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The Politics Hour - Oct 18, 2013

A last-minute deal is met on Capitol Hill and the federal government reopens. A gubernatorial candidate in Maryland faces questions about his driving safety record and treatment of troopers assigned to him. And several high-profile members of the Virginia GOP cast doubts about the strength of their party's ticket in this fall's election. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker said he would change the team name of the Washington Redskins if he were the owner. Baker said the county is in a "catch-22 situation" with the Redskins. The team provides charitable contributions and brings significant tax revenue to the county. "We couldn't have a better partner in the county than the Redskins organization," Baker said.

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