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The Politics Hour - Jan. 17, 2014

The D.C. Council sparks a new debate with a move to decriminalize possession of marijuana. Maryland's botched health exchange rollout burns Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and other top officials. And Virgina's new governor, Terry McAuliffe, gets blowback over a liquor board appointment. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Tommy Wells says if elected D.C. mayor, he will lead education reforms in the district, one of the factors distinguishing him from incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray. Comparing himself to Gray, who he says "sits on the sidelines" or hands issues off to Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, Wells said he will take the lead. He said he would keep Henderson on in his administration and would provide a mix of traditional and charter schools at the middle school level.

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Spread Of Palm Oil Production Into Africa Threatens Great Apes

Palm oil growers are setting their sights on Africa as they amp up production. More than half of the land that's been set aside for plantations in Africa overlaps with ape habitats, researchers say.
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Democrats Push To Overturn Hobby Lobby Ruling

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