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The Politics Hour

A former D.C. Council member pleads guilty to taking bribes while in office. Virginia Democrats choose their candidates for this fall's big races. And Montgomery County's executive throws his hat in the ring for a third term. 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. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald Machen talks about the latest prosecution of a city lawmaker for illegal activity, former D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown, who pleaded guilty this week to a bribery charge. "Nothing really surprises you in this job anymore," Machen said, adding that the case is "disappointing" and "concerning."

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