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The Politics Hour

Corruption investigations keep rolling in the District. New details continue to drip out about whether Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell took undisclosed gifts from a local businessman. And Prince George's County rolls out a new "chief executive" for its public schools. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Abigail Smith, D.C. deputy mayor for education, says Mayor Vincent Gray is committed to overhauling the "tangled web" of D.C. Public School boundaries. Smith said the mayor is in the process of setting up a timeline for boundary changes, but said she is certain the plan will include "significant grandfathering" and extensive community engagement. "The reality is that changing boundaries takes political courage...The mayor is committed to doing what it takes and taking whatever political hits come with doing the right thing."

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Palm oil growers are setting their sights on Africa as they amp up production. More than half of the land that's been set aside for plantations in Africa overlaps with ape habitats, researchers say.
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Democrats Push To Overturn Hobby Lobby Ruling

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