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The Politics Hour - April 18, 2014

The D.C. Council sues the city's mayor and chief financial officer. The point person for a massive public transportation project in Northern Virginia, the Silver Line, steps down. And Maryland's governor signs several bills into law, including one decriminalizing marijuana. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said Friday the state's Republican representatives need to get out of their corner and "do their job" to reach a deal on Medicaid expansion.

While McAuliffe has reached a bipartisan agreement with the state's senate, he has been in a standoff with the house Republicans, who have yet to budge on expanding Medicaid.

Failure to reach an agreement by July 1 could mean a shutdown for the state, much like the deadlock that shut down the federal government in late 2013.

"No matter where you may be on the health care bill, it's now the law of the land," McAuliffe said as he discussed his strategy to expand the program in Virginia.

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