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The Politics Hour

D.C. cabs get a new color scheme. An FBI investigation leaves Virginia's governor black and blue. And Maryland's Republican lawmakers choose a new leader, with hopes to keep more seats red next year. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Uniform taxi colors, informative dome lights and more inspectors will make the District's taxi industry more safe and reliable, according to D.C. Taxi Commissioner Ron Linton. "Nothing is absolute. We're not going to be able to stop illegal cabs 100 percent," Linton said. But knowing which cabs are in good standing with the city will help stop illegal driving such as "failure to haul," he said.

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