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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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Questions Remain Around Campaign Financing In DC's 2010 Mayoral Race

Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson, a new member of the team, posted this photo to his Instagram account on Thursday evening. It includes teammate Robert Griffin III (second from right), as well as Jeffrey Thompson (second from left), the man who recently admitted in federal court that he spent more than $600,000 to corrupt the District's 2010 campaign for mayor.

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Remains In Jamestown Linked To Early Colonial Leaders

Scientists from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and The Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation say they've identified four men buried in the earliest English church in America.
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The Democracy Of The Diner

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

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D.C. Council Member David Grosso

D.C. Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Education David Grosso joins us to discuss local public policy issues, including the challenges facing D.C. Public Schools.

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Researchers Warn Against 'Autonomous Weapons' Arms Race

Already, researcher Stuart Russell says, sentry robots in South Korea "can spot and track a human being for a distance of 2 miles — and can very accurately kill that person."

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