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The Politics Hour - Aug 23, 2013

Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell talks with prosecutors as an ethics investigation picks up pace. D.C.'s fire chief continues to take heat from rank and file firefighters and their union. And a drunk driving charge adds to the list of controversies threatening the future of a Republican Maryland lawmaker. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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D.C. Council member (I-At-Large) David Grosso voted in favor of Walmart raising the minimum wage to $12.50. On the Politics Hour, he says he has been fighting Walmart coming to the District for a long time, because he thinks it drives down wages across the city and puts officials in a position where they are giving citizens poor options for employment.

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