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The Politics Hour

Virginia Republicans set their official roster of candidates in this fall's races. Another D.C. Council member goes all in for next year's race for mayor. And Maryland opens a casino it hopes will breathe new life into the Western part of the state. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Tommy Wells, Ward 6 Council member and D.C. mayoral candidate, said he's hoping to raise $1 million for his campaign, but that he won't accept anonymous contributions. "If there's not a name on the check...I don't want that donation," he said. Wells said he thinks D.C. citizens will donate to his campaign because they agree with his agenda to "clean up politics in D.C., to clean up the pay-to-play that's currently going on in our government." He added that while money can garner influence, it can't buy a legislative seat.

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Test your knowledge of D.C., Virginia and Maryland headlines and happenings.

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From 'Dragon Tattoo' To The 'Spider's Web': Stieg Larsson's Heroine Returns

The late Stieg Larsson's Millennium series of novels is getting an addition, The Girl in the Spider's Web. The book, written by David Lagercrantz, just got its title and a U.S. release date: Sept. 1.
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Our Food-Safety System Is A Patchwork With Big Holes, Critics Say

More than a dozen federal agencies play a part in keeping food from making Americans sick. Critics say the system has gaps, and we'd all be safer if federal food safety efforts were under one roof.
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Hogan's Promise To Cut Maryland Taxes Curbed By Lawmakers

In his campaign last year, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan pledged to cut taxes in the state, but so far only two minor measures have made it out of committee.

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With 'Single-Stream' Recycling, Convenience Comes At A Cost

Many Americans now have access to a commingled recycling system, which lets users mix plastic, glass, paper and metal together in one bin. It's much easier, but not nearly as efficient.

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