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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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Musicians 'Let It All Out' At MTV's Video Music Awards

Complex magazine writer Alex Gale talks about the more than 30-year history and previews what to expect for Sunday night's Video Music Awards on MTV.
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Japan's Centuries-Old Tradition Of Making Soba Noodles

In the remote mountains of the Japanese island of Shikoku, an old woman makes soba noodles by hand from locally grown buckwheat. It's ancient technique that is adapting to modern times.
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D.C. Department Shakeup Raises Questions About Pay-To-Play Politics

Turnover at a major D.C. government department is raising questions about local businesses, political contributions and influence in city politics.

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A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

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