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The Politics Hour

D.C. lawmakers postpone by four years a vote for the District's first elected attorney general. And Maryland's attorney general gears up for an official launch of his gubernatorial campaign. In Virginia, a scandal deepens over a businessman's payments to the governor and the first family. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Featured Clip

Mandatory parking minimums will remain part of the city's new zoning code, announced Harriet Tregoning, director of the D.C. Office of Planning. The planning office had proposed eliminating minimum parking requirements for areas of the city well-served by transit, such as downtown. Instead, officials will reduce the current requirements and tailor them to the neighborhood. "Keep in mind getting rid of parking minimums doesn't get rid of parking," Tregoning said. The plan is part of an ongoing Zoning Regulations Review, the first major rewrite of D.C.'s zoning code since 1958.

News Quiz

On July 4, the Politics Hour crew trekked down the street to enjoy the annual Palisades Citizens’ Association parade. Producer Michael Martinez shot and edited a film of their adventures, which is the basis of a number of questions on this week’s Politics Hour quiz. Play the quiz below the video.

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