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The Politics Hour - Nov. 22, 2013

A breakdown in mental health care services contributes to a tragedy for a prominent Virginia lawmaker. Construction bumps continue to plague the Silver Spring Transit Center. And D.C. planners put the brakes on revising building height limits. 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. mayoral candidate Reta Jo Lewis responds to criticism that she's too diplomatic when it comes to taking political positions. "What I say to you is you ask me a question, I'm going to give you an answer." Lewis says, if elected, Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe would be out of a job. She also addresses the investigation into Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign, calling it a "distraction" but one that can't be rushed.

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Audie Cornish talks with University of Chicago Law School professor Omri Ben-Shahar about terms of service agreements for software and websites.

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