C. residents don't have the same rights as other American citizens do ... it's an injustice, and we ought to fix it," Kaine said.

Hospital bed capacity and a nursing shortage would be primary concerns if an explosion similar to the one that rocked the Boston Marathon finish line were to occur in Washington, D.C., said Peter LaPorte, former director of the D.C. Emergency Management Agency. LaPorte, who is now a homeland security consultant, also discussed potential security vulnerabilities of Metro and public spaces like Nationals Park and Verizon Center.

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Test your knowledge of the week's local news, headlines and happenings.

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Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.
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The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
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The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

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Should India's Internet Be Free Of Charge, Or Free Of Control?

Facebook's free Internet service was banned in India on the basis of net neutrality this week. Internet providers, regulators say, should not be allowed "to shape the users' Internet experience."

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