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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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Lawsuit Will Decide Who Owns 'Star Trek' Language Klingon

Paramount Pictures holds the copyright to Klingon, spoken by some characters in "Star Trek." The Language Creation Society is arguing Klingon is a real language, and is therefore not copyrightable.
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Germany's Beer Purity Law Is 500 Years Old. Is It Past Its Sell-By Date?

For centuries, German law has stipulated that beer can only be made from four ingredients. But as Germany embraces craft beer, some believe the law impedes good brewing.
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The Politics Hour - April 29, 2016

Kojo reviews Maryland's primary results and what they mean for the region and November's elections. The Supreme Court hears arguments in the case of Virginia's former governor. And a major funder of youth programs in the District is bankrupt.

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Weighing The Good And The Bad Of Autonomous Killer Robots In Battle

It sounds like science fiction, but it's a very real and contentious debate that is making its way through the U.N. Advocates of a ban want all military weapons to be under "meaningful human control."

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