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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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Smithsonian Sets Phasers To Restore On Original Starship Enterprise

The Starship Enterprise — from the original Star Trek series — has gotten a restoration fit for a real life spacecraft. It goes on display this week at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
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In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die

Perdue Farms, one of the largest poultry companies in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.
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Jonathan Rauch On How American Politics Went Insane

Party insiders and backroom deals: One author on why we need to bring back old-time politics.

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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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