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The Politics Hour

A massive water outage is avoided narrowly in Maryland. A steady trickle of embarrassing reports hounds Virginia's governor. And D.C. lawmakers face a flood of proponents and critics of living wage legislation. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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The D.C. Council voted last week to postpone the scheduled election of an attorney general from 2014 to 2018. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson opposed the delay. "I think the council is being very glib," Mendelson said.

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