WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

The Politics Hour - Sept 13, 2013

An investigation into an alleged "shadow campaign" in D.C.'s mayoral race extends into the 2008 race for president. Activists in Western Maryland call for breaking off five counties and forming a new state. And high-profile Democratic and Republican figures in Virginia make waves by switching sides and backing candidates from the other party. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Stephen Cordi, deputy chief financial officer, responds to a recent Washington Post report which found the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue sold property tax liens on homes to private investors. Cordi said the findings of the investigation were dated and it's not an ongoing practice. He noted the tax office now has a minimum threshold of $1,000 for selling delinquent property taxes. "There have been some sales less than $1,000, but nothing for a few hundred dollars," Cordi said.

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Lawsuit Will Decide Who Owns 'Star Trek' Language Klingon

Paramount Pictures holds the copyright to Klingon, spoken by some characters in "Star Trek." The Language Creation Society is arguing Klingon is a real language, and is therefore not copyrightable.
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Germany's Beer Purity Law Is 500 Years Old. Is It Past Its Sell-By Date?

For centuries, German law has stipulated that beer can only be made from four ingredients. But as Germany embraces craft beer, some believe the law impedes good brewing.
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The Politics Hour - April 29, 2016

Kojo reviews Maryland's primary results and what they mean for the region and November's elections. The Supreme Court hears arguments in the case of Virginia's former governor. And a major funder of youth programs in the District is bankrupt.

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U.S. Steel Says China Is Using Cyber Stealth To Steal Its Secrets

The steelmaker is asking a U.S. agency to investigate its claims that the Chinese government not only dumps steel at unfair prices, but also uses computer hackers to steal intellectual property.

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